When preparing for a wedding, it’s all too easy to forget minor details, like what to pack in your makeup bag. Thankfully, a little careful planning ahead of time can help prevent last-minute snafus, like smudged eyeliner or a shortage of bobby pins. Even if you’re hiring a hairdresser and makeup artist to help get you glowing on your wedding day, it’s still important to create a foolproof game plan for your bridal look. That way you can face your groom fresh-faced and feeling beautiful, not frantic.
Do Have a Practice Run
If you’re hiring a makeup artist and/or hairstylist it’s advisable to have a test run with them before your actual wedding day. This way you can make sure you’re on the same page, beauty-wise, and it will help take some of the stress out of an already hurried day. This also gives your stylists plenty of time to pick up special tools or makeup shades they may need to make you look your best.
Planning this makeup and hair trial for the same day as your bridal portraits is a great idea, because not only can you get to know your wedding professionals, in advance, you’ll also get to see exactly how well (or how poorly) your makeup photographs, which is important.
*Just make sure you don’t forget your accessories, since you’ll want to see exactly what you’ll look like on your wedding day. This is especially important if you plan to wear a veil, headband, tiara, etc.
Don’t Try to Fight Nature
Finally, while straight-haired girls want curls, and such is life, your wedding day is not the time to try to fight nature, either the genes your mom gave you or Mother Nature with capital letters. Put simply, it can cause way more trouble than it’s worth.
If you have stick straight hair that won’t hold a curl, don’t try to defy your reality and ask your stylist for ringlets. You’re only likely to end up with a gallon of hair spray and flat hair during the reception. The opposite is true, too. If you have naturally curly hair, don’t try to fight it. Instead have your stylist work with the curls, to create a do that will hold well throughout the “I Do’s” and the dancing, without getting frizzy.
*Getting married in the heat of summer? Consider an updo that will help you keep your cool, and opt for minimal makeup that won’t quickly melt off. Winter wedding? Don’t skimp on the moisturizer!