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Bridal makeup and style inspiration with Loverly

October 19, 2014
Wedding dresses featured on Loverly

I hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday! I have something a little different that I’m excited to share with you today. I was recently contacted by a site called Loverly who asked me come up with makeup looks to pair with dresses that they feature on their wedding planning site. I played around with the website for a bit and found it’s really enjoyable to interact with, and so I had some fun picking out a few dresses and working on color palettes and product picks to go along with them.

Planning a big party is so much fun, and Loverly is a one-stop shop for wedding inspiration. They have all kinds of galleries, including colors, stationery, food, flowers … you name it. They feature a nice, wide range of styles to browse and play around with, and I wanted to choose a few dresses that represent different styles. You can take a look through their dress gallery here. Although it wasn’t a top priority, I also have kept the upcoming cooler months in mind when making my choices – I kind of have a weakness for fall and winter themes!

First up, a romantic look.

Halcyon Gown by BHLDN
Halcyon Gown by BHLDN

I love how soft and incredibly flattering this dress looks. It looks easy and comfortable to wear, as well, and is nice for autumn in that it doesn’t expose too much skin and could easily be paired with a cold weather accessory like a shawl or cape. I wanted to pull colors that would really complement the feminine, romantic style.


I’ve picked out some pinks and purples that still give some autumnal depth. Concrete Minerals’ eyeshadows in Prude and Storm offer some shimmery pink and matte gray-purple for a simple but dimensional eye, and are good paired with a warm gray liner and black mascara. NARS blush in Dolce Vita and Too Faced La Crème lipstick in Bumbleberry rest midway between rose and berry (Bumbleberry is described as garnet), and add just enough richness to balance out the eyes and very feminine dress.

Second, here’s a more dramatic style.

Monique Lhuiller Gown
Monique Lhuillier Gown

I think this gown is just stunning. I love the contrast between the more body-hugging structure with the full, flowing trumpet skirt and sheer asymmetrical wrap around the shoulders. The snowy white color and extra bit of fabric on the top and bottom of the dress add to the appeal for fall and winter.

Lightly Smoked

I really like this Chanel eyeshadow quad in 224 Tissé Riviera for a soft, smokey eye perfect for cold weather, accented by a hint of pale pink shimmer and a touch of muted medium blue to keep it interesting. An eyeshadow application that elongates the eye will echo the lines of the criss-crossing fabric. Makeup Geek Spell Bound blush and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer are matte shades that add some health to the skin and shape to the face, and NARS highlighting blush in Albatross is perfect for gently illuminating the cheekbones. To prevent lips from getting lost in the mix, Bite Beauty’s lipstick in Pepper provides a natural dusty rose color and completes a triangulation of pink in the look.

And finally, here’s a less formal look.

Lace Sheath from Modern Trousseau
Lace Sheath from Modern Trousseau

I wanted to include a dress that wasn’t a gown because it’s the kind of look I’m personally much more drawn to. For those that don’t want to have a full-on formal event, this is a really practical option that still provides the perfect opportunity for gorgeous makeup. I think that about a third of the weddings I attend are in this less formal category, but they definitely don’t have much representation in wedding magazines and other resources, so I was happy to see this dress on Loverly. This particular dress is really versatile and can be styled in any which way depending on your personal taste, and it’s appropriate year-round.

Bright Red

I like the look of coordinating the clean lines of this dress with bright red lips, and Maybelline’s Color Sensational lipcolor in Very Cherry is a cheerful option. A lipliner applied as a base and a bit of blotting will ensure good longevity throughout the day. Natural shades on the eye with a bit of shimmer on the lid, such as the shadows that are found in Smashbox Travel-Size Full Exposure, will pair well with bright lips, as will a swipe of black liner. Keep the face from looking washed out by using a natural shade like Kat Von D’s Everlasting Blush in Truth on cheeks, and the Physicians Formula Glow Pearls are a nice option for illuminating the cheekbones (I like the translucent shade).

I’m not married, but I will say that my boyfriend of 8 years and I are planning on getting married next year. It’s something I don’t talk about much, as I’m a little afraid of people eagerly asking to see the ring or to know the date, and we don’t have any of these things! But I do think about bridal stuff every now and then and it may pop up on the blog a few more times in the coming months. Loverly certainly didn’t know this when they reached out to me, but the timing for a post like this was pretty good!

If you’d like to learn more about Loverly, be sure to visit their website and play around a bit. I’d love to hear your take on bridal style! What kind of style are you drawn to? Do you have any favorite dress styles or makeup products you’d want to base a wedding look around?

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