Wedding Beauty


It’s already been ten weeks since my wedding and I wanted to share some of the pictures and beauty tips from my big day.  After prepping for a year it’s incredible how quickly it all comes and goes. Thankfully there’s lots of pictures to look back on. The party was so much fun and the best part was being surrounded by all of my friends and family. Since I live in Sweden it’s rare to see all of my closest friends and family in one room. I was fortunate that my bridesmaids came in to Miami from Paris, Stockholm, New York and L.A.

They wore black dresses from Reformation and carried cream colored roses. The groomsmen wore matching flowers pinned to the lapel of their tuxes. Karl had a touch of pink in his boutonniere to match my bouquet of pink peonies. I lucked out and our florist was able to round up enough to make my bouquet, since November isn’t their season. I went with soft blush tones for the rest of the flowers and used silk ivory dupioni linens for a classic touch. I was really lucky to have my mom help plan everything since I was an ocean away.

I decided on a beauty look really last minute but had a clear idea of what I wanted. My take on wedding beauty is quite simple. I wanted to look like myself with a little something extra. I wasn’t interested in an updo or wearing a pound of caked on makeup. Since I typically wear my hair down, I decided to go that route. Alex from Oribe gave me beachy waves. It took less than an hour to curl my tresses and pin them up. He sprayed them with an Oribe setting spray and left them to set for a couple of hours. We parted my hair to the side ( middle parts make me look middle aged) and minutes before show time we unpinned the curls and brushed them out.  As a final touch we pinned small white orchids in the back for the ceremony and took out the bobby pins before cocktail hour. This was a really easy way to differentiate the looks. Our ceremony under the chuppah was outside and it felt like one of the windiest nights in Boca ever. Kippahs flew off a groomsman, the chuppah shook and my hair went from Victoria’s Secret Angel to wind-machine overload,  luckily I was running on pure adrenaline  so I couldn’t care less.

My bridesmaid Miki is a makeup artist and did my makeup for the big day. I had her use the same products that I use daily, so there were no surprise skin reactions or wrong color foundation to scrub off. We used Natura Bisse Diamond White CC Cream as a base and sealed it with my favorite Arcona Mineral Powder in almond. For a touch of color we used Sisley Phyto Blush-Eclat in #4. I didn’t want to pile on the eye shadow and fake lashes ending the night looking like a racoon. I went eyeshadow free and lined my eyes with Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in black. We did a wing, which paired well with the subtle glamorous feel of the wavy hair. The eyeliner is waterproof and lasted the whole night without smudging, even when I shed a few tears after the ceremony.  Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara has pretty much made fake eyelashes obsolete. I am obsessed with this mascara and we did a couple coatings to curl and fan my lashes out.

I went with a nude Jin Soon Polish on my nails called Nostalgia. It’s a perfect, classic, creamy shade. I didn’t win the hand lottery with my short squat fingers (kindly referred to as my ‘cookie fingers’) so choosing a nude didn’t call excess attention. Deciding on a lipstick color was probably the most difficult part of the beauty look. I wanted something natural that had a slight pop to it without smacking you in the face. I wore the Tom Ford shade Plum Lush. Aside from a few lipstick touch ups throughout the night my makeup lasted perfectly, even in the face of tropical storm winds. The night was incredible and the makeup stayed in place through all of my late night dancing. (I brought a pair of black Nikes that I kept under my table and when I wanted to dance I’d swap out my sky high Charlotte Olympia’s for something more cozy. I got a few side eyes but it was worth it.)

After the party Karl and I headed back to the hotel around 2:00 AM for an early morning dip in the pool ( don’t worry not in my wedding dress). The day after the wedding we had a pool party brunch at my parent’s house before heading off on our honeymoon. We had the best time and I have lots of pictures for a few posts coming up shortly!

  • Monika Ostrowska

    Mazel tov! Beautiful pictures and a truly beautiful bride and make-up.