June 16

Ponytails and Pops of Color

I have been dragging my feet on booking someone for hair and makeup for so long (note to brides: don’t put it off; don’t put anything off, actually). But I’ve got a trial set up this week with a sister team of artists I’m really excited about. They asked me to send them photos of some inspiration for my wedding day look, which means, you know, I have to make decisions. Not the easiest task for me.

Thankfully when it comes to hair, I seem to have a good grip on what I like and don’t like. I’m a firm believer in the idea of staying true to who you are on your wedding day.  Nine days out of 10, my hair is pulled up or back and just a little bit messy, so I know I’m not going to feel comfortable with an impeccably polished and intricate updo. Instead, I searched for photos of messy and edgy ponytails and bridal buns with lots of texture at the top and sides.

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Olivia Palermo in the June/July issue of Brides magazine.

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Carrie Underwood at the 51st Grammy Awards, image via CMT

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Messy Pony Tutorial from A Cup of Jo

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Emma Stone at the MTV Movie Awards, image via Elle Spain

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Side Updo with a Twist Tutorial from Real Simple

When it comes to makeup, I’m clueless. I am a drugstore makeup girl who knows nothing about contouring or how to choose the right lip shade for me. (My morning routine involves a layer of foundation, a bit of blush, neutral shadow and liner, and a swipe of mascara.) But with fair skin and light brown hair that’s been highlighted blonde several times over, I decided to start by finding inspiration photos of girls that had the same coloring I do. I want something that’s dewy and fresh-faced, but I love dramatic winged eyeliner and going heavy on lashes.

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Lauren Conrad’s eyes could kill on the cover of her book, Style

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A glamorous pre-twerk Miley Cyrus at the 2012 Oscars, image via Allure

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Another favorite Miley Look from the 2012 Billboard Music Awards (minus the clumpy mascara), images via Steal her Style and Celebitchy

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Alexa Chung’s cat-eye from this Vogue video tutorial

If I knew it looked good on me, I would totally finish off the look with a bright pop of color on my lips. Something in an orangey-coral shade, or maybe pink. But I’m not confident that it will look great on my complexion and all together with the rest of my bridal look.

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Image via Beauty High

Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 Billboard Awards, via Venus Buzz

I think I’m going to let the professionals do what they do best. Armed with some inspiration, I’m sure they’ll knock it out of the park. I cant wait to see how it goes at my trial. Any advice for me?

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