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Every bride-to-be wants to look and feel her best on her big day. If it’s a romantic look you’re going for, what better way to achieve it than by creating easy, care-free waves perfect for a summer wedding?
To start, apply a light volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow-dry. Careful not to use too much product as you don’t want it to weigh down your hair.
Once hair is dry, wrap small sections of hair around a curling iron pulling away from the face. Do not use the clamp on the curling iron and section off the hair in different sizes, 1 inch to 1 ½ inches, for a more natural look.
Flip your head over and brush out curls with your fingers, twirling a few sections as you do this. Finish with a flexible-hold hairspray and you’re set—hassle-free romantic waves. Pin a flower behind the ear to finish the look and you’re ready for your day of romance.
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The easiest way to enhance your natural beauty? Being sure your makeup properly matches your coloring! Read on for the shades that most complement brown, blue, green, and hazel eyes.
Brown eyes look best with rich shades of violet—the cool blue undertones enhance their natural warmth. For violet eyeliner, we like NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Bourbon Street. If a deep purple shadow sounds too dramatic for your taste, sweep an eyeshadow in a neutral shade of pink on your lids and use a pencil in dark purple to line your eyes instead. Brown-eyed girls with gold flecks can pull off bronze and gold shadows, but keep the shades light and metallic (darker colors may appear muddy).
Eye shadow in shades of ashy brown and sienna naturally complement blue eyes. Whether you opt to go metallic or matte, soft shades of brown work best with blue eyes—especially ashier tans and sienna. Don’t shy away from blue, either! Matching your eye color to your makeup was a big no-no in the past, but if you stick to a soft liner in ocean blue,it’ll look fresh and modern instead. Try Jordana’s Easyliner in Bliss.
Remember the art class color wheel? It taught us that the natural complement to green is red. For a romantic look, try a purple with a red undertone—we like Almay’s Intense i-color in Raisin Quartz. Want to go more neutral? The warmer undertones of taupe will be more flattering than ashy brown.
Because hazel eyes are a combination of golds, greens, and browns, girls with this eye color will look good in many different palettes. To make them appear lighter, go with the blackest black eyeliner you can find—we like L’oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Carbon Black. Thinking about a more sultry look? Try a smokey grey. Finally, to brighten hazel eyes apply shades of gold and bone on the inner corner of your eyes and sweep a wash of light brown or forest green across your lids.
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A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice) As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best. For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day. While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. Fresh, Glowing Skin One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face. This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin. The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle! He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring. Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial. The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores. These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done! In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning. Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist. If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance. However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment. Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance. The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day. Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly. If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding. Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning. Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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Deep red hair, dramatic winged eyes, plum lips...we just love this bride's dramatic vintage look! Want to wear something similar for your wedding day? Makeup artist Courtney James shares her step-by-step process for creating it (plus all the products used) below!
Often times brides want a more subtle and natural look. Bride Sarah, on the other hand, is no stranger to wearing makeup (her husband is a photographer and she's his favorite muse). So we knew we could really push the boundaries of bridal makeup and go for something a little more dramatic and editorial.
I always suggest doing a trail makeup run with the bride-to-be—that way you can avoid any day of blunders and the bride knows what to expect. During Sarah's makeup trial I asked her if she wanted to do a dramatic eye or lip (generally women prefer to pick one feature to highlight). Her reply: "Both of course!"
My makeup products and techniques for the look:
Sarah has combination skin and her wedding was outdoors so I started with Juice Organic Oil Free moisturizer 30 SPF. Under the eyes I used GinZing from Origins. It contains caffeine and has a pink tint, both of which work to wake up delicate under eye skin. Next, I applied MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 as a primer, which has a mattifying effect and increases the longevity of foundation. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and applied it with a MAC's 188 duo fiber blending brush, then corrected any blemishes with MAC's studio finish concealer. To highlight I used MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose along the top of Sarah's cheek bones, under her eyes, and along the bridge of her nose. I set everything by blending MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Pressed Powder and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural using MAC 150 Large Powder brush.
To contour I applied MAC eye shadow in Bamboo with the MAC 168 angled brush. This shape of this brush perfectly hugs the cheek bone, making it easy to create a gorgeous contour. I mixed MAC Plum Foolery and Cubic blush and applied the combo to the apples of Sarah's cheeks.
For Sarah's eyes I first curled her natural lashes then prepped the eye space with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I alternated between the matte and shimmer shadows in Lorac's Unzipped pallet to create a multi-dimensional effect. I used MAC Embark eye shadow and MAC 219 pencil brush to really carve out the crease. I used MAC Liquid Last waterproof liquid eyeliner to create a thick and dramatic winged out look. After applying 2 generous coats of MAC Waterproof False Lash mascara I finished the look by attaching Ardell false lashes using Duo lash glue.
