Most of the advice you hear when planning your wedding day look is to keep everything “classic” — but what if your personal style is a little less traditional?
That was the conundrum I faced leading up to my own wedding last month in New York. As soon as I picked out my nontraditional black and white dress (a 3.1 Phillip Lim number that wasn’t designed as a wedding gown), I knew I wanted to make a statement with my makeup. But how to choose a look that wouldn’t feel dated in photos five years down the line while still satisfying my inner beauty editor’s urge to be on-trend?
To figure it out, I did what any makeup obsessive would do: I pulled inspiration from Pinterest, then sat down with a bunch of products and played. My friends from Brides.com were there to document the process, which you can check out on their website today.
As soon as I applied the deep, purplish berry lip color, I knew I’d found the statement I’d been dreaming of. On the big day, I asked my makeup artist to recreate the look I’d practiced. The purple lip was more trendy than a classic red or nude would have been, but I have a feeling it will look as great in photos a few years down the line as it did that day. The shade even ended up coordinating perfectly with my fall bouquet!
The moral of the story? Don’t feel like you need to fit a certain “bridal” mold for your walk down the aisle. Your day, your style. You won’t regret it!
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