The DIY Bride: Wedding Beauty On A Budget

With budgets tighter than ever, it’s a tough time for brides who want their dream wedding but don’t have a dream bank account to back it up. As every good budget fashionista knows, however, an antidote for tough times is wrapped up in three little letters:  DIY.  These days, according to celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Gocha Hawkins, DIY bridal beauty is both totally doable and totally fabulous.

“The most important advice I can give to any DIY bride is to test your looks beforehand, thoroughly. Entrust one of your bridesmaids with the duty of spending a day helping you test out makeup and hair looks with a digital camera and under fluorescent lighting. This way, there are no surprises when you take your photos, and you can feel confident that you’ve achieved the exact look you want,” says Gocha.

Preparing for your big day and need some beauty direction? Here are three hot bridal beauty trends to try:

Bold Bride

We always talk about a pop of color, and this year the trend extends to those about to wed. “The runways for spring and summer 2012 collections were sprinkled with bright neon shades not only in terms of the clothing, but also in makeup,” Gocha said. “This has definitely prevailed as a trend for the more fashion forward bride this season. “

Choose one feature to focus on; whether you’re going with a bright eye or lip, having both will be distracting and take away from your overall look.

A volumized ponytail is stunning and works with warm weather instead of against it. To create this look, leave out the hair at the crown of the head when pulling hair back. Curl hair with a large-barreled curling iron for a bouncy, wavy texture or pin up for a more traditional updo. Tease hair at the crown for volume, spraying hairspray at the same time to set the look. To smooth, apply wax pomade and secure with a hair pin.

Vintage Glam

Being a bride does not necessarily mean abandoning the va-va-voom – for the bride who wants to play up her sex appeal (and why not?)  on her wedding day, a slightly heavier makeup look with a glamorous yet simple hairstyle is the way to go.

“Creating a dramatic eye with a red lip gives off that eternal essence of old-Hollywood charm and epitomizes class for a sophisticated affair. A great role model for this look is January Jones, who keeps it in her repertoire for big ticket red carpet events. If your wedding’s theme leans toward romantic vintage, this look is definitely for you,” says Gocha.

Spend time testing different shades of the perfect red. Depending on skin tone, a red with a tint of orange or undertones of pink will look best on most brides. Keep other makeup simple, but still stunning by lining the upper rim of your eye in a black kohl liner. Use an eyelash curler for added volume (or if you’re even more adventurous, fake lashes) and make sure to apply ample mascara. Sweep a natural looking blush on cheeks for the full effect.

Retro waves are flattering on every face shape and most hair lengths, except for very short. Following your shower, use leave-in conditioner to keep hair moisturized. Dry hair and part to the side. Curl in 1-inch sections and then roll forward. Set with an anti-frizz serum that will moisturize your hair throughout the night.

Natural Beauty

This summer, minimalism is in, and for brides there’s nothing better than giving your natural beauty a chance to shine through. That being said, minimalism doesn’t mean no make-up, and it doesn’t mean a boring ‘do either. As Gocha explains, “With a natural makeup look, I like to do something fun with hair, like take a classic style and evolve it to be more modern.”

For makeup, choose a blush that is as close as possible to your natural flush color. Define your features by shading eyelids with a soft, natural hue that is a shade darker than your skin tone. Lightly line eyes with a black liner if desired, or just stick with a few coats of mascara to make them pop. For lips, stick to a shade or two darker than your lip hue in a moisturizing, lightweight tint.

For a soft, natural hairstyle, curl small sections with a 2-inch curling iron to create waves. Spray with a shine-enhancing product and brush to eliminate the threat of separation. Sweep hair to your preferred side and roll hair into a loose bun. Pull out some face framing strands to create an unstructured, wispy look. Finish by spraying with holding spray and carefully place your headband.

 

Thanks to our friend Gocha Hawkins for the information: www.GochaSalon.com.

 

Images courtesy of Sydney4Women.au, TrueHollywoodMakeup.com, and NadineBells.com.