There are only a few occasions in a woman's life that she gets to experience the ultimate dress-up day, and her wedding is definitely one of them. While the gown is important, no bridal look would be complete without the perfect hair and makeup. Lucky for us, I spoke with professional stylist Simone Rosas of Makeover Station about trends and tips for brides to achieve their wedding style goals. Here is our conversation:
What trends are you seeing for 2008 hair and makeup?
Simone Says: Flowy, healthy, touchable hair. Chignons, loose up sweeps and beautiful half-ups. Definitely nothing that resembles prom styles, stiff or too structured. I don't really foresee the big tiaras coming back but the beautiful crystal pins and combs are here to stay and add a nice touch to any bridal hair style.
The makeup will bring more of a soft matte skin, neither too powdered nor too dewy. More like a satin finish. Pops of color for lips and cheeks. Raspberries, pinks and even red lips complemented by subtle eyes and groomed brows.
The smoky eye gets a new take with shades of bronze, charcoals instead of heavy blacks. And for me, skin, skin, skin! Women have to understand that it doesn't matter what type of makeup they choose to go with--their skin should be in tip-top shape!
A quick routine that will guarantee a flawless look for your day:
Hydrate face and under eye area
Always use SPF
With this regime the skin will feel smoother and supple, makeup will go on seamless, fine lines and texture minimized.
What about hair? Up or down?
Simone Says: The bride needs to be 100% comfortable with the style she chooses, that's why trials are extremely important. During that time the artist and bride can determine if a certain style will work with a bride's face shape and features. The hair should never clash with a gown style or the wedding feel. For a beach or garden wedding, the better alternatives are the lower chignons or loose and flowy waves rather than something too structured. It's very important to consider whether or not she'll be wearing a veil, keeping or removing it for the reception as well.
Give us the lowdown on false eyelashes for weddings.
Simone Says: I'm a big fan of false eyelashes. They lift, making the eyes look more defined and bigger. I prefer the individually applied ones since the single strip ones can look too theatrical. It's all about looking effortlessly pretty. They hair, jewelry, and makeup should all be in harmony.
What are some tips for a bride who wants a classic look?
Get their skin in shape and have makeup applied so all features are well balanced. Eyes, cheeks and lips receive the same amount of color intensity. Different from what I call a "focus look" where one feature is emphasized. Rich colored lips paired with light eyes and cheeks is a focus look. Definitely stay away from trends so your pictures will look good for as long as you have your album.
How can we be sure we'll look good on camera?
Simone Says: Hire an experienced makeup artist. The girl who does everyone's makeup for the club won't cut it. The makeup artist needs to be experienced enough to strike a balance between photography and live interactions. The bride will have to keep in mind that she'll have to use a bit more makeup than she's used to for her daily routine. If you're splurging on photography it's important that the investment doesn't go to waste with poor makeup and hair choices. Hire a seasoned pro that:
-uses professional grade foundations that are long lasting and won't make your face look lighter than your body
-has proof of his/her work on an online portfolio or an actual book
For quick touch-ups, you only need powder-free blotting papers and the lip color your makeup artist should give you before she leaves.
What is the number one style tip you give to brides?
Choose your wedding day look based on your personality. Opt for a timeless makeup and hair look that will enhance what you have and not transform you into an entirely different person. Your guests and future husband should be able to look at you and say "She looks gorgeous" not because of her makeup, or hair, or dress....just because.