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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    Porcelain and Plum: Bella has porcelain-perfect skin, sculpted eyebrows, and a deep plum lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Lovely Lips: Sonia used just a soft shadow on Gabbi's already gorgeous eyes, and added some pink gloss to accentuate her perfect lips. Photo by Becky Hill     Sophisticated Shimmer: Millie is a sight to behold with her ultra-long lashes and radiant shimmer eyeshadow. Makeup by Sonia Roselli.     All About Eyes: A dramatic liner gives a small dose of drama to Stephanie's otherwise soft and feminine features.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Jeremy Lawson.     Natural Glow: Can't tell Cori is wearing any makeup? Sonia plays up her natural glow. Photo by Sonia Roselli.       Color Matching Vivian's utterly exquisite green eyes appear even more lovely with a brown shadow and dusty rose lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Glam Girl The perfect red lip can be both understated and glamorous. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.     Soft and Smokey A soft smokey eye and neutral lip can carry you seamlessly from day into night. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.  
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color.

    Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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  • Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)

    If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle.  Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding.  If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds. 

    Eat More Often 
    Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you?  That's right.  If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions.  By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism.  As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.

    Drink More Water
    Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water.  Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day.  Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process. 

    If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do.  Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up.  This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go.  If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.

    Cardio Exercise 
    Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds.  Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do.  For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds.  While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being!  Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.

    Skip the Sugar 
    In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all.  Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat.  This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too!  These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.

    By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.

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  • Whether you choose to wear a veil or headpiece (or none at all), make sure it enhances your overall wedding day look. Tip: Pick your wedding dress first and hairstyle second. Choose your veil or headpiece last. Here are 8 headpieces we love to inspire you: 

    1. Feather Fascinator 

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography

    2. Pearl Brooch

    Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography

    3. Chignon Clip

    Photo by Abby Grace Photography

    4. Three-Tiered Silk Headband 

    Photo by Untamed Petals 

    5. Sparkling Diamond Crown

    Photo by Michelle Warren Photography

    6. Gold Emblem Headpiece 

    Photo by Jen Huang Photography

    7. Floral-Shaped Crystal Brooch 

    Photo by Jason and Anna Photography

    8. Beaded Bobby Pins 

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography

    Which headpiece would you choose? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Photo by Woodland Fields Photography 

    We know, we know—you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. And a full set of false eyelashes can seem a little daunting if your regular makeup routine is on the low-maintenance side. The solution? Individual false lashes. When applied properly, they'll accentuate your eyes and maintain a natural look. Here's our top four tips for getting it right. 

    1. Size Matters To appear as natural as possible, look for individual lashes that are just slightly longer than your natural lash. We like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit ($9.99 at Amazon),  as it offers three different lengths to choose from.   2. Focus on the Outer Corners Start on your outer corners of your eye and work your way in—this way you’ll have a clear view of where you can use the extra fringe. For a girly, wing-tipped look, apply the lashes to your outer corners only.    3. Dark Adhesive is Key Use a lash adhesive that dries dark (like Ardell's Duo eyelash adhesive in Dark, $4.79 at Amazon) to help mask unwanted traces of glue. Dark adhesive will also blend more easily with your eyeliner and mascara.   4. Minimize Mascara Once your false lashes are set, sweep with a volumizing mascara to complete your look. Avoid lengthening mascara and don’t go overboard with product—nobody wants spider lashes on their wedding day!
      Related: Everything You Need to Know About Airbrush Makeup
     
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  • Depending on the style you choose, braids can be romantic, bohemian, or modern. This hairstyle is everywhere these days, and we just couldn't resist digging through our many braided hairstyle photos to share our favorite styles with you!


    Photo by Loren Routhier Photography

    1. Braided Updo A romantic braided updo has an Old World, Shakespearean-maiden vibe that we just adore. Braided updos are also a great way to keep your hair firmly in place for your entire wedding day.


    Photo by Hudson Nichols Photography

    2. Braided Crown A braid worn across your head with the rest long and loose is pure bohemian-chic. Add a sprig of flowers or two for a garden or outdoor wedding in the springtime.


    Photo by Katherine O'Brien Photography

    3. Modern Side FIshtail A more contemporary way to style a braid - a unique fishtail situated on the side. It's a little different, slightly casual, but still completely wedding-appropriate.

    Looking for more gorgeous hairstyles? Be sure to follow our Beauty Editor!

