We've been on a bridal countdown for a couple of months now, and after covering off any major skin and cosmetic concerns, mastering the at-home facial and even highlighting our favourite bridal lippies — it's finally time to talk about the nails. Now before you start thinking about the perfect nude or blush pink, let us take you on a rather edgy talon journey with not-so-traditional but very alluring colours. Think black, deep burgundy and glitter.
You hear the engagement ring terms being thrown around — cushion-cut, bezel, princess — but do you know what it means? If you choose to get engaged, will you know what you want? There's a surfeit amount of styles to choose from — enough to leave you dizzy — so we're going to test your bling knowledge.
"For brides, I think one of the most important things is to define the eye without it looking too heavy, and to also define the lips and the cheeks," says Stacy
Pearson-Gleason, Becca Cosmetics' national makeup artist. Be sure to check out a few of her tips for keeping wedding foundation long-wearing, but for some great advice on wedding-day cheek and lip colour, here's what Stacy has to say:
- Layer to create last-all-day lips: First, create a base by lining the lips, following up with a highly pigmented, water-resistant lip colour, like the brand's Beach Tint ($42). Bonus: the tint can also be used on the cheeks.
- Gloss it up: For extra splash of colour, top the lips off with a gloss. For longer-wearing results, choose a product that's not too balmy and has plenty of pigment. Stacy recommends Glossy lip tint ($42) in Sangria, a strawberry pink.
- Picking a colour for the cheeks and lips: While it all depends on a woman's skin tone, Stacy says she usually starts by asking the bride whether she has a preference for pink or neutral. When in doubt, "You can [always] do a dusty rose on the lips and cheek or a peachy pink, which goes nicely with most skin tones," she explains. Stacy recommends Beach Tint in Watermelon, a flattering bright pink.
We gave you our edit of the most beautiful traditional wedding dresses last week, but in case you were in need of some more dress-spiration for a more formal wedding we talked to the gown-gods at Saks Fifth Avenue's bridal boutique. From hand-beaded appliqué to cathedral-length trains to a Kate Middleton-inspired look, here are three wedding dresses ideal for a black tie wedding.
The upcoming warmer weather may seem like a lifetime away, but it'll inevitably bring a bevy of beautiful outdoor weddings. We went to Saks Bridal Department to find three dresses perfect for a garden or countryside setting. Whether you want a vintage inspired charmeuse dress or a whimsical swiss dot gown, here are three beautiful styles ideal for an outdoor wedding! On Allison: Topshop dress, Fendi shoes.
For her 2012 bridal collection, Carolina Herrera invoked her signature glamorous touch turning out models in new timeless classics with such breathtaking details as feathers, colour blocking and tiered eyelet detail. Watch as we go one-on-one with the elegant designer as she gives us the inside scoop on this latest 14-dress collection, the secret details that make each dress unique, and what it's like to be the designer and the mother of the bride!
If you had to think of all the gorgeous brides who have graced the big screen, I'm sure plenty of women come to mind. We've gathered together some of the most beautiful, memorable brides from Elizabeth Taylor to Natalie Portman who've starred in classic movies and more recent hits. Let us know which ones are your favourites, and be sure to add to the list in the comments section, too.
With the gorgeous Hilary Duff getting married over the weekend and KerrBloom's super secret wedding last month, nuptials have been the talk of Sugar HQ. But through history, the way brides have primped and preened themselves for the big day has changed drastically. Some traditions have survived for thousands of years and still make up a big part of our ceremonies, while others now seem truly bizarrio (just check out the story on ancient Sparta). From canary yellow veils to intertwining braids with your new husband, check out how being a beautiful bride has changed over time . . .
It was announced this morning that Miranda Kerr has secretly married Orlando Bloom. Congrats to the world's most beautiful couple! We're still awaiting details on the location, but in the meantime, I thought it woud be interesting to guess what the Australian beauty may have worn. We've recently gone through Miranda's red carpet moments, so it's easy to imagine her favouring something figure-hugging and slinky, but I'm wondering if Miranda would have stayed true to her off-duty style and picked something more classic and elegant. Would it be a local designer? Short or long? White or coloured? Modern or traditional? So many questions!
Talk to me, peeps! What style of wedding dress do you think Miranda Kerr would have worn?
Da, da, da da...da da da daaaaaaaa. Can you hear that? That's the sound of the wedding march being played all over the globe! First, it was Megan Fox who walked down the aisle in a romantic ceremony in Hawaii, and just this past weekend both Carrie Underwood and Emily Blunt got hitched in mouchos secretive conditions. I could also gush about my own recent nuptials, but, errr, I guess I don't fall into the celebrity category.
Shall we zone in on the dresses? Megan chose a simple but elegant Armani Prive gown with strapless corset and 16-foot train. The fuss-free design was perfectly in theme with her beach ceremony. Opting for a more traditional style, country singer Carrie went for a classic lace dress by celebrity favourite, Monique Lhuillier. The custom-made gown was described as "girly, pretty and glamorous at the same time." Emily Blunt, who wed in an outdoor ceremony in Italy, was rumoured to be wearing Marchesa. I'm picturing something directional yet girly given her recent red carpet choices. Let's hope these beautiful brides give us a sneak peek into their big days soon!