Yorkshire-based, fashion-led beauty business Q61, founded in November 2015 by husband and wife team, Michael and Helena Linsky – boasts two luxury nail and beauty studios encompassing a wide range of on-trend treatments to its female and male client base, including nails, waxing, brows and lashes. Here, co-director of the award-winning beauty studio, Helena, predicts the bridal nail and beauty trends for spring/summer 2019.
As a bride, it’s important that your nails don’t detract attention 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.
If you want statement nails that remain chic and elegant, 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.
Red nails are bold, romantic and sexy. 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.
Metallic is another huge nail trend that we predict will be popular with the modern bride, as an alternative to matte 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.
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. To recreate the look of Alice Temperley's gorgeously bushy-browed models, start with the High Definition Brows treatment, offered 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 brides.
Thick lustrous 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. Q61 offers a range of temporary lash extensions, from Russian Volume to the more natural looking Classic, 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!), safe in the knowledge that they will last for the duration of your honeymoon, too.
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