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Do you feel like you just want to look like yourself on your wedding day and you don't want full bridal glam? Quite often we have requests from our clients to have a look where they still look like themselves. They are not looking for a huge transformation, but to be an elevated version of themselves with a bridal touch. Hands down, this is one of our favorite looks to create.

We love this look because our brides feel put together and confident. We know that many of you are just not as comfortable with a lot of makeup.  We love seeing your reaction when we create a natural but elevated bridal look, where you feel comfortable and confident with the perfect makeup amount.

Hair: Flowy Curls to Low Pony

We chose an effortless down style with a curl that is elongated and flowy. We added a handful of clip in extensions from The Hair Shop to add volume at the crown area.  (One of favorite brands we love to recommend for extensions!)

For her second look, we pulled her hair into a twisted low ponytail to allow her beautiful face to show. A few face framing pieces with loose waves were left out to soften the look. A ponytail has been a go-to look for our brides who want a hair change, allowing them to stay cool and dance the night away. We recommend a hair change like this one after the ceremony.  

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bride smiling with hair and makeup done

Makeup: Soft Neutral with A Mauve Lip

For the makeup, we decided to go with a more natural, timeliness look using neutral colors with a golden undertone. Using a minimal amount of foundation, we were able to hide blemishes and even out her skin tone. We added a soft contour and highlight to catch the light and showcase her beautiful face structure. She had great brows to work with, but we wanted to make sure we filled them in slightly so they framed her face properly in photos.

Since we were using so many neutral colors, we wanted her lips to pop. For her lip color, we went slightly darker than her natural color. We used a muted mauve shade combined with nude to create this shade, a perfect balance of color to go with her neutral eyes. What we loved about this is that in every photo, her smile really popped, and she felt beautiful becuase she still felt like herself.

makeup artist and hair stylist doing a bride's hair and makeup

The Location: Halekulani Waikiki

We started the day at the stunning oceanfront Halekulani hotel in Waikiki. This is one of our favorite venues and getting ready location for our clients. The luxurious rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the ocean view rooms allow you to enjoy the view of the beautiful Oahu coastline. A great view like this definitely helps bring the relaxing vibes on your wedding day and provides the best backdrop for an iconically Hawaiian elopement or wedding. We walked a few steps to the sand for some fun beach shots. A blue sea and Diamond Head make for the perfect background for bridal portraits.
bride smiling with flowers on the beach
bride on the beach
bride smiling while hair stylist is fixing hair

Thank you to those who made this vision come to life:

Photographer: @carololiva_photography
Hair & Makeup: @revealhairandmakeup
Team: @glamour___s & @beauty.by.zoey touch ups: @glamby.gabi_
Extensions: @thehairshopinc
Venue: @halekulanihotel
Model: @leinapalama
Dress: @epiphanyboutique_carmel
Bouquet: @dbhemingway
Jewelry: @misha_hawaii
Pro Video: @redefinedweddings

"I started Reveal because I had a passion to grow a team with diverse skills in hairstyling, makeup and spray tanning. I absolutely love giving people an experience where they feel confident, beautiful and excited for their wedding day or special event. I am so excited that our team has expanded from Hawaii to the mainland."

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