By BRITTANY SCHAEFFER

Good news, brides: You can take it easy on your big day. At least when it comes to beauty.

Forget fussy updos and technicolor eye shadow. Classic and simple looks - just like the ones on the red carpet - are this nuptial season's hottest trend.

"We've seen brides steering away from dark lipsticks," says Amodio. "Dark lipsticks don't come out great in photos."

Lucky for low-maintenance ladies, chic simplicity is in. "There shouldn't be too much of a departure in the makeup from who she [the bride] is," says Devitt. "You don't want a high-maintenance look, and you want products that can stand up to tears and dancing the night away."

Like this year's streamlined makeup, bridal 'dos are also simple and sleek, according to hair guru Marina Vance. Vance, a 20-year veteran stylist whose clients include Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Judd, says that updos are still the most popular wedding style, but with fewer frills than before.

"A couple of years back it was all about big hair, tons of curls, all kinds of hair on the face and tendrils everywhere," says Vance. "Now it's back to a clean look."

She says that brides requesting updos have brought in pictures of Catherine Zeta-Jones, while Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston's super-straight locks are the most sought-after among girls leaving their hair down.

As for ornaments, while tiaras have been hot the past few years, elaborate clips and barrettes are the most of-the-moment hair pieces, says Vance. For spring and summer ceremonies, some favor fresh flowers.

"Brides can wear whatever flower they like," says Vance, "except you shouldn't put anything big in your hair - no huge roses."

The Knot's Amodio notes that headbands - which turned up on the Vera Wang runway - and flapper-style feather clips, which are popular in England, are also en vogue.

"Feathers are fashion-forward, but still very elegant," says Amodio, who raves about Lori London's feather barrettes.

Now, if only choosing the right hors d'oeuvres, first dance tune and perfect font for the invitations was this easy.

Marina Vance's wedding rate is $550; call (212) 570-6500 or visit www.marinavance.com.

Originally published on June 5, 2005
 

Catherine Zeta-Jones pulls it together perfectly.


 
Brides still ask for Jen's straight style.

Get smoky like Jessica Simpson.