“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Did you have something blue at your wedding? Apparently, this is not only for luck, but is also meant to ward off the Evil Eye, which can leave a bride barren. So, for those of you who aren’t yet married, this is oviously something very serious to consider. I don’t know about you, but I’d never want to be sterile due to a stupid, hasty mistake I made when I was planning my wedding.
Superstitious origins aside, a lot of modern brides choose to adhere to the old rhyme in the spirit of tradition. My sister’s wedding is almost here and, while she breezed through the first three requirements, the last one gave her pause.
I know a lot of brides who opt for their “something blue” to be in the form of a bow sewn onto their garter, but there are, of course, a ton of options that are more unique and relevant to beauty fanatics.
Usually, your wedding day is all about the pinkish-nude Essie cult favourite, right? A nice blue nail polish is something unexpected, however.
I think a light hue would be up anyone's alley, but there are a million different shades to choose from. You could even do an accent nail in blue, if you so desire.
I love Essie Mint Candy Apple for this idea which, as the name suggests, is a mint colour that is very sky-blue in application.
If you prefer your nails to be a more traditional shade, you can do your pedicure in blue to compensate.
A Hair Streak
I once read a blog post from a girl who dyed her hair blue for her sister’s wedding. While I, personally, think this is an adorable idea, a lot of brides want their wedding photos to be “What were we thinking?”-free.
An alternative to this is to get those chalk pastels out the cupboard from that dip-dye trend of times past and coat a small streak of hair blue. It can be as noticeable or subtle as the bride desires.
If you have dark hair, remember to wet it before colouring it so that it shows up. You could also buy a clip in extension in blue--I’ve seen a ton of them at discount stores.
A Pretty Hair Accessory
My sister finally found her “something blue” at Forever New in the form of a pretty hair clip, which she was looking for anyway.
While I’m sure that most brides aren’t anxiously searching for a tube of blue lipstick for their special day, there is a way to sneak some blue into your makeup while still maintaining a classic look: blue-based makeup.
What I mean by this is cosmetics that have a blue base to their hue, such as lipsticks like MAC Pink Nouveau, or a classic blue-based red lipstick. The bonus of a lipstick with blue undertones is that your teeth may look whiter. Cheating the system is the best, and besides, who’s monitoring (besides the fertility gods)?
There are as many ideas out there for your “something blue” as there are wedding blogs and websites, but I love the idea of my blue thing being in hair and makeup and not under or in a dress.
For the married commenters: what did you do for your “something blue”? For the unmarried: would you wear blue lipstick or dye your hair blue for your wedding?