Hairstyle Inspiration: Hair off of the face

In this post, Valentina D’ Angela would like to discuss styles which pull most of the hair away or off of the face. Styles that pull hair off of the face can be sculpted around the face and head shape to compliment all types of face shapes. When playing with styles that pull hair off of the face, it is important to pay attention to the silhouette of the head shape. For instance, if someone has a more prominent chin, it may be necessary to create more height and volume near the forehead to create balance in the head shape. These types of styles accentuate jaw lines, and beautiful facial features, such as lips and eyebrows. These types of styles can appear very classic and elegant or creative and loose. We would like to share some of our favorite inspiration photos:

Woman with wedding hairstyle

These style are soft and feminine while being formal enough to wear to any special event. These are great examples of perfectly balanced up-styles.

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This style is more organic. The photo on the left has less body in the fringe area than the the photo on the right.

Beautiful bride in wedding dress with bouquet bridal flowersBeautiful bride in wedding dress at home

This beautiful up-style is perfect for weddings. It is very soft, yet polished enough for formal events.

Beautiful blonde woman with retro makeup and hairstyle, luxury

If you are entertaining the idea of something bold, take inspiration from this glamorous style. This style mimics classic hairstyles and shapes the models face beautifully. 

The Perfect Red Lip

This week, Valentina D Angela would like to offer some great tips and tricks for achieving the perfect red lip. Bold lips are a great way to draw attention to the lip shape and can be worn with very little supporting makeup.

When using red lips as the main focus of your overall makeup look, they have the be perfect!

When using red lips as the main focus of your overall makeup look, they have the be perfect!

-Preparing the Lip
No matter the medium you plan to use to create your bold, red lip, it is important to remember to prepare the lip before applying any product. This will prolong the longevity of the makeup, and ensure the best application possible. We recommend a clean face, and gently exfoliating the lip with a washcloth. Dry the lips off completely.

-Lining the Lip
There are many different ways and products one can use to create the bold,red lip. One of our favorites? Liner! We love using liner to create this look because of it’s longevity and matte finish. Choose an appropriate red tone based on the dominant tones in the skin. The cooler red tones tend to be appropriate for most skin types. Begin by using soft strokes to line the outer edge of the lips. You can use the liner to enhance and define the lip shape. Take your time. This part should be perfect. When you have outlined the entire lip, begin using soft strokes to pull the liner down into the rest of the lip shape. Continue until the lip is completely and evenly filled in. You can use a creme powder of similar color to set the liner or wear only the liner.

-To Gloss or Not to Gloss
If you desire a glossy finish, you can apply lip gloss over top of the lip liner. You can also select a lipstick the has some luster to it and apply on top of the liner. Bring your lipstick or lip gloss with you! Using these products may decrease the wear time of the red lip, which means more touch ups.

Chic Bridal Styles Cont.

This week we want to highlight some elegant touches that are sure to create a stunning vintage style. We like to use soft accents, which boast an aura of femininity. Please enjoy!


 The Hair


Girl with bridal hairstyle and makeupBride. Golden Hair Female with Red Flower. Platinum Necklace

The hair for this type of look can be worn up or down, but we have chosen to highlight these beautiful up-styles because of their adaptability when working with all different textures and densities of hair. Soft curls are strategically pinned to showcase the shape of the curl pattern. We love the accent hairpiece placed asymmetrically, although this style is beautiful with birdcage and traditional veils as well.


The Makeup


Soft makeup

Beautiful soft pinks and oranges for the lips and cheeks, and neutral tones on the eyes keep this look soft and natural. The rose colored lip looks beautiful with ivory wedding gowns.

 


 The Dress


Lace and ivory detail

An easy way to achieve a vintage feel to your bridal style? Lace! We love gowns and veils that are accented with lace trim, or in the case of the photo, gowns made completely of lace. Trumpet style gowns are a popular cut for this look also.


 

 The Flowers


Beautiful Bouquet

When designing a bouquet to fit you vintage style, be creative! Ask your florist to help you choose a variety of flowers that will compliment one another. We like pale colors in vintage style bouquets. Think pale greens, soft pinks and oranges, and lilac/lavender tones.


 

 

 

Chic Bridal Styles

Wedding styles are not a one-size-fits-all kind of affair. The key to designing a beautiful bridal look is to take influence from the styles that the bride naturally gravitates towards, and incorporate tasteful touches of their style into a look that compliments the brides’ desired features. These features can include the dress, a piece of jewelry, the hair, or even a bold lip. Please enjoy this beautiful, natural bridal look.


 

The Hair


Natural Hairstyle

We love this soft, effortless style. The model is wearing a center-part in the hair, but using a side-part or no-part is an option as well. You could dress these curls up a bit more, depending on the desired effect. Looser curls are more appropriate for a more relaxed feel. Recommended head dresses include, lace headbands, nature-inspired crowns, and fresh floral accents.


