Picking a timeless wedding look

So I did this styled shoot a few years ago and while this is from an older shoot these pictures still look relevant.  Today I want talk about picking a look for your wedding that will last forever.  My goal for each of my brides is for them to look back at their images and like what they see, I want them to say wow I still look like me and I remember feeling flawless and beautiful.  I don’t want my brides to look at their images and say holy cow what was I thinking.

We have all seen it you are looking through an old wedding album and you see the puffy sleeves, big hair, blue eyeshadow and pastel bell bottoms.  Usually the response is that was the style back then.  The bridal industry has come a long way since the 70’s and we should be thankful for that.  Here are some tips on how to choose a makeup look that will last a lifetime.


1) Don’t do anything trendy.  I know that glittery highlighters and chiseling the heck out of your face is all the rage but those looks will date you.  Instead go for light highlighting and contouring only where it is necessary.  You don’t need it and it is hard for a photographer to edit.

2) If you don’t normally wear a lot of makeup your wedding day isn’t the day to try something new.  If you are wanting a smokey eye or a daring lip color test it out before your wedding day so you are used to seeing yourself wearing a dramatic look. I love a smokey eye and there are ways to make it functional for your wedding day.

3) Stick with the classics.  There is nothing prettier than a bride that has a vintage inspired look.  There are ways to make it modern so you don’t feel like you are Rita Hayworth in “Gilda”.  

4) There is only so much I can do for your skin make sure you start taking care of your skin’s needs way before your wedding day like as soon as you get engaged way before.

5) Have your bridal look match the tone of your wedding.  Meaning if you are having a day time wedding in a garden than a pretty natural bridal look with soft pinks, and nudes will look best.  If you are having an evening wedding with a cocktail hour than go for a more dramatic look.

6) I truly believe less is best if you are glamming up the eyes than keep your skin clean and lips light.  If you are going for a more dramatic lip than keep your eyes neutral.

7) I have never seen a bride that is not beautiful on her wedding day.  A smile is all that is needed to make you glow.


Photography by Jenny Ostenson Photography

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