-Bridal  Hair & Makeup Guide-

You're loved one proposed! Some ladies have been planning this day since they learned what a wedding is, playing dress-up and forcing your siblings to play along. Other people are having a severe anxiety attack at the thought of planning a wedding; you have to put your war face on while not turning into a bridezilla. Because let's face it, planning a wedding is tedious: cake tasting, finding the right venue, finding the perfect shade tablecloth, all while you have 100 other opinions being thrown in your face (Holy cow batman). Take a deep breathe! Find your zen place. As a seasoned hairstylist, I have had the pleasure of working with all types of brides & weddings. I am your hair guru here to assist and make this easier!


-Hair & Makeup  Trial-

Inspiration  Pictures
Literally bring all of the styles you like for hair and makeup, this way your stylist will be able to see what YOU like and there won't be any confusion the day of your wedding.

Fine  Details
Show pictures of your venue, accessories, veil, dress, colors, timeline, etc. This helps paint a visual picture of what your day should look like. I like to ask as many questions as I can think of to stay on the same page as my bride. It is good for your stylist to know who you are on a regular basis as well as who you want to be on your wedding day. If you don't ever wear eyeliner, you should probably go with a more neutral shade instead the typical black shade.

If your are allergic to anything you need to let your hair/makeup artist know! If you prefer to use your own personal makeup/hair products, bring them. Your stylist will understand because you need to feel comfortable the whole day. I always suggest bringing your own lipstick, this way you can do touch-ups as needed, or buy your stylists lipstick to keep, we have plenty!

Yourself  and  Others
I understand wanting to bring your loved ones to your trial, because you value their input, but make sure this person doesn't make you lose your sanity. Always be aware of the energy people put out, do you want that around you?

Things  to  Know:
Book your appointments 3 months to 3 weeks before you tie the knot. In this time frame before the wedding, your hair will most likely be the length you want it to be, which is a perfect time for a trial! If it isn't the length you want, ask your stylist about extensions.

You  Should  Wear Makeup, but  it  Shouldn’t   Wear  You
I’m especially speaking to my natural ladies. You'll want makeup, but you still want to look like yourself, just glammed up a bit.  Again, you need to be comfortable. If you have an issue with the look your stylist gives on the trial, communicate it, you'll be thankful later. Lashes, I always recommend false lashes! They look so good in pictures, on every. single. person. I have had the pleasure of styling. You're makeup artist will be able to enhance your best features.

You  are  Allowed  to  Have  More   Than   1   Trial.
Who said you could only have 1? WRONG. You book as many trials as needed so that you feel comfortable and happy with the outcome. Keep in mind you will most likely have to pay for multiple trials. If you don't love it, don't do it. (I have to say this to myself every time I go clothes shopping) Your hair/makeup artist will be able to help guide you in the right direction.

But  First,  Let  me  Take a Selfie
Pictures are a big deal for a wedding.  Be sure to take photos of yourself outside in natural light, indoors, etc. Makeup translates different in different lighting.  You want to be sure to love your look in every lighting.


-The  Wedding  Day-

Things to Bring and Keep in Mind
Bring the items you will be wearing: hair piece, veil, lipstick, pictures from the trial (although your stylist will already have the trial photos) You should wash/blow-dry your hair the day before. This way it isn't too clean or dirty, and it holds better through styling. If your hair gets oily quick, communicate this with your stylist so she is prepared. And ladies, spray tanning is a big culprit for uneven skin tones, and this translates into your photos. I suggest a lotion that has tanner in it (should only be 1-2 shades darker than your normal color). Or you can mix some of your foundation into lotion for best results.

Keep Tissues Handy (in your bra where everything else goes)  
Do not wipe your eyes! Dab the tissue in the corner before the tear falls to soak it up. If you are a crier, ask for waterproof makeup. You will have makeup not only on your face, but on your neck and chest. 


Now you are prepared to take this on with confidence and a clear mind. The stresses disappear as the wedding day approaches, although you will feel otherwise. After it is all said and done, you got married and you won't care if things went wrong because you get to spend the rest of your days with the person you love the most. And you will have beautiful memories to look back at with the photos you receive. Congratulations young padawan!