Chelsea Clinton has come a long way...
As a bride, she really had the look perfected. I think a bride should have visible makeup, a wedding is not the time for a nude face. On the other hand, all-out smokey eyes and glossy lips is not right either. Nude lips also seems wrong. Yes, this is the official way to do it:
But, having said that, Megan Fox's recent beach wedding was very charming for its natural no-frills appeal. Her makeup was the epitome of natural (replete with tan lines.)
Gwen Stefani chose a colour to enliven her famous Dior wedding dress, but her makeup obeyed the rules:
Christina Aguilera, notorious for her enthusiatic approach to makeup, took advantage of the classic red lip bridal image:
Some shun the classic bridal red lip though, especially if their husband is younger and they have to look as youthful as possible... Here is Eva Longoria:
This wedding had a very vintage Midsummer Night's Dream aura, thanks to the vintage gown. But the makeup is still classic and not too hippyish. Leah Wood:
Catherine Zeta Jones looked catalogue perfect:
Despite the dashingly handsome husband, I don't like Fergie's pale lips and smokey eyes here. It is probably the most flattering on her, but really I think a bride ought to have blushing cheeks and red lips...?
There is just something so timeless about deep red lips on a bride. See Grace Kelly:
Of course to some, a wedding day is a fun day and their taste will override any given rules. Jordan seemingly sees weddings as a time for pantomime, Victoria Beckham would not trade in her fake tan and nude lips for anything, and Dita Von Teese defiantly chose a stunning purple Vivien Westwood gown, and made sure her makeup was gothic purple to match.
Aside from long-lasting and all the other mundane issues, is there even really such a thing as bridal makeup? How do you think a "blushing bride" should aspire to look?