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Wedding Makeup

So what’s the secret to looking your very best all day, without caking on the makeup? The goal is to find a look that will enhance your natural beauty, not cover it up.

Wedding Makeup

In the hunt for the perfect look for your wedding day, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your wedding makeup artist will be able to understand what you’re after if you can show them a couple of pictures from fashion magazines that capture the colours and tones you like. Remember, your idea of autumn colours or pink and pretty might be quite different to what your makeup artist is thinking. Ultimately, makeup styles come and go, so you should aim for a more classic, timeless look.

Organise the Makeup Trial

At least three months out from your wedding, start looking for a wedding makeup artist and organise a consultation. They will assess your skin tone and select the best colours to bring out your natural features. If possible take in a swatch of your dress fabric to get the look exactly right, or even better, a photo of you in your wedding dress so the makeup artist can see your complete style.

Don’t hesitate to speak up if you don’t like what you see in the mirror! Makeup is easy to take off and reapply. Remember your makeup trial is the time to play around, get creative and try some different ideas.

Once you’ve settled on your look, get the makeup artist to write everything down including any makeup item you might need to purchase.

Tip#If you already have a shade of lipstick you would like to use, take it with you to the consultation so the makeup artist can work in with it. Also, if you’ve been using your tried and true waterproof mascara for years, don’t change, it will serve you well on your wedding day should the waterworks start!

On the Big Day

Recipe 101 for a great wedding day face - get a good night’s rest and go to bed early. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Before applying your foundation, moisturise your face. If you skin is dry, it will absorb the moisturiser and ensure your foundation lasts longer.

On the morning of your wedding, be the first to get your makeup done with the bridal party after you. You don’t want a stressed out and rushed wedding makeup artist working on you.

Take two lipsticks with you on your wedding day. For the ceremony, a fresh, neutral colour works well while a glossy finish is nice for the reception.

You want to look good from early in the morning till after the reception so you will need a wedding hairstyle that is easy to maintain and comfortable to wear all day long.

Wedding Hairstyles

To find the best cut or style, start by describing your dress to your wedding hair stylist or better yet, provide a photo of you wearing it. Also, describe the overall style of your wedding; is it relaxed beachside in bare feet or a more formal evening wedding?  Your wedding location will also influence the hairstyle you go for. Is it an outdoor wedding, with potential windy conditions or an indoor air conditioned room?

Browse through fashion magazines and online photo galleries to find a selection of bridal hairstyles you like. Bring your photo collection to your hair stylist appointment so they can get a better idea of what you’re after. Based on your face shape, dress style and overall theme of the wedding, your stylist will be able to suggest a number of hairstyles that will work for you.

Will you be wearing a bridal headpiece and veil?

Your hairstylist will need to incorporate this into your hairstyle and if you are planning on wearing it all day, make sure it’s easy to remove and reattach. Your bridesmaids can help you with this.

What about flowers?

Co-ordinate between your florist and hairstylist to create the right size and shape flowers for your hair and the design best way to attach them. Your florist can advise you on the best flowers to choose that will last throughout the day (no droopy flowers please!).

Wedding Hairstyles

Other hair pieces.

Besides the traditional wedding tiara and veil, there’s a huge range of beautiful hair pieces to choose from including clips, hair jewels, feathers, ornate hair combs and diamante headbands. If possible, bring them along with you to your hair trial.

Organise a trial.

We’ve all had bad hair days, but your wedding is not the day to have one! Take our advice and book a trial day with your stylist. Arrange your appointment in the morning and at the end of the day, assess your hairstyle.  Is it still in place? Feel comfortable? Was it easy to fix? How did it handle different weather conditions?

One last tip, if you want to see how your bridal hairstyle looks from all angles, have a friend take some photos so you can get the full picture. Happy styling!

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