NEW YORK — Wedding hair took on a new meaning with the beauty images that emerged from several of April’s bridal shows. Designers presented brides with fresh, young, natural looks for summer, and hairstylists and makeup artists followed suit. At Monique Lhuillier, Aveda’s Frank Rizzieri flat-ironed hair and pulled it back into tight, low ponytails, wrapped in a cord. Lhuillier said the hairstyle reflected her vision of youth and innocence. “It has a flirtiness about it,” she said. “It’s soft and elegant, without being too stiff.”
At Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, hair was styled up. At Herrera, Rizzieri pulled hair back in a medium-level messy bun and crisscrossed three-stranded hair sections, one of which was braided. At de la Renta’s show, Bumble and bumble’s Chase Taniguchi parted hair to the side and pulled it back in a double ponytail, sometimes creating a chignon. “It’s a Sixties look with volume up on top. There’s a natural hair texture to it since it’s not too overly sprayed.”
Wang’s bridal hair was also inspired by the Sixties — a full crown updo with smooth back combing. “I wanted bedridden hair to counteract the dresses. It’s a very Brigitte Bardot look with very defined eyeliner, like what I wore when I was 18,” she said. Hair was styled by John Ruidant.
Makeup artists at Reem Acra and de la Renta went for the wide-eyed, innocent look, one that was achieved by using a dab of mascara and creating natural, full brows. At Acra, makeup artist Frances Hathaway used a color palette inspired by the color and texture of fabrics, especially the French blue color she saw in the Blue Moon dress. At de la Renta, MAC’s Luc Bouchard used a peach gloss mixed with a rich coral color on lips.
Wang’s brides wore natural brows, and at Lhuillier, makeup artist Patrick Eichler from MAC used brown mascara on the roots of top lashes and emphasized lips by using a purple liner, English Rose. However, at Herrera’s show, Nars’ James Boehmer used black mascara on top and bottom lashes, along with black liner on eyelids, finished off with a touch of Nars’ April Fools to create a twinkle of gold shimmer on lids. Lips were colored with a fuchsia-stained lipstick, Schiap. At Lhuillier, Eichler went for a fresh, clean look by keeping eyes natural.