2017 Wedding Trends Part 4: Bridal Makeup

The makeup trends for 2017 range from minimal to romantic to bold to daring. Any personality a bride has will be able to find a look they will feel comfortable walking down the aisle with on their big day for their Cancun wedding.

Fresh Pink, the Minimalist Glow


From lipstick to cheeks to shadow, a soft, neutral pink can be harmonizing to every bride.  Pinks can come with cool or warm undertones to compliment your look.  We all can sport pink as it is a part of our healthy glow!  Use this look with a dewy or matte finish. When we are happy or embarrassed blood flows the surface of our skin giving away our innermost essence which can be very romantic, innocent, or downright sexy! Now you can control that on your wedding day with makeup!  Rock that monochromatic look for your big day on the beaches of Playa del Carmen!


Smokey Eyes, Get Dramatic


Contouring around the eyes with a gray, blue, burgundy color will give you a smokey eye.  This look enhances your eyes and makes them pop.  The key to this is a matte finish to your face and neutral cheeks and lips.  For a full on dramatic look you can use a strong lip but we feel that is too strong for a bride but could be perfect for a reception look at night.

Pearlized Eyes, Iridescent Skin, Get the Glow

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Glowing skin, lightly flushed cheeks and fresh-bitten lips dominate the look of innocence. Being demure and youthful looking is a great way to walk down the aisle. What bride doesn’t want to look innocent on her wedding day? (At least until the honeymoon!  😉


 Bold brows


Made famous by the likes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Brooke Shields, this look works well if you HAVE bold brows.  If you have thin brows do NOT try to recreate this look!  However, if you have bold brows, start growing those babies now!  Let them fill in for your big day and celebrate the natural frames to your face!  This look goes best with glossy lips and a natural theme.  Consider matte brown for your eye shadow and liner.

False Eyelashes, Bedroom Eyes


False Eyelashes are a great way to make you look glamorous. Keep the rest of your makeup natural to make your eyes the center of attention.

False eyelashes are included with my makeup services.

Here are some tips to remember for your big day:

Tip: The key is to having great skin the day of your wedding is to make sure your skin is clean, exfoliated and well moisturized the weeks leading up to the ceremony.  Baking soda is a cheap and natural way to exfoliate your skin, easily done in the shower.  Great skin is the result of eating well and great skin care over time.  My team and I will take care of any flaws on the day with airbrush, or traditional makeup.  You will feel like a flawless porcelain doll when we finish!

Tip: Prepare lips with a sugar scrub to remove any dead skin once a week in the weeks leading up to your big day.  If you want a plumping effect, you can mix a (and just one!) drop of cinnamon oil into your nightly lip balm and daily lip gloss.  Not advised for sensitive skin.

I cannot wait to work with you and your ladies´makeup for your special day for your Riviera Maya wedding!  Be sure to ask for custom packages that include hair and makeup services for 4 or more in your bridal group!

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team



2017 Wedding Trends Part 3: Gowns

Spring/Summer 2017

The trend for 2017 is a bit more on the sexy side.  Deep plunging necklines are an excellent accessory to your Caribbean destination wedding look.  The styles for the spring are a bit more daring but work well for your Playa del Carmen wedding.  These skin-baring designs are great for beach weddings and allow for the bride to be more comfortable but still elegant in the tropical climate.

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Off the shoulder looks will let your sun-kissed shoulders shimmer down the aisle.  The style ranges from simple to more ornate.  Smooth satin keeps it elegant while texture and lace can add some attitude.  Lengths vary with some starting out shorter in the front and lengthening in the back.  Bows are big and plentiful for your spring look.  And if you want to play with faint color, pastel accents can accompany you down to meet your groom, as well.

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Fall/Winter 2017

Fall and winter designs are bold, as well, but with textures, feathers, and tiers.  Off the shoulder still floods this season but with fitted sleeves.  Skirts will range from fitted to ruffles which will accent the sea waves for your Riviera Maya wedding.  Some of this season’s details reflect Mexico and my home!  Ruffles, fringe, and embroidery have their roots in the Flamenco style.  These are perfect for your Mexican Caribbean event where you can even dance to an authentic Mariachi band!


Materials used will be more frothy, again like the ocean’s waves, like tulle.  The tiered skirts will flow well in the gentle Caribbean breezes.  Beading will reflect the sunlight or moonlight on the beach for an outdoor wedding.  Even Mod fashion lengths, “Twiggy Style”, will be acceptable for the fall fashion, which, too, are perfect for your tropical ceremony.

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No matter what season or design you decide on, a Riviera Maya Mexican destination wedding is perfect.  The same reasons I fell in love with the area and adopted it as my home could be the reasons why you decide to have your ceremony here.  Built in natural backdrops of blue skies and turquoise waters and well as sea breezes and  a symphony of waves to gently transport you into your new happy whimsical fairytale.

Contact me and my team for your very special hair and makeup looks to go with that perfect dress!

Doranna De Bortoli & Team


2017 Wedding Trends Part 2: Trending Invitations

Invitations are exciting and very important because they are what sets your big day into motion.  The theme hints to guests what the ambiance of the event will be.  Most brides want their invitations to be elegant but unique.  We looked to the experts at Elegant Wedding Invites for their take on next year’s trends for inviting your guest list.


This year is back to nature and natural designs.  Plant-based themes with leaves and branches will accent invitations.  These are great to announce outdoor weddings!  For your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, use palms type plant impressions.


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Bringing back softness and romance, watercolor invitations will give that feeling of “aw”.  These you can do yourself if you have the creative gene.  Invitations such as these set the pace for a creative and unique wedding.  For a Mexican Caribbean wedding, watercolor captures the essence of the beach and sunrises.

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This not-so-new style can also be done by brides who are more creative and would like to put their own energy into their planning.  Calligraphy styles can be combined with the other trends for invitations.  There are so many styles, you may choose to pick one for use in a combination with one of the other themes.



For those couples having a rustic themed wedding, using wooden tags, lace band and burlap to tie up your cards will be the first choice.  For a Riviera Maya beach wedding, you could choose to use coconut accents or fibers from a palm tree; shells are also a beautiful touch.

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Invitations are like the first look for your wedding so be sure to pick something that sets the tone for your theme.  It is important that it is dramatic but stylish and lays the foundation for your theme on your big day.  Remember to choose a great destination wedding, such as Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya and contact me, Doranna, for hair and make up to make your big day a whimsical adventure!

Thank you to elegantweddinginvites.com for their insights into 2017 invitations.