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Look Smart: Best Tressed

An embellished gown and vintage jewels set the tone for this Salt Lake bride’s hair and makeup

By Tessa Woolf February 1, 2013 Published in the January 2013 issue of Park City Magazine

Look Smart: Best Tressed

Just as your theme and venue dictate your event décor, so should your bridal gown and accessories influence your wedding day hair and makeup. When Ashley Payne married Dylan Bailey last June at Highland Gardens—the Sugar House couple first met in the Master of Accounting program at the University of Utah and now work as accountants—she wore an oyster-hued beaded lace gown from Mary’s Bridal and her great-grandmother’s earrings, a gift from her grandma. To show off the gown’s sweetheart neckline and spotlight the heirloom baubles, Payne knew she wanted her hair pulled back and her makeup to be simple. Enter Salon Shag stylist Jennifer Reed and freelance makeup artist Sierra Lund, the talent behind Payne’s polished, pretty look. Reed styled the bride’s long dark locks in a sleek yet relaxed low side bun, while Lund chose a palette of pearly hues to enhance Payne’s natural beauty.



9 a.m. The bride’s father surprises her with flowers and a card

10 a.m. The bride and bridal party get manicures and pedicures

1 p.m. Bride meets with florist for last-minute instructions

3 p.m. Jennifer Reed and Sierra Lund start the bride’s hair and makeup

5 p.m. Photographer Alixann Loosle snaps beauty and detail shots

6 p.m. The ceremony begins at Highland Gardens

6:30 p.m. Guests move to the dinner reception, decorated with vintage vases collected by the bride’s mom, aunts, and grandma

8 p.m. The couple cuts the cake

9 p.m. The newlyweds depart with a sparkler send-off



0113-look-smart-hair-side-profileGet the Look

Makeup “To even out the skin and add warmth, I applied Clinique Superbalanced Foundation in ivory,  L’Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation in light ivory—my all-time favorite drugstore buy—and Bobbi Brown bronzing powder and nude pink blush. Benefit High Brow Pencil, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in brunette, and bone-hued Bobbi Brown shadow made Ashley’s brown eyes pop. From the Tigi Bed Head 4-Play Fool Proof quad, I applied a shadow similar in color to Ashley’s shimmering dress to the crease of the eyelid and blended it down. I added a thin layer of black L’Oreal Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner, curled the lashes, and applied two coats of black Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. To finish, I used Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish in Dolly, a muted plum, and dusted the cheeks and collarbone with Physicians Formula Powder Mineral Glow Pearls.”



“First, I dried the hair and used Kevin Murphy Body Building Mousse to add volume. I set the hair with curls using a one-and-one-half-inch thick Hot Tools curling iron and sprayed with Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray for texture and hold. Once set, I twisted one side and gathered it in a low ponytail, leaving the front side pieces out. I wove random sections of the ponytail in and out of each other, and secured with bobby pins. Then I gradually added in the side pieces, smoothed, and finished with Kevin Murphy Session Spray.”


• “Cleanse, lightly exfoliate, and use a sheer lightweight moisturizer before applying makeup,” says Lund. “It makes a huge difference in the final look.”

• If you choose to do your bridal makeup yourself, Lund cautions against trying new products for the first time on the big day: “Always do a trial run before the wedding.”

• “Bring photos of your dress and of hair styles you admire to your consultation,” says Reed. “A picture helps make sure you and your stylist are on the same page.”

• “Give yourself plenty of time to get ready on the big day to help minimize stress,” advises Reed.


“I usually tell my clients to wash and dry their hair the night before their event,” says Reed. “The hair is workable and slightly dirty, but not so dirty that you can tell.”

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