Keeping your makeup put for your entire wedding day doesn't necessarily mean you have to buy a batch of new products. It can be as simple as using the products you already own — with a twist. These five tips will have your makeup looking fresh whether you're slipping into your dress or being whisked away on the dance floor. On Kirbie: Club Monaco top.
It's that time of year again: wedding season. White wedding gowns are classic, clean, and timelessly elegant, but for Spring 2013, designers including Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, and Romona Keveza showed a bevy of crimson-colored wedding gowns that are sure to impress when you walk down the aisle. Whether you're looking to take a fashion risk on your big day or can't resist a bright bold hue, try out one of these ruby-red gowns on your wedding day. On Allison McNamara: Simone jacket.
Welcome to Honeymoon Beauty, my series on what types of beauty essentials you need of three different kinds of vacations. There are definitely a few honeymoon essentials that apply to the princess bride, the natural bride and the daring bride—even if you are taking three very different trips. You must pack something sexy, pack things that don't wrinkle and only bring what is necessary. Most likely night after night it's just going to be you two lovebirds, so trust me when I say there's no reason to overpack!
If you are the type of couple that's dreamed of a long, hot warm tropical getaway, then the theme of your vacation is going to be chic and low-maintenance. Things to remember to pack are sunscreen, sunblock sprays for your hair, lip gloss with SPF and a great bronzer to really enhance your tan. Ideally, your makeup should be fuss-free. Take a look at a few of these tropics-inspired makeup palettes perfect for a honeymoon in paradise!
Lisa Watier Palette Honey Moon is a sunny eye palette created to achieve a glowy, bronzed effect. It includes five powder eye shadows, (one of which can also be used as an all-over face illuminator) that can each be worn alone or blended together. The palette costs £24, which is roughly $50 (and yes, this site ships internationally).
For more tantalizing, tropical makeup palettes, read more
Well, I've told you everything you need to do to get beautiful for the big day. Now let's turn our attention to your beauty timeline on the actual day of the wedding. The most important thing is giving yourself enough time so you don't feel rushed, so follow this step-by-step guide to arranging your day. Good luck!
- Wake up on the early side and immediately drink a tall glass of water. Then, do a relaxing wedding day workout that suits your routine.
- When you get back around mid-morning, eat something light and high in protein.
- About four to five hours in advance of your call time, take a shower. Before getting out of the shower, give yourself a cool rinse to close your pores and hair cuticles.
- Next, brush your hair and tie it neatly in a bun before meeting up with your stylist.
- At least three hours before your call time, have your hair styled. Allow one to two hours for the process, depending on your 'do.
- When your hair is being set or right after it's styled, apply your makeup or start to have it done. Be sure and cover your face when hairspray is being applied so you don't look shiny. Allow up to one hour for your makeup.
- When your makeup and hair is done, apply your perfume as a finishing touch. Then, about half an hour before your call time, get into your dress and take a deep breath.
It's Wedding Season on the Sugar Network, and this week, I'll be bringing you beauty posts related to wedding parties.
Today, I'll tell you how to put together a great makeup look for a bachelorette bash. (Or, for a more subdued bachlorette option, try a spa party.) This time, girl's night out isn't about picking up guys, but picking out outfits together and playing with bold makeup looks.
Since this is going to be a memorable night for the bride, bring on the glitter! However, everything in moderation: You still want your face to look pretty, but just with a party-girl edge! To find out how to create the best bachelorette-party look, read more
Welcome to week two of Wedding Planning Mania! Once you have figured out how you are going to style your hair, the next step is deciding what you will accessorize it with. On this very special day, you have countless options of tiaras, headbands, barrettes, combs, feathers, pins and flowers to choose from! What type of hair accessory gal are you?
When making your decision, keep in mind that looking beautiful also means keeping your look balanced. You wouldn't want more than one overpowering hairpiece, just like you wouldn't want to be wearing too much jewelry. The first thing to look at is your veil length and style. Next, consider what type of detail is on your dress. Is there crystals, pearls, metallic threading or lace on it? You'll want to coordinate all of these details to create your own, perfect wedding ensemble whether you are a princess, natural or daring bride!
