Bridal Beauty Bests
At Weddings Illustrated, we spend countless hours scouting for pin-worthy fashions, dreamy venues, and those one-of-a-kind services to help keep you marrieds-to-be au courant—we know, rough life.
We even get to play with the latest skincare, hair, and makeup products that are hitting makeup counters across the country. Want radiant skin or a pretty pucker that won’t wear off? Ladies, we’ve got you covered.
Here, we round up fifteen of our favorite beauty bar must-haves for your best day ever—and after.
If there’s a product or beauty ritual you swear by, please let us know in the Comment section below.
If we had a skincare crush, it would be Sephora‘s collection of eight fiber masks ($6 for 1 mask; available at Sephora). Easy to apply, each mask provides varying results your face craves (ie, anti-aging, mattifying, smoothing). Dreaming about “lit-from-within” looking skin? Pick the Pearl mask (pictured): It’s natural pearl and broccoli extracts will brighten your dermis while shielding it from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
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We’ve yet to meet a derm who doesn’t advocate Clarisonic‘s revolutionary skincare devices. Meet Mia 3/Aria ($199; available at Nordstrom), a pint-sized version of the Mia 1 and 2 that smoothes and polishes skin in mere seconds.
Get pearly whites with the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device ($220, includes whitening device, mouthpiece, 10 gel vials, and more; available at Sephora) from GLO Science. This cutting-edge contraption uses guided light optics technology to whiten teeth (by five shades, no less) in five days and with zero sensitivity.
Whether you’re planning an en plein air fête or an indoor celebration, every bride wants smooth, glossy locks. For the DIYer, choose a quality, at-home keratin hair treatment, like the Deluxe Kit Keratin Smoothing System by KeratinPerfect ($94.50, includes shampoo, conditioner, Titanium flat iron, and more; available on Folica.com), which boosts shine and protects delicate tresses from heat and humidity
Prefer a professional touch? Palm Beach’s beauty and fashion insiders swear by Frank Cassi Beauty‘s luxe, hydration-rich keratin treatments (call 561-833-7883 for more info and pricing).
A great bridal complexion begins with a solid skincare regimen. A cult favorite in the U.S. (and a beauty basic in Japan), SK-II‘s Facial Treatment Essence ($165 for 5.1 oz; available at Macy’s) contains Pitera™, a “miracle” ingredient that revs up the dermis’ renewal cycle for increased radiance, elasticity, and wrinkle reduction.
Applying sunscreen is right up there with flossing your teeth. Not fun, but necessary. We’re saying “I do” to Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect by Josie Maran ($36 for 2 oz; available at Sephora). This “better-than-bronzer” lotion adds a subtle hint of color and, thanks to Josie’s signature argan oil, leaves behind a lovely glow.
Indoors or out, nervous or not sure, there are dozens of reasons why brides should wear perspiration-proof makeup on their wedding day. Once skin has been cleansed and moisturized, dab on Studio Skin 15 Hour Foundation by Smashbox ($42 for 1 oz; available at Ulta). This photo shoot fav has a humidity-resistant and sweat-free formula, plus its light-diffusing ingredients deliver a near-perfect complexion.
Keep mascara far, far away from freshly applied foundation and concealer with the No Mess Mascara Guard by Tweezerman ($9.99, available at Ulta). Just press this neat device beneath your lashes and brush mascara on from base to tip. Best part is that it catches loose flakes so you won’t have dreaded “racoon eyes” later on.
Available in five classic colors, Chanel‘s Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow ($34; available at Saks Fifth Avenue) provides long-lasting coverage and is goof-proof to apply. “Laurier Rose” (pictured), a shimmery, rosy pink shade, is our current favorite.
A bride does a lot of kissing on her wedding day, so she needs a lipstick with major staying power. Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain by Yves Saint Laurent ($36; available at Nordstrom) delivers a mega-dose of gloss and it won’t budge for a full six hours, so go ahead—pucker up!
For a pop of sun-kissed radiance, sweep Guerlain‘s Terracotta Joli Teint Bronzing Powder ($53; available at Nordstrom) across your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Then lightly underline your cheekbones for a contoured (and slimming!) effect.
Want to rock your ring-stagram? Drench nails in a no-chip, “something blue” gel polish, like Baker Street Gel Effect polish by Nail Inc ($14; available at Saks Fifth Avenue). Wear it solo or with another polish for a cool, colorblocked effect.
Forget to make a spray tan appointment? Don’t fret—St. Tropez‘s In Shower Gradual Tan ($25 for 6.7 oz; available at Ulta.com) is here to the rescue. Apply the lotion in the shower, wait three minutes, and, voila!, your skin will have a beach bunny hue just as you’re reaching for your towel.