To help you look your very best from the aisle to the after-party, the editors of Martha Stewart Weddings have a yearly tradition: We ask experts and recently wed women for their tried-and-true beauty picks to compile a round-up of the greatest makeup, hair, and skin-care products for brides.
Without further ado, we're thrilled to announce the 40 winners for 2013 that withstood happy tears, humidity, wind, and a full night of dancing!
Sure, adding a step on Monday mornings may be unappealing, but come your wedding day, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is indispensable, rave its fans. The oil-free formula locks in makeup, levels bumps, and fills in lines. A dab on lids prevents shadow and liner from creasing or wearing off, too.
For the look of just-pinched cheeks, Stila Convertible Blush in Peony can't be beat. The sheer rose tint adds a hint of warmth, and using a small brush ensures an even application. "It melts in for an au naturel glow,” says Kayleen McAdams, a makeup artist in Los Angeles. Smooth the creamy color onto the apples of your cheeks, blending it slightly up and out for a soft flush.
We rarely see a makeup artist on set (or at a wedding) without Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat at the ready. It's one part concealer, two parts highlighter, and any of the 12 shades can be blended over cheekbones, inner eye corners, and along brow bones. "It's like radiance in a tube,” says one bride.
With 20 supersheer hues that truly include every skin tone, BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is light enough to layer on and build up your coverage. It also absorbs oil to diminish shine without looking cakey. Buff it on with a flat-bottomed brush for a flawless-looking complexion.
Kevyn Aucoin's The Essential Eye Shadow Palette No. 1 is a bridal requisite, says Melissa Silver, a New York City makeup artist. Packed with five velvety, universally flattering neutral shadows, its lighter base hues cover capillaries and redness; the taupe and ebony ones double as liners (barneys.com).
The waterproof flexible resins of Covergirl Lashblast 24Hr Mascara leave fringe clump-free and full, while forming a pro- tective seal against moisture and flaking. "It seems to flash-freeze the curl of your lashes in place for the night,” says an impressed fan ( available at drugstore.com).
From left: Nothing washes, scrubs, and softens skin -- at once -- like Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing body Wash (drugstore.com). Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer scored major points for making skin feel supple and look luminous. And for a foolproof-to-apply and fetching faux glow, brides and makeup artists (and our beauty editors to boot!) grab St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer (sephora.com).
Consider it a superhero: Just a drop of Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15 calms irritation, moisturizes dryness, and cancels out redness (thanks to its pale green tint) in a single dab. Jeffrey Benabio, a San Diego dermatologist, stands behind it (available at drugstores).
Exercise your ring finger by tapping on this fave: TNS Illuminating Eye Cream. “Its growth factors boost collagen and help reduce dark circles,” says Jeanine Downie, a New Jersey dermatologist. For a quick fix, use it on the morning of your wedding to temporarily plump and fill fine lines (skinmedica.com).
Estee Lauder Day Wear Anti-Oxidant Creme Oil-Free SPF 25 takes home the title. pros vouch for this moisturizer with wrinkle-preventing vitamins C and E. "It leaves skin plumper, softer, and healthier," says Benabio.
For the healthiest hair, experts lather up with L'oreal Professionnel's Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only for dyed strands, the nourishing ceramides are good for all types. “Its acidic pH also closes cuticles for a shine from root to tip,” says Yann Varin, a hairstylist in New York City.
Tiny and portable, T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers give strands body and glamorous texture. For a little oomph, place the roller midway down dry hair, wrap a section, and clip it in place. want more? "Start rolling at the root," says Patterson. "It takes body to the max." (sephora.com)
Think you don't need to tease? think again. "Doing just a small section at the crown of the head gives a little height and your veil something to grip," says Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist in New York City. Nothing makes that job easier than the Paul Mitchell Teasing Brush.
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