Posted by Alison Rowe 01/12/11 at 05:28PM
Inspiration: Jessica Alba
Hair: "A casual, polished look is great for a bridal shower," says Brian Zinno, Educational Director at Antonio Prieto Salon. Prep hair with a thermal protector (try Kerastase Nectar Thermique Nourishing Cream, $36) and smooth strands with a blow dryer and round brush. Finish by pulling hair into a low ponytail, keeping it loose over the ears, he says.
Makeup: "Eyeliner is key in this look," says bridal makeup artist Christan Burran for Soulful Make-up Art. "Apply a super black liner like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner, $17, then blend a black eyeshadow over it for a modern, smoky effect."
Inspiration: Mila Kunis
Hair: "The bachelorette party is a great occasion to be a little wild (with your hair) before the big day," says Zinno. A ponytail with attitude is the perfect option, he says. To get the look, spritz hair with Kerastase Double Force Multi-Protective Spray, $36 and use a large barrel curling iron (curling from mid-shaft to ends only) to create waves. Tease the crown section of your head. Pull the sides and nape area into a tight ponytail, then incorporate the crown area loosely so it stays full. Spritz with more hairspray to combat flyaways, he says.
Makeup: What pairs perfectly with an "I'm too sexy" pre-wedding hairstyle? A smoky eye, of course. "This look can be a little rock and roll with sparkly black eyeshadow," says Burran. (She recommends using Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Black , $19 to create the look.) "Apply it all over the lid, then blend with a Q-tip or finger," she says. Add a matte-ish peachy nude lip and you're done.
Inspiration: Kate Bosworth
Hair: Try a modern bun for the rehearsal dinner, says Zinno. Section a rectangular shape on the top of your head, leaving your front hairline out, he says. Backcomb two-inch sections and spray hairspray (try Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray, $16.95) on the sections. Pull the sides of your hair back, and smooth the top section back keeping the height intact. Pin the hair into a bun and secure with the same spray, he says.
Makeup: To get a perfect-looking complexion, Burran recommends using Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $40. To make the look movie star-worthy, she suggests always using extra black mascara. Use the tip of the brush to "paint" and define each lash, focusing on the outer lashes, she says. "Finish with a matte peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks."
Inspiration: Diane Kruger
Hair: "Keep the wedding day modern and casual by not overdoing the updo," says Zinno. Add texture with a sea salt spray (try Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $23), then pull your hair into a loose, low ponytail (leave a section out over each ear), he says. Split the ponytail into several sections and pin in place. Loosely incorporate the free sections, leaving a few strands out.
Makeup: "Bridal makeup can be very romantic in copper and brown tones," says Burran. (Try Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Copper, $19.) A copper eyeshadow reflects light and brings out the natural eye color, she says -- "it also looks beautiful in photographs. A pinky nude gloss on the lips brings the look together."
Inspiration: Amber Lancaster
Hair: Once the wedding is over, it's time to let your hair down -- literally. To get this laidback look, "prep the hair with an anti-frizz serum (try Kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax, $36)," says Zinno. Use a large curling wand or iron (from mid-shafts to ends only) to create soft, beachy curls. Part the hair in the center. Take a section from either side of your head and pull them back, securing underneath your hair to hide the bobby pins, he says.
Makeup: "This look is all about bronzer and how it's applied," says Burran. "Try a warm bronzer with shimmer on the temples, cheekbones and tip of [your] nose. To give even more glow, wear a sheer foundation in a shade one tone darker then your actual skin. Add a swipe of lip gloss for a sexy yet casual look.
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