A roundup of timeless women, from Grace Kelly to Poppy Delevingne, to inspire your own big-day beauty.
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If you’re seeking a beauty muse for your big day, search no further than these memorable ladies. Each exchanged I do’s in her own style—from fresh-faced to rock-star fabulous—proving that playing up your favorite features can create a photo-ready look that will go down in your own personal history.
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Perfect For: The Classic Bride
When the Hollywood legend married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, her porcelain complexion and matte red lips were just as stunning as her dress, which was designed by Academy Award winner Helen Rose and made from 25 yards of taffeta and 125-year-old lace.
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Get Grace Kelly’s Look
To get her radiant skin, apply moisturizer—Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser was the go-to of Kelly’s era ($5). Follow with a matte foundation, like Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation ($45). For Kelly’s crimson lips, Los Angeles makeup artist Fiona Stiles likes Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkryie ($25). Finish with tuberose-scented Creed Fleurissimo, a fragrance created especially for Kelly to wear at her wedding ($290).
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Perfect For: The Ingenue
Dressed in a mod white jacket and mini-dress, 21-year-old Farrow epitomized a glowing newlywed when she wed 50-year-old Frank Sinatra in 1966.
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Get Mia Farrow’s Look
For that sweet doe-eyed effect, lightly line your entire eye, and coat top and bottom lashes with black Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara ($7). To re-create Farrow’s pinky-nude lips, Stiles suggests applying MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Whirl ($16), then topping it with In Fiore Velouteé Multipurpose Balm for Lips and Eyes ($60). Emulating Farrow’s low-maintenance pixie? “Soften the edges with a cream for a wispy appearance,” says Los Angeles–based hairstylist Adir Abergel, who recommends Rene Furterer Karité Leave-In Nourishing Cream ($27). Touch up flyaways with a hairspray–misted toothbrush.
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Perfect For: The Sophisticated Siren
Who says a bride has to look demure? In her plunging ivory suit, Jagger flaunted rock-royalty sensuality at her 1971 nuptials to Mick Jagger. The couple later split, but her unapologetically sexy look remains as appealing as ever.
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Get Bianca Jagger’s Look
Jagger’s plum lip color is “a sheer purple that doesn’t overwhelm,” says Stiles. Try W3LL People Nudist ColorBalm Stick 2 ($20). Then create the illusion of killer cheekbones with Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder ($44). For shiny hair with lots of body, pat ends with Moroccanoil Treatment Oil ($43), then set two-inch sections in hot rollers, like CHI Ceramic Smart Hot Rollers ($100). “Brush out the resulting curls into the full waves of the era,” says Abergel.
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Perfect For: The Rock Star
Stefani has never played it safe with her look, and her big day was no exception. She tied the knot with British rocker Gavin Rossdale in September 2002 in a custom dip-dyed pink-and-white John Galliano gown and equally attention-getting makeup and hair.
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Get Gwen Stefani’s Look
Stefani’s regular makeup artist, Tim Quinn, suggests a trio of Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye and Brow Maestro shadows to get similarly dramatic eyes: #1 Black to define lash lines; #5 Light Brown smudged on lids; and #7 Light Blonde stippled through brows ($35 each). Finish by brushing Hard Candy Single & Loving It shadow in Ice Queen across brow bones ($3). For lips, Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge Ecstasy #503 matches the bold shade she wore that day ($34). As for that slick pompadour, hairstylist Danilo, who also regularly works with Stefani, would apply Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème leave-in styler for grip ($8), back-comb roots to create height at the crown, and then pull hair into a ponytail.
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Perfect For: The Minimalist
When the actress married stuntman Dave Pope in 2008, she glowed—seemingly without much makeup. “She’s just into luminous skin, clean eyes with lots of mascara, and a well-groomed brow,” says makeup artist Ricky Wilson, who works with Bryant.
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Get Joy Bryant’s Look
To open up eyes, Wilson would layer two mascaras, starting with Dior Diorshow Mascara in black for volume ($25) and adding Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara for length ($27). For a natural lip, Bryant often wears Flower Beauty Sheer Up Lip Tint in Bare Blush ($8). With her wedding-day hair, the lei wrapped around her ponytail was a most romantic touch. To create the look, stylist Amoy Pitters suggests applying J.F. Lazartigue Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner ($42), blow-drying hair straight, and securing it into a pony. Then, wrap fresh buds around the base. “It’s a very easy way to have beautiful wedding hair,” she says.
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Perfect For: The New Princess
The Duchess of Cambridge has proven to be a modern royal in every sense, even doing her own makeup for her April 2011 nuptials.
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Get Kate Middleton’s Look
Apply Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Cement on lids, then smudge the brand’s Smoke shade along the lower lash line ($24 each), says makeup artist Hannah Martin, who consulted with Middleton’s bridal party on their makeup. Then brush Bobbi Brown Blush in pale pink onto the apples of your cheeks for a glow that is “in keeping with Kate’s natural look,” says Martin ($27). For a better-than-barely-there tint, try Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Sandwashed Pink ($26). To wear hair similarly, keep loose waves shiny and in place with a dab of Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil on ends, says New York City stylist Michael Angelo ($49).
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Perfect For: The Bohemian
“She wanted to retain an element of the sultry rock chick she is, but tone it down a bit to complement her diaphanous John Galliano gown,” says London makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury of the look she gave Moss for her July 2011 wedding to Jamie Hince.
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Get Kate Moss’s Look
Tilbury created a soft-focus, Photoshop-worthy complexion with a dusting of her finely milled Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Micro-Powder ($45), then brushed on the biscuit-beige lip color she fashioned especially for Moss, K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Nude Kate ($32). For tousled hair like Kate’s, Abergel suggests applying Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray ($22), then winding pieces around a curling iron. Once done, “tug on the curls to relax them into a wave,” he says.
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Perfect For: The Glamour Girl
During the multiple parties in london and Marrakech to celebrate her wedding last spring to aerospace executive James Cook, the British model’s couture Chanel and Emilio Pucci dresses ignited an Instagram frenzy. Her makeup was just as eye-catching. “It was all about the eyes and skin,” says Tilbury, who prepped Delevingne (pictured here in Chanel) for her London ceremony.
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Get Poppy Delevingne’s Look
For her coppery smoky eyes, work the tones in Tilbury’s eponymous Luxury Palette in the Dolce Vita onto your lids ($52), capping the look with her Colour Chameleon pencil in Amber Haze around the lash line ($26). “It lasts for 14 hours and can withstand all-night dancing,” Tilbury says. While Delevingne’s makeup was modern, her hair was a throwback to the 1940s, says stylist George Northwood, the man behind her deep side part and finger waves. A few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense distributed through the hair gives the style “a luxe finish,” he says ($40).