A few great sites that feature lots of wedding hair accessory options are glamforless.com, weddingblissaccessories.com, and weddingchannel.com. To see a gallery of some of the different types of wedding hair accessories to choose from, read more
The French manicure has a regal connotation to it that represents class, elegance and a sense of high quality grooming. Having said that, plenty of people today feel that the French manicure is out of style and would even consider it cheesy. Whichever way you decide to go, I still think the French manicure is the quintessential way to paint your nails for your wedding day. It's soft, understated and shows that you pay attention to detail.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the French manicure, I have pictured it here for you. A white stripe is painted to the tops of the nails (I prefer a soft, square cut nail with a thin stripe) and then a sheer, pale pink or beige toned polish is applied on top. Here are a few French manicure kits to choose from.
Bourjois French Manicure Kit, $20, is a three piece French manicure kit. It includes a curved brush designed especially to create the most perfect and even white nail tips, a light pink polish which is so sheer that you can apply one or two coats depending on your taste, and a clear topcoat to ensure shine and protection to your manicure. In no time you'll look like you just waltzed right off the Parisian runways!
For two more D.I.Y. French manicure kits, read more
Hey gals, this is the fun part! This series provides a list of all of the different ways you should be pampering yourselves before the big day! To see the first installment which provides a checklist of everything you'll need to do to get ready for the wedding six months in advance, click here. This three to four month window is actually pretty easy stuff. Since you've already booked your hair and makeup, now is the time to focus on your teeth and your health. Enjoy!
Three to Four Months Before The Wedding
- Teeth Whitening: Have your teeth cleaned before the big day and while you are at the dentist, now would be a great time to discuss whitening options. If you decide to whiten, you can either get trays professionally made or choose from a vast array of over the counter whitening products. Just remember, whitening is not suggested for everyone, so please speak with your dentist about the condition of your teeth.
- Health: Make an appointment with your doctor to get blood tests which are often required in many states and to make sure that your health is in good condition before you wisk yourself away to an exotic island for a long honeymoon. You can also have your skin checked for any suspicious or unwanted moles or marks while you are there.
Finding the right hairstyle for your wedding day is a big deal, so don't be ashamed or embarrassed to play with different looks. I sat through five different trials trying everything from long, wavy extensions to updos. Heck, even celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves said that, "once Carmen Electra selected her wedding dress, I created 13 different hairstyles on her and took a Polaroid of each one so she could select the one which was perfect for her."
This is your day to shine - you should look fabulous! And a great suggestion, Ken. It's important to take a Polaroid so that your stylist knows exactly how to recreate the look. I know it all feels kinda vain, but once you find something you love, you'll be so happy to have one less detail to worry about on your wedding day!
Oh and did I mention that Ken Paves also styled wedding hair for Jessica Simpson and Christina Applegate as well as J.Lo's hair for her wedding scenes in "Monster In Law" and "The Wedding Planner?" I wonder if he'll do Eva Longoria's too, I know she goes to him regularly. To see four popular wedding hairstyles to consider, read more
The daring bride has no intentions of having a conventional wedding. She's a modern day woman who thinks outside the box and marches to her own tune. Think Sarah Jessica Parker (she wore black), Dita Von Teese or Alabama from True Romance! A daring bride is unlike the princess bride or the natural bride. Her goal is to have the kind of affair that will make her and her fiance happy, not to conform to the customs of tradition.
She may choose not to wear white, she might even skip out on a veil, bridesmaids and an assigned seated reception. The sky is the limit. Oftentimes I hear something like this from non-traditional brides: I'll do what I want, I'll have what I want and I'll wear what I want. This affair could even be a second wedding or something more spur of the moment.
To see a complete makeup look for a daring bride, read more