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Flirt With Beauty

Stella Nova’s hardworking stylists making beauty backstage

March 8, 2010

Flirt With Beauty
Steal great hair and makeup ideas from the Bridal Couture Show

WRITTEN BY Melissa Bigner
Photograph by TAYLOR STEWART

Click here for more on the Bridal Couture Show—and to buy tickets.

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and as spring bursts forth all around us, romance rocks. That—romance rocks—just happens to be the theme of the 2010 Charleston Weddings Bridal Couture Show, Saturday March 20. And yes, we’re fired up over the fashions that’ll debut—seven shows, three local designers with original gowns, and Project Runway’s Carol Hannah Whitfield premiering her Charleston-inspired bridal line. But just as amazing? The hair and makeup the models sport while working the runway.

Aside from making the whole afternoon theatrical-chic, the show offers loads of beauty ideas for brides (and their maids), either for Big Days or even for day to day. Stella Nova stylists and the rest of Charleston Fashion Week’s (CFW) creative team brainstorms with each participating boutique to create a custom look that suits the gowns and frocks that particular shop offers. They sync the overall concept with music (this year by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra) and as you take your seats, the magic comes to life.

We scored a sneak peek at the ideas and beauty trends to watch for under the tent. Without sharing too much before our Big Day, here’s a hint at what’s to come.

Old Glamour Is the New Glamour
“For the Bridal Couture Show,” says Ashley Brook Perryman, the hair and makeup artist behind Charleston Weddings magazine’s fashion shoots and CFW hair and makeup director, “the most important things are the dress and the gorgeous bride in it. This year we’re focusing on radiance, and how that was realized through different eras—some of the most glamorous times in history.”

Look for:
• Traces of Marie Antoinette
• Hints of Coco Chanel
• Minor odes to Priscilla Prestley
• A touch of Marilyn Monroe

Details, Details
No matter how chic styles may become, there’s something inherently innocent about a bride entering into a marriage. Vestiges of that tradition of innocence pop up in classic accessories made au currant for spring 2010.

Look for:
• Floral hair accents
• Veils of all sorts
• Headbands

Painted Ladies
Personality leads the way in makeup application, style, and color this Bridal Couture Show. Imagining the bride shares the same character—sassy, sexy, classic—as the gown they would choose, makeup takes it cue from the fashions the models don.

Look for:
• Preppy, fresh-faced color
• Glamorous eyes and bold lips
• Au naturelle
• Romantic pastels

Hair Apparent
As with makeup, personality and cohesion rule hairstyles on the runway this spring. Coordinating fashion, makeup, and hair allows the bride to wear a look rather than be overshadowed by it.

Look for:
• Sideswept buns
• Sweet ponytails
• Glam updos

Bridal Couture Show, March 20, 2010:
Doors, Bridal Style Lounge, and bar open at 11 a.m.; shows run noon to 2 p.m.; lounge and bar remain open till 2:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets ($45), visit or call 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). Visit and our Bridal Blog for
updates and giveaways.



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Mon, 03/08/2010