The venue is booked, the menu has been sent to the caterer, the flowers are picked, and the dress has been steamed. With all the preparations for the ceremony made, it’s time to pamper yourself. Bridal beauty is more than sitting in hair and makeup chairs on the big day — it takes as much planning as the other elements in the wedding. Get an early start on the royal treatment with a beauty regimen using the latest bridal beauty trends, designed to make you look and feel your best, with the help of local stylists. And remember the most important part: beauty is more than skin deep, so the more confident you feel, the more you’re sure to glow!
The Right ‘Do For I Do
Embody Audrey Hepburn’s classic beauty with a simple, soft, and full hairstyle. Simplicity is key, whether it’s a full French twist, smooth side ponytail, or soft, romantic curls.
Add a statement piece with big gems or fresh flowers for a modern twist on a classic look. “By combining classic and modern styles, looking back on your photos, you’ll forget what decade you were married in,” says Jeanette Schidlmeier, stylist at Salon Richards.
Philip Pelusi Salon’s Artistic Creative Director Jeffrey Reitz says, “There is a bit of a return to a natural look. The hair is less ‘done up’ and more naturally beautiful. The condition and color of the hair is key to this look. The biggest influence has been the royal wedding, with its sophistication and simplicity. Less trendy, more classic — especially on the men’s side. They look very groomed.”
“If you’re going to do extensions at the crown [of your hair] for fullness, have them glued in for the day so they don’t fall out,” says local freelance make-up artist Valarie Panei.
Schedule a consultation to practice styles. “This eliminates unnecessary stress, allowing the bride to feel confident that she’ll receive the look she is hoping to achieve,” says Sara Ruth, marketing director for Philip Pelusi Salons. Following the meeting, leave the ’do in and see how it holds up.
We’ve all heard the advice: Skip the routine shampoo the day before the wedding so the style will hold better. “This is a myth,” says Lisa Campbell, owner of Posh Salon. “It’s better to come with clean hair because you want to feel fresh on your wedding day.”
Want the classic full look but have thinning hair? Salon Richards offers the first FDA-approved laser hair growth treatment with a doctor’s prescription. Lasers stimulate the hair follicle to promote growth stunted by numerous hair loss afflictions, 3 months/$24.95, 6 months/$34.95.
Kiss & Makeup
Long-lasting airbrush foundation covers flaws better than a traditional concealer — without that caked-on appearance. The application can even be adjusted for a dewy glow. Posh Salon offers airbrush make-up application, $125, and airbrush tanning $40.
While many brides opt for a natural look in the summer, jewel tones, like a smoky plum eye, will be making an appearance down aisles this fall.
Add real drama with fake lashes. Brides with naturally full lashes can apply individual lashes for extra glamour.
Keep a small bag containing lipstick, eye shadow, and face powder for touch-ups before photos, after cake, and during breaks from the dance floor.
“It’s good to tailor the look to the time of the wedding. Do something more muted for an afternoon or morning ceremony,” Panei says.
Use waterproof mascara to blend false and natural lashes flawlessly.
Make a trial spray tan appointment a few weeks before the wedding to test the shade that best compliments your skin tone. After this application fades, book another appointment closer to the big day for a fresh-from-the-beach look.
Make-up specialists at Boagie and Bachall Spa on Vanadium custom blend a make-up base specifically suited to customers’ skin type and coloring. “We can blend anything from a tinted moisturizer makeup, to cover any imperfections, including scars,” says Alan Barnhart, manager of Boagie and Bachall. $45.
For full lashes that will last from the wedding day throughout the honeymoon, Maria Clemens, a local freelance make-up artist, applies medical-grade synthetic lash extensions to each individual lash. Sets can be customized as desired based on length, thickness, and number of lashes applied, $250-$400.