No one does a classic bridal beauty look quite like Oscar de la Renta — it always rides the perfect line between fresh and timeless. We watched the pros work their magic backstage before the Spring 2017 show and found three elements that make up the pretty, polished tried-and-true formula.
A sleek chignon always needs a few flyaways.
"Peter [Copping] wanted clean and elegant hair, but it shouldn't look harsh, so I finished the chignon by taking out a few pieces around the face," hairstylist Hos Hounkpatin said backstage. "It adds a little softness."
Go easy on the hair products — overdoing it can create the dreaded helmet-head effect.
Hounkpatin used only three: He prepped dry hair with Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip ($20, Fekkai) to add texture, sprayed Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20, Fekkai) around the crown to boost shine, and finished with Sheer Hold Hairspray ($20, Fekkai) (ever so sparingly) to make the bun stay put.
Makeup isn't used to highlight one feature, but to subtly enhance the whole face.
Makeup artist Fatima Thomas used just enough eyeliner to make the lashes look fuller. (On the girls with darker complexions, she used black pencil; on lighter complexions she used brown.) "The eyeliner isn't meant to be a statement," she said. "None of the products are. It's about using them to bring out your natural beauty." And in fact, we can count on two hands the MAC products used: foundation, concealer, blush, illuminator, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and rose lipstick. Done.