New Autumn Bridal Makeup Colors and Trends

New Autumn Makeup Colors and TrendsYou've chosen to get married in the Fall, because of the crisp cool air, the vibrant colors you can use as a natural backdrop to your pictures, and the warm tones you can choose for your colors.  It's time to ditch your summer makeup for a more vibrant and dewey look.

Red lipsticks are timeless; always elegant.  But don't be afraid to try plums, burgundys, browns, and oranges.  Peach and apricots are big colors for this Fall and work well with most skin tones, for that subtle, yet bold look, and will go well with light makeup or dark and will compliment any bridal look. Mattes are still going strong but glosses are becoming more popular than ever.  Try adding a coat of gloss on top of your new favorite shade for some sparkle and glam.  Glitter is big--all over!  Shimmery eyeshadows, blushes, or try adding a touch of sparkle to highlight your cheek bones.

Heavy eyeliner, bold eyes, is the look for Fall.  Use eyeliner to define your eyes. The smokey eye is still a favorite for any special occasion.  For a dramatic look, try sweeping your eyelid and along your lower lid, with a deeper pink shade and tone down the rest of your makeup.  You can also use a highlighter to brighten the inner corner of your eye.  Apply several coats of mascara to get "spider lashes" to make your eyes pop.

Use rich lotions and moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated before applying your foundation and blush, to get that dewey look which is so popular this Fall.  Don't forget to apply warm blush on your cheeks to get that flushed look.

Consider highlighting or lowlighting your hair to add a depth of dimension or warmth to your face, to pull your look together.

Be sure to experiment with any new colors or techniques prior to your Wedding Day.


How to Get that Warm Bridal Glow

How to get that warm bridal glowEver wonder how brides get that warm bridal glow?  The key is to start well before your wedding day.  To help get the best results, start at least 6 months prior to your wedding day.  The main focus is on clear, bright skin. To achieve this, start with exfoliating.  Exfoliating sloughs off dry dead skin cells, revealing new vibrant cells underneath.  Make sure you are using a SPF on your face after exfoliating.  You don't want to expose the fragile, new skin to harmful ultraviolet rays.

If your skin is red, or have signs of rosacea, try using some hydrocortisone cream.  A drop will calm down the redness and itchiness. You can also try drinking some green tea.  Green tea has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which  can also reduce the redness and clear up breakouts.

For problem skin, skin with blackheads, try using products containing salicylic acid.  By making this part of your daily routine, your pores will become unclogged, revealing more vibrant skin.  Salicylic acid, when used on breakouts, will reduce inflammation in the affected area, and provide a calming effect.

Start taking a multi vitamin each day.  It will help to give your hair, skin and nails that boost they need to look vibrant.  Stress takes a toll on your hair skin and nail, leaving them dull and lifeless looking.

Don't forget about your hands.  You will want to keep the skin on your hands looking beautiful as you show off your beautiful wedding ring.  You will want to use a scrub on your hands and generously moisturize afterwards.  You can also try a deep moisturizer on your hands before bedtime, and wear cotton gloves to bed.  This will keep your hands supple, soft and vibrant.

No matter what makeup you are using, how much or how little makeup you use, you will look your best when you are providing a fresh, vibrant complexion as your canvas.



Bridal Makeup Tips: 10 Things NOT to Do.

We often give positive "how to" tips about your makeup or hair for the Big Day. In a twist of what we usually write about, the following are 10 things not to ever do as you plan your wedding day look.

Bridal Makeup Artist Do Nots

1. Have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside,

2. Let a make-up artist hijack your look. For a lot of people, their wedding is a time when they can really take pleasure in having someone else do their make-up, but I think there can be a temptation to just indulge in the experience and take on all sorts of suggestions from the make-up artist - someone who may not know you or how you like to look particularly well. I'd advise real caution here; you don't want to surprise your intended at the altar by turning up looking like someone else. Whether you're hiring a make-up artist or doing your own, I generally think that the best bridal make-up is simply the most exquisitely polished version of how the bride usually looks - after all, you want to look beautiful rather than your make-up.

3. Trowel it on. It’s a total myth that your make-up has to be plastered on for the photographs. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look obvious. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T Zone is matte and that can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders, not layers of make-up,' says Caroline.

