It’s that time of year again when all things bride enter many of our lives. There’s nothing more exciting and stressful than planning your wedding day and how you are going to look the day of should not be one of those stresses. I have people ask me all the time why they should get their makeup done for their wedding day. There are a few answers and my number one is “dont you want to relax?” makeup and hair should be the last thing on your mind on the big day and hiring a professional team (if in your budget) is a luxury. The next response is, “my cousin Betty does great makeup and she will do it for free” Cousin Betty may be great at her own makeup and yours as well for a night on the town but when it comes to a professional photographer, bright lights, random tears and sweat cousin Betty may not have the tools to handle it. The fact is bridal makeup is not everyday makeup. You will look like yourself and natural but there are lots of tricks that we, makeup artists use to make you looko flawless all day. As trained artists we know how you are going to look in all kinds of lighting and how to make you look your best from all angles.
The next big question, “whats airbrush makeup and why do I need it?” Airbrush makeup is exactly what it sounds like, it is applied with an airbrush gun similar to ones you have seen for shirt making. Using trained techniques airbrushing gives you a flawless complexion in a long wearing weightless formula. Using different pressures makeup artists are able to contour and adjust certain areas of the skin to make you a beautiful even face. Most brides love it becasue you feel like there is nothing on your face. So you might now be thinking, “why can’t regular foundation do that?” Regular foundation can be just as flawless if applied correctly the biggest difference is the long wearing factor and how your skin feels. Airbrush is weightless and most traditional foundations can be felt on the skin. Another big difference is that airbrush foundation is waterproof and long wearing where as traditional foundations may not always be. If you choose traditional foundation be sure and ask your makeup artist if they are using a primer and waterproofing setting spray to make sure you dont lose that gorgeous face!
What if makeup is not in your budget? Dont dispair there are options. A popular service that I have provided over the years is teaching the bride to do her own makeup with her own products. Basically you have a private makeup session to learn how to make yourself flawless the day of. This is often an affordable choice for the budget friendly bride. The one thing that I must stress is beware of makeup counters! Not all but many of the girls at the counters are not trained professionals. No matter who or what you choose for you makeup be sure and do a run through so there are no surprises on the day of.
How do you know what to look for in a beauty team? You definitly want to see a portfolio of actual work and many brides recommend artists to one another after their weddings. Word of mouth is the best way to go. You know someone has used them and had a perfect result. The next step is making sure you are compatible with your beauty team. Remember these are the people you are going to be with at the last moments before you walk down the aisle. The last thing you need is someone who makes you nervous. You will know when you schedule your trial if it’s a good match. Look for someone who makes you comfortable and that you can laugh with. You will most likely be nervous so you need someone who can keep the mood light and easy.
Remember this is your big day and you want to be at your best on every level. The day of the wedding should be your day to relax and be pampered. Choosing a beauty team that fits your needs will make the day go much smoother and keep you from worrying about more than you need to. Below I have given you 6 month check list of what you need to be doing to prepare for one of best days of your life.
6 Months Before
Start a skin care regime. Schedule your first facial with an esthetician to get on a skin care plan that may include peels and/or microdermabrasion.
Now is the time to experiment with different cuts and colors. Once you find a look that you are comfortable with begin a hair care routine that includes regular deep conditioning treatments and trims every 4–6 weeks.
5 Months Before
If your nails are short, begin growing them out or consider nail enhancements such as acrylics. If you plan on having natural nails, begin monthly manicures and pedicures. This will ensure your nails are strong and look flawless for your wedding as well as serve as a nice break from all that wedding planning!
4 Months Before
Make your hair and make-up appointments for your trial and wedding day.
Make hair and make-up appointments for your bridesmaids and relatives as well.
2–3 Months Before
Continue skin care plan.
Research different hair and make-up styles you would like to try on your trial.
1 Month Before
Get your trial hair and make-up completed together. This allows enough time before the wedding if you want to try a new style but is close enough to keep your look fresh in your service provider’s mind.
2 Weeks Before
Get your final hair trim and deep conditioning treatment.
Touch up your color and/or highlights.
Receive your final facial.
1 Week Before
Receive any waxing services such as brow, lip, legs, etc. Also keep in mind getting a bikini wax – especially if you’re going somewhere tropical for your honeymoon. For the best results, waxing services should be performed on 3–4 weeks of hair growth. If you do not usually get waxed, begin a few months before your wedding day to avoid an adverse reaction to the wax.
Get a relaxing massage. Chances are it will be a nice relaxing break from all that last minute wedding planning!
Get an airbrush tan it gives it time to fade if its too dark and you can bronze again two to three days before your wedding if you like the tanned look.
1–2 Days Before
Get a body polish to gently exfoliate your skin. It gives brides that “glowing look”.
If you have nail enhancements, get a fill. If you have natural nails, get a manicure.
Receive a spa pedicure. Many brides opt for French polish on their toes to finish off their overall bridal look.
Receive your hair and make-up services. It is recommended that these be the only services you receive on your actual wedding day.
If you have any questions on finding a bridal beauty team feel free to message me. There are tons of great artists in the Dayton area!!