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The day has finally come—your little girl has been swept away and is about to marry the love of her life. Chances are you’ve spent countless hours helping her pick out the perfect dress and hairstyle for when she says “I do,” but have you said “I do” to your own mother of the bride hairdo? As the mother of the bride, you have an important role in your daughter’s wedding day—and that role means plenty of photographs that call for just the right beauty look. Below, we’re sharing nine mother of the bride beauty ideas—including mother of the bride hairstyle ideas, makeup looks, and dresses—so you can look your best on this special day.
First up: your hair! To make choosing your hairdo for the big day easy, we’ve compiled a list of three mother of the bride hair ideas.
One of the most classic mother of the bride hairstyles is the French twist. This hairstyle is totally put-together and elegant, while also keeping your hair out of your face so you can focus on any wedding day duties you may have. Not sure how to create this timeless ‘do? Here’s How to Create a Classic French Twist.
Another updo to consider? A chignon. This is the perfect hairdo for those who want their hair up and out of their face, but don’t want their entire length tucked away. The low bun look works best with medium or long hair. The best part is, this hairstyle isn’t hard to recreate yourself! Here’s How to Master a Chignon Hairstyle in 5 Easy Steps.
You don’t have to be limited to an updo hairstyle when you're the mother of the bride. If wearing your mane down is more your style, consider creating some voluminous curls. You can let all of your hair hang free or use a pretty wedding hair accessory (just skip the tiara) to pin back only your face-framing strands.
You want your daughter to be the star of her wedding day, don’t you? When it comes to mother of the bride makeup, your best bet is to keep things simple and make one thing the center of your look: eyes, face, or lips. Here are three mother of the bride makeup looks to try, based on that rule.
When it comes to your eyes, keep things neutral. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your makeup look. We see no occasion more fit for a smoky eye—well, a brown smoky eye, that is. This eye makeup look is the perfect balance of done-up without being overdone—just what you want as mother of the bride! For a step-by-step tutorial, read our article, How to Create a Brown Smoky Eye.
Prefer to have your face makeup on display? Give yourself a coral flush that’ll emphasize your beaming complexion as you watch your daughter walk down the aisle. As one of the hottest colors for 2019, your makeup look will also be totally on-trend. Use the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Fantastical to color the apples of your cheeks.
If you want to play up your pout, the perfect pink lipstick is just what you need. Paint your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Macarons Scented Liquid Lipstick in Praline De Paris for a smudge-proof, matte liquid lip. A bonus: The long-lasting formula is infused with notes of almond, vanilla, and cream to mimic one of our favorite French treats.
Now that you have some ideas for your makeup and hair, it’s time to face one of the most trying dilemmas there is: what to wear! Take notes to start planning your perfect mother of the bride outfit.
When it comes to mother of the bride dresses, your best bet is to opt for a midi dress. This style of dress falls mid-calf, making it conservative enough for a wedding. Choose one that flatters your figure and works for the time of year. If your daughter is getting married in the spring or summer, a floral midi dress could work well. If she’s getting married in the fall or winter, consider a lace midi dress with a coordinating shawl. Of course, the biggest rule is no white!
Dresses not your style? Go mod with a matching pant suit. We love soft neutrals like beige and taupe for this look, as they’re understated but still look totally elegant.
If you love the convenience of a one-piece outfit but prefer the look of pants to a dress, a jumpsuit is the way to go. Just be sure to steer clear of spaghetti strap options, as these tend to appear less formal. It’s also not a bad idea to dress up your jumpsuit with a pair of heels and more formal jewelry.
Okay, you’re officially ready to beautify yourself for your daughter’s wedding day. Now, get ready to have an amazing time celebrating your daughter and her new groom!
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