From the romantic and subdued to bold rockabilly styles, vintage-themed weddings are a delight to see. Check out how these modern-day brides captured a retro-esque feel to celebrate their nuptials in style.
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.
The following post was written by Latoya Perkins, who blogs for Beauty Obsessed, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. Beauty Obsessed provides in-depth product reviews ranging from drugstore products to luxury items.
Last month I stood in my first wedding since I was a child. While I'm often involved in friends' weddings as the makeup artist, it took on a whole new level of responsibility when, as a bridesmaid, I had to be sure the bride looked her best while maintaining a fresh look myself. To keep on top of things, I employed a few extra tricks and used a few emergency products in my arsenal to ensure we all looked gorgeous well into the wee hours of the night — and I'd love to share them with you!
Big day beauty can be stressful. The pictures are forever! Plus, the day is crazy long (in the best and happiest way ever) and you want to look as polished on the dance floor as you did before the ceremony. For brides-to-be, keep these four tips in mind as you plan the makeup that will make you a Mrs.
Tread lightly with trendy. I tied the knot in 2007 and while I'm certain my makeup bag looks different, the look I went for would be similar today. Neon may be all the rage now, but electro lips might be a dated look even the next year! Just think of everyone who got married in the '90s wearing brown lip liner.
Always use waterproof mascara. Always a must. Even if you think you won't cry, you will. You can even one-up the waterproof with a tubing formula, which forms a budge-, smudge-, water-proof fiber coat around lashes. I love Trish McEvoy's High-Volume Mascara ($31) for special occasions.
Choose a lip with meaning. Feel free to get a little sentimental here. Is there a lip color you wore on a date? A color you can wear as a memento in the years following? Avoid something hard to find or limited-edition so you can re-create your first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. for years to come!
Be you. If you plan to sit in a makeup artist's chair on your wedding day, make sure you have a prep session so they can get to know your preferences and style. You want to be comfortable in your own skin and you know, have your groom recognize you.
The following post was written by Shannon Nelson, who blogs for A Girl's Gotta Spa and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. A Girl's Gotta Spa provides great product reviews and tips on a multitude of topics ranging from makeup to hair to skin care.
With my wedding just around the corner, I can honestly tell you that every nightmare scenario has gone through my head on what could possibly go wrong on my wedding day. My immediate thoughts go to hoping it doesn't rain, trusting that my kids won't decide to knock each other out, and anticipating that all family members get along. However, it's the little things that can create emergencies, and for those, I am definitely prepared. Here's what's going into my bridal purse (or as I call it, my "emergency backup.")
Find out more about each of these products when you read more.
The following post was written by Lara Ramos, who blogs for The Glossarie and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. The Glossarie is an upbeat beauty blog that features reviews and recommendations on the latest must haves.
I got married in November 2010, and the look created by my makeup artist, Victoria Stiles, is one that I return to again and again! It was fresh-faced and pretty, exactly how I wanted to look on my big day. Here are the steps and products to do it yourself.
Start with clean, moisturized skin [I love Mario Badescu's Orange Cleansing Soap ($12) and Simple's Protecting Light Moisturizer ($13)] and smooth on a makeup primer that will help your look stay on all day. Smashbox's Photo Finish Color Correcting version ($15-$38) helps me to pare down my pink undertones and gives me a neutral canvas. For foundation, there is nothing better than Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation ($42). The finish is flawless, but you look like you are wearing next to nothing. I like to apply it with Urban Decay's Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($25). To conceal any spots or hyperpigmentation, follow up with Urban Decay's 24/7 Concealer Pencil ($15). It goes on very smooth, and it erases all spots. Learn the rest of the look now.
Your wedding can be likened to any major red carpet event. There will be photographers, men in suits, and to-die-for fashion, so why not look to the ladies who walk the carpet all the time? We've rounded up some of our favorite celebrity makeup looks to inspire your bridal style, whether you're walking down the aisle or attending as a guest or bridesmaid. Click through to see the best of these formal eye and lip looks up close.
On your wedding day, you want to look like the best version of you — not an overdone portrait of someone else. When we met up with director of makeup artistry at MAC Cosmetics Gregory Arlt, we knew we were in for a gorgeous and eye-catching bridal makeup look that the bride and bridesmaids would all want to wear. Better yet, this look wears well after the wedding, too. On Kirbie: Laundry by Shelli Segal dress.
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.