You’ve said I do. Booked the venue. Found the dress. Now, what are you going to do with your hair and makeup DFW Beauties? Below you will find bridal beauty inspiration FRESH off the runways!
Long Hair, Don’t Care
Guido Palau made the extreme side ponytails an integral part of the finished package at Dior, extending models' natural hair with waist-grazing wefts. "If we were going to sweep it to the side, we had to make it long—we couldn't have a stubby pony," explained the mane master backstage. And a stubby tail simply won't do on your wedding day, either. For even more drama, accentuate your Rapunzel-like length with pearls and rhinestones, as seen at Reem Acra's recent bridal show.
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Tie the Knot
Forget about your hair falling flat on a muggy afternoon or steamy summer night and pull it all up instead. This season's imperfect iterations of the ballerina bun celebrated face-framing, romantic wisps, and fallen pieces. For a flatter take on the classic chignon, try the look Odile Gilbert crafted at Altuzarra by raking styling cream through damp strands, then wrapping and pinning sections in place. Be sure to skip the brush and do it with just your fingers to achieve the "rough-but-soft-and-feminine" finish, she noted.
Draw the Line
Why worry about keeping smoky eyes intact when a single stroke of bright white liner swooped into a classic cat-eye, as seen at Marchesa's bridal show, makes such a statement? For an eye-opening effect, rim just your lower waterline with a milky pencil, as Diane Kendal did at Thakoon. Or opt for a flashy row of crystals to add some unexpected sparkle. If you want major impact in just a few coats, simply bulk up your lashes on top and bottom with multiple coats of mascara—just make sure it's waterproof.
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Here Comes the Braid
"It's very soft and romantic," said Palau of the bitty braids at Valentino. "This is very wedding, actually." And what bohemian bride wouldn't want a combo of loose waves and pretty plaits blowing in the breeze? For those celebrating their nuptials during the dog days of summer, we suggest a simple, single braid (like the one at Lanvin) that keeps the hair off your face and only looks better as it unravels over the course of the day. Tie it off with a grosgrain bow for a bit of feminine flair.
All Wound Up
"When you see a woman wearing a beautiful dress and she's very pulled-together, there's something effortless about her," said Palau at Oscar de la Renta. "Though the hair is very 'done,' there's an ease to it." Truth be told, getting this timeless twist isn't exactly a cakewalk. Palau suggests prepping the hair with a gel-mousse formula (like Redken Stay High 18) to give it "guts" before blowing strands back off the face. Next, wind up your lengths, pin in place, and allow the shape to "set" in while you kick back with a glass of bubbly. Unravel and re-create the French twist, as the second try typically results in a tighter finish. Or simply enlist the help of one of the seasoned pros at Vênsette as part of its bridal package (a service that ranges between $700 and $2,000 for the bride and up to 10 people in the wedding party). For a more unfussy take on the classic concept, craft a looser version like Sam McKnight did at Fendi and Chanel. Then punctuate your coif with a luxe accessory, such as a white leather headband, black satin band, or branded bauble.
You May Kiss the Bride
Lip colors ran the gamut at Dolce & Gabbana's Fall '15 show, where Pat McGrath employed tubes of nude, burgundy, and crimson backstage. When you seal the deal at the altar, decide whether you want to leave your mark in red, whisper with a soft rose, or shine bright with a glossy berry lip.
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