A Tale of Two Looks
Sleek buns will NEVAH go out of style, you hear me? Yet, I see so many brides apprehensive to this super- chic updo. I’m not sure why: it’s the quintessential confident statement hairstyle. Some of my favorite brides in history chose a sleek bun: the new Mrs. Bieber (also recently married at Montage Palmetto Bluff), Carolyn Bisset Kennedy, and Kate Moss. Two of my other favorite brides went with a more relaxed, tousled version of the sleek bun: HRH Meagan Markle and Diana Ross. For our editorial at Montage Palmetto Bluff, I actually got to serve a tale of TWO looks and I can’t wait to tell you how I did it.
Look One: CITY BUN!
I just dubbed the sleek bun mentioned earlier the “city bun”. It’s more fun to say, and gives me an idea of the type of bride that would don this ‘do. It exposes so much beautiful neckline, and allows the focus to be on the bride’s bone structure. Speaking of bone structure: I wanted to gently sculpt and highlight the beautiful bone structure that Carey, our model, was blessed with. I kept the oil and sweat at bay with my absolute favorite foundation: Makeup Atelier Waterproof Foundation. I used Makeup Forever Ultra HD Cream Blush palette to create a near-transparent blush, and pressed the same shade into her lips for color. I used a very soft angle brush to create dimension and emphasize cheekbones with my Viseart Highlight/Contour Palette and used the beautiful, finely milled highlight from the same palette. When working in humid locales in peak summer, you actually want to be conservative with the highlight. The humidity can quickly leave a sheen on the skin and too much highlighter already present can make a gal look schvety.
For the “city bun” that shan’t be confused with Cinnabons, I started with Carey’s damp hair and created a center part. Then I applied volumizing mousse (like one by L’ange) and used a flat brush and blow dryer with a nozzle, pointing downward to blow-dry the hair. I used the same brush to smooth out mid-shaft to ends. Using a medium hold pomade (I love the one by Kevin Murphy) and boar bristle brush, I pulled the hair into a pony and used a bungee band to secure. I use the same pomade to tame hair on the ponytail itself, twist, and pin into position. I tamed rouge flyaways with KMS Dry Wax Spray which also blocks out moisture. I finished the entire look off with Redken 23 for security and hold.
Look Two: Whimsical Waves
We swapped Carey’s dress out for something a little more relaxed, so I changed up her hair too. Keeping the center part, I brushed the hair out and used Redken 12 Working Spray to curl the hair and fight the frizz. It stays humid in the low country and it was windy since we were on the coast so using a working spray and humidity blocking product is essential. I envisioned Carey’s hair blowing in the wind along with her uber-romantic dress, so I opted for a beachy wave as opposed to traditional curls. To build volume and texture, I used Oribe Dry Texture Spray between the layers of curl and gently tousled with my hands. Too much tousle and you’ll invite static. For hold that still allowed movement, I finished with the Redken 23 spray again. You’ll see in the gorgeous photos by Heather Payne that Carey’s hair is mimicking the same movement as the Spanish moss that hangs from the tree. You can almost feel the breeze!
I wanted to amp up Carey’s makeup for our second look; adding a little sex appeal but still not overtly sexy. I added individual mink lashes by Ardell and smudged my favorite brown liner along her upper and lower lashline: Teddy by MAC. You actually need 2 of these eyeliners with you at all times. It’s a kohl liner with the most beautiful gold and copper luminescence in it. It glides on beautifully and seems like it’s made for smudgy, sultry bedroom eyes. I intensified Carey’s lip color by adding Pillow Talk lip liner by Charlotte Tilbury and patting in the matching lipstick shade by the same name. Since it cooled down in the evening, I could add a bit more highlight. This time, I went with a liquid: Glossier PLAY Liquid Highlighter. This is the most perfect shade of pink champagne luminosity. (Pssssst: they make a bronze one too and it is SO bomb when mixed with a little bit of tinted moisturizer for a bronzy glow.)
This look was easy: relaxed and carefree, with a dress by Mira Zwillinger.
If you want to learn about our inspiration for the shoot and meet our fabulous planner and event designer, check out Kelly’s blog: https://kellystrongevents.com/montage-palmetto-bluff-editorial/
I want to shout out the most amazing vendor team of all time:
PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION STYLING: Heather Payne Photo
PLANNING & DESIGN: Kelly Strong Events
FLORAL DESIGN: Urban Petals
HAIR & MAKEUP: Latia Curtis
STATIONERY: Ink Revival
DRESS BOUTIQUE: Betty Bridal Atelier
DRESS #1: Victor & Rolf
DRESS #2: Mira Zwillinger
LINENS: La Tavola
RECEPTION VENUE: Montage Palmetto Bluff