Category Archives: bridal beauty

scene+heard : lily and tony on nearlyweds.com

  
There is so much more to a bride’s wedding day than just the walk down the aisle, and lucky for us, we sometimes get to be a part of all those moments as well. This can include makeup and hair services for bridal showers, bachelorette  and much more … like engagement shoots.

Our friends at Two Bright Lights recently shared with us that a recent bride we worked with, Lily, and her engagement shoot with her fiancé Tony, were featured over at Nearlyweds.com. YAY! 

Lily came to us for makeup and hair services when preparing for this shoot, and our BP artists, Giselle and Samantha, were happy to oblige.

Ave just seen the photos, courtesy of Ten 2 Ten Photography and couldn’t believe how pretty they are. They definitely show the beauty of this couple and the love between them. Congratulations to Lily and Tony, and thank you for choosing BP to be a part of it.

  

Feel free to view the entire gallery over at Nearlyweds.com.   If you’re looking to book beauty services for your big day, or all the precious moments in between, well, look no further – give us a call, or feel free to fill out our form over at our contact page!

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get inspired : emma stone waves

Remember that year when it was all “short hair, don’t care”? A year of pixies, undercuts and fringe were all the rage, and rightly so because the look was hot. And while pixies and undercuts are still great cuts, some people have opted to start growing out their hair into bobs, and their slightly longer cousin – the lob.

But with any grow-out, come wedding season, we are often told “I’ve been growing out my hair, and it’s just a bit longer than a bob …and I really don’t know what I can do with it. Maybe we should just blow it out and I’ll wear it straight”.

Wearing your hair as is can be an option – nothing will translate as more you than a slightly more polished version of how you regularly wear your hair. You’l look great! However, if you are looking for another option, I think that the textured and wavy lob adds a bit of flare to your “not long enough yet” strands!

tousledLeft : Emma Stone
Right : waves done by Stephanie Daga, BlushPretty

I think the poster child for the ultimate wavy lob or bob is the always stylish (and charming) Emma Stone. She’s known to wear her short hair many ways from middle part to deep side part, straight to curly, bangs to no bangs. She knows her options! But I find her go to look is always a bit of piecey twistedness.

I have plenty of clients scheduled in this year with lobs. Some are brides, some are maids of honour, some are the chicest of mothers! Plenty are shooing away the standard blowout and flip for a sexier bedhead style.

To create this look for my clients I prefer to use a 1 inch curling iron and very few products. The list looks something like this:

– Hot Tools 1-inch barrel curling iron
– Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
– Sall Hershberger Supreme Lift Root Spray
– Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray
– Elnett Hair Spray
– Bumble+Bumble Styling Creme
– Bumble+Bumble Texture (un)Dressing Creme

For prep, I always start with a bit of dry shampoo brushed through the hair. My pick is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak, and I find it adds a bit of lift and texture, especially for finer hair types. It soaks up the right amount of excess oil, but doesn’t leave a film or dusty layer of product.

As I section through the bottom layers of hair, I’ll spray Sally Hershberger’s Supreme Lift Root Spray before wrapping small sections  around the barrel  of my iron. I never use the clamp and wrap the sections with the barrel pointed downward. I also leave the ends free a bit for a more undone look.  I’ll repeat this sectioning and wrapping from the nape of the neck to the crown, alternating the direction I wrap the the hair with each section.

For the layers from the crown and up, I do repeat the process, but instead use Sally Hershberger’s Glam Waves instead of root spray. This is just personal preference as I find it gives a shiny but not weighted appearance to the top layers.

Once I’m done wrapping the hair and styling the front according to the client’s wishes (some want fringe, some don’t; some want it up off the face, others flat!), I’ll either finesse and finish with some Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme or Texture (un)Dressing Creme.  While both are made to be applied to the hair while damp, I actually will rub a bit through my fingers or palms and then either smooth the hair (Styling Creme) for a bit of shine or break up the waves and “fluff” a bit more (Texture Creme) for a more undone appearance.

Everything gets finished with some Elnett. Every-THANG!

So that’s how we do the ‘do! If you want to see it up close and personal – have you RSVP’d for our Bridal Beauty Preview this Sunday, January 31, 2016 yet?  If not, there is still time with a couple of spots left! Save your spot by heading over to our Eventbrite page!

Have a great week!

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scene+heard : bridal beauty preview spring/summer 2016

I am super excited to announce that the BlushPretty team will be hosting our
Bridal Beauty Preview Spring/Summer 2016 on January 31, 2016
at our College St. studio in Toronto.

The Bridal Beauty Preview event is a great way to see (right up close!)
the latest in bridal makeup and hair trends … it’s like Pinterest, but in real life.

Ask questions!
Take notes!
Eat chocolate!

More details are set to come, but in the meantime
RSVP today as spots are limited!

See you there!

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get inspired : dude, how’s my updo?

bridal25How do you prefer your updo?
Sleek and clean?
Braided and boho?

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get inspired : the bold lip …

For some reason, brides who wish to play up their lips believe that bold means red. And while everyone on the BP team loves a good knock ’em dead red, a bridal bold lip doesn’t always have to match a red carpet.

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But bold doesn’t stop at red. It doesn’t. We have plenty of brides who pair their wedding whites with eye-catching shades of fuchsia, pink, and coral.

The same makeup rules apply as with wearing red : define all you other features in natural, enhancing shades.  I often pair a bold lip with eyes shaded in champagnes, soft golds, taupes and browns; and much like the hollywood glam style, I’ll do a winged liquid line in black and plenty of false lashes. This plays up the eyes without having them compete with your lips. For blush, I tend to keep it simple in soft sheer shades of peach and pink with little to no shimmer.

A few friendly reminders about wearing a bold lip shade :

  • when choosing a bold shade, aim for matte or creme shades over frost or glossy. Glossy or vinyl finishes tend to look messy and a little tool slick on film;
  • a liner helps but I prefer using a neutral or clear liner to prime, fill in lines, and draw in your shape, this way if the bold lipstick fades a bit before you get a chance to touch-up, you don’t end up with a garish lip line;
  • highlight your cupids bow! it makes the colour pop just THAT much more; and
  • upkeep is everything – be sure to pack a lip brush, some q-tips, and of course your chosen shade!

Happy Wedding!

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