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  • As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)

    Photo By: Pen Carlson Photography

    In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist.  As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day.  Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.

    Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up

    The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown.  If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day.  Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place.  Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual!  Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress.  This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.

    Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure

    If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding.  It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results.  If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with.  If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place.  You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.

    Beauty Check In: Spray Tan

    If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color.  Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points.  You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives! 

    By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.

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  • Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake, so don't overlook it! (expert advice)     From the time you wake up until you finally settle into your honeymoon suite, your wedding day is going to be full of nonstop action. Where will you find the energy to play the role of the beautiful bride without any time to eat?   Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake – especially since that bite of cake may be the only thing you put in your stomach!  Start out your day with a light, but filling breakfast and ask your maid of honor to help you prepare a snack bag to bring along to the wedding.   Snacks to Avoid   You don’t want to stain your dress or destroy your makeup and you definitely don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your special day – those nervous butterflies are bad enough. Stay away from carbonated drinks, heavy or greasy foods, and anything that may drip, drop, or ooze into a potential wedding disaster. You’ll also want to avoid lots of sugars and carbohydrates or you may experience a crash rather than an energy boost.   Snacks to Pack   Choose healthy wedding day snacks that are easy to eat on the go. High protein foods will provide you with the energy you need to make it through the big day. I would suggest carrying along an insulated lunch bag to keep things fresh and remember to pack a few extra snacks to share with your groom – his day will be nearly as hectic as yours!   Peanut butter crackers Beef jerky Trail mix Yogurt String cheese Peanuts Dried fruit   Bring along a few plain saltine crackers to nibble on too, just in case you experience any last minute waves of nausea.   Wedding Day Snack Station   Instead of carrying around snacks for yourself, you may want to organize a snack station for the entire wedding party to enjoy. It will be a busy day for everyone and nothing could be worse than a hungry, inattentive flower girl or the sounds of a groomsman’s growling stomach! Set up a table with vegetables and dip, turkey wraps, or crackers and cheese to keep those hunger issues at bay.   High protein, healthy snacks are a must for your big day. Whether you arrange a platter for the entire wedding party or just toss a few things into your tote bag, be sure you take a few minutes to munch throughout the day. Healthy snacks will give you the energy you need to create a picture perfect wedding.  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    Porcelain and Plum: Bella has porcelain-perfect skin, sculpted eyebrows, and a deep plum lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Lovely Lips: Sonia used just a soft shadow on Gabbi's already gorgeous eyes, and added some pink gloss to accentuate her perfect lips. Photo by Becky Hill     Sophisticated Shimmer: Millie is a sight to behold with her ultra-long lashes and radiant shimmer eyeshadow. Makeup by Sonia Roselli.     All About Eyes: A dramatic liner gives a small dose of drama to Stephanie's otherwise soft and feminine features.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Jeremy Lawson.     Natural Glow: Can't tell Cori is wearing any makeup? Sonia plays up her natural glow. Photo by Sonia Roselli.       Color Matching Vivian's utterly exquisite green eyes appear even more lovely with a brown shadow and dusty rose lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Glam Girl The perfect red lip can be both understated and glamorous. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.     Soft and Smokey A soft smokey eye and neutral lip can carry you seamlessly from day into night. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.  
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color.

    Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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  • Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)

    If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle.  Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding.  If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds. 

    Eat More Often 
    Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you?  That's right.  If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions.  By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism.  As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.

    Drink More Water
    Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water.  Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day.  Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process. 

    If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do.  Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up.  This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go.  If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.

    Cardio Exercise 
    Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds.  Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do.  For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds.  While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being!  Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.

    Skip the Sugar 
    In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all.  Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat.  This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too!  These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.

    By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.

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  • Whether you choose to wear a veil or headpiece (or none at all), make sure it enhances your overall wedding day look. Tip: Pick your wedding dress first and hairstyle second. Choose your veil or headpiece last. Here are 8 headpieces we love to inspire you: 

    1. Feather Fascinator 

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography

    2. Pearl Brooch

    Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography

    3. Chignon Clip

    Photo by Abby Grace Photography

    4. Three-Tiered Silk Headband 

    Photo by Untamed Petals 

    5. Sparkling Diamond Crown

    Photo by Michelle Warren Photography

    6. Gold Emblem Headpiece 

    Photo by Jen Huang Photography

    7. Floral-Shaped Crystal Brooch 

    Photo by Jason and Anna Photography

    8. Beaded Bobby Pins 

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography

    Which headpiece would you choose? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Photo by Woodland Fields Photography 

    We know, we know—you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. And a full set of false eyelashes can seem a little daunting if your regular makeup routine is on the low-maintenance side. The solution? Individual false lashes. When applied properly, they'll accentuate your eyes and maintain a natural look. Here's our top four tips for getting it right. 

