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Bridal Hair and Makeup Q&A

Below are the most commonly asked questions I get regarding bridal hair and makeup!

When should I wash my hair?

It is best to wash your hair the morning before your wedding. Day old hair is best for hold as the natural oils and product buildup give grit and de-slick the hair.

Should I trim my hair before my wedding?

Yes, determine tendrils and length with your bridal hair specialist at your hair trial. I typically suggest trimming dead ends and de-bulking heavy weight in hair about a month prior to the wedding if needed. If tendrils are desired, face-framing layers can be added.

Should I dye my hair before my wedding?

It is important to consider the look you want to stand the test of time as you reminisce years later on your wedding photos. I recommend natural color enhancement with balayage highlights about two shades lighter to accentuate the detail in your bridal hair styling.

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What are my options for adding length or volume to my bridal hairstyle?

Hair extensions are a great option for adding quick length or volume to your wedding up or down-do. For a less expensive option, visit your local beauty supply or shop online to get matched for clip-in extensions. In this case, be sure that the hair is not synthetic so that it is heatproof. For longer-term, more custom options, ask your hair artist what hair extension services they offer and if it may be an option for you.

What is the difference between airbrush and traditional makeup?

Photography by @heather.marie.leicy

Traditional makeup refers to cream or powder foundation that is applied with a brush or a sponge. Airbrush makeup is a liquid product that comes in a large variety of custom shades. It is best for skin tone blending and blemish coverage. The beauty of airbrush makeup is that it is applied with a tool that sprays the product in a super fine mist, allowing for as light or full coverage as desired. Airbrush makeup photographs beautifully and is the most durable option to last through your wedding day festivities.

What is the difference between strip lashes, cluster lashes, and individual eyelash extensions?

Strip lashes are those that are applied to the skin as one piece and only last for the day. Cluster lashes are small bundles that are applied piece by piece for a more natural, custom look. Cluster lashes can be applied with adhesive that lasts one day or an adhesive that lasts up to two weeks. Individual eyelash extensions are the most natural and longest lasting option. Service time for individual lashes is approximately 3 hours for a full set. With proper application and maintenance, they can last 4-6 weeks. Faux eyelash options are extensive, be sure to speak with your lash technician for more details and to determine which option is best for you!

What can I do to have glowing skin on my wedding day?

Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin. Regular exfoliation, a healthy diet, and rest are also important steps to achieve that perfect wedding day glow. Make sure to schedule facials and waxing services a few days out to avoid bumps and redness.

Photography by @charcompany

Should I do anything to prepare for makeup day-of?

Be sure to discuss any skin sensitivities with your makeup specialist at the time of your makeup trial. If you have preferred makeup prep products such as moisturizer or primer, you may apply those prior to your makeup application. I also recommend bringing your own mascara, lipstick, and pressed blotting powder for touch-ups.

What are bridal hair and makeup time factors to consider?

On average, my team and I reserve 45 minute for bridal party services and an hour for each service for the bride. I typically schedule the bride second to last so that she is not pinching for time but so her hair and makeup will still be fresh. My team arrives 15-30 minutes ahead of time to setup. It is ideal to have buffer time after hair and makeup services for dressing, last minute bites, and pictures.


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