We are so pumped to announce yet another brand-new partnership on Capitol Romance for 2014! You’ve already seen our awesome free printables & DIY tutorials coming from Ribbons & Bluebirds and now we’ve teamed up with The Makeup Chic  to offer some alternative bridal makeup & hair inspiration for all you brides out there, looking for styling outside of the same old side chignon and cat eye liner.

For today we have a bit of a two-parter. Suzanne, owner and lead makeup artist of The Makeup Chic, shares the behind the scenes of pre-wedding trials (which she calls a balancing act) and then shares some fresh looks for a more casual bride: wedding appropriate pony tails & orange shaded lip color! Take it away Suz!

Breaking Bridal Trends: Behind the Trial and Wedding Appropriate Pony Tails & Orange Lip Colors!

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Makeup: Suzanne, The Makeup Chic | Hair: Ky, Richie Beauty | Photography: Alison with Sugarfarm Weddings | Hair Accessories: Petal Pushers Hair | Venue: Wrabyn Boutique | Clothing and Jewelry: Wrabyn Boutique

“During a pre-wedding makeup and hair trial,” Suzanne explains, “[hair & makeup artists] have to stay true to our art and make sure to give our brides what they want, all the while, working with each brides individual style and features.”

The Makeup Chic notes, “Often brides get stuck in what they think is trending or a certain bridal look that everyone is doing and lots of times brides want the exact replica of something that they see on Pinterest and they forget that there is so much creativity out there for them in the makeup and hair department.”

So when Suzanne’s newly engaged friend Sam called to book her makeup and hair trial for her 2014 wedding, Suzanne thought, what a perfect way to have a little fun!


Bride to be Sam was open and willing to explore some different looks for her upcoming wedding and for this pre-wedding day makeup and hair trial- Suzanne called one of her favorite bridal hair stylists, Ky Washington, and the duo got to take full rein in the makeup and hair studio!

“What bride ever asks for orange lipstick and a pony tail? In fact, I haven’t ever been asked by a bride for orange lips and Ky never gets asked to do a ponytail, not even a sleek and chic one. However; brides may surprised to hear that in the fashion world right now- orange is the new red and the ponytail has been seen all over the spring 2014 runways! In this beauty post, our mission is to show Capitol Romance readers that they can venture out from the “bridal norm” and do something a little different and still look pretty,” shares Suzanne

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The first lipcolor Suzanne chose in the orange family is a soft coral shade called, Flatter by Artistry. A sheer coat is natural and demure and when layered, Flatter has a beautiful coral sheen.

alternative bridal hairstyles makeup 2014

Bride to be Sam, checking out her long and sleek ponytail by Ky.

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The second shade of orange lipstick Suzanne chose is the hottest color on all the spring runways- Neon Orange. A soft shade of this neon color can look very boho-chic and is perfect for an outdoor wedding! The color used for this look is Party Starter by Bareminerals.

alternative bridal hairstyles makeup 2014

There are many variations of the classic ponytail. For instance; this variation is a modern twist on boho-chic.

alternative bridal hairstyles makeup 2014

Sam looked fashion forward in this bold Mandarin lip color by Smashbox– perfect for a evening wedding and chic enough for daytime nuptials!

“I love this Mandarine orange lip color because its less fierce than the ‘pin-up’ red lipstick, but it still makes a statement”, describes Suzanne

alternative bridal hairstyles makeup 2014

Sam looked stunning in all the bridal looks from her pre-wedding day makeup and hair trial. Her favorite lip color was the soft coral shade in, Flatter.

alternative bridal makeup orange lipcolor 2014

Congrats Sam on your upcoming wedding and thanks for letting us go behind the scenes of your beauty trial!

*Sam’s real bridal look is not photographed for this blog post so that she can keep it a surprise from her fiance and wedding guests… shhhh!

So what do you think Romancers?! Would you rock the orange shades of lip color, or a pony tail for your wedding!? We’d love to know what you think in the comments below!

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  1. I’m not sure I could pull off the coral but she looks amazing in it! I think I would definitely give it a try though! I’m all for going out of the box!

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