7 beauty blogger tips to disaster-proof your wedding look

The countdown to a wedding is one of the most magical times in a woman’s life, but it can also be the most stressful. Gowns and jewelry, venues and shoes…between all those items and the decision on whether to sit your two aunts who haven’t spoken since The Great Thanksgiving Disaster two years ago anywhere near each other, you have a lot to think about. Which means that decisions around your hair, makeup, nails and skin can feel utterly overwhelming.

To save you some of that stress this wedding season, we reached out to beauty industry insiders to get their best big-day tips and tricks and things they wished they’d known when they walked down the aisle. 

                                                   Jenny Studernoth-Gerson

                                                   Jenny Studernoth-Gerson

Jenny Studenroth-Gerson

DIY your skin and hair fixes
Jenny Studenroth-Gerson, founder of Born To Be A Bride, has two tips — one made famous in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

“I woke up the morning of my wedding with a huge pimple emerging. I gently washed the inflamed area with cool water and foaming cleanser, patted it dry, and iced it to reduce swelling. Then, I broke out the Windex, sprayed it onto my fingertip, and gently patted it onto the affected area. If you repeat the ice and glass cleaner trick every hour until makeup time, no one will see a thing." 

Summer humidity is an enemy of coiffed hair, she adds, so "no matter how perfect your hair looks when your stylist sends you down the aisle, keep a tube of thick, clear lip gloss in your clutch or with your bridal attendant. When applied to fly-aways, the gloss holds hair without the stiffness of a full-on hairspray.”

Plan for emergencies
“I can't stress enough how important it is to keep two things with you at all times: adhesive bandages and petroleum jelly," says Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot. Bandages applied over blister-prone spots will prevent chafing, while plain old Vaseline, "is perfect for creating a barrier between heels and good-looking (but perpetually evil) satin shoes," she explains of a lesson she learned the hard way. "I know at my own wedding my shoes looked beautiful, but by the end of the night they’d caused painful blisters. I was nearly limping as I gave hugs and kisses goodbye to my family and friends."

                                     Julia DiNardo

                                     Julia DiNardo

Julia DiNardo

Give your pout extra staying power
"It's so easy to do it, but don't let yourself get buried in a sea of white,” advises Julia DiNardo, editor of Fashion Pulse Daily, who balanced a classic bridal gown with crimson lips. “I agonized whether I could pull off a red lip on my wedding day — it could have been too high maintenance to deal with — but it wasn't at all and was totally worth it for what turned out to be spectacular photos!" Her tip: "Avoid lip stains, since the main lip layer can crack and dry out, and find a long-wear lipstick that you love. Set it with a bit of powder, and then just remember to reapply before photos and after dinner!"   

Pack your own polish
“Chip happens — so for my wedding manicure, I plan to take my own polish to the salon," says bride-to-be Annie Tomlin of The Glowhow. "That way, if the lacquer gets nicked before the big day, I can touch it up. Also, because I'm going with a sheer pink, a chip might not even be that noticeable in the first place. One less detail to worry about!”

To thine own self…
“Women often think their wedding day should be their Hollywood Princess moment. I think it's better to look in the mirror and see you staring back, rather than a stranger," Nadine Jolie Courtney, the blogger behind the namesake site. "Whatever makeup and hair look you choose, make sure it reflects you, rather than feeling like a mask or costume. I did my own makeup for my wedding (although I did let a hair pro take over!) and it was the best beauty decision I made. I didn't feel like I was wearing heavy war paint, and my husband loved seeing me — not a red-carpet-ready stranger — walk down the aisle.”

Jeannine Morris

Trust your gut
Jeannine Morris, founder of Beauty Sweet Spot, was literally heading off to her wedding day as she was giving her tip. “When doing hair and makeup trials, pay attention to the energy of the stylist or artist. Of course, they have to be talented and understand your vision, but their personality is just as important. You want to work with people who are positive and calm on your wedding day. I did my homework and am excited to work with my glam squad, because they're a triple threat: talented, creative and cool.”   

Bridal Hair Inspired by the Red Carpet

Once you hit the bridal shop, the florist and the caterer’s, what’s next on her list? Your soon-to-be scouring the pages of PeopleUS and InStyle magazines, researching red carpet looks for your own hair ideas! Here are the red carpet trends that will translate beautifully on brides this season.

 

The Updo—Textured and Loosely Structured

Amber Heard The Updo—Textured and Loosely Structured

Amber Heard The Updo—Textured and Loosely Structured

Why It’s Chic: It’s not too “done” but it’s definitely structured—definitely not a DIY look! What’s more, the fuller shape is flattering to many facial structures and sizes. A severely scraped-back style is difficult to wear for most women.

Tips: To encourage the texture, rough dry the hair rather than smoothing it completely. Then apply Matrix Design Pulse Mega Dust—it produces a gritty texture that expands the hair, which is perfect for providing an updo with structure. Then create a pincurl set. Once hair cools, release the pins, backcomb and create the shape.

P&P’s Secret: Create a small, square section at the back of the head and gather it into a mini ponytail to serve as the anchor for the rest of the style

 

The Waves: Hollywood Glam

Anna Kendrick  The Waves: Hollywood Glam

Anna Kendrick The Waves: Hollywood Glam

Why It’s Chic: Polished waves like these are timeless—they’ll look up-to-date in wedding photos for years to come!

Tips: Study your beauty school setting patterns, but swap out rollers for barrel curls created with a curling iron. Mist each section with Matrix Biolage Freeze Fix Hairspray before setting.

P&P's Secret: Release each curl and comb through individually with a Mason Pearson brush to polish the hair; then backcomb gently.

 

The Half and Half—Elegant Side-Sweep

Margot Robbie  The Half and Half—Elegant Side-Sweep

Margot Robbie The Half and Half—Elegant Side-Sweep

Why It’s Chic: Many brides prefer to wear their hair down—they feel that they look more like “themselves.” These lovely waves, with one side gathered and pinned, is a great way to dress up everyday hair without taking it too far.

Tips: Apply Biolage VOLUMEBLOOM Full-Lift Spray-In at the roots and blow dry the hair, encouraging maximum volume. Create soft, loose waves with a curling iron—these should be less structured than the Hollywood waves. Sweep one side up and back and secure with a hairpin behind the ear.

P&P's Secret: Brides love the side-sweep because it’s a natural spot for a pretty hair ornament!

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