Gorgeous red lips, perfect skin, polished ponytails—New York Fashion Week was rife with beautiful wedding-beauty inspiration. But what made these classic bridal looks feel fresh was what they were paired with. Here, straight from the NYFW runways, the beauty combinations to make your wedding-day look feel new.
1. Low ponytails and red lips.
If you want to wear red lipstick and make it feel a bit more current, pair it with a polished low ponytail, as seen at Jason Wu. Not only is a ponytail simple to DIY, but Tresemmé hairstylist Holli Smith, who created it, noted that it also transitions perfectly from day to night. (Or from ceremony to reception.) Plus, that orangey-red lip color is none other than a few Maybelline New York products layered together: Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Brick Red, Vivid Matte Liquid in Orange Obsession, and Vivid Matte Liquid in Red Punch.
2. Hair accessories and statement earrings.
It used to be that you picked one big accessory (a headband, a barrette, whatever) and let it stand on its own—no additional jewelry necessary. But Altuzarra quickly changed our minds at his fall show, which was inspired by Renaissance paintings. He paired pearl-studded velvet headbands with gold chandelier earrings, and both accessories just seemed to complement and enhance each other. Tory Burch was on the same wavelength—albeit a touch more understatedly so—with black velvet hair ribbons and oversize button earrings. (Her inspiration was the upper-crust, preppy look from The Philadelphia Story. If you don’t know the film, Google it now for the chicest wedding inspiration.)
3. Bold brows and minimal makeup.
If you don’t like to wear tons of makeup every day, you definitely don’t have to do so for your wedding. In fact, you shouldn’t; you should stay true to yourself. A way to pull your look together without a full face of makeup is by using a pencil and gel to make your eyebrows stand out. Groomed, shaped brows work wonders to bring out and enhance your features; just look at Brock Collection, where groomed brows perfectly offset a neutral makeup palette.
4. Pink lips and pink cheeks.
We love the monochromatic makeup look—especially when it comes to the pretty pink flush seen at Tory Burch, Altuzarra, and Rachel Zoe. Put it on the apples of your cheeks and your lips (even a touch on your eyelids, if you’d like) to create a glow that will make you look as ethereal in person as it will in pictures.
5. Wine lips and neutral eyes.
If you don’t want to commit to red but want to wear color on your lips, wine is the perfect in-between, especially when you dab it on with your fingers to make it look like a stain, as we like to do. It flatters every skin tone (honestly), and you don’t need to wear much additional makeup with it. La Perla vamped it up a bit (that’s the beauty of this shade; you can go as light or dark as you’d like) but kept the eye makeup simple for a glam look that wasn’t too over the top.