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Helena Linsky, co-director of Leeds-based award-winning nail and beauty studio group, Q61 predicts the bridal trends to expect for Spring/Summer 2019...
NUDE ART: At Q61 we love to give our bridal nail clients a twist on classic bridal looks. As a bride, it's important that your nails don't detract attention away from your dress or overpower your entire look, however this doesn't mean that you need to opt for a plain nude shade or more traditional French manicure. For brides who prefer a more modern take on traditional styles and shades, nail art on a nude base can look really fresh and exciting, and yet done correctly, can be subtle and complementary to your overall finished look. Nail art doesn't always need to be colourful or obvious and at the Spring/Summer '19 Fashion Week shows, designers went crazy for really subtle takes on graphic nail art, achieved using natural shades. At House of Holland, thin white stripes adorned nude bases; at Monse tiny graphic shapes were painted in shiny shades of nude and white; while Oscar De La Renta's 'negative space moon manicure' was a modern take on the French mani, with clear half moons and a milky nude shade across the length of the nail. The effect of this nude nail art is just the right amount of eye-catching, making it ideal if you're a bride who wants an edgier look on your big day.
WHITE HOT: Many of our bridal clients want statement nails that remain chic and elegant, and the perfect way to achieve that balance is to opt for a matte finish in a block colour. We love the standout look of matte white nails, on short, gently squared off talons, especially on bohemian brides. We predict this look will be in huge demand this wedding season.
SCARLET FEVER: Red nails are bold, romantic and sexy – everything a modern bride should be. Plus, they look stunning against white, making them a perfect bridal accessory. This season's way to wear scarlet nails is to make them less classic and more twisted – our favourites were the reverse mani's in two almost identical shades of red, as seen at Veronica Beard's NYFW show, and the sheer red squared acrylic talons at Area's S/S19 show. At Q61 we've created a look that combines lengthy oval tips with a love-heart design in cherry red. We saw plenty of requests for this look on Valentine's Day and we fully expect it to be a hit with our more daring brides of 2019.
GILT TRIP: Metallic nails is another huge nail trend that we predict will be popular with the modern bride, as an alternative to matt and gloss nude shades. At Rodarte's Spring/Summer '19 show models sported nails adorned in various metallic shades of gold, silver and rose gold, which look simply stunning worn against a white, cream or ivory wedding dress, and when matched to your jewellery or headwear. To achieve the look, ask your nail technician to carefully apply thin layers of gold-leaf foil, or for a quicker route to foil-effect nails, ask them to try a varnish with a metal-look finish. If you're a more daring bride, or for a destination summer wedding, chrome metallic nails in this summer's hottest shade – icy light blue – would work amazingly as your something blue, paired against tanned summer skin and a sleek modern dress.
HIGH BROW: Really full and fluffy brushed-up brows are a stunning look – both flattering and natural looking – and a dreamy style for brides. Luckily, they're also bang on trend this season, with Jeremy Scott, Phillip Lim and Oscar De La Renta's S/S19 models sporting brushed-up full brows. We're taking our cue from Alice Temperley's gorgeously bushy-browed models and really encouraging our bridal clients to enhance their natural arches in this way for their big day. To recreate this look, start with a High Definition Brows treatment, which we offer at Q61, asking your brow technician to maintain the length through the front section of the brows. Eyebrow hair should then be brushed upwards to create as much texture as required. The shade of the brows should be multi-tonal throughout, while hairs should be visible, so use a fine brow pencil, to draw on the hair, creating precise fine lines. Gently brush brows into place, using a clear brow gel for hold. At Alice Temperley Spring/Summer '19 these luscious looking brows were paired with molten gold painted lids, soft feline liner flicks and a delicious coral lip – it's a look that is suitably glossy, perfectly natural and oh-so fresh for this season's bride.
GET LASHED: Thick lustruous lashes were in full force at the Spring/Summer '19 shows – including Tom Ford, Fendi, Moschino and Prada, to name just a few – and this is a trend that is ideal for brides. Our range of temporary lash extensions, from Russian Volume to the more natural looking Classic, are very popular with our bridal clients, giving lashes a full, long and luscious appearance, without leaving the telltale line of strip lashes. They also last much longer than strip fake lashes – up to three weeks – so you can confidently flutter your lashes all day and night (and have a good cry!) knowing they won't shift, safe in the knowledge that they will last for the duration of your honeymoon, too.
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