    1. Size Matters To appear as natural as possible, look for individual lashes that are just slightly longer than your natural lash. We like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit ($9.99 at Amazon),  as it offers three different lengths to choose from.   2. Focus on the Outer Corners Start on your outer corners of your eye and work your way in—this way you’ll have a clear view of where you can use the extra fringe. For a girly, wing-tipped look, apply the lashes to your outer corners only.    3. Dark Adhesive is Key Use a lash adhesive that dries dark (like Ardell's Duo eyelash adhesive in Dark, $4.79 at Amazon) to help mask unwanted traces of glue. Dark adhesive will also blend more easily with your eyeliner and mascara.   4. Minimize Mascara Once your false lashes are set, sweep with a volumizing mascara to complete your look. Avoid lengthening mascara and don’t go overboard with product—nobody wants spider lashes on their wedding day!
      Related: Everything You Need to Know About Airbrush Makeup
     
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  • Depending on the style you choose, braids can be romantic, bohemian, or modern. This hairstyle is everywhere these days, and we just couldn't resist digging through our many braided hairstyle photos to share our favorite styles with you!


    Photo by Loren Routhier Photography

    1. Braided Updo A romantic braided updo has an Old World, Shakespearean-maiden vibe that we just adore. Braided updos are also a great way to keep your hair firmly in place for your entire wedding day.


    Photo by Hudson Nichols Photography

    2. Braided Crown A braid worn across your head with the rest long and loose is pure bohemian-chic. Add a sprig of flowers or two for a garden or outdoor wedding in the springtime.


    Photo by Katherine O'Brien Photography

    3. Modern Side FIshtail A more contemporary way to style a braid - a unique fishtail situated on the side. It's a little different, slightly casual, but still completely wedding-appropriate.

    Looking for more gorgeous hairstyles? Be sure to follow our Beauty Editor!

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  • As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)

    Photo By: Pen Carlson Photography

    In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist.  As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day.  Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.

    Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up

    The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown.  If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day.  Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place.  Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual!  Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress.  This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.

    Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure

    If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding.  It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results.  If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with.  If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place.  You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.

    Beauty Check In: Spray Tan

    If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color.  Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points.  You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives! 

    By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.

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  • Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake, so don't overlook it! (expert advice)     From the time you wake up until you finally settle into your honeymoon suite, your wedding day is going to be full of nonstop action. Where will you find the energy to play the role of the beautiful bride without any time to eat?   Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake – especially since that bite of cake may be the only thing you put in your stomach!  Start out your day with a light, but filling breakfast and ask your maid of honor to help you prepare a snack bag to bring along to the wedding.   Snacks to Avoid   You don’t want to stain your dress or destroy your makeup and you definitely don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your special day – those nervous butterflies are bad enough. Stay away from carbonated drinks, heavy or greasy foods, and anything that may drip, drop, or ooze into a potential wedding disaster. You’ll also want to avoid lots of sugars and carbohydrates or you may experience a crash rather than an energy boost.   Snacks to Pack   Choose healthy wedding day snacks that are easy to eat on the go. High protein foods will provide you with the energy you need to make it through the big day. I would suggest carrying along an insulated lunch bag to keep things fresh and remember to pack a few extra snacks to share with your groom – his day will be nearly as hectic as yours!   Peanut butter crackers Beef jerky Trail mix Yogurt String cheese Peanuts Dried fruit   Bring along a few plain saltine crackers to nibble on too, just in case you experience any last minute waves of nausea.   Wedding Day Snack Station   Instead of carrying around snacks for yourself, you may want to organize a snack station for the entire wedding party to enjoy. It will be a busy day for everyone and nothing could be worse than a hungry, inattentive flower girl or the sounds of a groomsman’s growling stomach! Set up a table with vegetables and dip, turkey wraps, or crackers and cheese to keep those hunger issues at bay.   High protein, healthy snacks are a must for your big day. Whether you arrange a platter for the entire wedding party or just toss a few things into your tote bag, be sure you take a few minutes to munch throughout the day. Healthy snacks will give you the energy you need to create a picture perfect wedding.  
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