Question: When I don’t sleep, I wake up with crazy puffy and creased eyes, and I just know I’m barely going to sleep the night before my wedding. When I wake up looking like an alien, what can I do before my makeup artist arrives to try and fix it?
I think it’s safe to say that eyelash extensions are having a major moment right now—both in the bridal world and beauty scene in general. It was last year that we first starting hearing about the growing popularity of lash extensions, and since then, the trend has completely blown up—it seems like every week we’re getting an email about a new lash bar coming to town or a spa or salon that’s adding the service to their menu. (Not that we’re complaining: We’re always advising brides to consider extensions for their wedding day as a way to avoid mascara-streaked cheeks.)
Earlier this fall, we happily introduced to you a Lash Bee, a new addition to the Philly beauty industry that had its sights set on the lovely lashes of local brides. The startup—led by Wharton grads Anjali Bhatia and Erin Soletski—offers a range of safe, high-quality, natural-looking and long-lasting eyelash extensions, from demur to all-out glam.
At the time of their launch, their beautifying treatments were offered at Philly’s Anju Threads—and we are happy to announce that now, you can also get your lashes tricked out by the LashBee ladies at Philly’s About Face Skincare!
I am notoriously picky about having my picture taken. Just ask my mother (she’ll tell you about the time we drove to Timbuktu to have my high school graduation portraits taken for a third time) or our lovely photo editor, Claudia, who snapped my headshot (she thought it was pretty funny that I preferred the side with my “good eyebrow”). The struggle is real, y’all, and I’m sure there are plenty of you who can relate.
Here in PW land we’re still drooling over all of the gorgeous gowns that were on display at Bridal Fashion Week. This crop of designs were some of the best we’ve seen yet, but, being the beauty-obsessed people that we are, the dresses weren’t our only focus: The makeup and hair styles seen on the runways are worth talking about, too.
From berry stained lips, pigtails and flower crowns (a la Naeem Khan) to sleek chignons, french twists and bold brows, there was no shortage of bridal beauty inspiration at this season’s shows.
When we talk about the tasks that you should and should not attempt to DIY for your wedding, doing your own makeup usually falls under the latter category. No bride needs the added pressure of having to get her makeup just right for the Big Day (plus it can be pretty time consuming if you mess up and have to start fresh), so more often than not, we suggest that your beauty-related to-dos are left to the pros.
There are some cases, though, where we’ll give the go ahead to DIY—if you’re one of those girls who’s really good at doing her own makeup then taking on this task can be a smart way to trim your wedding budget. Also, if you’re going for a more natural, everyday look, that may be something you can successfully pull off on your own.
Here’s a little something fun for your Friday: Sally Hansen just came out with an app called ManiMatch that lets you test out different nail polish colors—on your real hands!—without having to go to the nail salon.
All you have to is scan your hand with your iPhone and pick a shade, it’s as easy at that (really, we tried it!). There’s a whole bunch of polishes to choose from and you can swap your color choice with just a quick swipe.
Like many a fashion girl, I love clicking through billions upon billions of gorgeous fall looks during New York Fashion Week—but I also really enjoy the little insider beauty tips that come out of each event. From hair tutorials to the latest gloss I can add to my already hoarder-like collection, it’s always fun to gather a little extra something from each runway show.
And so you can imagine how obsessed I was with the little how-to’s that Essie put together after each show for which the well-loved polish brand gussied up the models’s fingertips. I scrolled through each one, taking mental notes about the colors I’d want to scoop up at Beans on the way home—and then it dawned on me: Several of these—the blush, the nude, the shimmery whites and subtle glitters—would make really cool wedding-day looks for brides.
And so here, I’ve rounded up five looks created by Essie for designer runways at NYFW: The colors used, the layering technique, and shots of the final product. Would you use any of these on your Big Day?
Ever since eyelash extensions became a big thing—both in the wedding world and in the beauty industry in general—we’ve seen the service being offered at a bunch of places in and around the city. The trend has really taken off, and it’s popular among brides in particular because the waterproof extensions allow you to cry freely on your wedding day and frolic in the ocean on your honeymoon without worrying about mascara-streaked cheeks.
We love the idea of eyelash extensions (we’ve given up on those pesky fake lash strips that never stay put) and we’re so excited to introduce you to LashBee, a new local start-up that’s offering ’em here in Philly.
Wedding-day emergency kits exist for a reason: Wine stains, busted zippers and ripped hems are all-too-common mishaps that occur during the hustle and bustle of a bride’s Big Day, and all it takes is a little pre-planning to guarantee that any last-minute issue/semi-disaster that comes your way can be easily (and quickly!) remedied.