Beauty Basics

Day or night?

Choose makeup that reflects the formality and time of day of your event. Light, natural hues fit right in at a casual daytime event, while bolder, dramatic colors are more appropriate at night.

Find the right tone

Makeup should complement your skin coloring too. Blue undertones flatter fair skin, warm corals enhance olive complexions, and bronze and caramel look best on dark skin. Wear a shirt that's the same shade as your wedding dress to see how you'll truly look.

Shop around

Visit the makeup counters in department stores and specialty stores like Sephora, and take advantage of free makeup consultations.

Seasonal guide: nails

Generally, you'll want to sport sheer pastels in spring; bright tones for summer; warm, tawny shades during autumn; and metallics in winter.

Give a Subscription to Brides Magazine as a Gift

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from