For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the catwalk were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the plaited updos the models wore. "We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood," Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. "The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or centre, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
Just when you thought it was time to take a breather post-Fashion Month, Autumn 2014 New York International Bridal Week comes marching in right around the corner. Whether you're walking down the aisle this season or just beginning to plan your nuptials for next year, you can find high-fashion inspiration from these runways. And there are options here for every personality, from the avant-garde to the more traditional bride. Click through (and bookmark) these hair and makeup looks to save in your big board of bridal imaginings.
It's important to feel your best on your wedding day, but that's hard to do when you're wearing thick layers of powder and seven coats of mascara. Fortunately, says makeup artist Jeffrey Tasker, it doesn't take much to create stunning yet natural-looking bridal makeup. "More doesn't necessarily mean better," he says. Read his advice for boosting a bride's natural beauty — without overdoing it.
For a vintage-meets-modern bridal hair and makeup look, direct your attention to Jenny Packham's Autumn 2014 Bridal Fashion Week collection. Inspired by the Belle Époque of the early 20th century, makeup artist Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier created a romantic, dreamy palette. Models' cheeks were flushed with three shades to achieve the perfect glow: Second Skin Cheek Colour (£21 each) in Barely Pink and Rose Petal, followed by Peach Whisper on the apples of the cheeks. Lips were done in mauve and beige tones using Crème Smooth Lip Colour (£20 each) in Pink Blush and Peche.
For the hair, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a mystical, ethereal updo full of voluminous curls. After applying 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, models' strands were blown dry using a Mason Pearson brush. Hair was then spritzed with Platinum Strength Heat Protection Spray and curled using a smaller iron near the neck, a medium barrel from the ears to the crown, and a one-inch barrel on top. Each curl was set with pincurl clips. When the hair was cool, Syfu removed the pins and teased models' strands into texturised faux bobs. A few spritzes of finishing spray, along with sparkly hair accessories (on some models) from Packham's line, completed the vintage-inspired style.
A lot of kissing goes on at weddings (and we aren't just talking between the bride and groom). So make sure when your photographer catches candids that your smile is smudge-free and looking just as great as when you first applied your lipstick. Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff has all the steps you need to ensure your guests remain unbesmirched by your transferred lip color. See how when you read on.
Even the most prepared bride can encounter beauty mishaps on her wedding day. But you've spent so much time getting ready; it would be a shame to not be prepared in case something goes awry. So consider arranging a bridal survival kit to pack with you for the ceremony and reception. It should contain everything you need for wedding day minidisasters, from preaisle jitters to runny mascara and stained dresses. Spread the items among your bridesmaids so you'll never be without your tools in a clutch. To see what to have on hand to be prepared for every outcome, just keep reading.
If you've ever been to an Indian, Moroccan, or Pakistani wedding ceremony, you've probably seen — or worn — mehndi. Many brides, both in the UK and abroad wear these henna "tattoos" on their hands and feet for wedding celebrations; look closely and you might spot their loved one's name worked into the design. See 30 strikingly beautiful examples of this decorative art form now.
Somewhere on your list of things to do before your wedding day is finding a hairstylist and makeup artist. It's likely that you have a hairstylist, but the same person who cuts your hair might not be a bridal updo expert. And makeup artists? Very few women have a pro in their list of contacts. And if your wedding is out of town, then that adds a whole other element of frustration. Simplify your search for a bridal beauty entourage with these tips:
- Ask friends: While you're making the rounds this wedding season, ask the bride who did her hair and makeup. It's also a good idea to poll your married girlfriends for ideas too. Finally, the wedding coordinator is also a good resource for a list of professional hair and makeup artists in the area.
- Search for salons: Quiz your regular stylist on his availability for your wedding day. Even if they aren't available for your wedding, he might know fellow stylists in the area who do similar services. You can also do a quick Internet search to find a salon that offers special bridal packages for hair and makeup.
- Attend bridal shows: Wedding expos are the holy grail of information. You can find everything from your dress to a wedding planner at your local bridal show. It's also a great resource for finding a hairstylist or makeup artist in your area for the big day.
- Scope department stores: Many makeup artists who work at your local beauty counter also do freelance work. If you find someone who does glowing, natural makeup well during a consultation, then ask for her card.
Once you have a list of potential wedding hairstylists and makeup artists, ask to see portfolios, and get references. Then, it's time to set up your bridal trial (warning: it might take more than one). Schedule the test run at least six months before your nuptials, so you have time to perfect your look or even find someone else. Also keep in mind that your team will likely have to do everyone in the bridal party, too. So, make sure you brief them on what you want for your bridesmaids, mother, and flower girls.
Planning a wedding can be an exercise in patience, but with this printable wedding beauty planning checklist in tow, watch your worries melt away. From scheduling relaxing spa days to picking your perfect wedding-day hairstyle, we walk you through what should come when with this handy time line. So whether you're the bride or a close friend or family member who's helping out, you'll be covered — beautifully, of course — from head to toe.
If you're headed off to a wedding that's set in a remote location, beautifying as a guest, bridesmaid, or even the bride can be a challenge. From not being able to tote your entire hair and makeup stash with you to no salon in sight, you might have to pull a beauty MacGyver. Or perhaps you just want to look fabulous without making that trip to the salon. Find out how you can fake a professional service when you keep reading.