For that lush, dark lip I used a MAC lip pencil in Vino to line and fill the lip (using a liner adds a barrier between the skin and lipstick allowing for more longevity and less feathering). I topped that with MAC lipstick in Del Rio.
Finally, to finish the entire face and set the makeup I spritzed Sarah's face with MAC Fix Plus. The final look was dramatic yet soft, editorial and bridal at the same time.
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Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day -- primped, pampered, and toned. That's why it's important to start a hair and makeup regime months before you say, "I do." A trial is the perfect opportunity for a professional to showcase what they do best and for you to share any concerns like a skin sensitivity or flyaway hairs. Depending on your theme, you'll be able to envision your overall wedding day look in advance. Here are a few of our favorite bridal beauties for inspiration:
Feminine Floral Blush
Photo by Melanie Yu
Since the camera and lights will tone down your makeup, put a little more blush on the apple of your cheeks than you normally would apply. For a nautral look, try a cream blush. It goes on sheer. But if you want more staying power, layer a powder blush on top.
Cultural Indian Henna
Photo by Nadia D Photography
The night before an Indian wedding is known as the "Night of Henna" or Mehndi when a bride's hands and feet are decorated with elaborate henna designs. Did you know that the groom's name is hidden on the right palm of the bride's hand?
Long Lush Lashes
Photo by Amelia Lyon
In order to get lush lashes, you need to do it the right way: curl at the root, middle, and top of the lash with a curler. No need to clamp down, just squeeze lightly.
Vintage Red Lips
Photo by Jen and Ashley Photography
Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible shades of eye makeup. Think brown, tan, and gold. To finish off your vintage look, apply concealer around the border of your mouth to prevent bleeding.
Don't forget about your digits on your wedding day! Pretty and feminine, pink is a can't-miss nail polish shade for brides -- and it's guaranteed to look gorgeous in those ring photos. Here's 12 of our favorite lacquers, dutifully broken down according to style.
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When it comes to getting in shape for your wedding, it is best to tailor your workouts to match the kind of lifestyle you lead. Will you have enough time to meet with a professional trainer during the week to work out your glutes? Can you stay motivated and make the commitment to hit the treadmill every morning? What will help you stay focused when it comes to toning your body? The answers to these questions will help you determine the best approach towards getting in shape for your wedding.
If you plan on getting in shape for your wedding within a timely manner, creating realistic goals is a must. Losing 30 pounds in one month is not only unrealistic, but also unhealthy. Allow yourself enough time to shed weight and tone your body without starving, skipping meals, or resorting to questionable diet fads. Don’t worry – there are plenty of different approaches towards getting in shape for your wedding that can easily fit into a variety of schedules, including:
• Getting in Shape for Your Wedding: At-Home: Toning your body within the comforts of your own home is one of the best things you can do when you wish to lose weight and look your best for your wedding day. Choosing exercises that focus on toning muscles will also bring faster results than other traditional methods of getting in shape for your wedding. I suggest adding resistance to an aerobic regimen, such as resistance walking with ankle or wrist weights. Circuit training using resistance bands can also provide a 30-minute workout that tones all muscle groups.
• Getting in Shape for Your Wedding: Hit the Gym: Perhaps you don’t want to bother with the hassle of at-home workouts when getting in shape for your wedding and wish to leave the details to the professionals. Gyms offer the services of certified personal trainers that can create a program that caters just to your fitness level, exercise history, medical history, age, and personal goals. You will also maximize getting in shape for your wedding when your workout is designed to meet your specific needs. Most local gyms (like Bally's and LA Fitness) offer personal trainer sessions with a paid membership.
• Getting in Shape for Your Wedding: Online Help: For the on-the-go bride, a host of personalized online fitness opportunities can provide workout plans that can help you squeeze into a form-fitting wedding dress in no time. From weekly emails to daily words of encouragement, plenty of interactive options are available to you when schedule flexibility is an important part of getting in shape for your wedding.
There is no doubt that every bride-to-be wants to look completely gorgeous for her wedding day! Why else would we schedule the hair and makeup appointment, ensure that we are perfectly manicured and that all undesirable ‘curves' are hidden under that breathtaking gown? If you're considering getting hair extensions for your wedding, here are some things you should think about first.
Will This Be Your First Time?
If you've never had hair extensions before, but you want to try them for your wedding, give them a test run first. You may not like the way the hair extensions feel or look, so it's important to try them out well in advance. Experiment with the clip-on kind at home and determine whether or not you really like the look. Remember that your wedding photos will last far longer than your hair extensions and you want to make sure the photos will be beautiful mementos of your wedding rather than proof of a hairstyle-gone-bad.
