Bridal Bouquet: Fake Out

By Sarah Schmalbach | Boston Weddings |

While your mother might have told you growing up, “You’re beautiful just the way you are,” don’t be afraid to try beauty accessories that are less than, well, natural for your Big Day.


While your mother might have told you growing up, “You’re beautiful just the way you are,” don’t be afraid to try beauty accessories that are less than, well, natural for your Big Day.

Nail tips are back, says Roula Aspros, nail technician at Daryl Christopher Salon and Day Spa in Waltham. But we’re not talking Lee Press-Ons here. Aspros says wearing acrylic or gel tips for two months before your wedding is a great way to grow out your nails—they protect nails from breaking during your daily routine. Plus, they work as a pretty last-minute fix for nail-biting brides.

Channel Rapunzel on your wedding day with hair extensions to achieve the volume and length of fairy-tale hair. Paula Donovan, owner of Blue salon in Lexington (and an extension wearer) says, “They are wonderful and fun. Extensions double your hair and make you feel voluptuous, sexy and feminine.” Extensions are real hair, and come in countless shades and both straight and curly. They create great highlights, turn short bangs long and convert perky bobs into gorgeous bridal ponytails in three to eight hours. They last three to four months before they need to be redone or taken out.

For broad, sweeping, dramatic eyes in ten minutes see Katrina Hess, owner of Boston’s Katrina Hess Makeup, for false lashes. Eschewing the ’50s look of thick-stripped full sets, new subtler lashes are applied individually for volume or in clusters to the eye’s outer corner. False lashes are elegant and worry-free (they won’t run during your weepy vows), and should last through the honeymoon with use of gentle oil-free makeup remover.