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Modern Wedding Hair and Makeup Trends

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Every bride deserves to be the star of the show on her big day. One of the biggest parts of feeling and looking like a princess is wedding hair and makeup. Although trends change from year to year, it’s easy to look like a modern bride without having to follow every single trend. Of course, if all the trends are your style, then go for it, girl!

Here’s some of the top modern wedding hair and makeup trends to make you feel and look like a timeless beautiful bride.

Trend No 1: No Extreme Contouring

Natural makeup is the way to go. Most weddings are daytime affairs, and extreme contouring is often considered a nighttime look. While you will likely want to use blush and highlighter, perhaps even some light contouring, the extreme look of heavy contouring may look awkward in the live event as well as in the photos in your album for the rest of your life.

Trend No. 2: Natural Colors and Tones

Makeup now is all about looking as naturally beautiful as possible. One trend is to look like you’re not even wearing makeup, if possible. Peaches, pinks, and neutral tones are a modern look not just for lips and cheeks, but for eyes too.

Some brides love the look of a dramatic lip, and dark lipstick colors are still incredibly popular for brides of all types. Consider coordinating your lipstick with your bridesmaid’s dresses, your flowers, or the other colors of your wedding decorations. You can either make your lips pop, or play up the other colors in your scheme. Talk to your makeup artist and try a few looks to find just the right one for you.

Braids, waves, and up-dos all remain popular wedding hair and makeup styles.
Braids, waves, and up-dos all remain popular wedding hair styles.

Trend No. 3: High gloss and clean shine

No, we don’t mean that your face should shine in every picture, but you might want your hair to! For the past few years, there have been many trends about hair, but now it’s all about natural shine and a high-gloss finish Whether you’re going for an up-do or loose and long hairstyle, hair should be as eye-catching as ever.

While your face shouldn’t shine (check your makeup as often as you need to!) one of the hottest items for any wedding day (or even your pre-wedding celebrations) is body and facial shimmer. In addition to highlighters and some light contouring, properly placed shimmer can add an element of magic to your look.

Trend No. 4: Fancy Accessories

It might not sound like it has much to do with wedding hair and makeup trends, but fancy accessories are all the rage and something to consider when planning your look. Tiaras, crystals, fascinators, elaborate flower headdresses – these are all now things you can and should consider if they’re right for your wedding’s style. Some ladies are even using arm bands, fancy ribbon designs, and elaborate coordinating jewelry. Don’t miss out on anything that can up your wedding hair and makeup game.

Trend No. 5: Slicked-back Short Hair

If you have short hair and want a chic hairstyle, don’t worry! The trend for short hair is a slicked-back look that is both classy and classic. Sleek short hair can make a bride look sophisticated and eye-catching, and it brings attention to the bride’s makeup and gorgeous dress.

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Trend No 6: Blue Nail Polish

Okay, so this is a little out of the box, and you can do it more subtly if it strikes you as strange, for sure. You’ve heard that you’re supposed to get “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” to have with you on your wedding day to ensure a happy marriage? Well, many ladies are deciding to make the “something blue” a striking nail polish!

There are several light-blue – nearly lavender – shades that subtly add this color into your day’s attire, or you can go bold with a darker navy, if you’re that brave. Some brides are painting only one finger – such as the ring finger – with blue polish. And others are having a French manicure done with blue tips instead of white. It’s just a cool way to include some wedding hair and makeup traditions in a modern way.

Flower decoration at the beach wedding venue

Incredible Wedding Venues in Texas

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When considering wedding venues throughout Texas, you have many options. Indoors or outdoors, grand or simple. Chic? High class? Rustic? Themed? Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life, and you should get the wedding venue that reflects your and your future spouse’s personalities and a celebration of your union.

The best part of life in the Lone Star State, where everything is bigger, is that includes weddings! Whether you want an intimate gathering or an all-out showstopper, Texas has some of the most incredible, luxurious, and surprisingly affordable wedding venues for any design you have in mind.

Amazing Indoor Wedding Venues

Churches & Barns

Looing for a classic indoor wedding? Or something a little more specific to the location? Throughout Texas, you can find some of the most romantic Spanish influenced churches and cathedrals to host lavish weddings for rows of guests, as well as small-town, big-hearted churches that bring all your loved ones together close to your heart.

If you’re quite sure about a church wedding, but you are sure that you want something indoors and you’re up for trying some fun and rustic, what about a barn? Some of the barns in Texas are nicer than houses in other places, so if you started to laugh at the thought of it – take a look at these barns that include full bars, dance floors, and all the rustic charm.

Indoor wedding venues like ballrooms give elegance and class to your event.

Ballrooms & Museums

Okay, so you know you want an indoor wedding venue, but you don’t think you want something too formal or too informal. Classy, but fun. Maybe a little different. But grand. (of course – it should be easy to get everything you want in one venue, right?)

Consider if scheduling a ballroom or a museum as your venue is a good idea. Ballrooms give wide spaces that are great for mingling and make it easy to set up food, and of course, dance the night away at the reception. Museums of all types often rent their space out for weddings, and in Texas that includes the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Museum of Biblical Arts, and the Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few.

