Celeb Bridal Beauty Secrets: From Kate Middleton to Nikki Reed

Whether you're a dramatic bride like Gwen Stefani, or going boho-chic like Kate Moss, steal these beauty secrets for your wedding day.
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3. The Dramatic Bride — Gwen Stefani

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Multi-talented Gwen Stefani is known for her bold style. Platinum hair, glossy red lips, deep dark eyes — that’s classic Gwen. When she married her long-time love, Gavin Rossdale in London on September 14, 2002, Gwen stayed true to herself. For her wedding she wore a custom designed gown by John Galliano. The designer hand-painted the silk faille gown in shades that ranged from pale pink to deep magenta. The asymmetrical straps showed off Gwen’s shoulders and swan-like neck. Bee-yew-ti-ful!

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Gwen’s wedding day makeup wasn’t that far removed her normal look. Gwen switched out red lips for magenta lips. The lipstick shade matched the hem of her wedding gown. She slightly muted her famous dark eye shadow, but just by a smidge.

HOW TO: To make sure your lip color has staying power on the big day, first line your lips in a matching lip pencil. After lining your lips, use that same lip pencil and lightly use it on your lips. After your lips are done, blot with a tissue. Then put on your lipstick. Blot again. Apply a second coat, blot with a tissue again. Smile and go!  If love dramatic makeup, be true to yourself on your wedding day. You need to feel like you on your big day, otherwise you’ll be so uncomfortable, you won’t enjoy yourself. And who doesn’t want to enjoy their own wedding day? 

4. The Boho Bride — Kate Moss

kate moss jamie hince wedding day

When Kate Moss married musician Jamie Hince on July 11, 2011, some people claimed it was the second most important wedding of the year (after a little affair called the Royal Wedding)! Others called it “Moss-stock” because so many of the guests, like Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, Kanye West, Beth Ditto and Snoop Dogg, were expected to perform over a three-day period.

On her wedding day, Kate wore a vintage-inspired cream colored gown by John Galliano. Her hair was styled in loose waves by celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight. Instead of a tiara, she wore a headpiece that was created in the ’20s style. For makeup, Kate opted for a sheer boho look instead of her signature heavy cats-eye liner.

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HOW TO: To achieve this subtle look or your big day, find a matte foundation that matches your skin tone — think of your base as the anchor to this look. Find one that will give you a matte, poreless complexion. Then you can look at pretty shadows and yummy lipsticks that will compliment your eyes and smile.

The eye makeup is created with soft, muted tones that compliment the iris. Kate’s wearing three shadows: soft purple gray on the lid, pale gray brown in the crease, then a dot of gold in the middle of crease’s arch and an ivory highlight near the brow bone. The lower lid is lined with a gray pencil, and then the line is smudged from corner to corner. The top lid is lined with a soft black eye liner close to the lid line. The closer you can get get to the lash line with an eye liner, the fuller your lashes will appear. Her brows are emphasized with brow pencil that matches her natural color.

For blush, Kate’s wearing a pale coral pink that’s applied to the apple of her cheeks. To finish up the look, Kate wore a seashell pink lip.

5. The “Old Hollywood” Bride — Nikki Reed

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In the fall sunshine, with leaves in romantic, autumnal shades, Twilight’s Nikki Reed married American Idol finalist Paul McDonald in Malibu on October 16, 2011.

Like Reese, Nikki went strapless wedding gown. Designed by jewelry company Tacori’ (their first ever wedding gown), it was a body-hugging, ivory-white beaded gown that included an almost 6-foot train and 100 real diamond buttons down the back of the gown. That’s almost 100 carats! The dress was inspired by the ’40s, which some say was the golden age of Hollywood.

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When your wedding is an outdoor one, the bright sun can actually make you seem paler than you are. If you’re also wearing a bright white, or in Nikki’s case a bright ivory-white gown, you can run the risk of looking washed out instead of looking like a glowing bride. The secret of Nikki’s glow is self-tanning and bronzing!

HOW TO: Before you self-tan, prep your skin by exfoliating it once a week. Make sure you’re exfoliating your elbows and your heels as skin can build up. Why exfoliate your feet if you’re in a long gown? Well you may kick off your shoes and dance barefoot! (Also, don’t forget about the honeymoon…)

You can start self-tanning about a month or two before your wedding. You want to have a light, healthy looking tan, so give yourself some time to experiment and find the right shade. Do not — repeat — DO NOT experiement the day before!

To complete the perfect outdoor glow, Nikki had a dusting of bronzer on the apples of her cheeks and across her forehead. Even if you’ve self-tanned, don’t be afraid to use a little bronzer. You can lightly dust it across your forehead, on your cheeks, your décolletage and even on your shoulders. When applying bronzer, the rule is “less is better, more is Jersey Shore.”

Tell us: Which bridal beauty style inspire you the most?

This post is sponsored by Dove® ClearTone™ Deodorant – designed to visibly reduce underarm dark marks and even skin tone.

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.

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