Tuesday, March 25, 2008

10 Tips for Wedding Day Makeup & Hair Preparation

Planning your wedding is a full time job. Much of that time is devoted to your bridal makeup and hairstyling. Following these tips could make the journey easier:
1. To avoid disappointment, book your stylist early. I receive confirmed bookings sometimes a year in advance! Brides will email me to request a date 3 to 6 months in advance and are so surprised to learn that date is booked!
2. Eliminate surprise - book a trial run to establish your look as well as develop a rapport with your stylist. And when I say trial, I mean a complete makeup application and hairstyle! I work with a
bride for 2 1/2 hours during a consultation to ensure she is happy.
3. Ensure your skin is in top condition. Makeup will enhance, but hydrated clear skin is the first step. Drink plenty of water, cut back on alcohol, use moisturizer and try to get plenty of rest (hard to do!).
4. If your teeth need a boost, try Crest White Strips or discuss bleaching with your dentist.
5. You can create drama with false lashes, but did you know you now can have lashes applied semi-permanently? This is a great option if your honeymoon includes swimming and sandy beaches.
6. Your hair should be in great shape with the ends trimmed, coloring or streaking done at least 7 to 10 days before the wedding. If dry, be sure to apply deep conditioners, or ask the salon for a silk wrap.
7. Be realistic with your chosen hair style. If your hair in long, silky, fine and does not hold a curl well, you may not be wise in requesting long spiral curls. They won't last through the ceremony! When you have a hair trial provide images so your stylist gets some idea of your true desire. But if your hair just hits the top of your shoulders, don't bother providing images of hair that is 10" longer than yours!
8. If you hair is not as long as you'd like, or it simply won't grow, consider hair extensions. There are so many choices in lengths, styles and colors, and so easy to snap in and work with. Matching with your own hair color is so doable that no one will know it's not yours!
9. Working with a stylist is a collaborative affair. This is a new experience for you, and you may feel unsure. A good makeup artist and hairstylist should ask many questions, listen to your ideas and offer some tips. But remember this is your day. Don't be afraid to speak up and say what you feel. If your stylist in not listening or says no to your ideas and comments, run!
10. Carry a small handbag with you on your wedding day! I am often at weddings where the bride is leaving to get into the limo, and is stashing lip gloss, or tissues, or extra bobby pins in her Dad's suit jacket, or bridesmaids purses. Or worse - a plastic bag from Safeway (yes, this really happened!)
I hope this provides some useful tips for all you busy brides. Email if you would like additional information. I have been doing this for 25 years, and I just may know the answer to your question!