2013 Wedding Trends by: Ashley Stone

Bridal Trends for 2013

Besides all the holiday excitement December is one of my favorite times of year. Wedding season has slowed down and it allows for some time to blog, write for some magazines and beauty sites and do some research for the trends hitting the runway for the next year. Bridal trends are no different than other must haves and must do’s throughout the year that are inspired by, fashion designers, celebs, and the go to hair stylists and make up artists in the industry. Every year the trends are a piece of something new and innovative mixed with a touch of something classic and sometimes vintage. The beauty of Bridal trends I find are most are timeless and regardless of what’s hot and what’s not, Brides seem to always find the perfect look that suits their style. My best advice is be inspired by what you see. Anything can be tweaked to suit your needs, your hair, or your face.

Trends seem to come about from what your favorite celebs wear on the red carpet to the runway. I find celebs and stylists also get inspired by the movies they are working on. The Gatsby will be hitting theaters in 2013 and those 1920’s styles will be hitting the aisle as well.
Vintage brides grow in popularity each year but to have so much inspiration tangible on the silver screen I expect to receive many requests for soft waves, pinup style sets, and birdcage veils. To really give yourself a different look, a faux bob can be created to give you that downstyle with the hair still off of your neck without much fuss. Here are some examples of the styles inspired by the 20’s

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If the styling from the 20’s is not your thing maybe you will get inspired by the accessories inspired by that era. Birdcage veils are always a classic piece to give that vintage touch but if you want to stray away from a veil, maybe flowers are a good option!  Headbands and fascinators can either be used for the bride or the bridal party as well.

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I personally love these looks and am always excited when they make it back to the top choices we see when we travel. Waves are a great style for short or long hair. It gives you the most out of your length. A spiral curl however will make your hair appear shorter. Waves can drop over time but still remain to give you that effortless look that is also big trend this season.
Who doesn’t want effortless looking beauty?

Going into a more modern and very popular look are braids! We’ve all seen some beautiful ways braids can be worn thanks to Pinterest! Waterfall braids are one of the most popular I get requested and I don’t see that changing. This technique of braiding can also give that halo effect a flower halo can give that will be popular but also look amazing with the texture of the waves. here are some photos of some of our own work that was requested most recently:

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Braids Can also be incorporated into an upstyle

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Low buns will be very popular with a clean finish. For a more simple look you can have your style more centered. For a more modern look and to create softness around the face, you can have a style more off to the side.

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Make Up  this season is also another timeless trend that I love to see. Softer nude looks with one focal point that gives a pop of color. This is a look I feel translates well on everyone whether you wear alot of make up or prefer something more simple. How you play up the eyes can really vary and can give a soft accented effect or a dramatic smokey effect. I was always told they are the window to your soul so what better day to play them up is on the day you marry your soulmate!

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Lashes are the ultimate way to add some drama.
Keep in mind, If you play up the eyes I would recommend a softer lip or nude lip. The key is too look fresh and flawless.
Smokey eyes are always a popular request but smokey with color? Yes! Smokey eyes can be done with color. It adds a beautiful effect to the eye and really makes them stand out.

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The nude lip really helps to not take away from that one focal point, the eyes!

If you don’t wear alot of eye make up then you can play them more natural and wear a bolder lip.

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or just go with the “no make up” lookImage

No matter your choice or your taste the make up trend is a clean flawless look. Light contouring to enhance your features and a soft glow. You can have one focal point or just a clean soft pallete. Your choices should always be made with what you feel most comfortable with. I think these trends can satisfy any bride’s style and thats what I love as an artist. I love to have options for my clients that can be suitable for every girl. 2013 trends do just that! No matter your skin or hair texture, a timeless look is easily accessible and right on trend with what you see on TV and the magazines! Because who doesn’t want to look and feel like themselves and a celebrity on a day that all eyes are on you!

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Wedding Day Hair Preparation

It’s getting close to your big day and you have a million things going through your head… the dress, the flowers, the music, the invitations, and of course… your hair!

Many brides want to grow out their hair for the big day. However, before you go months without a trim there are definitely things you should know from the professionals.  Ashley Stone, owner of Beauty Entourage shares her wedding day preparation hair tips.

  • When your ends begin to split they cause breakage and brittle hair. Brittle hair has no shine, is dull, and creates frizzy ends.  It is also harder to curl hair with dead ends.
  • When growing your hair, you should be trimming about a 1/2 inch every 8-10 weeks.  Your ends trimmed do not effect how fast your hair grows but does keep those ends from breaking off.
  • If you have a lot of split ends, a couple inches worth, and you don’t want to trim that much you can deep condition once a week to help mend and smooth them out.  Penetrait Deep conditioner by Sebastian is one of my favorites.  Also, Schwarzkopf Q10 has an amazing shampoo, condition, and leave in spray that reconstructs the hair.
  •  Most over the counter shampoo and conditioners are either loaded with Protein to disguise the hair with extra softness or are very drying.  Too much protein weighs the hair down and breaks it.  A clarifying shampoo once a week is ideal to remove build up of oils or product. This is ideal for someone that only washes their hair every few days, has oily hair, or uses a lot of styling products. It helps give the hair a clean slate.  I recommend KMS Hair Stay Clarify Shampoo.
  • Do not deep condition your hair any closer than a week before your wedding day. When the hair is too soft it will not hold a curl as well.
  • Avoid any product in the hair the day of the wedding. Clean and dry hair is best.  Clarifying the morning of or the night before is a good tip.
  •  Coloring before the big day should be done about two weeks before. This allows time for the color to “settle”. It won’t look like that newly fresh just dyed my hair look. The color softens and looks more natural. Also, depending on the color you do, for darker colors you don’t want to risk having any color staining on the skin.
  •  Never wax the week of the wedding also. If you need any facial waxing, that should be done 1 week to 2 weeks before.

Twists & Braids

The trend of the season is braids, braids, braids! From wedding up-dos to casual braid headbands, braids have made their mark for this season’s hair must-do.  Below are some of Beauty Entourage’s braided looks to inspire you for your next event.  The braided hairdo is romantic and classic yet never boring.