Amazing Outdoor Wedding Venues

In Texas, there are more ranches, country spaces, and fields of green than you can count. But, each of them can be uniquely perfect backdrops for your wedding. Venues accommodate outdoor settings all the time, and depending on your style, you can find a backdrop that ranges from the dramatic cityscape to the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s popular in Texas to set up a wedding ceremony along a river, for example, like along the Guadalupe River at the Milltown Historic District and Cherokee Rose, or along the San Antonio River at the Guenther House. Additionally, pick a breathtaking location lakeside or on a high ridge overlooking the surrounding country for incredible landscapes to backdrop your romantic day.

If you want something a little more beach-friendly, you have a range of locations to choose from along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Check out South Padre Island as one picture-perfect and affordable oceanside destination. Enjoy saying your vows at the water’s edge, with a Caribbean, tropical feel and an incredible view, all without having to leave the state that’s home to the best barbecue.

Rooftop wedding venues are fun and fancy.

Big City Rooftop Wedding Venues

Whether you’re in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or one of Texas’ other cities that reach to the sky, you’ll find class, elegance, and unique Texas flair at gorgeous city-gazing rooftop wedding venues. Usually including restaurants, dance floors, and in-house entertainment to keep your guests amazed while the views of the surrounding city keep their eyes sparkling. If you’re not afraid of heights, and you’re not afraid of giving your guests a VIP, exclusive-event feeling at your wedding, consider a rooftop wedding venue.

Best Wedding Venues in Texas

There’s thousands of wedding venues in Texas, so it’s hard to choose the best. Especially since everyone is looking for something different for their ideal wedding. Whatever you do, live by the Texas motto: Go big or go home!

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Choosing the Right Wedding Hair Stylist

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Finally! It’s here! Your big day – and you’re ready to look your best. You’ve been dreaming about all the details of your wedding for years, and in planning the crucial details to get the day right, one of the things you can’t forget is the wedding hair stylist.

Shop around for a stylist

Shopping for a hair stylist for your wedding day can be stressful, but don’t worry! There’s a few key things you can do to make it easier.

Consider:

Location:

Where will your wedding be? Although you may want to have your hair done at your favorite salon, it will be hard if the journey will end up taking too long to get to the wedding destination.

If possible, always try to coordinate the hair and makeup team to come to the wedding location, or schedule yourself at a salon that’s as close as possible.

Hair Style:

The location of the wedding ceremony will help you determine the style of the dress you’ll wear, and then, of course, the style of your dress helps determine the style of your hair. Some hairstyles are more elaborate, requiring extensions, hair pieces, coloring, or accessories. So, you’ll want to make sure that you chose a wedding hair stylist who can accommodate whatever request you throw at her (or him!)

Reputation:

Does this person normally do wedding hair? If not, you might want to give them a hard pass. You need to make sure that you’re dealing with someone reliable, someone professional, someone who knows what they’re doing – can be trendy or classic – and won’t let you down on your big day. Of all the things to stress over at your wedding, your hair shouldn’t be one of them.

How to find the right stylist

Well, there’s always the Yellow Pages. (J/k – who even does that anymore?)

Where should you go if you want to find the best wedding hair stylist that fits your needs? Instagram. Yelp. Google Pages. Any of the places that you can see real work that the stylist has done before – real examples of people showing off their hair. You want to see the pictures. You want to see the video – and there are places online that not only let you search by location, but let you see an entire portfolio of someone’s work, so you know very well who you’re dealing with.

What questions you should ask

Don’t be shy! This is one of the most important days of your life, so ask all the questions you need to in order to feel ready and that this person is the right person for you.

A few questions we recommend asking potential wedding hair stylists when you interview them:

  • How long have you been styling hair for weddings?
  • Are you familiar with the challenges of styling my hair for this particular location (beach, outdoors, etc.)?
  • How long do you think this hairstyle will take?
  • What should I do to prepare my hair for my big day? Do I need special conditioners, extensions for this style, color treatments ahead of time, etc?
  • What kind of accessories in my hair would you recommend to coordinate with my dress and/or veil?

Bring pictures

If possible, always show the wedding hair stylist pictures of your exact dress (or at least as close as possible, if there’s a reason you can’t show them the dress), and be prepared to show pictures of your bridesmaids’ dresses (or at least the color). The more images you can have that show them the style you’re after, the better you can work together to figure out how to get it done right.

Lastly, be flexible

Life happens. Sometimes, the extensions are the wrong color, or the hair piece won’t stay in place (or it breaks), or some other small disaster happens.

To plan for this, or practice for it, ask the potential stylist what he/she would do if an urgent situation like that occurred. How would they fix it on the spot?

And then, realize that it’s not the hair that is the most important thing on your big day – it’s your love. So relax, trust the professional you hire, enjoy the beauty of the moment. And remember to smile.

Fall Wedding Hair Trends

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While summer may be a favorite season for weddings, the fall exudes a certain feeling of charm and elegance. It’s no wonder lots of brides choose fall time to tie the knot. With the fall, brides don’t have to worry about summer heat ruining their hair and makeup; they can also enjoy the fantastic fall weather for their perfect outdoor wedding. However, heading into beauty salons for seasonal color and style for your fall wedding can be tricky. In today’s post, we’ll talk about fall color and hairstyles that will look lovely for the brides of autumn.

Make Your Beauty Salon Standout

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As a beauty professional, you are familiar with making your clients look good, feel good, and stand out. But when it comes to your salon business, how will you make sure it’s a standout among other salons out there?

We’ve gathered some of the best ideas to help promote your name out there – from what to do at your brick and mortar place to how to navigate the digital world.