Good heavens! Is it Thursday already!?!? As hard as I try, I just can’t seem to make this week slow down! :-) Someone commented on yesterday’s post how the week before her daughter’s wedding was so nice because all the big stuff was done and all you really have to worry about is little last minute details and squeezing in your Spanx! LOL. While that completely cracked me up…I have to say there have been more than just a few “last minute details” to deal with this week. But, unfortunately, that’s because there were things I forgot to do! But, never fear, deadlines are my specialty! :-) I love the saying, “Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute!” It’s so true!! Luckily I’ve had a week of fantastic guest bloggers to help me keep my sanity as I play the part of crazy mother-of-the-bride!
Today we have another wonderful addition to the Wedding Week team! Megan Moore of The Beauty Snoop who is going to share with us her expert wedding hair and makeup tips.
Hello Jillee-readers! My name is Megan Moore and I am so excited to be with you today. I am a hair salon owner and beauty blogger over at TheBeautySnoop.com and today I am sharing my expert tips for achieving lasting beauty on your wedding day.
The Big Picture
When deciding on your hair and makeup for the big day, first take into account the overall ‘feel’ and theme of the event. Your beauty accents should be in-line with the theme and compliment your personality as well. If your wedding is rustic and outdoors, consider hair that is loose and undone, and maybe even skip the veil for a more casual look. Or if the wedding is an elegant black-tie affair, think about a sleek style that is timeless and polished. Although this may seem intuitive, sitting down and planning out the game plan ahead of time will help you get your desired results- and will aid your stylist and makeup artist in achieving the look and feel you are aiming for. A great way to narrow down your style is to not only use bridal magazines for dress shopping, but also to find hair and makeup looks that make you stop and say ‘ooh!’ Tear those pictures out for your planning book too, so you have an easy way to show your beauty team. Or create a Pinterest board specific to your wedding beauty favorites.
Elements To Consider
For the best results on your wedding day remember to keep in mind these important factors.
The time of year, the temperature and humidity, the wind… all mean big consequences if not planned for. If you’re Summer wedding is outdoors- I suggest a style that is up off of the neck so heat and humidity don’t cause a comfort meltdown. Fall weddings often bring wind, so opt for a style that is pinned back near the face keeping strands away from your eyes and mouth. And on that same note remember that wind and sticky lips don’t mix! Keep lipstick matte and goop free, so that you don’t end up with a mouth full of hair in your lasting pictures. Indoor weddings will have more flexibility for style and makeup options, but be sure your makeup is bright enough to stand up to the harsh flash needed for indoor photography.
Keep in mind the hours between your get-ready routine until the actual walk down the aisle. Depending on your schedule it may be just a few, or it may be a whole day. Hair and makeup usually looks its’ best within three hours of application. So if possible schedule beauty prep close to the actual event time so you look fresh. Mothers and bridesmaids should be scheduled first, followed by ample time for assisting the bride.
But, in cases where the day is longer opt for styles that have lasting power. Braids, twists and secured curls will hold for days- while loose long curls will begin to droop after a few hours (especially in outdoor settings) so they may not be your best option. Some brides will take a break from their activities in between the ceremony and reception, to change into their dancing shoes and remove their veil- this is a great time for a hair switch as well. You can throw those loose curls into a more casual chignon and forget about any fuss for the rest of the evening.
I also recommend using a makeup primer beforehand and setting spray after makeup application, it will help lock makeup in place through all of the above mentioned elements, so have those on hand for everyone in the wedding party.
If your event takes you from morning to night- you may be making some wardrobe changes throughout the day. Plan ahead to make these seamless and easy. Start by dressing in the appropriate undergarments before anything else (sounds silly, but you try taking off a sports bra without ruining your hair and makeup, and you’ll know what I mean!) Next, be sure you get your hair and makeup put on while wearing a robe or a button down shirt that can come off without going over the head. Finally practice placing your veil or head pieces in and out a couple of times so you are familiar with how they attach and where they should be placed so they stay comfortable and secure on the head. You’ll want to be able to remove them without disrupting your hair, so be sure you’ve discussed it with your stylist before hand.
Makeup can wander from your face to your dress if you aren’t careful- so always use a towel to place over your face while sliding in and out of your dress if it goes on over the head. Likewise if you are adding any makeup to your chest and neck, tuck a towel in at the neckline and shoulder area of the dress to protect it from transfer during application.
When I am consulting with a bride, I always recommend to them that they choose hair and makeup that is consistent with their everyday selves. You should never show up to your wedding looking like someone else. Your groom loves you for the way you look everyday- so walking down the aisle looking like a plastic version of yourself may cause him to be surprised in a not-so-good way. Although you should amp up the volume for pictures and because hey, it’s your wedding after all – stick with colors that you already wear, just add a little more drama.
If you are more comfortable wearing your hair down near your face every day- there is no reason for you to have a giant updo at the wedding. If you are a ponytail wearing sportster, please don’t feel as though you need to wear spiral curls and rosey cheeks. And just because your mom imagines you wearing a cathedral veil and a tiara, you may feel more beautiful and true to yourself wearing a pearl broach behind one ear (sorry mom).
A bride who is confident and glowing from the inside will always look stunning on the outside. So stay true to yourself, keep the feel consistent with the theme of the wedding, and wear a little more lipstick than usual- and your wedding day will be nothing but successful!
Thanks for reading, and please stop by my blog for a dose of honest and fun beauty. I share my expert tips and favorite beauty finds, plus lots of inspiration and giveaway madness.
Thank you so much Megan. Such great advice on being your true self so that you’re glowing from the inside out on your big day!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a topic *I* am going to be VERY interested in….How To Look Your Best In Wedding Pictures! :-)