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Get Going on Hair and Makeup For the Big Day

All right, so you're engaged. You might even have your dress and maybe even the cake all picked out, but one of the things most brides put off is deciding what to do about their hair and makeup for the big day. Because, after all, how do you begin to choose? For some tips on how to make sure your hair and makeup are the way you've always dreamed of on the big day,

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  • Start early Ideally, you need to begin your search at least three to six months in advance. You might have to do trial runs with a few different stylists before deciding on one, and this can take time to book. If you are getting married during a popular time of year, you don't want to select the perfect stylist only to discover that they are already booked the day of your wedding! Moral of the story: As with all things wedding related, the sooner you get this taken care of, the better.
  • Use your friends If you know someone who has gotten married in your area, use her as a resource for information. Why do all the leg work when someone else has already been through it? While her choice of stylist might not necessarily be yours as well, at the very least she can help you steer clear of places that were a total disaster.
  • Do your homework Call the salons in your area and ask if they specialize in bridal hair and makeup. If they say yes, ask if they have portfolios available of their work. If you live near a department store, stop by and get a few makeovers from your favorite brands, and if you love any of their work, see if they offer out-of-store makeup applications.
  • Ask questions — and expect to have them asked back You should always interview potential candidates. There's no need to bring on the inquisition, but a couple of questions (how many weddings have they worked on, do they have experience with updos, etc.) are totally normal and expected. Also make sure to ask about pricing, transportation to the wedding site, cost for them to primp your bridesmaids/mother of the bride as well, and whether or not they can stay to touch up your makeup for the pictures. An experienced hair and makeup stylist should be asking you questions in return about the neckline of your dress, whether or not you will be wearing a veil, the time of day/lighting of your wedding, etc.
  • Schedule a trial Once you've narrowed down a few of your favorites, arrange trial runs of the looks they have in mind for you. Don't be afraid to bring pictures of what you envision as your ideal wedding look. A good artist will ask you how you like things as they are going along, so she can adjust to your personal style. If you end up hating the look, you don't have to go with that stylist! Just thank her and then notify the salon you have chosen some one else for the big day. Under no circumstances should you feel obligated to choose someone who gave you a face of makeup you hate or a hideous hairstyle.

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kellibee kellibee 7 years
I am dreading trying to find someone to do my hair and makeup bc I am a natural girl and don't get glam very often. I want to look like a better version of me, not someone I can't recognize in the mirror (or in the pictures).
Sofiababy Sofiababy 7 years
i agree Crystal- why would someone else doing your make-up make you not look like yourself? they're professionals, and they know what theyre doing! its such a treat and like someone else said-one less thing to worry about. also, some people dont usually wear make-up and arent very skilled at applying it. but of course, you have to interview a good amount to make sure they meet your standards. any good make-up or hairstylist will ask you to show her what you normally wear and ask you for pictures when you think you looked your best. she should stick close to what you feel accustomed to and only take it up a few notches and tweak it just a bit to make you that much more gorgeous. one should never deviate too far from their comfort zone on their wedding day! if you normally go for neutral lips and smoky eyes- she should NOT swipe on thick red lipstick and minimal eye make-up. itll throw everyone off, including yourself! when my boyfriends sister was getting married i interviewed people like it was my day job. she never wears make-up so it was really important for me to find someone who could make her look like the best version of herself. needless to say, she looked divine :D
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 7 years
I'm having my makeup and hair done as well as my bridesmaids. We will all look like ourselves so I'm not sure what that comment is all about. It will be fun to treat ourselves and one less thing to worry about. Also since I don't wear alot of makeup daily I think it will be fun to glam it up for my big day!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I wore my hair like I normally do only better. Usually I just let it air dry curly with a little product in it. On my wedding day I straightened it and re-curled sections and it looked great. It's best to look like yourself. As for makeup I practiced mine a few times for nights out and then did it on my own on the big day. It came out great and I knew that it wouldn't be messed up with someone else doing it.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I wore my hair like I normally do only better. Usually I just let it air dry curly with a little product in it. On my wedding day I straightened it and re-curled sections and it looked great. It's best to look like yourself. As for makeup I practiced mine a few times for nights out and then did it on my own on the big day. It came out great and I knew that it wouldn't be messed up with someone else doing it.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
thanks, elle!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
thanks, elle!
elle-j elle-j 7 years
it is only a faux pas if you think it is, do what makes you feel good about yourself and makes you happy!!!
elle-j elle-j 7 years
it is only a faux pas if you think it is, do what makes you feel good about yourself and makes you happy!!!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Why is tiara and long hair such a faux pas?
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
good tips, bella. for the DIY enthusiasts, i think you can have your hair/makeup done professionally and still look like yourself. i'm planning on doing this because i want to look like the best version of myself, not like someone else! i don't want to have to spend my day being concerned about getting my unruly hair to behave (it's a frizz factory), or wondering if my makeup will look right in the photos.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
good tips, bella. for the DIY enthusiasts, i think you can have your hair/makeup done professionally and still look like yourself. i'm planning on doing this because i want to look like the best version of myself, not like someone else! i don't want to have to spend my day being concerned about getting my unruly hair to behave (it's a frizz factory), or wondering if my makeup will look right in the photos.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
My wedding hair was almost a disaster. My first trial run for my bridals was not at all what I wanted and the lady was a total flake. Thank GOD my bridals got rained out so I could get my hair redone the next day by someone with a clue! And Sampson is totally right. You HAVE to make sure it's the same person. As for makeup - I did it myself. I don't wear a lot so I didn't want to look like a clown. I did practice ahead of time though.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
My wedding hair was almost a disaster. My first trial run for my bridals was not at all what I wanted and the lady was a total flake. Thank GOD my bridals got rained out so I could get my hair redone the next day by someone with a clue! And Sampson is totally right. You HAVE to make sure it's the same person.As for makeup - I did it myself. I don't wear a lot so I didn't want to look like a clown. I did practice ahead of time though.
omlove omlove 7 years
I meant look like in the above comment ...ooops
omlove omlove 7 years
I agree with Kim ....I think you should like like yourself on your wedding day. I stylist will not have that personal touch that you will coz only you really know yourself.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
Make sure if you wear a tiara you either have short hair or have your hair up. It is a HUGE FAUX PAS to wear a tiara with your long hair down. A lot of people don't know this. I watch those wedding shows and cringe!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 7 years
Oh please. Do your own hair and make-up and look like yourself.
Sampson60 Sampson60 7 years
When you go for a consultation/trial run and they do your hair and/or makeup it is a good idea to ask them that if you choose them, will the same person who did your initial consultation be the one there on your wedding day to do your hair/makeup. If you sign a contract make sure that it says who specifically will be doing it. I have had experience with friends who didn't, and they got a totally different person on the big day. While that may not matter to some, the reason why you have trial runs is for the stylist to get to know your hair! :)
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