The Blushing Bride

Friday, August 10, 2012



Venue: check. Photographer: check. Florist: check. Dress: check. Hair/Make-up artist: do I really need one?

I was speaking with one of my brides who is farther along in her planning, has all her vendors booked yet has this worry that her make-up will be a disaster on her wedding day. I told her not to worry, that's what make-up and hair trials are for! I thought i'd put together a few pointers to consider so you can look your best on your wedding day.

Why have professional hair and make-up done? 
Each image taken that day will be a memory you'll want to smile back on. Aside from the photos of gorgeous decorations and guests who joined your celebration, all eyes will be on you! A professional artist will know what photographs well, what products will hold through tears and wind, how to blend well, put on false lashes with ease, know how to volumize your hair without being overly stiff yet still look soft and  romantic, cover up dark circles from not being able to sleep the nights before (but not make you look like a raccoon) and do this all in record time so you are looking like the hottest blushing bride that you really are, from ALL angles, get the picture?

Splurge on Your Big Day
You deserve it! You took the time to pick out a stunning dress and every other detail is carefully hand selected. Splurging some extra bucks on hair and make-up will ensure you to be picture-perfect and aisle-ready! I'm sure your groom will appreciate the extra mile you went! Read the reviews, get referrals, collect photos of other brides to have examples of what you like/don't like and trust the pros!

Wedding Dress, Colors, Theme, Season
These are all factors that can help determine the right look for your wedding day. Here are a few scenarios:                                       

  • You want to wear your hair down but the neckline on your dress is high or you have no idea how to wear this gorgeous veil you fell in love with. Your hair stylist can find an awesome up-do that compliments you, the dress and the veil!
  • If you're holding a burgundy bouquet and you think you look best in this season's coral lipstick, the MUA can help you find a more suitable and timeless alternative that flatters you.
  • You may be going for an Old Hollywood theme but you usually wear more natural/daytime make-up, the MUA can help you put together something more dramatic and find the perfect shade of red lipstick that transforms your face into a silver screen starlet!
  • Are you getting married in the Summer? If you're planning on tanning after you meet with your make-up artist, they need to know, so they can prepare slightly darker shades to match your skin tone. The original smokey eye with nude lips might make you look too washed out.

Set a Trial
At least a month or two before your wedding date so there won't be any surprises and plenty of time to try other 'looks' if you aren't satisfied with the previous trial.

Relax
You're in the hands of a tried and true professional. All you need to do is show up, sit in that chair and get pampered!

ps- If by chance you can't afford to get your hair & make-up professionally done, don't fret, there are tons of youtube and pinterest tutorials floating around. Please plan ahead and give yourself enough time to play with ideas that work best for you. England's royalty Kate Middleton did her own make-up and looked nothing short of fabulous!

Image via: 
BHLDN "Spendid Smolder."


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