Natural but Flawless
The 2018 wedding season is already upon us, and with that comes choosing your bridal gown, the dresses for your bridesmaids, and helping your mother and mother-in-law-to-be decide what they will wear on your special day. When you have said, “yes” to the perfect dress, your work is not done. Planning and preparation from the neck up is necessary to complete your look on your special day.
Ashlenn Hollingsworth from Aura Hair and Make-up Salon in Alpharetta, gave her expert tips on how to look your personal best on your wedding day.
“The hairstyle trend for brides in 2018 is a lot more relaxed. Many brides are wearing their hair down in loose waves. Some are wearing their hair half up and half down. Braids are also very popular. Picture bohemian style braids very loose with wispy pieces framing the face.” Everyone in the wedding party can wear braids, but make sure you, as the bride, stand out. Hollingsworth suggests adding floral pieces to the braids. “Veils are fading out a bit. I am seeing more floral crowns on brides.”
For brides who have thin hair, Hollingsworth suggests “tape-in” extensions to create thickness, volume and especially length. A hair stylist trained in bridal hair can add them to your own hair.
Product is key to making your loose and natural bridal hair look intentional instead of forgotten. Hollingsworth suggests heat protectant to protect your hair from the extra styling. A texture spray will add hold without restricting movement. Shine spray or finishing spray helps your hair look healthy and match your glowing face when you walk down the aisle.
Even if you do not wear make-up on a regular basis, you’ll definitely want to wear it on your special day. Hollingsworth says the goal is to look natural but flawless. Foundation make-up smooths out the skin and keeps you from looking washed out in photographs. Contouring and highlighting make-up is a must to help you look your personal best in pictures.
“The make-up trend for brides in 2018 is eye make-up that is smoked out at the outer corners. False eyelashes are a must. For lips, choose a liquid lipstick that is darker than your normal shade. Hollingsworth recommends a kiss-proof, smudge-proof lipstick, something that won’t smudge on your teeth.
“I’m seeing a lot of strong brows, even bushy eyebrows.” Eyebrows frame the face; so don’t neglect this important element when considering what make-up to wear on your wedding day.”
Interview a few hair and make-up stylists before choosing the team that will help you look as wonderful as you will feel on your wedding day. Bring pictures of your style ideas. Hollingsworth recommends booking appointments for initial consultations three to six months in advance. After you have chosen your team, make a plan to have your trial “bridal” hair and make-up done for your bridal shower or bachelorette party. This will help you and your stylist finalize the best look for you and the time required to create it. ■
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