If there's any occasion where it's appropriate to rock a birdcage veil (aside from your own wedding, that is) it's the Met Gala. Beyoncé not only took full advantage of this but broke a few rules in the process — she paired it with statement earrings and bold lips — and looked amazing doing so. A minimalist chignon and soft eye shadow gave the overall look an air of chic sophistication. Here, we break down the key elements to getting her beauty look (birdcage veil included!) for your wedding.
Brides take note: when you're rocking a headpiece — whether it's a glamorous crystal barrette or birdcage veil — it's best to keep your hairstyle simple to ensure your look doesn't veer into costume territory. Bey's simple, middle-parted chignon provides a great canvas to highlight her dramatic headpiece and chandelier earrings. Set the style with a shine-boosting smoother to emulate her sleek, reflective texture. A huge plus? This style is totally low maintenance — you won't have to worry about a hair falling out of place!
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Soft, Gold Eye Shadow:
Focusing on statement lips, Beyoncé smartly kept the rest of her makeup to a luminous minimum. Forgo eyeliner altogether and lightly apply gold eye shadow on your top and lower lids. Curl your lashes and apply one natural, clump-free coat of mascara. (Hint: Opt for a mascara with a tiny wand so you can easily coat every last lash, both top and bottom.)
Pink blush would compete with the rest of Beyoncé's look, but a shimmery bronzer adds an ethereal, lit-from-within glow. Apply a bronzer with just a bit of shimmer on the apples of your cheeks, forehead, and bridge of the nose for a healthy, light-catching complexion.
The pièce de résistance — or the feature that brings everything together — is Bey's wine-colored lipstick. A statement lip can be a bit high-maintenance for your wedding — after all, it's tricky to ensure it stays in place and has a supple, moisturized finish from ceremony to reception. Start with a lip primer that will add moisture and create a neutral, colorless base, and apply a long-lasting, moisturizing lipstick on top. For an extra measure, outline your lips with a clear lip liner to keep your lipstick from feathering and bleeding.