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While we swooned over gorgeous gown after gorgeous gown at the recent couture shows, we were also totally inspired by the hair and makeup. Here, three chic ways to change up your wedding-day beauty look, courtesy of our favorite runways.
1. Pastel palettes at Giorgio Armani Privé
Another soft alternative to traditional black eyeliner? Baby blue, as seen at Armani Privé. (It’s also a great way to inject a little color into an all-white ensemble.) To make it bridal ready, lightly line your top lid in the shade, extend it below the outer corners of your eyes, and stop in the middle of your lower rim. For definition, add a little gold eyeliner just above the crease, and place a touch of white eyeliner to the inner corners of your eyes. Finish it off with peach blush and a sheer, berry lip tint, which will add a bit of warmth to your complexion.
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2. Neutral makeup at Christian Dior
When you’re wearing a formal gown that basically qualifies as a piece of art, sometimes the best way to balance it is with subdued makeup. In lieu of black eyeliner and mascara, for example, apply brown shadow above and beneath your eyes like we saw at the Dior show. (You’ll be surprised at how something so subtle can make them stand out — we hear that J.Crew often uses this trick on their models.) Wear it with dusty rose blush and a matching, glossy lipstick, and you’re set. Should you want to take it up a notch somewhere, do it with your hair. Keep it sleek in the front, but go all out in the back. Whether it’s an intricate French braided bun, or a modern, structural ponytail like the ones at Dior, this is where you can have some fun.
3. Face veils at Giambattista Valli
Once upon a time, these veils may have run the risk of looking a tad costume-y, but Giambattista Valli managed to make them decidedly fresh and playful. (If you need more proof of their comeback, see Chanel.) The trick to getting a veil right is pairing it with every day hair and makeup. Translation: Instead of pairing your face veil with an elaborate updo or a coiled, Kate-Middleton-esque half-up hairstyle, go for a simple, low ponytail. Makeup wise, focus on accentuating your eyebrows and eyes (think filled-in brows and grey, shimmery eye shadow), since they’ll be more difficult to see behind that chic little mask.