Coming to a final decision about the feel of your wedding day can be a daunting task. Between follow-up phone calls, dress fittings and finishing up handcrafted details, you may be distracted from your hair and makeup for the big day. So, rather than considering your beauty consultations as simply items to check off your list, use them as a time to relax and be pampered. When deciding on hair and makeup styling, remember that your fiancé fell in love with you and wants to see you walking down the aisle, not someone unrecognizable. Follow these easy suggestions to be well prepared for your hair and makeup sessions, and also truly enjoy them.
When considering your wedding makeup, keep in mind that less is more. Your wedding day is not the time to debut a new smoky eyeshadow or bright red lip color if you’ve never worn them before. It is important to show your true self on your wedding day, so follow these steps to guarantee and flawless look when you walk down the aisle.
Wear your everyday makeup. On the day of your consultation, wear your everyday makeup to your appointment rather than showing up fresh-faced or overdone. Your makeup artist will use this to gauge how much makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis and come up with a perfect balance between done and overdone. If your daily routine includes only wearing concealer and mascara, discuss some neutral eyeshadow colors and light lip gloss options. If you love to wear eyeliner and darker shades, your makeup artist will see that you do not shy away from a bold look and can consider this when discussing options for the day of your wedding.
Bring photos. Bring a few inspiring images with you, such as photos of celebrities or Pinterest finds. Do not hesitate to pick and choose certain elements from different images. Explain what you like and do not like about each. You may love the rosy cheeks on one and a full lash line on another. Most women have a difficult time describing their makeup wishes, so bringing along an image or two can illustrate a better picture of your makeup artist to follow on your big day!
Plan a night out. The best way to test the longevity of your makeup and to fully enjoy your consultation is to plan an evening out with friends or go on a date with your fiancé the same evening. This will not only serve as a test to see if you love sporting those false lashes for a few hours, but you will experience an extended wear time, giving you a feel for how your makeup will look after a turn or two on the dance floor and a few bites of cake. Snapping a few images of yourself is also a great way to see how comfortable you feel with the results. You want your makeup to look flawless, all the while highlighting your gorgeous features. Be certain to take note of any changes you would like to make after this test and communicate them clearly with your makeup artist.
Much like your makeup, your wedding-day hairstyle should be comfortable and reflect your personality and fashion sense. The person walking down the aisle should be the one your fiancé fell for, not someone with a radical new haircut or extra-long extensions. Be true to yourself and wear your hair in a style that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
Hair Care. Many hair stylists will agree that your “day-after” hair is typically the best to style. By not arriving with freshly-washed, squeaky-clean hair, your stylist will have some texture and body to work with. As always, when scheduling your consultation, ask your stylist for their preference.
Come one, not all. Since most salons are smaller spaces, it can quickly become distracting and intimidating for a stylist to practice your wedding-day style with a crowd of bridesmaids or family members surrounding the chair. By bringing one or two select guests, you will relieve pressure and boost the enjoyment of your first session. Remember that this is a practice run-through, not the actual day, so a formal hairstyle might feel slightly out of place in jeans and a T-shirt. While you should be very satisfied with your bridal hairstyle before leaving the salon, it is not the time to obsess over every bobby pin in your updo. Focus on how comfortable you feel with the style, how long the look will last throughout the day and if you have any desired changes to the volume or curl.
Bring Your Accessories. If you plan to wear a veil or other hair accessory, don’t forget to bring it along with you to your consultation. Allowing your stylist to practice with the piece in advance will ensure that the appointment on your wedding day goes seamlessly. Also, you will have the chance to try different positions for your veil or accessory and then snap a few photos of these looks to decide which you prefer for the main event.
Wear Makeup. If you are able to schedule your hair and makeup consultation back-to-back, be sure to at least wear your everyday makeup to your hair consultation. Wearing makeup will allow you to feel more comfortable visualizing your bridal look, and your hairstylist can consider your personal beauty routine while styling your hair.
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