I asked a few of my favorite professional photogs what they had to say on the matter. Kelsey Malicote touted the importance of makeup "Photos can often wash you out, so it is helpful to have a little extra, know what I mean? Eyelashes, so important. They really open up your eyes and look great in photos. Also lip color; it helps to have a bolder lip than you may be use to. Throw out that old motto of less is more, more is more girl!" Claire Singleton with Claire and Barrett says “Professional hair and makeup can make or break photos on wedding day. Professional artists know how make-up translates to pictures. They are also able to provide looks that last through all the happy tears, hugs and kisses that you should be able to experience without thinking twice about whether your hair or makeup can hold up. Professional hair and makeup truly makes my job as a photographer so much easier!”
Thanks Kelsey and Claire!! Speaking of products that hold up—LipSense, heard of it? If not you should definitely ask me about it! It is my go to for bridal clients. No more lipstick marks on your hubby, or your champagne glass. Win-win.
Trial Run: What to Expect, and How to Best Prepare.
A trial run is very important when it comes to wedding day hair and makeup. A trial run not only puts you at ease, but your stylist as well! I suggest doing your trial run 30-45 days out from your wedding. This gives you ample time to prepare, look at pictures, gather your veil and any hairpieces, etc. I have found if you do trials too far in advance, you may change your mind on what you want, or forget completely what you even looked like, ha! I suggest coming to your trial with clean hair, and a makeup free and moisturized face. If you haven’t washed your hair in two days and have it in a bun on top of your head, it is going to be difficult for me to make you fabulous. Whoever is spreading the lie that “dirty hair is best” needs to cut it out. Not always the case my friends. I prefer clean hair any day, as I can use products to achieve what I need to. If you can, schedule your dress fitting around your hair and makeup trial, so you can see the look come together! It is hard to imagine how it is going to look when you have super fancy hair and makeup, and are wearing yoga pants. Also, this is very important. What if you are NOT happy with your trial? Let your stylist know, please! I am always thankful when a bride lets me know about adjustments that need to be made. I know this can be difficult, because you don’t want to hurt feelings, but a professional stylist will always welcome the feedback and appreciate the chance to make it right. I always tell my clients "I do this everyday, you will not hurt my feelings, so please let me know if we need to make any changes”. We stylists want you to be happy, so please communicate with us if you are not 100% happy!
Well, that was a novel. I apologize. I hope that this helps those of you getting married to be more knowledgeable going into the hair and makeup process! I think I have been most excited about creating this post! Now the big question, who is doing MY hair and makeup for my wedding?! Do you know this is the most common question I have been asked, so funny! I am actually going to do my own hair, and my super talented MUA friend Amelia Evans is going to do my makeup! We are going to get ready in my house, super laid back and chill. That is just how I have always imagined the day, really relaxed, just getting myself ready at my house. I can’t wait! 87 days Y’all!!
*All the ladies featured in this post are past clients of mine. If you need some more inspiration for hair and makeup looks, feel free to peruse my portfolio on our website, which can be found here!