Celebrity wedding beauty mishaps
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Star Wedding-Day Beauty Blunders1 of 10
By Brienne Walsh
Just because a celeb has the means to hire an army of experts doesn't mean she's guaranteed to look flawless for her big day. We've looked back over the past 60 years and compiled a list of definite wedding-day beauty don'ts. From painted-on eyebrows to silly headpieces, here are some stars' bridal backfires, along with advice on how to avoid making the same beauty errors.
Into the Wild2 of 10
Elizabeth Taylor was known for her impeccable beauty and for her flawless taste in jewels—but she could have toned down the flowers in 1974 at her (second) wedding to Richard Burton. It seems the multi-Oscar-winner took the hippie influence of the era a bit too much to heart. Rather than looking like a fresh and dewy bride, she ended up looking like Rapunzel when she got tangled.
Lesson learned? Keep most of the flora on the reception tables.
It Doesn't Gel3 of 10
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are famous for having one of the most enduring—and loving—Hollywood marriages. However, oddsmakers may have been against the match if they had only Wilson's 1988 wedding ensemble to go on. Wilson's over-gelled bangs were unfortunate, though most stylists of that time were at a loss when it came to curly locks. The hair-product overload weighed down her lovely ringlets and made them too piece-y.
Lesson learned: Just say no to overly enthusiastic hairdressers wielding an armada of styling aids. Keep as close to your usual look as possible.
Ice Queen4 of 10
Marrying Elvis Presley made Priscilla the queen of rock and roll, but on the big day her her makeup was anything but regal. Her gorgeous face was overwhelmed by heavily rendered cat eyes and her nude lips distracted from her natural beauty. Lipstick would have enlivened her face, which was nearly as pale as her white gown.
Lesson learned? Look alive, and expand your makeup palette beyond black and white.
Brow Beat5 of 10
We admire that Nicole Kidman wore minimal makeup (and a fantastic Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga gown) to her June 2006 wedding to Keith Urban. We just wish she had used a less heavy hand on her eyebrows, which stand out Groucho Marx–style on her otherwise milky skin.
Lesson learned? Do a test run with your makeup before the big day.
Un-Proper Topper6 of 10
Superstar Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown in 1992, the same year her film The Bodyguard hit theaters. Although we're pretty sure Houston looked exquisite on her wedding day, it was hard to tell because an elaborately beaded cap completely hid her hair, ears and lovely forehead.
Lesson learned? No accessory should upstage a bride's beautiful face.
Private Eyes7 of 10
Liv Tyler's blue eyes are one of her most arresting features. Unfortunately, they were obscured by long, thick bangs at her wedding to Royston Langdon in 2003. Just a quick trim would have rescued the look—unless Liv had intended to substitute her fringe for a veil, in which case we're not sure if this is a look that could be saved.
Lesson learned? You should be able to see the person you're saying I do to.
Red Scare8 of 10
Sarah, Duchess of York, made a royal beauty misstep for her wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986. Although her untamed red perm was very much of-the-moment, the mid-'80s were a bad moment for hair.
Lesson learned? When choosing a wedding 'do, opt for a classic style so your photos won't look dated five years later.
Premature Aging9 of 10
Rita Hayworth was renowned for her ample décolletage, which is why it's a shame that she kept it under wraps at her wedding to Prince Aly Khan in 1949. Her matronly gown and too-dark lipstick made her look older than her 31 years.
Lesson learned? You definitely don't want to be mistaken for the mother of the bride.
Head Ache10 of 10
There's almost nothing that's not over-the-top about the Celine Dion's December 1994 wedding look. For one, her tiara weighed seven pounds and was embellished with 2,000 Austrian crystals. The showy topper's widow's peak accentuated her brows yet washed out the rest of her lovely face.
Lesson learned? Crowns should only be worn by royalty.