November 9, 2009
NMS recently pointed this article out that he had found by tweeting to us @jcenawwe. The always helpful NMS also typed up a transcript of the article for the site (huge thanks goes out to you, mate). We have no idea when this was published, but its an interesting read nonetheless. Oh and a word of warning, no harsh and un-needed comments on this please.
Eyes On The Bride Actor John Cena’s bride goes to great lengths for the perfect look By Phill Picardi
For Liz Huberdeau’s high-profile wedding to wrestler, actor, and West Newbury native John Cena, all of the pieces needed to be in order: the perfect wedding planner, the perfect photographer, the perfect flowers, the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, and of course…
The perfect eyelashes.
“Eyelash extensions are a fantastic way to enhance the eyes of the bride,” says eyelash extension specialist Nicholle Little, owner of the newly opened Scarlet Boutique in Andover.
“Most brides go with fake eyelashes, or even tab lashes,” Little explains. “But they rarely have the same natural-looking effect a bride is aiming for. They also have the tendency to fall off easily, leaving a mess of glue and irritation on what should be the happiest day of a girl’s life.
The extensions are applied to each real eyelash with a surgical-grade, FDA-approved adhesive. For a full set, usually 65 to 70 lashes are applied per eye.
For Liz’s wedding, Little decided to go for a more subtle approach.
“We did about 40 lashes per eye, and they will last her throughout the month,” she says.
Once a full set is applied (a two-hour process), touch-ups are necessary every two to three weeks, since eyelashes shed naturally.
The extensions are waterproof, which is good in case you get teary on the altar. And they can be placed strategically to fill in spots where the lashes are not as full as desired. They also don’t require mascara, yet still add the right amount of drama to the eye, which is ideal for high definition photography.
After her eyelash application, the bride is happy with the outcome.
“It’s unbelievable,” she says, looking in the mirror. “I love them.”
Later on her wedding day at the Governor’s Suite of the Boston Harbor Hotel, she is all smiles.
Little squeezes in between curling iron-clad hairstylist Jenn Traverso of Indra Salon in Andover, who is in charge of the bride’s undo for the ceremony.
“We went for a natural look,” Little says of the makeup application for the big day. “Liz has a fantastic complexion, so the BareMinerals foundation really accents her features. For the eye-shadow, we did a variation of pinks and soft plums, and then blended them carefully so they opened her eyes. We also contoured her cheekbones with a pink blush, and then went over it lightly with highlighter. And then we used highlighter on her brow bone and the corners of her eyelids. This way, when light hits her face, she will be absolutely radiant.”
Asked for tricks of the trade, Little smiles.
“I love pink cheeks on brides, so I blended a little bit of a pink lipstick I love with the blush. It won’t wear off, and it really makes her glow.”
When the dress is wrestled on by three of the girls in the room, the train adjusted, the Swarovski-studded heels carefully slipped into, and the final touchups applied, Liz fans herself and breathes deeply.
“I love everything,” she says.
And with Liz’s last steps out the door of the suite, Little breathes a sigh of accomplishment.
There goes the bride.
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