With the 2016 wedding season kicking off, many brides are faced with the question: how should I style myself for the big day?
For the past few years, the trend has been to go as you are. Natural is a safe bet, so your groom won’t be left wondering exactly who that is walking down the aisle. However…
On the flip side, if you don’t glam up for the big day, when will you? Your wedding is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and really WOW him.
Say hello to our top 8 tips for styling a jaw-dropping look on the big day, while still feeling like YOU.
It’s easy to remember getting a manicure after you’ve just been engaged, because everyone keeps asking to see the ring. Be sure you have pretty nails for the wedding, too! They’ll show up in everything from couple’s photos to bouquet pictures to shots of you holding hands. Choose a neutral tone that will look beautifully bridal with your gown, or go for a romantic shade such as light pink. Add a sparkly or clear overcoat of polish to help keep your nails from getting nicked or smeared.
All About The Eyes
Don’t you want to lock eyes across the room? Give him (or her) chills by creating a dramatic eye. You can play off your color scheme with a pop of color, if that’s your thing, or accentuate your irises with a rich metallic. For daytime weddings, we suggest keeping it neutral with nudes and sheer colors—take it to a bolder place with deeper hues and sparkling layers for the evening reception.
Fresh, Kissable Lips
Every bride should look absolutely kissable on the big day—and not just because you seal the deal with your lips! Sport a lovely smile from the ceremony to the reception with a dewy (but not sticky) lip gloss. Prep by staying hydrated and lightly exfoliating your lips before applying lip gloss, a liner, and a light color. For a youthful or daytime look, stick to pinks, corals, and neutrals—for the evening, pull out a bolder hue.
That Effortless Glow
You’re all heard the word applied to everything from gowns to skin to an abstract idea of beauty: effortless. This look is anything but easy, but with a few tricks, you’ll have it nailed! Start with as clear skin as possible (wash your face, apply toner, and moisturize as usual in the weeks leading up to the wedding). Apply a matte makeup or concealer and practice smoothing your tone. A light powder will cover uneven spots—then use a pearly highlighter or a dusting of blush for that lovely glow. The key here is to keep it light. Only use what you need and bring oil-blotting wipes to refresh your look.
Thick Wedding Lashes
Even if you’re planning on neutral wedding makeup, bold lashes are a must. Your eyes will stand out in the photos, and you’ll love how gorgeous and Hollywood this look makes you feel. Try on some fake lashes, or if you prefer to go natural, choose an eco-friendly (not tested on animals) mascara that will leave your lashes black, thick, and slightly curled.
Hot Hair Styles
Top looks this season include loose buns, all kinds of braids, and messy updos. If you’re going hair up, consider a chic (easy maintenance) bun. This style will hold all day. For a more rustic or youthful look, braided updos are making a comeback.
For a romantic style, a twisted chignon with loose tendrils looks especially pretty with a sparkly headpiece. Want to wear your hair down? Use a curling iron and a reliable mousse or spray to achieve celeb-worthy, beachy waves.
Drama In The Back
Everyone will be watching your walk down the aisle. This is why so many designers have created gowns with back details such as sheer laces, buttons, flowers, or back jewelry.
Make sure you look amazing with a headpiece and/or veil to give the back of your head some style. Tuck a sparkly comb or some pins into any updo—for down hairstyles, consider a bridal halo or headband. Cathedral veils are totally in, so make sure you try on a long veil to complement your gown.
Trend: Flower Accents
The Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 bridal runways showcased tons of flowers. The gorgeous sheer floral laces, ethereal layers, and dimensional flowers on this year’s bridal gowns are just begging to pair with luxurious lace veils and flower hair accessories.
Incorporate modern beauty into your look with floral earrings or jewelry. You can tuck fresh flowers into your hair, or better yet, tie on a pretty flower wreath made with soft organza and sparkling with tiny rhinestones. It’s your day to shine!