Celeb-Inspired Bridal Beauty Hair & Makeup

Get inspired with your favorite starlets’ red-carpet hair and makeup!
by the Knot
  1. Kerry Washington: Blue Eyeshadow

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    Instead of sewing on a turquoise button to your wedding dress or sliding on a navy garter under your gown, sweep some pretty blue eye shadow on your lids. The trick to looking polished and not punched is to use the color as a pretty accent instead of smearing it liberally on your lids. Celebrity makeup artist Anthea King suggests wearing a navy shadow close to your lash line for a sophisticated look, or a robin’s-egg blue on the eyelid, blended with grays or browns in the crease and in the lash line, to brighten the eyes.

    Try: Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Marie Galante ($34, NarsCosmetics.com)
  2. Camilla Belle: Bold Brows

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    Put those tweezers down. The next big thing for brows is letting them grow out bold yet polished (like Camilla Belle and Lily Collins). The secret to keeping strong brows looking feminine is all in how it begins and ends. According to celebrity eyebrow stylist Joey Healy (he grooms the brows of leading ladies such as Kyra Sedgwick), “The head needs to be squared off, and the tail needs to taper to a clean, crisp point.” For those not as well endowed with naturally full brows, you can fake it. Use a brow pencil or powder—we recommend choosing a color one shade lighter than your true brow hue to keep the look natural—and fill in sparse areas to give extra definition to your eyebrows. Lightly pluck the stray hairs under your brows to clean up the final look.

    Try: Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil ($8, Ulta.com)
  3. Emma Stone: Crimson Pout

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    Fiery red lips are surprisingly doable for almost everyone and can work for any wedding style, whether it’s a vintage rustic wedding or a chic city affair. The secret to pulling off this look is finding the right shade for your skin tone. Generally, the rule is that bright red hues look great on darker skin tones while deeper, darker reds work better on lighter skin tones, says beauty expert Megan Garmers, founder of MG Hair and Makeup. Invest in a red lip liner to line and lightly fill in the lips first. This will help keep the color in place and minimize “bleeding” around the lips, which is more prone to happen with super-saturated lipstick shades like red. If you want to glam it up even more, add a layer of clear gloss. Having a formal affair? Keep the red nice and matte.

    Try: Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Pomegranate ($24, Sephora.com)

  4. Jessica Alba: Lush Waves

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    This is, without question, the timeless look of screen sirens everywhere—the idea of big, glossy waves has never gone out of style. At any red-carpet event, you can spot a dozen starlets tossing their carefree curls around. Now since your wedding is your big red-carpet moment, you really can’t go wrong with similarly lush waves. Depending on what glamour era you want to channel, wear the curls closer to the roots or lower near your ends. Celebrity hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai recommends creating a deep side part and adding an ornate hairpiece for a dramatic, old-Hollywood feel.

    Try: Crystal hair clip by Ben Amun ($105, ThomasLaine.com)

  5. Adele: Winged-Tip Eyes

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    Winging it might seem like a retro fad, but A-listers like Adele and Emily Blunt have been proving that this trend is making a major comeback. Why are these “it” girls sporting a catlike eye? Because it adds a flair of drama while still looking very clean and sophisticated. Here’s how to create it: Use a liquid eyeliner and trace it across your lids in small short strokes (to minimize the chances of a beauty blunder) above your lash line. When you reach the end of the outer corner of your eye, flick the liner upward to create a dramatic winged tip.

    Try: Urban Decay Triple Threat Pencils ($19, UrbanDecay.com)

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