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Vintage Bridal Beauty Inspiration: Lover.ly

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.

If you’re going retro on your wedding day or for your engagement photos, the key to not looking like you’re heading to a costume party (unless, of course, you’re having a costume wedding!) is subtlety. To pull this off, choose one or two vintage-inspired styles to imitate—think a vintage dress and makeup with modern hair—or do the updated 2013 version of your gown, hairstyle, and makeup. Here are four gorgeous vintage beauty looks to get you inspired.

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(Photo by: Shannon Williams Photography on Munaluchi Bridal via Lover.ly)

The 1920s Bride
A short, sleek hairstyle and a glam headband create this Gatsby-esque look, but the modern makeup keeps her from looking like a movie extra. To get this chic crop for your wedding, smooth Oribe Crème for Style onto hair before straightening it with the amika Birchbox Mini Ceramic Styler.

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(Photo by: Elizabeth & John Craig on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly)

The 1950s Bride
Her thick black lashes and pink lips are totally kittenish, but the mini-pompadour gives this platinum teased style a bit of an edge. Recreate this look with Paul & Joe Beauté Full Coverage Lipstick in the appropriately-named “retro” shade (even the tube has a vintage vibe!) and black Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner.

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(Photo by: Raw Photo Design on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly)

The 1960s Bride
The bow belt! The gloves! That hair! To get this Mad Men-inspired look on your big day, tease hair at the roots with the Spornette Little Wonder Brush (which made its debut in the late 1950s) before pinning it into a bouffant. Long-lasting Shu Uemura Art of Hair Sheer Lacquer will help keep it in place as you cut a rug on the dance floor.

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(Photo by: Hudson Nichols Photography on Bayside Bride via Lover.ly)

The 1970s Bride
This glam and easygoing bridal style has a modern-day Charlie’s Angels vibe that we love. A healthy, tawny glow is central to this look, so rub NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer (which smells heavenly) into skin before you put on your gown. Then swirl Laura Gellar Beauty Baked Blush-n-Brighten across your cheeks for a bronzed, flushed look.

More from Lover.ly:

1920s-inspired wedding ideas

Bridal headbands and headpieces we love

Find the perfect vintage wedding gown

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