Look Smart: Second Nature

Two brides and their beauty professionals share the secrets to keeping it real

0813-look-smart-braidsFancy Free

When physician’s assistant Rebekah Hornor wed physical therapist Matthew Kooy at Pravda Studios in November 2011, she knew she wanted to throw vibrant, retro fun into the clean, modern space. She met guests for the preceremony cocktail hour in a splashy, white-sequined party dress and then tied on a bright purple belt and added a vintage-inspired feather hairpiece to her ceremony gown, which had a customized higher-in-front hemline. Hornor enlisted Coco Noelle from Be Loved Salon in Spokane to assist with a beauty story befitting this something old–with–something new mix.

HAIR “Accessories are easy to anchor in,” says Noelle. “I just needed to find the complementary frame on her scalp where the piece should be placed, and then figure out her angles so guests would be able to see the feathers from different places in the room.” Noelle advised Hornor not to wash her hair on the day of the wedding; the extra texture holds shapes better. A few sprays of Icon’s Reformer Quick Lock helps, too; the stylist made an imperfect bun with some of Hornor’s hair and loosely wrapped the remaining lengths around it, pinning it in as she went along. The crown was lightly teased to complete the glamorously undone look, and Icon’s Done and Airshine sprays gave a glossy, stay-put finish.0813-look-smart-hair-piece-with-feathers

MAKEUP Because Hornor wears very little makeup in her day-to-day life, she really wanted a natural look. Noelle brushed Twilight Lunar Dust by Youngblood Cosmetics in between her eyes and along her nose and cheekbones to highlight and illuminate her features. A soft layer of bronzer by Bobbi Brown boosted the bride’s natural glow.

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Bring jewelry and accessories to your test-run appointment to see if the elements work together

Photographs by Kristen Marie Photography


0813-trends-elegant-wavesSame Wavelength

Elegant, intimate, and simple: that’s what Shazeen Lakhani was going for when she joined Ali Moloo at their family mosque in August 2012, and afterward, when the couple celebrated with guests inside the Arctic Club at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. “My goal was to be myself on the day of the wedding,” she recalls. It was also important to her to wear a neotraditional Indian sari—white, not red—as well as a chic strapless Western gown, but she didn’t want to fuss with changing her dress and her look. Lakhani’s cousin referred her to Megan Bingham at Off White Makeup and Hair to come up with a style that highlighted the day’s East-meets-West mood.

HAIR The bride wanted a curly look, but because she has fine hair Bingham needed a suite of products to make it last. She used Evo’s Salty Dog Beach Cocktail Spray for texture and Builder’s Paradise for antistatic, and Oribe Shine Spray and Gold Lust for luminescent hold. The stylist finessed Lakhani’s locks for a related event two days before the wedding and it held up all night, so they both felt confident on the big day.

MAKEUP Lakhani says her eyes were her makeup priority; she wanted to be fresh and dazzling from morning to night. Bingham laid a base of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, then swept Groundwork by MAC in the creases, a matte lilac shade over the center of the lid, and a soft warmer pink on the inner eye. MAC’s Black Track liner and individual eyelashes finished the application. Underscoring all this was a classic blush across Lakhani’s caramel undertones; Bingham says Orgasm by Nars is a gold-highlighted peachy-pink tone that makeup professionals have been swearing by for years.

Photograph by Alante Photography