Welcome to the first official blog post in my wedding series! Of course, it had to be style related (you know the score by now!) and talking about my hair and make-up choices for the big day seemed like the perfect place to start. I feel that these kinds of posts were a little different a few years ago; the world of bridal style in 2018 can feel pretty complicated, so I’m going to try my best to keep things straightforward. I’ll be sharing my fuss-free tips on every decision I made on the beauty front for our wedding, along with photos from our fabulous wedding photographer Sarah Horton.
Should I Do My Own Wedding Hair & Make Up?
This decision was one I made quite early on in the wedding planning process. I couldn’t be happier that I asked Bethany from The Vintage Beauty Parlour to do my hair and make-up for me on the wedding day – I just didn’t want the stress of trying to get myself looking tip top on the morning of our big day. I understand the worry about someone else taking the reins, especially if you have a particular way of doing your make-up or hair, but that’s what a trial appointment is for! Bethany made the whole process so easy for me (we had SO much fun on the wedding morning too!) and created a look that made me feel super special and every inch the bride whilst still being very ‘me’. More on that shortly!
If you do decide to book a make-up artist and/or hair stylist, my best advice would be:
- Check out their previous work and try to read some client testimonials – better still, ask for a recommendation from a friend whose wedding photos you loved. I knew Bethany from working with her on a couple of modelling shoots and adored her way of working!
- Go to your trial as prepared as you can be. Take photos and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Plus, never be worried to ask for tweaks and adjustments to your look – your make-up artist/hair stylist wants you to look and feel amazing, and that means different things to different people.
- Do your research about different techniques. For example, I noticed a lot of bridal make-up artists around Cheshire use airbrush foundation and I’m just not keen on it – this is also a good way to narrow down your search, as there are so many stylists to choose from!
On the flip side, if you decide to do your own make-up and hair:
- Practise, practise, practise! You don’t want to be trying something brand new on your wedding day, so make sure you’ve got your routine and timings down to avoid any unnecessary stress on the day.
- Make sure you’ve got plenty of space to get ready. Wedding mornings can be a bit of a whirlwind – the last thing you’ll need is for that whirlwind to be happening around you whilst you’re trying to perfect that eyeliner flick or hair clip position.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a beauty-loving bridesmaid or friend. Just be sure to give them plenty of notice that you’d like a hand, rather than dropping this task on them at 9am on the wedding morning!
How Do I Decide On My Wedding Make-Up?
I was so happy to see that my view on this topic was reinforced by Bethany when we were planning out my bridal make-up look. I’m a firm believer in doing what you actually love, rather than what’s expected of you, and when it comes to wedding style this becomes even more important. There’s a difference between loving a look in general and loving a look on you, and it’s important to get that distinction right (another reason why a trial appointment is so important!).
I absolutely adored my wedding make-up. My best advice:
- Think about the make-up look that make you feel AMAZING. For me, that is smokey eyes, flawless skin, defined cheekbones and natural lips. Through choosing products like a hydrating Charlotte Tilbury foundation and a your-lips-but-better Illamasqua lipgloss, Bethany created my dream look and I felt like a million dollars. Don’t compromise just because you have a particular view of what bridal make-up should look like – it’s your face at the end of the day, and you need to feel like the best version of you.
- Give your make-up artist as much information as you can, or be mindful of your beauty needs if you’re creating your own look. I was sure to let Bethany know that my skin can be quite dry, that I’m all about the eyes and that I’m not a big fan of blush. By getting this out there you’re not being a diva or too particular, you’re actually being helpful and making life easier for everyone involved.
- Keep a little pouch with essentials in handy on the day (my auntie looked after mine for me). Concealer, your lip product, a balm…these will be super useful at some point during your wedding day, particularly after your meal or having a little too much fun on the dance floor!
Which Wedding Hair Style Is Best For Me?
Now in slight contrast to what I discussed on the make-up front, I think finding new inspiration for your wedding hair can be beneficial. This is simply because most people don’t tend to do a whole lot to their hair on a daily basis, but your wedding day is a time when you want it to look spot on from noon until midnight. My wedding hairstyle was pretty bold but still very much ‘me’ – it was a bridal twist on my favourite style, which can be easily summed up: long, blonde and curly!
Here’s how I found my perfect wedding hair style:
- I took to Pinterest to gather some initial inspiration based on my favourite hair look. I knew I wanted to have my hair mostly down with a little pinned up, so it was easier to narrow down my search. Searching for styles that looked amazing on long blonde hair was ideal, as it gives you the most accurate idea of what it could look like on you. Definitely bear in mind your hair length and colour!
- Think about your dress and accessories. With my dress being so dramatic, I didn’t want my hair to look a bit lost and lifeless in comparison. I also made sure that the style would work with and without a veil as I hadn’t quite decided on this element; my pink rose hair comb was actually one I found on an Etsy shop called Lulu In The Sky (after seeing a similar one on my Pinterest hair inspo photo). Everything does end up falling into place and coming together once each style point is confirmed.
- I definitely tweaked the style and actually had two trials with Bethany to make sure it was exactly what I had in mind. This was because I hadn’t put enough thought into the finer details of what I wanted before my first trial, so be sure to give this decision the time it needs ahead of any practises.
Final Wedding Hair & Make-Up Tips
That’s about all of the wedding hair and make-up wisdom I have to share, but please do leave me any other questions in the comments below! For a final couple of thoughts…
- If you’re really stuck on which styles to go for, sit down with your mum, sister, bridesmaids or a close friend and look through photos where you feel especially awesome about your look. Picking out elements and identifying what makes you feel great will help you to choose your wedding look.
- Breaking a look down into different elements (e.g. eyes, skin, lips – or hair length, basic style etc) and identifying what you really love can help you to build a fuller picture of your dream hair or make-up outcome. It’s a great starting point!
What do you think of my wedding hair and make-up looks?