How you want your hair and makeup to look on your special day is a huge decision. Up or down? Polished or tousled? Smokey dramatic eye or a soft natural look? It can be quite overwhelming searching through pictures on Pintrest or the internet, so here's a few things to keep in mind and hopefully help you with your decision making, and also know what to do to prepare for your beauty services.
1. Book in for your trial at least 3 weeks before your event if possible. We spend as much time as we need on your trial day going through your options, showing you different ideas, but sometimes even if that day you leave thinking, "yes this soft, down style is what I want", something might change your mind or maybe you might not want to risk the weather affecting your curls. At least having room to possibly have another trial done in say, an updo, is an option.
Also try to have an open mind during the trial. We will most likely be playing around with different ideas which will disturb the curl and may make it a bit frizzy, so it won't be as perfected as I will have it on the wedding day.
2. Be realistic with pictures. When you find a picture of a hairstyle or makeup you like, question if that person has the same hair type, skin tone, face shape, eye shape etc. All of these play a huge role weather the style is going to suit you or not. Surprisingly a hairstyle on a blonde will look completely different on a brunette. Blonde hair is more light reflective than darker hair and detailing will stand out a lot more on blonde hair. Some styles look big and full, but you may not have the amount of hair the style requires. Extensions defiantly help with the matter, but you should keep that in mind. During our trial I will make suggestions and explain what will or will not work with your hair, skin and features.
3. Add highlights or low lights to your hair color
I always suggest to brides that are brunette, to have highlights done, or blondes to add lowlights with their pre-wedding color. This will add dimension and emphasize the details in your hair style and will really pick up beautifully in pictures. I have a full home based salon where I do colors and cuts, so if you would like your hair style to reflect the dimension and detail especially in your wedding photos, just let me know and I would be glad to book you in. 1-2 weeks before your wedding is recommended so be sure to book in advance.
4. You know your hair best. Is your hair fine and doesn't hold curl well? Does it go wild with humidity? If you are concerned about your curls falling out or your hair going frizzy if it's a hot day, you might want to lean towards having your hair all up or at least half pinned. We do use high quality styling products that do an exceptional job of retaining curl, but there is only so much we can do on a humid day when your hair is fine or curl resistant. For those of you with natural curl, do you want to utilize your own curl in the style for a natural look, or do you want it smoothed out with polished formed curls? Our number one goal is to ensure you and your crew are pleased with the outcome, so the more info we have about your hair tendencies the easier it is for us to make suggestions and customize your style.
5. Brides, don't leave yourself to go last. You may think, "If I go last to get my hair and makeup done, then it will be fresh and last longer.", but as the clock ticks, and if we happen to be running behind, I do not want us both to feel rushed. I want to spend the most time on you because that is most important. Then once we're done the group I can always make touch ups if needed and help you with your veil placement. We usually like to start the bride in the middle, so your neither first nor last depending on your group size.
6. Prepare your hair and face before we arrive. Everyone having their hair done, needs to have their hair 100% dry. Curl will not last if it has even the slightest amount of moisture. I recommend using some product after you last wash it, such as a gel or mouse and blow it dry. I don't recommend washing it the morning of, as your hair may still not hold curl well. Anyone who has naturally curly or frizzy hair, it is very helpful for us if you can pre-straighten your hair before hand. It gives us a smooth canvas to work with and saves a lot of time as we do not account for any prep work when we figure out timing.
If you are having your makeup done, be sure it is free of previous makeup and if you have your own moisturizer, apply that as well.
Exfoliate your lips in the morning with a lip scrub, or you can also use sugar and coconut oil.
Last of all, don't forget to book in to wax those brows a few days before the event!
7. It's ok to pass if your eyes say no. If your eyes are very sensitive, water easily, or flinch a lot, you may want to opt out of having false lashes, or smokey eye makeup. It is very difficult to apply lashes on someone who flinches a lot, so glue is bound go all over the place which makes for a long cleanup process. If they water easily, the glue cannot set properly. The smokey look is also very difficult to apply on someone who waters or flinches easily.
I hope these tips have helped you with your event planning, and if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact us!