Tips and trends on hair and makeup for the big day.
Hair Let Loose
Down is the new up when it comes to bridal hair. Incorporating natural and loose elements conveys a soft and romantic feel. "Brides want relaxed hair," says Heather Krol, hairstylist and esthetician at Nurtur the Salon. "Summer in Ohio is humid, so steer clear of tight styles." To complement a loose design, keep hair in its usual state. If it's curly, wear it curly. If it's straight, adopt a straight style. "Let your natural beauty glow," Krol says.Braided Beauty
Weave a braid through hair to create texture and introduce a casual, appropriate feel to a formal day. "Braiding, especially a fishtail braid, will be big this year," Krol says. Incorporate the braid into your locks as a headband. Add smaller braids throughout an elaborate up do. Or give the single braid a fresh twist: "Mess up the braid slightly to make it romantic instead of cutesy," advises Rebekah Keller Lowe, owner of B/Rose Beauty Bar.Add Accessories
"A veil is more of an old-school statement piece," says Gary Motto, senior creative hair director at MAX the Salon in German Village. "People are finally starting to break the tradition and are branching out." Try a floral headpiece for an outdoor wedding, or add a birdcage veil for an air of sophistication and elegance. Andi Bragg, owner of B/Rose Beauty Bar, recommends using sites, such as Etsy, to find an accessory with a personalized, handmade feel.Face Coral & Bronze
Consider a palette of coral, tangerine and bronze this summer and fall. Makeup artist Kelli Ramey of Beautimarked by Kelli is excited about these warm-weather inspired shades. "You look alive and fun," she says. "And the shimmer looks great when it's well placed." The best way to work with these tones? "Start with a coral lip, and add bronze and coppers on the eyes and cheeks," says Lesleigh Eckle, an esthetician and makeup artist at Nurtur the Salon. "It's a dewy look with glowing makeup, bronzing and highlighting."Bright Lips
Lips are a great place to experiment with color. Think bolder colors, such as raspberry and pink, this season, says Melody Mathews, senior esthetician at the Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin. "These tend to look good on everybody," she says. Wary of matte lipstick? Throw a bright pink lip gloss over top for a sleek shine.Nails Get Colorful
Gone is the norm of a French manicure. Nails are now another accessory. "Color is totally acceptable, and so is nail art," says Lowe of B/Rose Beauty Bar. Hesitant of color? Introduce it in simple ways. Add a bright flower to nude nails. Or buff nails shiny. "You don't have to worry about them chipping, and they look like glass," Krol says.