What woman doesn’t want to feel like an elegant silver screen star on her big day? Weddings are all about glamour, and what is trending now in the wedding dress scene is breath-taking gowns inspired by Hollywood. So, practice striking your best red carpet pose and let Tony Allen and Emily Laird show you some ultra glam looks that are sure to be show-stoppers.
Tony used a combination of pin curls and velcro rollers to obtain the soft and sultry curls that would make any starlet green with envy. To keep the curls silky-smooth, Allen used Bed Head After Party Smoothing Hair Cream.
When creating that sultry red carpet look, Emily suggests going with a “less is more” attitude during application so as not to detract from the classy, elegant appearance.
Laying the foundation Emily began by applying a moisturizer which not only gives the model’s skin a nice dewy finish, it helps the liquid foundation stay on throughout the day. Next, she applied foundation to the lips and eyelids.”You need to start with a blank canvas,” She explains. “The foundation gives a flawless look where any color you apply goes on true.”
Highlighting and Defining Emily used a concealer (Summer Bisque by bareMinerals®) on the models brow bone and across her entire eye lid in order to brighten and make the area appear wider. Emily then applied a summer shimmer blush high on the cheekbones, right under the eyes, and across the model’s brow bone to highlight those defining areas. This drew attention to the model’s face shape, while the light-colored blush gave her a healthy glow.
To add even more drama, Emily applied bronzer to a large, round brush while the model sucked in her cheeks to highlight her cheekbones. Emily then followed the line that it created, brushing the color up, down, and across the cheeks and right under the cheek bone.
Accentuating the Eyes “Never forget your eyebrows, because they are the frame for your eyes,” says Emily. For a brow-enhancing look Emily used light blonde/medium brown brow powder by bareMinerals® and very subtly brushed it through the model’s brows, following her natural arch and making sure the front of her brows were thicker than the outside.
“For her eyes, I used Nude Beach by bareMinerals® as the all-over lid color, and Queen Tiffany by bareMinerals® in the crease, just using my brush to blend the darker color under the brow bone but slightly upward toward the outside of her eye,” Emily explained. “I also used a light shadow on the inside of her eye close to her tear duct to give that look of innocence that really made her eyes sparkle.”
Boosting the Lashes False lashes are a must for any Hollywood glam look, but be cautious when choosing them. Emily prefers to use subtle, natural-looking lashes that add just the right amount of volume, to create a truly classic look. Once the lashes were applied to our model, Emily added black liner to the top of the lash to help blend in the faux lashes with the model’s real ones.
Shaping the Perfect Lips To complete this dazzling look, Emily finished with a classic red Hollywood lip. She started by lining the entire lip with a deep plumb liner. She then filled in the model’s lips with a color-stay red lip pen, followed by red lipstick applied using a lip brush. This gave her lips full color with added shine.
Hollywood Glam – Make-up Tips
Hollywood Glam – Hair Tips
This flowing Verona Chiffon sheath has all the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Its elaborate Swarovski crystal neckline highlights a marvelous bar-back feature. The dress also features ruching throughout the bustline, drapes from the empire waist, and finishes with a hidden zipper over inner hook-and-eye closure; Colby by Sottero and Midgley, provided by Lesa’s Bridal www.lesasbridal.com
Sparkling bangles, dazzling teardrop earrings and a breathtaking emerald-cut engagement ring showcase why diamonds are a girl’s best friend. 18k white gold five row diamond bangle totaling 16.5cts; Four 18k white gold diamond bangles and one 18k white gold pave diamond bangle; Christopher Designs 18k white gold emerald-cut engagment ring totaling 3.74cts; 18k white gold dangle earrings with pear-shaped dangle drops totaling 3.11cts; all from Susan Robinson Jewelry,
For the second look Tony back-combed the hair and pulled it all to the back of the head. He then let the model’s bangs fall loose while leaving her curls free flowing in the back. To ensure a smooth clean look Tony implored the use of a firm holding hairspray and a boar bristle brush.
Stunning! This dramatic and artful presentation of the illusion lace corset stops just short of the natural waist transitioning to elegant Demir Stretch Satin in a fit and flare silhouette, detailed with a glamorous satin sash, bubble hem, Swarovski crystals and corset back closure; Mia by Maggie Sottero, provided by Lesa’s Bridal www.lesasbridal.com
These A-list adornments have shimmer to spare. Gregg ruth platinum diamond ring totaling 3.99cts; White gold inside outside hoops totaling 11.25cts; 17.5″ 18k white gold diamond necklace totaling 14.23cts; 18k white gold flexible wide diamond bracelet totaling 10.03cts; all from Susan Robinson Jewelry www.susanrobinsonjewelry.com
For this classy and sophisticated Oscar-worthy look, Tony pulled all the model’s hair up and off the neck, giving her the perfect summer updo.
Lights, cameras, Hollywood! This ivory regal satin one-shoulder trumpet gown features ivory silky taffeta and organza cascading jeweled floral applique detail, all followed by a dramatic sweeping train; Nicola by WTOO by Waters, provided by Lesa’s Bridal www.lesasbridal.com
A Tacori six carat diamond engagement ring plays the leading role in this all-star cast. Tacori platinum Royal T engagment ring totaling 6.16cts; 18k white gold wave ring with three rows of channel set diamonds; 18k white gold diamond dangle earrings with round and pear shaped drops totaling 4.01cts; 18k white gold three prong graduated diamond necklace totaling 7.56cts; 18k white gold five-row diamond bangle totaling 16.50cts; all from Susan Robinson Jewelry, www.susanrobinsonjewelry.com
Images on the following pages were shot at The Cascades in Tyler, Texas. (www.cascadesoftexas.com)
Hollywood Glam – Photo Shoot – Behind the Scenes
About the Stylists
Tony Allen has been in the hair business for over 8 years. During that time, he has worked as a chemical technician for Toni & Guy and acted as salon coordinator and area training leader for J.C. Penney. He currently holds the position of salon manager at a prestigious salon in Lindale, Texas.
Emily Laird has been helping make people look beautiful for over 10 years. She is a licensed esthetician with a passion for makeup. She also specializes in eyebrow shaping, facials, waxing, and skin care. Emily currently works at a distinguished salon in Lindale, Texas.
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The Wedded Bliss would like to personally thank April Richard and Wendy Stoddard of Lesa’s Bridal for supplying the beautiful wedding gowns, Katherine Bailey of Susan Robinson Jewelry for providing such exquisite jewelry, Sheri Redden of The Cascades for letting us use your awe-inspiring venue to host our photo shoot, and Ray Jackson of Legendary Media for filming and producing the behind the scenes video. Without your support, our photo shoot would not have been possible.