Clip On or Glue On Hair Extensions -
Another choice you have when wondering, ‘Should I get hair extensions,' is clip on or glue on extensions. The glue on kind can last for several months while the clip on kind can come out as soon as the ceremony and reception are over. If you're considering a fancy and elaborate updo, you may want to go with the glue on kind. This will ensure that nothing comes out of place at the most inopportune time - like when you're going down the aisle or dancing the first dance.
If you choose to use the clip on extensions, take them to your hair stylist ahead of time and have him or her try out some different looks with them. This will give you the chance to see how you like them and you can move around some to ensure that the hair extensions are secure and in place.
Looking Natural -
If you want your hair extensions to look natural to your guests, consider wearing them for a while before the wedding. Everyone, including you, will become used to the way you look with the hair extensions and it won't be a drastic change for the wedding. This approach helps you look more natural and confident with your new hair extensions and will also give you the chance to see if you really love them or if you can do without them!
Hair extensions can enhance your look and provide you with the long, beautiful tresses you desire - just make sure you try them out first and ensure that they are really what you want!
This is your fairy tale and you want everything to be perfect. You've chosen a menu fit for royalty and a dress that would make anyone feel like a princess, but what in the world are you going to do with your hair?
There are no rules or traditions that say a bride's hair should look a certain way on her wedding day - this decision is completely up to you, and there are hundreds of options you can consider. The most important thing to remember is to not lose yourself in your hairdo. When you look back at your wedding pictures 5 years from now, you shouldn't wonder who that girl is next to your husband. Choose a hairstyle that suits your personality and avoid drastic changes right before the wedding.
If you've made a hair appointment, ask your stylist for suggestions that would work well for you and your wedding. Remember to consider the shape of your face, the neckline of your dress, and the style of veil you'll be wearing. Of course, the current length and style of your hair will be the most important factor.
Ideas for short hair. Short hairstyles are perfect for adornments. Accent your hair with flowers that match your bouquet or wear an heirloom comb or barrette that enhances your dress.
Medium dos. Shoulder length hair has a ton of possibilities. Soft, loose curls can give a romantic look if you want to wear your hair down while curls swept into a bun can create an elegant up-do.
Hairstyles for long hair. Half up, half down hairstyles are popular among brides with long hair. Consider an elegant upsweep with romantic tresses covering your neck or clasp it into a low ponytail with a sparkling hairpiece.
Browse the internet and bridal magazines to gather ideas of the hairstyles that will work best for your big day. If you have your heart set on an up-do but have short hair, you'll need to start early to get the length you need before the wedding date. Shorter styles go over best when you schedule the cut a few months before the event too.
However you decide to wear your hair, it's a good idea to try out the style before the actual wedding. You want a do that not only looks great, but also makes you feel your best.
As a soon-to-be bride, you want to look absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day! For this reason, you will spend hours being fitted for dresses, choosing how to wear your hair and determining what shades of make-up to use. Wedding workouts are a great way to get yourself into the best possible shape before that important walk down the aisle. Here are three wedding workouts to help you look your best!
1. Wedding Workout for the Arms
If you’ll be wearing a strapless or tank style dress, it’s important to have toned, shapely arms. One of the greatest wedding workouts for the arms uses a dumbbell for assistance – but you can use anything that weighs around 3 pounds.
Simply hold the dumbbell straight up into the air (statue of liberty style) and then slowly lower your hand and forearm behind you so that your elbow is now pointing up. Repeat approximately 20 to 30 times – you should feel the muscles working in the backs of your upper arms. This workout will ensure that your arms look great and showcase your dress perfectly!
2. Wedding Workout for the Belly
Making sure that your abdomen is toned and in shape will not only help you look even more gorgeous in your wedding dress – but any exciting honeymoon attire as well! For this wedding workout, all you need is a soft place to lie down. With your knees bent and your feet touching the floor, place your arms across your chest. (Your left hand should be close to your right shoulder and vice versa.)
Tighten your abdomen and slowly bring your left knee and right elbow together. You will have to lift your butt and back slightly off the floor to do this. Then, switch sides. Continue approximately 25 times every other day. If you can start around 6 weeks before the wedding, you will really notice a difference! This is a great way to tone and shape your abdomen for the big day!
3. Wedding Workout for the Butt
It’s no secret that every woman wants to have a great-looking butt and having one on your wedding day is even better. This exercise tones and firms your bottom, ensuring that you look amazing not only from the front – but the back as well!
Squats are one of the best workouts you can do for the hips, thighs and butt. For this exercise, you simply grasp two 3-pound dumbbells and bend your elbows, pointing your hands up into the air. Your hands should be parallel to your eyes. Then, squat down using your leg muscles until you look like you’re sitting in a chair. Rise back up and repeat approximately 20 times. Do this three days a week and you can bet your butt will look great in that perfect dress!
There is nothing more beautiful than a blushing bride, unless it’s a blushing bride who is firm, toned and in shape. Do these wedding workouts to ensure that you look even more beautiful for your wedding day!