The popular nail polish maker Butter London is getting into the bridal game with the launch of its new Sweet Somethings collection. We spotted the new offerings during New York’s International Bridal Week at the Monique Lhuillier show, where the models wore Doily, the “something old” of the collection, which resembles light-pink patterned lace and can also be worn as an overcoat for the other polishes in the collection. Brides in need of a “something blue” can try Petticoat, a shimmery periwinkle-blue, for a pedicure. For a more understated, natural look, there’s Pink Ribbon, a sheer light pink, or Alabaster Gaze, a milky, shiny white. Tip: For long-lasting wear, we like Butter’s Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat and Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat for a shiny finish. The Sweet Somethings Set is available for $35 online.
Many celebrities like to guard the specifics of their big day; details are typically hush-hush, and photos are scarce. Which is why we especially dig Kaley Cuoco’s very welcome overshare. The Big Bang Theory star tied the knot with tennis pro Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve, and has since released photos of her pink Vera Wang gown, the insane upside-down chandelier wedding cake, and the whimsical groom’s cake.
But our favorite is this video from Cuoco’s makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. Not only does the cute vid offer a behind-the-scenes look at Cuoco’s wedding preparation, but it also details the exact products she used, which—surprisingly—are totally affordable. Watch the video below for the breakdown of the look.
Whether it’s the belief in the age-old “something blue” superstition or the MObama effect (remember the flurry of media attention surrounding the First Lady’s blue-gray nails at the Democratic National Convention?), blue nail polish is having a huge moment with brides this season. From electric cobalt, perfect for a bold bride, to subtle sky for a more traditional one, nail polish companies have been putting out hues with a serious case of the blues. Get the look with one of the picks below.
When it comes to bridal makeup, you don’t need to shell out big bucks for a professional to achieve a natural look that will stand out in photographs. In fact, doing your own makeup saves you money and avoids the unfortunate incident of a salon artist turning you into someone unrecognizable (you know you’ve heard that horror story before).
With this in mind, we caught up with DC-based self-taught beauty guru Claire Ashley. With more than 80,000 subscribers and more than 13 million views, the YouTuber and beauty blogger knows a thing or two about creating a special-occasion look that’s guaranteed to be a bride- and crowd-pleaser. Watch Ashley create a fuss-free, step-by-step wedding-day look, and get tips for making it stay through the last dance.
Skip the typical night of drinking and dancing and spend your bachelorette party or bridal shower getting pampered with your girls. Whether your maid of honor is planning a sweet surprise or you’re taking the reins, a number of local salons and spas offer all-inclusive, hangover-free bridal packages. Click through the slideshow for five of our favorite beauty services.
Skip the 5 o’clock shadow and the itchy-scratchy kisses and keep your face hair-free on your wedding day. Trust us, you’ll look better in the pictures without the scruff—and keep your mother-in-law happy, too.
Caution: a quick scrub and a shave minutes before hopping into the limo to the church will not cut it. Instead, incorporate these five products into your daily facial regimen a few weeks before the big day so your skin gets used to the process. We wouldn’t send you to the altar looking anything less than your very best (clean-shaven) self.