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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Makeup & Muses: Wedding Hair & Makeup

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Makeup and Muses ~ Wedding Hair & Makeup

Fishtail Braid

This was one of the big hair trends this year. And though I love the double knot and the romantic twist, the fishtail braid is still definitely a favorite.

It reminds me of this side braid I did last year and have yet been able to truly recreate ever since.

Now I know a braid may not be the first look you think of when it comes to weddings, but I think this style is perfect for a summer wedding, especially if it is outdoors.

I just love that you can choose to wear it tight and off to the side like the first photo, or even opt for a looser look that flows down your back. You can even adjust the style by completing the fishtail braid and then wrapping it around your head for when it starts to get hot out.

What do you think of the fishtail braid look for a summer wedding?

messy-updoMessy Up-do

As I've expressed in hair-related posts before, I do really like messy hair. I like when messy hair is so messy that it just can't help but look good.

Traditionally, brides bridesmaids and even many of the female guests will don themselves in a tight up-do. But I say, let your hair down--somewhat--and loosen up that look for the perfect summer wedding hair.

no-foundationSkip the Foundation

It's the summer time so why are you wearing so much foundation? Even at a wedding, there is no need to cake on the product when you can shine without all that makeup.

Keep your summer skin radiant by switching the foundation for a tinted moisturizer. You can even choose a simple spot concealer and some powder if you don't suffer from acne-prone skin.

You will have more of a summer glow if your makeup isn't sinking into the creases of your face because it just can't deal with the heat.

Keep the makeup full of SPF and oil-free!

summer-lipsHydrate Your Smackers

I'm a lip balm/lip gloss kind of girl. Even at my own wedding I wore very minimal lipstick. But, to each their own. If you want your lip color to stay on during the entire event then you should definitely first apply a balm and even add a concealer as a base to make the color long-lasting.

This is especially important for a summer wedding as it's much easier for your lips to dry out. Top off your lips with a gloss and a lip sealer as a finishing touch.

Are you going to any weddings this summer? Have any hair and makeup tips to share?



Nina Morena said...

For a wedding I had last summer my hair was in rollers for probably more than 24 hours, but it was so worth it! The curls were beautiful! I used MAC lip gloss, and I never wear foundation. I think the fishtail braid is a great look for a summer wedding :)

Courtney Erin said...

Love your makeup tips - I am also about a tinted SPF moisturizer, a bit of concealer and powder all year round and you're so right about lightening up on the makeup in the heat! I'm still planning on cutting my hair short in a month or so and I absolutely have to rock a messy updo at least once before then.

xoxo ~ Courtney

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These are great tips! I have been sporting the loose braid look myself this summer. :)

Sarah. said...

Awesome tips, I totally love the fishtail braid. I found a GORGEOUS picture of Dree Hemingway rocking a stunning fishtail braid: :)

The Corner Girl said...

I love your take on wedding beauty. For my wedding, my mom did an amazing hairdo that was long, but with the front pulled back into many twisted loops with seed pearls dotted around. I'm so happy that she managed to be so creative on my special day!
I also did minimal lipstick, I used a rosy lipstick with a pearly pink gloss overtop, but I didn't apply much of either because I was worried about makeup getting on the groom during the big kiss.

heidihastings said...

I love the fishtail braid! I wish I could wear braids more but I feel like they look strange on me because my hair is so dark- my sisters wear them all the time and they look so good! The messy up-do is my all time fav (you look good without people thinking you've tried so hard). This is super great advice. I've been wanting to do a Wedding/Bride makeover on my blog and this post has totally convinced me to do so! <3 H

Couture Carrie said...

Great tips, darling!
Love those messy up-dos!

CC said...

the messy up-do is my favorite! :) x

Kristin said...

That look of LC's would be such a gorgeous wedding 'do!

Tanvi said...

Great tips!!! Though I wish I had a wedding to go to! :)

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Harija said...

Great tips! Thanks & Neat post!

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Erin said...

Great makeup and hair tips! I love Lauren Conrad's hair! I'm going to a couple weddings this summer, and I have found great summer shifts that are perfect for weddings at Anthropologie (a bonus: everything is ON SALE right now)!


Fashion Tales.... said...

Great tips Cheryl! I may do a semi-braid style for my friend's wedding in August. for summer I usually just use a blush/bronzer no foundation. a sun-kissed look is best for me. Thanks for sharing this. -xo

Jo said...

I love love love fishtail braids! I am determined to learn how to do them! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!

x said...

Loving this! I totally agree!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great summertime tips! I'm definitely including this in my weekend worthy reads roundup!

Have a lovely weekend dear!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Leia said...

I love the messy updos! I have NO idea how I'm going to wear my hair on my wedding day... eek!!


The Blushing Fox said...

love the messy up do it looks so glam <3

Cafe Fashionista said...

I LOVE Lauren's messy up-do - too cute! I so wish I had a wedding to attend this summer. Le sigh. Perhaps I need to crash one! :P

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Absolutely great tips! And you're ALMOST making me miss having long hair hehe.

Sharon said...

hi cheryl! :) i hope youre ok!
i lovee messy up dos! Xo

Audrey Allure said...

I've been wanting to do a braid in my hair lately! But I completely SUCK at it; it just never works out unless someone else does it for me lol.

YvonnaLivianna said...

I am feeling the braids! Very simple and chic!


Clare said...

My sister has suuuuuper long hair and always fish tails her hair. It looks SOOO pretty. I love it.

AquĆ­ said...

great tips! I'm not so much a lipstick girl either. I like glosses and lip balms. Easier to re-apply and without a mirror.

Jamie said...

I think the fishtail braid is the absolute perfect look for summer weddings! It keeps it out of your face in the heat but looks chic and pretty!

What Sadie Did said...

Ooh I want J-Lo's messy hair. I looove messy hair too!! :)

Sadie x

Courtney said...

I would love to skip the foundation, but that's not an option for me at my wedding! My skin tone is very uneven and I have acne scars. on a day to day basis I got with Bare Escentuals, but on my wedding day I want to look flawless and I don't care if that takes 3 layers of foundation! LOL

Camille said...

i love fishtail braids and messy updos! they're adorable!

Anonymous said...

I really wish A and M would let me do things like this with their hair! I found this site a while ago for doing fun things with hair and although it is for girls many of the styles can either be adapted or used for ideas. Check it out: There are a few using fishtails :)

Punctuation Mark said...

i love the messy up-do... just wish i could get it done for myself... ha!

Lee Oliveira said...

Amazing tips.. sending this page to my best girl..
Lee x

Michelle said...

These are gorgeous hairdos! Thanks so much for your comment and question- I have a Nikon 1300 camera : )


Ida's Lippstick said...

Love your hair and make up tips!
/ Ida

sugar sugar said...

love love the messy up do look! :) thanks for these tips dear. ;)

th.dany said...
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th.dany said...

i totally agree with you on minaj's look-you can do over the top and look amazing :)

great post!! :)

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