We Tried It: Lancôme's Bridal Collection

07/24/2014 at 07:01 PM ET

We Tried It: Lancôme’s Le Grand Jour Bridal Color Collection

What it is: A wedding-focused makeup set featuring a variety of palettes for the “Classic & Charming Bride, Modern & Trendy Bride, and Dazzling & Glamorous Bride” (RE: Use these products and you can create any look you want)

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why I did it: I’ve been obsessing over all the celebrity weddings happening this summer (and getting tons of inspiration for my own!) so I figured it was about time to go for a makeup trial with a little Hollywood inspiration. Plus, as soon as I saw the new collection, it was just too pretty not to play with

Level of difficulty: 0. I could get my makeup done all. day. long. The best part? The products are easy to test out at home

The biggest piece of bridal advice I keep receiving over and over is, “Make sure you look like yourself on your wedding day.” I totally agree with this mantra, but of course, every girl wants to be an enhanced version of herself. But to be real, we (and here I’m speaking for the collective group of brides-to-be in the universe) want to make everyone’s jaws hit the floor — especially the groom’s! Finding the dress is one thing (for me, that was a breeze), but the beauty is a whole different ballgame. So when Lancôme’s new wedding color collection hit my desk, I was immediately intrigued. I already love some of the brand’s classics, and just by looking at the new palettes and lip shades I knew I had to try some out.

We Tried It: Makeup Trial with Lancome's Bridal CollectionCourtesy Brittany Talarico

Lancôme “Beauty at Every Age” expert Sandy Linter (she’s worked with a number of celebrities on editorial shoots and — fun fact — she did Patti Hansen’s makeup for her wedding to Keith Richards 1983!) was the mastermind behind my very first makeup trial. After we chatted about my vision, she encouraged me not to be afraid to go the “glam bride” route.

For the purpose of this We Tried It, I didn’t shy away from a strong smoky eye, and I’m happy I didn’t. We went for a subtly sultry cat-eye using a mix of three different Color Design pan palettes — “Showered in Lace,” “Evening I Do” and “Kiss the Bride.” As a base liner, Sandy used Le Crayon Khôl eyeline in “Black Ebony,” then topped it with Liner Design gel eyeliner in “Black Fishnets.” I’m not sure if I’ll go as dramatic (maybe I’ll opt for a brown liner?), but I did love the way the eye translated in the roughly one bajillion selfies I took. (Confession: We added a few falsies to the outer corners of my lashes for a subtle winged effect.)

We Tried It: Makeup Trial with Lancome's Bridal CollectionCourtesy Brittany Talarico

I also asked Sandy about another big bridal beauty question I have been debating: To airbrush or not to airbrush? When you do airbrush makeup, yes, your skin tone looks even, but it can also hide some of that definition you want in your face. Since different areas of your skin have different textures and pigments, Sandy advises to do a mix of foundation, under-eye concealer, bronzer and a pressed powder to obtain the most natural feel.

We Tried It: Makeup Trial with Lancome's Bridal CollectionCourtesy Brittany Talarico

For me, after prepping my skin, she used Teint Miracle foundation and two different kinds of eye concealers (Effacernes in “Camée” for under my eye and Macquicomplet in “Correcteur”) for the inner corners of my eyes. Then she dusted on bronzer for contouring and highlighting, topped with Blush Subtil in “Tangerine Tint.” And to keep everything in place (and to prevent crazy shine), she added a light dusting of Dual Finish powder.

The last step? The lips. A bride wants to have a little color, but she’ll be doing a lot of kissing that night so she wants to be comfortable. We opted for the brand’s bestselling Rouge in Love lipstick in “Lasting Kiss” topped with Lip Lover #311 over the lipstick to add shine. (Note: I had to take one “Kim Kardashian with her glam squad duck face selfie.” Sorry, mom.)

We Tried It: Makeup Trial with Lancome's Bridal CollectionCourtesy Brittany Talarico

Verdict: While I’m still making the game-time decision on who will do my makeup on the big day (Sandy, if you’re available, let me know!), I do know I’ll be incorporating some of Lancôme’s products from this collection — the colors are just what I had in mind. I’d also encourage all those brides out there who are planning to do their own makeup to check out this line. Now on to the next checklist item … hair!

What are you favorite cosmetic brands? What other beauty things should we try?

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