In my years as a wedding planner, I’ve encountered many a styling “emergency.” From torn gowns to shoes that didn’t fit, there has been no shortage of problems to solve! When it comes to hair and makeup tips, however, I prefer to leave that up to the experts. Today I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve learned from professional wedding hair and makeup artists over the years.
1. Decide early what you’d like your hair to look like on the wedding day. If you want a long style, you’ll have to grow your hair out or get extensions.
2. Get a trial run about three months before the wedding. No matter who is doing your hair and makeup on the wedding day, schedule a time to have a trial run. This will make everything go more smoothly because the stylist will already know which colors and products to use.
3. Wear sunscreen and avoid self-tanning. Especially close to the wedding day, you don’t want to burn your skin or make unsightly tan lines. If you feel you need more pigment in your skin tone, exfoliate and then have an expert apply the color.
4. Wear as many oil-free makeup products as possible, especially if you’re likely to perspire. You should also carry an oil-blotting sheet for use between pictures.
5. Pay attention to that beautiful smile. If you’re prone to yellowing, consider using an at-home whitening kit a couple of weeks before the wedding so you’re photo-ready on the big day.
1. Try anything new less than two weeks before the wedding…no new makeup, face wash, skin treatments, etc. The last thing you want is an allergic reaction right before the big day!
2. Change your hair color any later than one week before the wedding. You’ll want to make sure new color oxidizes as expected and suits your skin tone.
3. Overindulge. Weddings are surrounded by celebrations that often involve alcohol (showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners), but alcohol can cause bloating, something no one wants on their wedding day. You should also avoid too much caffeine, as it can dehydrate you and cause dark circles under your eyes.
4. Be shy with the makeup. The camera and lighting will tend to wash out most people, so you’ll want to wear heavier makeup on the wedding day than you would otherwise.
5. Panic if you see a blemish. Your wedding stylist will know how to conceal the problem areas. Just one more reason you hired them for your big day!
We’d love to hear your wedding hair and makeup styling tips. Please share some in the comments.