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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.
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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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Photo by William Innes Photography
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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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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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!
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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!
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.
Photos by Amanda Julca Photography and Michelle Warren Photography
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.
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.
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.