Whatever you do, vow to be uniquely you.
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The path to looking your prettiest on the big day (or any day, really) begins with a vow to stay uniquely you. A bold lip or refined chignon may turn heads, but authenticity is what makes any look unforgettable—as these 10 gorgeous brides featured in our pages prove.
When your trademark look seems out of sync with the surroundings, tweak it. That's what designer Erin Fetherston did for her outdoor affair on the grounds of a Barbados abbey. "I felt the occasion called for a toned-down version of my signature cat eye," says Fetherston. Her makeup artist applied Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Make Up in Pink Porcelain to keep the bride's skin looking flawless, even in the island's humidity ($40), then lined her eyes with Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black, ($16.50) softened with a wide brush. Fetherston set off her porcelain complexion and subtle eye makeup with a braided updo and a headband of vintage silk flowers.
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For her nuptials on the Caribbean island of St. John, Samantha Angelo wanted simple, sun-kissed makeup that wouldn't upstage her floral crown. Her secret weapons were a gentle SK-II Facial Treatment Mask that she applied day of (from $17), and Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust brushed across her cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin ($65).
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Fashion consultant, floral designer, and all-around It girl Taylor Tomasi-Hill wore romantic, 1920s-inspired finger waves to her Jazz Age–themed outdoor wedding in her hometown of Dallas. To play up her red hair, she rocked Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Dimitri, an equally fiery shade, on her lips ($36). It was a fitting finishing touch to her floaty gray organza J. Mendel gown. During the reception, Tomasi-Hill changed into a white Alexander McQueen sheath and let down her hair to complement the more streamlined dress—but kept her crimson lipstick.
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For her reception at a historic venue in Charleston, South Carolina, actress Eva Amurri catered to the season: First she dyed her hair a rich auburn hue, which she thought best suited a fall wedding. Next came the updo, a necessity, says the bride, because she "always fusses" with her hair when it's down. Her crowning glory: two fresh orchids pinned in post-vows. For makeup, she wore rosy lipstick and plum eye liner, and she gave cheeks a peachy flush with Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Oleander ($25).
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Time management can be tricky when you decide to DIY, but for photographer Amy Neunsinger, the crunch worked in her favor. "I was setting up until the very last minute and ran out of time," she says. "My stylist was only able to dry my roots and rub some oil through my hair to keep the frizz at bay." We like Moroccanoil Treatment Original ($43). A curl of her lashes, sweep of mascara, and swipe of 100% Pure Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry on her lips, and Neunsinger headed for the aisle ($25). "Flipping through photos, I love how natural I looked," she says. "My happiness is what showed through."
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"I'm used to dressing up, but your wedding holds even more importance," says DJ and pastry chef Justine Delaney. At hers, she went for her go-to party look, intensified. "I wanted a familiar element, so I used the same Nars Orgasm Blush that I apply every day," she says, adding Nars Manhunt Lipstick to up the glam factor ($30 and $27). Her stylist curled her straight hair with a large-barreled iron, brushed the ringlets out into showstopping waves, swept hair over one shoulder, and set it with a trio of Oribe products, including a mousse, Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream ($49), and hairspray.
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"When I visited England for work, I always found time to duck into hat shops," says textile and clothing designer Lena Corwin. "That's where I got the inspiration to wear a feather in my hair at my wedding." On the big day, Corwin asked her stylist to pin a plume-embellished fascinator she found on Etsy into her braided updo—an ideal topper for her 1960s-inspired tea-length dress. To balance the eye-catching accessory, she prepped skin with Earth Science Almond-Aloe SPF 15 Moisturizer and kept her makeup understated ($11). Get her look with Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils and Accessories' "Dove" headpiece ($189).
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"I kept things minimal," says wedding planner Alison Hotchkiss, referring both to her bridal beauty routine and her intimate nuptials held before just 19 guests. That meant doing her own makeup and sticking to a pale pink color scheme for lips, cheeks, and eyes with a Neja Cosmetics Custom-Blended Lip Liner, Gloss, and Blush. When it came to hair, she topped her blown-out bob with a crown of Icelandic poppies, hellebores, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, and passion vine, and was ready to wed.
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Heather Taylor's backyard California ceremony was wildly romantic—and so was her makeup. After moisturizing lips with By Terry Baume de Rose Balm ($60, barneys.com), the art gallery owner and blogger applied Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush to mimic the look of "being kissed all night long," says Taylor ($24). She added to the dreamy vibe by tucking a trio of white roses into her hair just before walking down the aisle. Touch-ups with Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers kept makeup fresh ($15).
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"I went for a super-nude lip and deeper, more daring eyes," says Erica Chidi, a doula, lactation consultant, and founder of the website The Mama Circle. Her lined eyes and a subtle gloss, MAC Lipglass in C-Thru ($15), played up her dewy skin, which was enhanced with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Walnut for her outdoor wedding on a California commune ($48). Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in black ($26) and a hydrating primer helped her makeup last through tossing the bouquet.
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