Being a bride isn’t what it used to be.
Once the flowers are chosen and the gown is found, the styling for her big day isn’t over — it’s only just begun.
A wedding dress is only part of an overall look, according to experts, and each detail needs to be planned to perfection from head to toenail.
Take, for instance, the hairdo. Think it’s acceptable to stop by the beauty parlor on your way to the ceremony for a few curls and bobby pins? Think again. Salon 6 stylist and makeup artist Jennie Petrovic is her salon’s wedding specialist, and she studies — yes, studies — formal event beauty trends years in advance.
“(In the United States) we’re always a season behind from Europe, Milan and Italy. It takes about a year for those styles to get here. But I’m lucky that I’m able to travel to and see those looks and bring them back to my chair so a bride can see them before they make it to the magazines,” said Petrovic.
At Salon 6, Petrovic arranges a variety of experiences for brides and their leading ladies looking to get their hair and makeup done for the ceremony and reception. The gals can come to the salon locations in Royal Oak or Birmingham for a cozy day of beauty with refreshments, or the stylists can bring their arsenal of supplies offsite to a hotel or home to do hair and makeup wherever is convenient.
Another thing brides are looking for these days, Petrovic said, is a stylist who is willing to return after the ceremony and revamp the hair and makeup for a whole different feel.
“It’s called two looks, one night. I’ll go back later and loosen up the hair, darken the makeup and give it a different feel,” she said.
As far as the general hair trends Petrovic expects brides to be asking for in 2015, she said there will be more hair pieces and fewer veils going down the aisle this year.
“We’re going to see a lot of intricate hair pieces and jewelry instead of veils, like brooches and jewelry. Also a lot of smaller flowers, like daisies and baby’s breath, instead of bigger flowers,” she said, noting that those were the trends seen at New York’s Bridal Fashion Week from designers like Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham.
Those embellishments will be paired with bohemian-styled hairdos, like braids, fishtail braids, low ponytails, loose waves and simple buns. But don’t be fooled — simple styles don’t mean simple styling.
“It will be more of an effortless look; nothing too put-together. But achieving an effortless look is not effortless. Giving someone a beautiful, sleek bun is not as easy as it looks. Sometimes, those are harder to achieve than a curly up-do,” she said.
Her hair tips for brides to be: pick your accessories early, ask your hairdresser for extension pieces that can be added to make hair look fuller in the back, and most of all, don’t let your wedding day be your trial run. Make sure to try your ’do out with your stylist before the event to make sure it’s exactly what you want.
That’s the same advice Barbara Deyo of Deyo Studio in Birmingham has for her makeup clients. That trial run is really important so there are no surprises when you’re asking your stylist for the popular trends you think you want.
But, interestingly enough, Deyo often steers clear of makeup trends when it comes to designing makeup looks for brides. When women look back at their wedding photos, Deyo said, they should see a timeless face, not a cringe-worthy trend (we’re looking at you, ’80s blue eye shadow).
“Generally, they just want to look like a polished version of themselves. They come to me and say their fiancés like them just the way they are,” said Deyo. “They want flawless skin, glowy skin, and a pop of color of their lips — and a lot of lashes. A classic Audrey Hepburn look.”
What she does expect to see brides ask for more of in 2015, Deyo said, are false eyelashes and airbrushed makeup. The lash extensions, which can be added individually or in whole strips, are more substantial than mascara alone, and the airbrushed makeup is more comfortable, longer-wearing and more even-looking.
“It’s not heavy looking, because it goes through an air compressor. It just makes the skin look evened out. It wears really well throughout the day and doesn’t get that breakthrough on the nose,” said Deyo.
Cyndee Le, manager of Nails on 26 in Macomb, said there’s a careful balance that needs to be found when designing bridal manicures and pedicures. The special occasion calls for a little bit of sparkle, but not so much that it distracts from the real bling.
“We see a lot of girls asking for French manicures or French ombre manicures,” said Le, explaining that the ombre look fades the traditional French manicure line into a gradient so it has a softer look. “But they really don’t want to take away from the ring.”
But like anything else, Le said the manicure design really depends on the bride. She said about half of her bridal clients will opt for acrylic nails, while the other half will chose their natural nail shape with long-lasting gel nail polish. Natural, lighter-toned polishes are favored over bolder colors, with delicate accents, like glitter polish or even a single rhinestone on one finger in a neutral color.
Another reason brides go for simpler designs, Le said, is that some might wear more than one gown in an evening.
“A friend of mine did five different (wedding) dresses, and she didn’t want her nails to clash with them,” said Le.