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Let’s face it: wedding season is stressful. From bridal showers to transportation costs to finding the perfect dress for the occasion, planning a wedding can be almost as stress-inducing for bridesmaids as it is for the couple tying the knot themselves. Finding affordable and stylish wedding guest dresses can be a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles is figuring out how to dress without “outshining the bride,” particularly if you’re a bridesmaid. The bride is expected to be the most glamorous, elegant, and heavily made-up on her special day, while the bridesmaids are expected to bring a softer and subtler beauty to the scene.
If you’ve been given the honor of being a bridesmaid, make sure you help to make the bride feel at ease in her own skin rather than striving to outshine her. It’s easy to accidentally overstep your bounds, but there are a few tips you can follow to ensure that you are not overshadowing your friend on the most memorable day of her life.
Opt for soft makeup
Everyone deserves to look beautiful, and it’s understandable that you might be worried about how you look at an event guaranteed to be captured by dozens of Instagram-savvy guests and a professional wedding photographer to boot. However, upstaging the bride on her special day is a definite strike against you and will surely not make you popular among the other bridesmaids. One way to avoid this is by using softer makeup.
While brides often choose a more glamorous makeup look than they would normally go for in their daily lives, it’s generally expected that bridesmaids stick to subtler shades. Celebrity makeup artists suggest that, in general, a soft pink or nude lip is the way to go, and you should avoid bright reds or burgundies. Contour helps to delicately define your features without hollowing your cheekbones out too much, and a soft rouge blush is preferable to the heavy bronzer you might have slathered on the night of the bachelorette party.
Although every bride’s taste is different and some will be more bent on micromanaging small details than others, it is a known fact that weddings are elegant, upscale affairs, and they should be treated as such. Rather than using your bridesmaid status as a chance to apply bold makeup and scout out your own future husband on the dance floor, stay on the safe side and opt for minimal makeup. Just like on the runway, emphasize only one area of your face. In the case of weddings, dramatic eye makeup is typically a better option than a daring lip color.
Don’t be intimidated by the “dusk” shade
Inspired by the most dramatic and romantic time of day, right before the sun sets and the magical evening reception begins, the shade known as “dusk” is becoming an increasingly popular choice for bridesmaid gowns. Ranging from a dusty neutral beige to a soft demure pink shade, this is not the boring or bland color some bridesmaids fear. In reality, when paired with warmer makeup hues and copper or brass accessories, dusk is one of the most stunning, timeless shades.
Dusk bridesmaid dresses are very commonly designed with chiffon material, which, as you might imagine, is highly comfortable and easy to move around in. It’s the perfect style for a cute spring wedding or a lowkey outdoor affair. While the style of the dress is ultimately not up to you, and you’ll have to grin and bear it no matter which choice the bride makes, some of these elegant cuts might jump out at the bride as possibilities.