The Makeup


 

Natural makeup with a pink lip

Soft natural makeup is the best complement to this look. The hair is very soft and natural as well, so for proper balance, try playing up the eyes or lips. Staying within a neutral color palette will ensure that the makeup does not overwhelm the relaxed style of the hair.


 

The Dress


Natural finish dress

This dress does not offer embellishments and the overall finish on the dress is quite matte, as opposed to a satin or lace finish. These little details work harmoniously with the hair and makeup to inspire a timeless, elegant, and naturally gorgeous style.

Beautiful, simple crochet dress

This dress is simply but extremely elegant. Less is sometimes more when it comes to effortless beauty. Notice the beautiful crochet detail.


 

Check out more bridal styles by Valentina D’ Angela next week!

 

More Summer 2014 Makeup Trends

Please enjoy some more of this season’s hottest makeup trends and some advice from professional makeup artists on how to achieve them!

Beauty female eye with curl long false eyelashes

Incredible Lashes from Top to Bottom – Lashes are the perfect cherry on top to a stunning makeup application. Summer 2014 trends encourage not leaving out those ever-forgotten bottom lashes. Using mascara or eyelash extensions, to overly accentuate the bottom and top lashes creates a sultry and retro 70’s kind of look. Some artists will clump the lashes together to create a more dramatic, high fashion look. Try layering the mascara to achieve incredible lashes. Apply the first coat of mascara to both top and bottom lashes and let dry completely before applying your 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th coat, depending on your desired result. Be careful to apply each layer with finesse. Remember you are shaping and defining the lashes, as well as making them appear fuller.

Beautiful face

Natural makeup – Summer 2014 is bringing good news for those of us who enjoy a quick, everyday, natural makeup application. Natural makeup is all about accentuating one’s naturally beautiful features. Nude/matte lip colors are recommended. Try to pay special attention to the features that shape the face, like the eyebrows and cheekbones. Perfectly groomed and shaped eyebrows and a light, matte bronzer on the cheeks can carry this look entirely. Sometimes using a light powder or tinted moisturizer is more appropriate than using a foundation. Using a heavier foundation with this look requires more makeup on the eyes, lips, and cheeks to ensure that the skin tone does not become washed out, which takes away from the soft natural feel that inspires this trend.

Makeup Trends for Summer 2014

Nothing accentuates a beautiful hairstyle like the perfect makeup. Here are some makeup trends we love for the summer of 2014 and how to best wear them!

Woman with orange lipstick

Bold Lip Colors – We are seeing a lot of vibrancy on the runway, as far as lip color is concerned. Bright hues like candy apple red, hot pink and cream sickle orange are dominating the summer season. We’ve been seeing diluted versions of the same colors showing up on the cheeks also. When wearing bright lipstick, it is best to keep the rest of the makeup relatively simple. To incorporate bright lips into your everyday look, try playing down the eyes. Try lightly lining the eye, and using mascara instead of contouring with eye shadow.

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Green, Blue, Teal – These colors are being favored this season not just by clothing fashions, but in the eye makeup world as well. We have been seeing a variety of ways to decorate the eyes with these shades from eye liner pencils to pigmented eye shadows. Liner pencils are a great way to achieve this punch of color quickly, and not a lot of other makeup is required in an everyday wear scenario. Because these colors have such a pop when used on the eyes, a simpler lip is usually recommended. Try soft pinks or nudes on the lip.

Summer 2014: Low Ponytail

The low ponytail is a fantastic hairstyle because there are so many different versions of this style. It can be soft, dramatic, romantic, fierce, and it’s usually appropriate for shoulder length or longer hair. Hairstyling products make a huge difference in the finish of this style. For sleeker styles, use something to tame frizz and add shine. For styles that have more body in the crown, like the example photo, use a light holding hairspray and rat-tail combs or teasing brushes to achieve extra height.

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An example of an intricate low ponytail, and a low ponytail with volume in the crown.

Low ponytails can be flattering for a variety of face shapes, depending on how the shape of the style is balanced. They are a great option for bridal styling as well. They complement dresses that have a strapless or asymmetric neckline. When wearing a dress with an asymmetric neckline, consider styling the low ponytail more to the side. We usually recommend styling the ponytail off to the opposite side of the strap. This is just one of the many ways to customize this style for almost any occasion.

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Dressing up the ponytail is another fun way to tailor this style. The knotted ponytails in the example photos are great options for long hair that doesn’t have much layering. Layers in the hair can make it more difficult to get a smooth appearance on the wrapped hair. Clip-in hair extensions can be used to add intricacy or volume to the style. Another great way to enhance the ponytail, texture! Soft curls can be polished and impart a beautiful, cascading effect.

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The left photo is an example of cascading curls in the ponytail.

Never underestimate the potential of this simple style and try it out for a diverse range of events. Happy styling!