WEDDING DAY HAIR & MAKEUP
I am a hair and makeup artist, as well as a professional photographer. My goal in styling hair and makeup is to consider the perspective of the photographer and the final images. The advice I’m sharing in this post will not only help you look your best, but it will help your photographer make you look your best.
When it comes to your hair and makeup, be yourself. Your wedding is not the day to do something “out of the norm”. You want to recognize yourself in your photos. Don’t let other people sway you into looking the way they envision you to be. You should always stay true to your own personal style.
Have your artist emphasize your best features in a style that fits you. For your makeup, pick one feature to emphasize, your lips or eyes.
Pump up the amount of makeup so it doesnʼt disappear in the photographs. Trust me, a little more is okay.
Choose a great artist and have a trial makeup appointment. It’s well worth the money to know you will love the finished look on your wedding day
I suggest airbrush because of the flawless finish and longevity.
Makeup and photo Jacquetta Style, Hair Eric Gomez
Exfoliate your body and face for weeks leading up to your wedding. I love to make my own exfoliant for the face with coconut oil and sugar, and coconut oil and coffee grounds for the body. Another great way to exfoliate your lips is with and old toothbrush and salve.
Have the artist curl your lashes, use waterproof mascara, and apply false lashes. If you plan to well up with emotion be prepared with a hanky and lightly dab – donʼt rub the moisture from your face and eyes.
Don’t forget the brows. They frame those “windows to the soul”. If you have a stylist that waxes your brows, your pre-wedding wax should be 2-3 days before the wedding. This goes for all your pre-wedding waxing.
Teeth whitening is another great way to highlight the smile on your face. This is the day when everyone will be looking at it.
Remember the scarf. Drape the scarf over your hair and face as you slip the dress over your head, and you will keep from transferring makeup to the dress.
Make sure your hair color is fresh (one week before), and don’t get crazy and try anything new.
Your hair should be slightly dirty (one day) for your wedding style if you want it to have some volume/hold, and clean if you are just going to wear it down and natural.
It’s important to remember that whatever you do to your hair will be undone later when you are alone with your new spouse. If you add extra hair to you style, you will be taking it out with him. If you plaster it with spray, he wonʼt be able to run his hands through it when you take it down.
Keep these essential items in a sweet bridal hand bag: oil absorbing strips, touchup lip color and pencil (if you aren’t using a long wearing lip stain), and a mirror compact.