For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided 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 center, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
Nude nails are a perennial favorite that also make for an understated yet gorgeous manicure, especially for brides. And whatever the occasion, this neutral hue will give any look an instant splash of sophistication. Learn a cool trick to picking your best nude and click through for 20 beautiful options for every skin tone.
Forgo the clichéd French manicure in favor of a more dazzling nail art design that's easy to DIY. Topping a sheer pink polish with a glittering tip is a fun update on the classic wedding manicure, and it doesn't require the precision of perfecting a white stripe.
For this bridal look, I started off with Essie First Base ($8) and then swiped on two coats of Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina ($27). Next, I used Essie Set in Stones ($8) to create the glittering gradient on the tips. Do this by painting a thin layer of the sparkling polish halfway down the nail. Go back and swipe another layer only onto the tips of your nails. If you feel like your tips need even more sparkle, then simply go back and dab the glitter along the edges. For the final touch, I used Essie No Chips Ahead ($8) to seal in the look and ensure a long-lasting finish. The stunning results look a lot more complicated than they really are, giving you all the more reason to show off your wedding jewels.
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.
A french manicure may be the go-to nail design for weddings, but challenge that old-fashioned idea with a fresh new take on classic and pretty nail art for the modern bride. The pearl and rhinestone nail design above is from Stephanie Lavery, editor in chief of Nail It! Magazine. Here's how to get the look.
- Apply your base coat and then two coats of a nude or light pink polish to the nails.
- Use nail glue to adhere flat-backed nail art pearls, which you can find in beauty supply stores, to the nails.
- Next, individually glue rhinestones around the pearl to create a floral design. Use an orangewood stick with top coat to easily pick up the rhinestones and place them onto the nail.
- Finish by sealing the design with a top coat. You'll have an understated design with the right amount of sparkle to accent your new wedding jewels.
You've got your something old, something new, and something borrowed, and now you need to find a way to make blue fit into your ensemble (and a silver sixpence). This particular wedding tradition is said to date back to ancient Israel, where women would stitch blue ribbon into their dresses to symbolize purity and fidelity. To avoid an old custom clashing with your modern wedding wardrobe, here are some fresh ways to incorporate blue into your big day.
If there is one wedding tradition that most brides tend to stick by, it's adding something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. For the beauty-obsessed bride, a vintage lipstick holder or a handheld mirror could be a sweet little trinket to go along with the first part of this rhyme. Flip through to see some beautiful antique and vintage buys to give the bride on her big day.
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.
Vintage hairstyles are eternally popular for weddings no matter the season, but a too-literal interpretation can leave a bride with a serious case of helmet head. So what's the key to borrowing from the past without looking stuck in it? Texture and movement. "The perfectly coiffed updo is outdated," says Dani Weidner, a stylist who worked at Robert James Color in San Francisco. "Imperfect is best."
To balance contemporary trends with a retro influence, Weidner designed this '20s-inspired updo. A defined curl and thick roll give a nod to the past, but the overall look feels fresh and current. It's an ideal style for brides — and it's one you can do at home. To get the look, read on for pictures and step-by-step instructions.