Hunting for my wedding dress was a one and done deal but I’ve gone back and forth on my hair/makeup for months. I’ve decided I’m going to do my own because in the end, that’s what I feel most comfortable with. You need to feel comfortable on your wedding day. If you haven’t already worked with the hairstylist or MUA that you’ll be using, make sure you have a trial.
Deciding on Your Hair and Makeup:
- Don’t deviate too far from your normal look: I think your wedding day should be your look with extra fairy dust. Elevate what you normally do so you feel like yourself. If you aren’t into the typical bridal look–soft skin, neutral pinks, liquid liner, then don’t do it. You should feel like the best version of yourself.
- Pin away: I still love Pinterest for brainstorming and think it can be really useful to help figure out what you like if you’re confused. Whatever you’re searching for–kitchen counters, hairstyles, rings, go crazy pinning and then look at your board to find the common theme between the images.
- Have your trial(s) and fitting on the same day: I had my hair trial and first fitting on the same day. It was so helpful to get the full picture of my look and can help you decide if anything about your hair needs to change with the dress.
I thought that I’d wear my hair down for a long time but ended up decided I wanted it up. I saw Jennifer Lawrence’s engagement party and immediately knew that was the hair I wanted. When you’re looking at inspiration photos for hair and makeup, try and find people whose face shape and coloring is similar.
My friend Bailey is doing my hair and she knocked it out of the park at my trial. She immediately got what I was going for–a low, messy bun that looks natural yet polished. I had this style in my hair all day and not only did it hold up, but the pins didn’t hurt. If things hurt or pinch as you’re going, make sure you speak up as you go and not at the end.
I have a cut and color the week of the wedding to brighten up my blonde just a little bit. If you are going to have a veil, make sure you have that at your trial to test everything out. Another option if you’re changing dresses or just want a different look at the reception – have your hair stylist curl your hair well before the updo so you can take it down for the reception.
I love glowy, smoky makeup with really fresh, dewy skin. However, for photos I know that I’ll need something a little more refined and long-lasting. Honestly, I’ll probably be a little glowy by the end of the night anyway and that’s fine by me.
Some of my makeup inspirations: Ashley Benson, the Olsen twins and Jennifer Lawrence (again). All of these people have a rounder face shape and similar coloring so when I look for inspiration, I know that certain looks or styles will *roughly* look similar on me.
I think this look from MUA Ashley Morales is stunning. The skin is clean, fresh, with lots of blush and glow. I’ll have lash extensions so that my lashes will be poppin’ all week, and so I don’t have to stress with lash glue on the day of.
Here is some of the makeup I’m planning on using:
Face Makeup: Physician’s Formula Healthy Foundation | Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | NARS Soft Matte Concealer |Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone