If you want to see "you but better" beauty done well, look no further than Hillary Kerr. The Who What Wear cofounder, who shares her bridal must-haves in our June/July issue, recently got married in Palm Springs, California. For the occasion, she created a look that’s quintessentially her: long, wavy hair and '60s-inspired makeup paired with a strapless Reem Acra A-line dress that perfectly suited her feminine style. Here, she shares how she did it, from the beauty pros she worked with (lucky girl is friends with some of the best in the biz!) to the products she used, treatments she tried—and what she was a bit more laissez-faire about.
We loved your makeup. It was polished but not over the top. Tell us about the look.
I was lucky enough to work with one of my best friends, Joey Maalouf, for my wedding, and he described our makeup goal: to be “sickeningly stunning and perfect.” In real-world speak, though, we agreed my makeup should be a little glamorous and a little effortless. He started by exfoliating my lips with Glam Glow Pout Mud and then used Clé de Peau La Crème moisturizer on my face. To make my skin really glow, he used his own ISH Contour Kit.
How did you get those perfect waves—and how did you get them to they stay fresh all night?
I also was incredibly fortunate when it came to my hair, because another dear friend did it—the one and only Jen Atkin. She used OUAI Wave Spray when my hair was damp, then Balmain Paris Hair Couture Session Spray Strong and OUAI Texturizing Hairspray after it dried. The tools she used were awesome too: a Mason Pearson brush, GHD curling iron, and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. She also added loads of Beauty Works X Jen Atkin Clip Ins for volume and length.
We’d talked about different hairstyles, and I knew I wanted to incorporate flowers into my hair since I wasn’t wearing a veil. Jen came up with the idea of using gardenias—which were also in my bouquet—and actually sewed them into my hair to keep them in place. Later that evening, she changed it into a half-up, half-down hairstyle and accessorized with a Jen Atkin X Chloe + Isabel Smooth Crescent Comb.
In terms of hair color, I went a little blonder with Lorri Goddard at Loft 647. She’s truly the blonde whisperer—she does all of the best blondes—and I loved that she took me a smidge lighter than I usually am while keeping my hair looking healthy. I think she’s a genius or a wizard, or maybe both.
What did you decide to do for your manicure and pedicure? I’m a gel-polish girl, for sure, and went with Orly Rose-Colored Glasses, which is a light pink, on my fingernails. For my toes, I used my go-to color: OPI Big Apple Red
Okay, now on to one of our favorite topics: skin care. How did you make your skin look so glowy?
I didn’t start my regimen super early—I probably didn’t start doing anything in earnest until a couple of months before the wedding—but I did so much skin-care prep, it’s kind of crazy. Shani Darden gave me a series of facials and lactic-acid peels. I also sat under her LightStim machine, which is the best 25 minutes of relaxation. Then I did three or four Clear + Brilliant laser facials with Dr. Raj Kanodia every five weeks leading up to the wedding.
I saw Nurse Jamie for her Accent XL Skin Tightening Laser on my jawline and on the back of my legs. Then, once a day before bed, I applied her EGF Stem Cell Complex moisturizer on my face, using her Acellerator Ultra.
Did you do anything differently in terms of health or fitness?
I wasn’t the most motivated bride; I do work out with Lauren Kleban of LEKFIT. I’ve been her client and friend for years, and we primarily do private dance-based workouts. But I wish I’d started taking her Bounce classes before the wedding. You do them on a mini trampoline, and I’m obsessed with them now.
With food, again, I definitely took a more relaxed approach. The three months leading up to the wedding, I drank less alcohol than usual and focused on a veggie- and protein-based diet, but I definitely fell off the wagon and dug into a plate of tacos more than once!