{Lover.ly & Serving up Beauty} Oscar de la Renta-inspired wedding makeup

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Whenever I meet with a bride to preview her wedding makeup, I first ask to see a photo of her dress. I can learn so much about a bride’s personal style from her choice of attire, and the color, shape, and embellishments will greatly inspire the final makeup. I strive to create a look that will complement and enhance my bride’s wedding day fashion, rather than competing with it – as well as one that will make her look & feel amazing!

When wedding planning website Lover.ly asked me to blog about wedding gowns and corresponding beauty looks, I was flattered – and a teensy bit overwhelmed! After all, there are SO MANY gorgeous dresses to choose from, and at first I didn’t know where to begin. Until I was bowled over by a STUNNING Oscar de la Renta dress (hint: it’s the third one shown below), recalled his recent passing (such a tremendous loss to the fashion world!), and decided to focus on three of his amazing creations.

Here’s how I would beautify the bride who dared to wear these gowns:


Sophisticated smoky eye for an Oscar de la Renta bride

With a fitted silk silhouette and trumpet skirt, this dress is sleek and sophisticated – but the creases along the bodice and the draped bow on the skirt keep things playful. I immediately envisioned a smoky eye with a hint of pinky plum tones and lush lashes (smoky eyes don’t always have to be black & grey, especially for weddings). These shades will complement any iris color beautifully but will REALLY brighten up green and hazel eyes!

To keep the look soft, I finished with lightly flushed cheeks and glossy lips in a nude tone.

Liz’s product picks:

  • YSL Beauty Couture palette in Parisienne
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara in Black
  • Ardell Natural Lash #120
  • FACE Atelier Lip Glaze in Cameo

Reddy Romantic

Orangey red lips for an Oscar de la Renta bride

With miles upon miles of ruffled organza and tulle, this frothy confection just screams “I Do!” I yearned to see a pop of color jump out of that sea of white, and nothing says romance like red lips. For this particular model, I selected a bold orange-red shade (applied with a brush for precision), and kept the eyes and cheeks softly defined with satin earthtones.

Liz’s product picks:

  • Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette
  • MAC Lady Danger lipstick
  • Chanel lip brush
  • NARS Blush in Zen

Something Blue

Romantic peach-toned makeup for an Oscar de la Renta bride

This dress absolutely took my breath away – love the lace sheath, love that swishy train, and most of all, I love that nontraditional color! I would recommend the opposite of blue for the makeup: warm, shimmery peach tones on the eyes paired with soft peachy-pink lips & cheeks. Makeup doesn’t have to match your dress, especially when you’re wearing a color like this!

(In love with this look? Check out the tutorial here!)

Liz’s product picks:

  • Urban Decay Naked3 palette
  • NARS Blush in Deep Throat
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • Burberry Lip Velvet in Peony Rose

Runway photos: Oscar de la Renta, via Lover.ly

Beauty photography: Michelle Girard

Makeup: Liz Washer, Makeup Artistry by Liz



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