A bride must have options, so before you get to pinning hairstyles on Pinterest, get high-fashion inspiration from the runways. Up, down, or twisted around: find your stylish wedding hair look in our runway-inspired guide.
If your hair is in that awkward in-between stage, you just made the chop, or have shoulder-length hair, it can be difficult deciding on what type of updo will work best for a date night or even your wedding. We figured out a gorgeous style that works perfectly for hair that brushes your shoulders. On Kirbie: Finders Keepers dress.
When you imagined having your nuptials on the beach, we're sure windblown frizz and melting makeup were not a part of the idyllic picture. To make sure your seaside wedding is more blissful than stressful, we're giving you a cheat sheet to making your wedding day beauty last, even through the heat, humidity, and sand.
For hair: Backstage at Marchesa's bridal show, Kérastase stylist Akemi Tamaribuchi revealed a few tips for brides styling hair for a windy oceanfront setting. "If her hair doesn't do well in humidity, she should go for an updo. If she's a dancing machine and plans on being out all night, go for an updo," Tamaribuchi said. "If she's just going to glide along the beach, wearing really secure waves is an excellent option. The hair needs to represent the woman," she said. If you do decide to wear hair down, curl with hot rollers instead of just an iron for added holding power. Be sure to seal with an antihumidity hair spray like Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($18).
For makeup: A beach location is unforgiving when it comes to shine, because the blazing sun will only maximize the glare in photos, so it's best to opt for a matte complexion. To keep shine at bay through the ceremony and photos, apply MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Powder ($24) on top of makeup before swiping on a tinted pressed powder that complements your skin tone. And just like any other day, make sure sunscreen is in your plan for face and body.
For nails: Walking the aisle barefoot is one of the many benefits of a seaside affair, but that means you'll want to protect your pedicure from chipping on the rough sand. A gel manicure and pedicure will last you through the honeymoon, and the color will remain vibrant, even if you take a dip in salt water.
Bridal beauty trends come and go, but there are a few women whose trips down the aisle are constantly recalled for inspiration. Whether they're soon-to-be princesses or marrying rock legends, their bridal looks are more than memorable. Nab some inspiration (or nostalgia) with our retrospective of the most iconic bridal moments in history.
Your makeup test is an important part of your wedding day prep, and making sure you're prepared is half the battle. We've got four tips to take the stress out of your makeup test. You'll walk out feeling like the gorgeous bride you've dreamt of being. On Allie: Club Monaco top and jacket. On Maria: BCBG Max Azria top and vest.
Brides looking for fresh-faced, classic makeup can end their search at Oscar de la Renta. Working with Mikey Castillo, makeup director for Le Métier de Beauté, the iconic designer wanted to create a woman in the vein of Grace Kelly — someone in "the bloom of her beauty," as Castillo put it. Satin eye shadows and barely there eyeliner created a graceful look that any bride can pull off on her own.
The look: Satin-finish eye shadows, rose champagne eyeliner, subtle pink hues.
The inspiration: A woman feeling most beautiful on her wedding day.
Key tips: Work your eyeliner tightly into the eyelash bed so you don't see a black line over the eyelid. This will keep your liner in place all day.
At the Monique Lhuillier bridal show for Spring 2014, models were transformed into a modern version of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. The hair by Kérastase was an elegant updo that could be converted into three different styles between the altar and reception. Makeup by MAC was simple, yet the matte finish will stay put through the last dance.
The look: Matte makeup and a simple rolled chignon
The inspiration: A modern mix of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly
Overheard backstage: While most brides ask for a dewy finish, a matte complexion looks better in photographs.
For New York Bridal Week Spring 2014, Marchesa sent models down the runway with a smoky eye fit for a nighttime wedding. While most women stray away from anything drastic on their wedding day, Revlon's Gucci Westman revealed the secret to pulling off the look with class. And while the hair by Kérastase seems complex, you can easily re-create it for yourself.
The look: A soft smoky eye, a twisted knot, and sheer pink nails.
Key tips: Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman recommends carrying a hydrating lipstick, concealer, and eye shadow for touch-ups during the wedding reception.
Overheard backstage: Westman also told us a little bit about her wedding makeup and mentioned she might be making an all-inclusive palette for brides in the future.
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.
Nude nails are a great alternative to the classic French manicure for brides, because they're versatile while still being modern. But finding the perfect hue to match your skin tone can prove tricky. There are a variety of flesh-toned polishes that my look chic in the bottle, but which one is right for you? Nail artist Deborah Lippmann has an easy tip for picking your perfect polish. "Our bodies tell us a lot about what colors are right and wrong to wear," Lippmann says. "If you put a color on, particularly a nude, and it doesn't fit you, your cuticle will look funky." In essence, the color of your polish will play against the cuticle in a way that will make it look dark or slightly red and ruddy. And while this trick works best for nudes, you can use it with other colors, too.
But what if you fall in love with a shade that doesn't work the first time around? You can still sometimes fudge it. "There's this one shade that I love that doesn't look right on me," Lippmann says. "But if I put a thin layer down, let it dry completely, and then add another thin layer, it looks good." Finding the right system to cheat your polish might take some trial and error, but with a little patience, your perfect nude shade will present itself to you. You just checked one more thing off your wedding checklist.