Because who really wants that perfect love story anyway?
In the days of prom proposals and big gay weddings fewer brides are going the cliche big fluffy dress and Glamour Shots makeup route anymore. From Pinterest to Paris girls are pulling inspo from everywhere. If you are getting married anytime soon, chances are you old enough to remember music videos. Before MTV turned into a reality show network and TRL still existed, music video watching was a real pastime and excellent source of inspiration. We’re taking you back to that moment with the best bridal beauty moments in music videos.
NARS lipstick in Afghan Red, $27
Urban Decay Naked palette, $54
Yes, we’re starting here. There is no better way to start a conversation about beauty iconography in music than examining that of Sade. Classic, elegant and still somehow cool. That’s all a girl really wants to be in life anyways. In the singers video for No Ordinary Love she portrays a mermaid bride worth recreating. Try a very nude eyeshadow with a light contour in the crease using the Urban Decay Naked palette and a brownish red like Nars’ Afghan Red.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Satin Radiance Lipstick in Rose Carnation, $36
Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, $37
Sadly, we weren’t invited to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s wedding either. Thank goodness she gave us ‘Best Thing You Never Had’ or else we’d never had known how the Queen Bee does bridal. A very natural look with a super sleek chignon, of course. We recommend YSL lipstick in Rose Carnation and Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #77 (black), $14
Hot Tools Petite Tapered Iron, $47
This is for the bride who’s not afraid to go there. Run into marital bliss in a smokey eye and impossibly glamourous voluminous curls like beauty icon Gwen Stefani in No Doubt’s Simple Kind of Life. This bridal music video moment is legendary. Try it out using Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel in #77 and a small curling iron like Hot Tools’ Petite Tapered Iron.
Deva Curl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler, $28
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush in Blushing Bride, $28
Not enough women embrace their curls on their wedding day. Leave it to Madonna to rock a curl and a contour for her take on bridal glam in ‘Like a Virgin’. This video is still inspiring bridal beauty decades later. Try DevaCurl’s Supercream Coconut Curl Styler and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in Blushing Bride.
Diorshow mascara, $28
Ardell Demi Whispies, $3
Don’t lie. You know you still attempt to hit the high notes of this song when you’e all alone. Mariah Carey’s comeback video for ‘We Belong Together’ gave all sorts of nude glam bridal inspiration. The running beauty theme throughout this video was a good lash. Amp yours up with Diorshow mascara and Ardell’s Demi Whispies .
So there you have it. Five music video bridal beauty looks to pull inspiration from for your own dream day. Or at least five minutes of great nostalgia.
Andrita Renee is a New York City based creative with over five years experience working in the upper echelon of fashion as an editorial hair stylist and writer.