The 7 best fall bridal beauty trends for every bride’s wedding day

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Jenny Packham Bridal Fall 2014

Is there anything more glamorous than makeup this time of year? Dramatic eyes, crimson pouts, glowing skin – modern brides are in for a treat this season with fall’s versatile beauty looks. I rounded up a few of my favorite fall bridal beauty trends for your big day. (Bonus? You’ll want to recreate these looks for months to come.)


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Dewy skin, barely there foundation, an all-natural glow – it was all about fresh-faced beauty on the Fall 2014 runways this year, and it’s a pretty first step to your beauty routine on the big day.

Maria’s expert tip: Set your base with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup SPF15 and choose a long-wear foundation that lets your natural beauty shine through. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation have major staying power and photograph well.

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Jenny Packham Bridal Fall 2014

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Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2014


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Is there anything sweeter than a blushing bride? Rosy rouge flatters every complexion and instantly adds a little romance with the sweep of a brush.

Maria’s expert tip: Pair a pink flush with a lipstick one shade darker than your natural lip tone and apply an illuminating cream or powder for a gorgeous glow.

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Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Barely Pink | Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight | RMS Living Luminizer |Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellisima

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Jenny Packham Bridal Fall 2014


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Eye makeup takes a seductive turn this fall with four dramatic looks: the smokey eye, major mink lashes, the subtle cat eye, and bold brows.

Maria’s expert tip: Smokey eyes aren’t limited to black or gray! Try bronze, plum, navy, or emerald to compliment your eye color. I’m loving these palettes:

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Nude | YSL Couture Palette Collector Fetiche

Mascara is an everyday staple for most, and your wedding day will be no exception. The bigger, the better as far as lashes go, but formula is key.

Maria’s expert tip: The holy grail will be volumizing, lengthening, and waterproof. I’m fond of Benefit BADGal Waterproof Mascara and Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara. Smudge-free and lashes for days.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara

With the flick of a wrist, eyeliner goes from sweet to sexy! Benefit’s They’re Real! Pushup Gel Liner is pure magic. From serious cat eye to subtle definition, the AccuFlex tip makes it easy to get close to the lashline. And thanks to the waterproof formula, this liner is in it for the long haul.

Maria’s expert tip: Sonia Kashuk’s Dramatically Intensifying Kajal Liner is a great budget-friendly option for a sultry lid.

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Defined brows open up your face and are easy to maintain! Gels like Benefit’s Gimme Brow and powders such as Sephora Collection Eyebrow Editor Complete Brow Kit tame strays and keep those brows in check.

Maria’s expert tip: Remember, the eyes are the focus here, so consider sticking with a nude lip, like Tom Ford’s Vanilla Suede.

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Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2014

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Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2014


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Pucker up! Fall’s lip colors are just waiting to be kissed. From shimmering nude and a soft berry stain to deep oxblood and cherry red, there’s a perfect pout for everyone.

Maria’s expert tip: I recommend layering a nude liner, lipstick, and gloss to preserve the color and minimize touchups throughout the day. (Make sure to keep a lipstick with you in your clutch!)

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Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion | Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey and Precision Lipliner in Cashmere | Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Carolina | Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush | Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Impassioned

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Although traditional bridal manicures tend towards soft pale pinks and the occasional French manicure, why not go dark? There’s something so glamorous about crimson red, deep plum, or bordeaux this season, particularly on short manicured nails.

Maria’s expert tip: Not ready to commit beyond pastels? Consider putting a darker color on your toes, or try a matte nude on your fingers instead.

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OPI Are You Going My Way Or Norway? | OPI Lincoln Park After Dark | Essie Wicked | Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Rouge Louboutin | HIPP X RGB Nail Foundation


Hair styles are another fun way to experiment with fall beauty trends on your big day! I’m loving the 60’s inspired swoop, braids galore, and the tousled bun.

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Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2014

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Jenny Packham Bridal Fall 2014

mariamcnamaraAbout Maria: With over ten years’ experience in the fashion industry, Maria MacNamara has styled women all over the world, from Jimmy Choo and Brown Thomas in Ireland to J.Crew and kate spade new york in the United States. An accomplished writer and editor, she has been featured in ELLE, Redbook, and InStyle. As editor of the style letters, she has worked with major brands,she has worked with major brands, as well as local designers and boutiques. Follow Maria’s style adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!