4. 'Go for anything too trend-led. It's worth bearing in mind that you'll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it's best to avoid statement looks and opt for something more classic; that glittery eyeliner you saw on a Parisian catwalk might look super pretty and modern now, but chances are it'll look tired and dated in twenty years' time. This isn't to say that you'll have to make yourself up in a symphony of beiges though if you're used to a more punchy make-up - vintage wedding dresses in particular can look breathtaking with a classic old Hollywood lipstick colour,' says Alex Babsky.

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5. 'Be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral hue, it should be worn as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides,' says Bobbi.

6. 'Just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan. Do this the day before your wedding not the night and beware of darkening your skin tone too much as the effect it actually the deaden the look of your complexion,' says Caroline.

7. 'Forget to decide what kind of maintenance you’d prefer for the day. For example, are you happy to check you're looking okay throughout the day, or do you want to just forget about your make-up once it's on? Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it's also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set - you can be sure they'll stay where you put them,' says Alex.

8. 'Go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying colour in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves,' says Bobbi.

9. 'Go too glossy or too matte. It's best to avoid lipsticks at either end of the texture scale; too glossy and they'll only last five minutes whilst too matte and they may leave your lips dry and cakey by the time it's the moment to kiss your groom. A moisturising, satin-y finish lipstick is best for a wedding - this kind of formula will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally; several thin layers, blotted between applications will give the most long-lasting finish,' says Alex.

10. 'Rush. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on the wedding day,' says Bobbi.


Choosing the Right Makeup Artist

Your makeup should enhance your features. Most brides want a flawless look. An experienced makeup artist can use just the right colors and techniques to achieve the exact look you desire. It is the expert Artist that knows how to blend the colors to give you that natural look, which will result in beautiful photos. But how do you know if she is the right artist for you?

You want your artist to use minimal makeup; the makeup should highlight your features, giving you that natural look, not piling on tons of makeup.  You should feel comfortable with the techniques she is using.  For example, she should not be pushing you to do something you do not like or feel uncomfortable with.  Your artist is the professional and she is there to advise you and offer options.  But the decision is ultimately yours, as to what you want.

What kind of makeup is your artist using?  Are her tools clean? Your artist should be using quality products…ask your artist what line of products she uses. Will they withstand the heat on a hot, humid summer day? Will they last from morning until late evening? Don't be afraid to ask your artist for hints on how to keep your makeup looking fresh all day.  Your artist should be using clean tools on each client to avoid spreading bacteria causing breakouts and infections.

You should provide your artist with a background on your skin type, if you have any allergies or sensitivities, so that she can choose the best products for you.

A trial run is a must! You will need to have a trial run of your makeup prior to your wedding day to make sure you are both on the same page and that you are completely satisfied with the look your artist has created for you.  Colors should be discussed and decided on well in advance.

You will need to advise your makeup artist if you will need her services for other women in your group, such as mother/mother-in-law, other family members or bridesmaids.  You will need to provide the number of  women getting their makeup and/or hair done in order to ensure for re-dos, touch-ups, etc.

Remember, your artist is there to work with you to achieve a stress-free day. Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. She is there to provide relief and reduce stress.  Your artist should be someone that you like and feel comfortable with.

Finally, ask your artist for references and check out their website.


Bridal Updos

bridalupdosYour Wedding hairstyle is just as important as the wedding dress you choose.  Your wedding hairstyle should go hand in hand with the style of your dress and your wedding.  For example, a loose curly updo would complement a strapless dress.  An updo projects a graceful, delicate bridal look.  When choosing a hairstyle, think about how everything will look together.  For a beach wedding, you will want to choose a hairstyle with beachy waves or an updo with loose curls to get that breezy feel.  The options are endless…for a glamorous look, try a deep part and slick back your hair, or try a hair twist to get that Paris runway look. Updos are the number one pick for brides, worldwide.

If you are wearing a headband, think about doing a braid.  Braids are very popular, especially if you are thinking of not going the veil route.  You can also incorporate braid(s) into your updo, for an old world flair. Or, try a chignon, which is ideal for weddings or formal events.

For a look that is more formal yet relaxed, try wearing your hair half up and ends in long loose curls.

For a romantic wedding, try a down hairstyle with loose curls.  Long, loose curls make for a sexy look.

If you are not wearing a traditional veil, don’t be afraid to wear a hair accessory.  The right bridal hair accessory can be the perfect finishing touch.  Choose from crystal bridal hair combs, delicate pearl headbands, hair vines and floral vines, crowns, etc.

Whatever you decide for your wedding hairstyle, you will remember it forever.