Sunday 21 July 2019

Royal beauty: How to achieve Eugenie's elegant wedding look

Princess Eugenie beamed with excitement as she arrived at St George's Chapel
Princess Eugenie beamed with excitement as she arrived at St George's Chapel
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank take a carriage procession around Windsor following their wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank walk down the West Steps as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) as Jack Brooksbank places the ring on her finger during thier wedding ceremony to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP)DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Eugenie rides in a car with her father, the Duke of York, on her way to marry Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The bride Princess Eugenie of York arrives by car for her Royal wedding to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

When Britain's Princess Eugenie glided onto the steps of St George's chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank, she looked the epitome of elegance and sophistication.

Her relaxed but clearly excited demeanor didn't at all hint at the fact that the day before the the wedding she made a drastic change not many would be brave enough to undergo 24 hours before they were due to walk up the aisle.

Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, the Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, the Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie beamed with excitement as she arrived at St George's Chapel
Princess Eugenie during her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Yes. She dyed her hair.

And while colour experts say that there's no reason not to change your hair prior to your wedding (especially if you're considering going back to your own natural colour, as Eugenie did) a concern would be that being so close to the event you could be at risk of leaving yourself with little time for corrections.

While a gloss or a toner is a common process for a bride before the big day, a full colour change is a little more unusual.

However it clearly worked like a charm for Eugenie who looked stunning with her auburn tone, surrounded by the autumnal hues of her stunning wedding flowers and decor.

Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding

The bride opted for a classic chignon for the day, wearing her wispy hair soft yet sophisticated with her Greville Kokoshnik emerald studded tiara - lent to her by her grandmother for the day.

The parting in the centre of the hair, John Harvey from Peter Mark tells THEVOW.ie, worked particularly well with this accessory - which balanced itself with an equal balance of emeralds, three on each side.

"Normally with hair up we would recommend a side parting as a centre part can sometimes look a too modern and depending on your face shape even a little harsh," says John, "but when you have the Queen’s jewellery box to raid for your big day it’s important to compliment the accessory with your styling. And what an accessory!"

The chignon, he adds, is a popular choice for both brides and bridesmaids for the wedding as it can strike a nice balance between having your hair up and wearing it loose and down.

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their seats ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

For Princess Eugenie, her hair style, her lack of a veil and her low back allowed her to display her surgical scars from the operations she had as a child to help with the scoliosis - a curvature of the spine - which she suffered from since birth.

The classic chignon style was also worn by Kate and Meghan on the day, which offered a chic and feminine style that stayed in place despite the whipped up winds from the tale of Storm Callum.

"That's the great thing about a chignon," says John, "the structure and security it gives you as there is no need to worry about factors like the natural texture of your hair causing it to come loose or if you are having an autumn/winter wedding the structured and controlled can help combat any wind or rain."

The bride's subtle, natural make up was done by Hannah Martin for Bobbi Brown.

Princess Eugenie's elegant low chignon: How to get the look

Peter Mark's John Harvey offers his guide to achieving the princess' classic chignon at home.

"The trick to a successful chignon is in your ponytail - it is crucial that you take your time getting it super secure and neat as this will anchor your entire look. A little trick you can use is to apply a light mist of Redken pillow Proof Primer €19.90 to make brushing your hair back into a pony easier. This product will dry into your hair and become invisible leaving you with a super sleek effect (apply before blow-drying for a quicker drying time and heat protection).

From here on out anything goes once you’ve lightly sprayed your pony with Elnette €6.99. You can back comb and pin it up. You can plait and pin it up. You can simply keep twisting the pony until it wraps around itself and then pin it.

When it comes accessorising size and placement or key. If you have small and delicate features you can’t afford to overpower your face with a huge hair piece. Chose something that is also smaller and delicate to compliment. If you have large features or strong bone structure and face shape then placement is key for you. Try to avoid placing anything to close to your hairline as this will make your look seem heavy. You must also keep away from putting anything high up on your head to avoid making your face and features appear larger/stronger. If your keep a couple of inches in from your hair line and place your piece on the curve or round of your head you can’t really go wrong.

A nice little touch after your done to give your look a more modern feel (depending on your outfit) is too lightly brush your sleek front sections towards your face with a bristle brush. This will give you that runway editorial wisps that will really set your look apart or if your attending a royal wedding you can pull out some strands around your face to soften the look without losing the security of the style."

The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, the Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie during her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Philippa Matthews (Middleton) (C), James Middleton (CR), the siblings of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa's husband James Matthews (CL) arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. Adrian Dennis/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP)
Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, arrives for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, arrives for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

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