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.


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


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


Messy Pony Tutorial from A Cup of Jo


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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?

16. June 2014 by Taryn
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