When it comes to bridal beauty, more and more designers are taking a soft, natural approach — especially at Marchesa, where elaborate, dreamy dresses steal the show. Here, three less-is-more beauty tips we learned from the pros that you'll love to implement for your big day.
Natural(ish) nails are in again. (Above)
After seasons of stiletto-length, almond-shaped nails, short and sweet feels fresh, says manicurist Naomi Gonzalez-Longstaff, who created a "kiss of color" on the models' nails using one thick coat of Zoya Nail Polish in Sari ($10, Zoya), a pale pink, and one coat of Zoya's Naked Manicure Glossy Seal ($12, Zoya). She didn't ascribe to just one nail shape, but let the models' cuticles be her guide: round cuticles got round tips, and square cuticles got — yep, you guessed it — square tips. "Going with your natural shape makes your nails look their best — especially in photos," she says.
Photo: Getty Images
Think twice before automatically reaching for the eyeliner.
If you're going for that soft, other-worldly look, eyeliner can sometimes look harsh. Makeup artist Cassandra Garcia used Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Eye Base ($28, Bobbi Brown) to neutralize the eyelids, applied a touch of Bobbi Brown's White Eye Shadow ($25, Bobbi Brown) on the lower lids to brighten the eyes, and then made the lashes look long and fluttery with a few coats of Bobbi Brown's Eye Opening Mascara ($30, Bobbi Brown). (PS: The same theory applies to eyebrows: Instead of filling them in with pencil or gel, Garcia just brushed them up with a comb so they looked naturally groomed.)
Photo: Getty Images
__You don't always need extensions to make your hair look thick. __
Have fine hair? Do what hairstylist Kevin Hughes did: before creating this gorgeous braided chignon, he sprayed Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray ($28, Moroccan Oil) throughout the hair, crimped it, brushed it out, and then began braiding. "Crimping your hair gives it volume and grip — and also helps it stay put," he says.