I started this post with general Brides and Bridesmaid beauty and makeup information and then started on the makeup look…. this post became soooo immensely huge that I’m cutting it into two. So here is part one.
bellaressa asked me to look into bridesmaids looks for her. She wants to do her own look from start to finish. There is no budget only she wants to wear Nars – Amour blusher. Also she wants to slim down her face so I’m going to use a contouring that’s natural but also I’ll advise a hairstyle that will slim down the face.
Her dress will be this amazing pool blue colour that will make her skin look radiant. When thinking about makeup for a wedding, see if you can find out the colour flowers that will be used or the colour of the dress you’re wearing. Also as a bridesmaid you’re supposed to compliment the bride, and not clash with her colours, it’s her day after all.
Theme weddings mean a different type of makeup then a “normal” wedding. If you’re talking “Goth” wedding I would go for a smokey eye, if you’re talking about a “Beach” wedding I’d say loose hair and minimal makeup, for a “Winter” wedding I’d go for more silvers etc etc. “Normal” weddings ask for the most beautiful version of you. This means no makeup that’s overly apparent, but a healthy happy face. Look very closely at the invitation, is it classic or is it bright, is it different in any way…. this can give you a hint for the wedding to come.
Own wedding makeup
When thinking of your own wedding makeup, a moodboard is an amazing place to start. You can add looks from your parents’ photo album, friends wedding albums, wedding magazines, wallpapers, movie stills (27 dresses ), flower magazines, colour samples, facecharts etc etc.
5 to 6 months beforehand:
- Find a hairstylist, this can be your regular hairdresser, but can also be a special one for weddings. Once you find the one you trust and whose style you like, talk about how you want your hair to look on your wedding day and if this means growing out bangs or something how you’re going to do this. Schedule all colour and cut sessions up until 2 weeks before the wedding. After this conversation, no more suddenly changing your haircolour to platinum blonde or fire engine red, your hair needs to look healthy, and this means deep conditioning and regular trims and eating well to help your hair grow healthy to give it volume and strength.
- Have your brows shaped by a professional. If it goes wrong your brows can still grow in! If it’s perfect, take a picture and come back once a month for touch ups. Don’t do any plucking the last 2 days before the wedding!!!
- Go see a dermatologist if you have a skin issue you want gone before your wedding. This is the best excuse in the world to have someone look at a sunspot or acne scars. If you have oily skin, book monthly or biweekly glycolic acid peels at a trusted local spa to help your pores clear until the wedding day. If dull and/or dry skin is your problem, consider scheduling a series of six peels spaced two to four weeks apart for skin that’s smoother and brighter looking.
- Invest in an amazing serum, day and night moisturizer and don’t go out without sunscreen!!!
3 to 4 months beforehand:
- Monthly facials are amazing to relax but also for your skin!
- Begin researching your makeup options, if you don’t know a makeup artist who you would like to hire, fins a saleswoman at a makeup counter or a local department store whose work you like and ask if he/she would be willing to do your makeup (in exchange for a fee of course). If you’re looking for a professional, you can also try asking a local modeling agency of a salon for a list of the professionals they use.
- If you ask a friend who you trust to do your makeup, you’re in luck and in hell. They can do many tests on you and will not ask for (a lot of) money, on the other hand, it’s a huge responsibility to do a wedding makeup and this can mean your friend’s nervous and things can go wrong on the day of your wedding. Try and keep one another calm and do test photographs of several different looks in different lighting to find out what makeup photographs well. (MAC – Mineral powder is a big nono for a wedding because if photographs horribly).
1 to 2 months beforehand:
- Get weekly manicures and pedicures. This allows short nails to grow out and overgrown cuticles to be pruned. Also this is the time to do polish tests. Will you use the same colour on your feet as on your hands? Do you want nailart? Are you going for nudes or will you go for a theme colour (like lilac if you’re using lilac flowers).
- You’re going to smile in a lot of the picures so your teeth need to look their best, go see a dentist for professional whitening or do the over the counter kind if you don’t need as much whitening or don’t have that much money to spend.
- If you’re using a professional makeup artist, do a trial run with the makeup and the hair to see the final look. Bring your veil and all the other things you might want placed in your hair (flowers etc.). Wear the accessories you’re going to wear that day and bring the dress if possible.
Now is a good time to do a run through of the entire look and make a schedule for your special day.
- If you want to do your own makeup (I’m sooo proud ), but do a test on the look you’re going for!! Try out new products but photograph every look to see how it looks with different lightings and products.
- Do a test on any false tanning you’re planning on using for your wedding day. See on what day it looks best, but also check if it doesn’t give off on anything white.
3 to 4 weeks before:
- Are you going to wax? Stop shaving and/or waxing now, your hair needs to be long enough when you wax later.
2 weeks before:
- Do a microdermabrasion if you liked the way your skin looked when you tested him earlier.
- Get a final hair-trim and touchups to your highlights.
- Get a massage
1 week to go:
- Get a glossing treatment at a salon (or do one at home for a few days)
- Need waxing? (upper lip, legs, bikini line, etc). Do it now. Your skin can heal and you will not have red bumps on your wedding day.
- Get a paraffin hand mask, this will leave your hands softer and smoother then any moisturizing can and you want your hands to look amazing and ready for that ring!
- Get a facial, it relaxes you and your skin can still recover and look it’s best on your wedding day.
1 to 2 days to go:
- Get a mani-pedi. After today, no more doing any cleaning or dishes until you’re married!
- Exfoliate your skin the night before your final tanning if you like your tan on day two (or three) and get your tanning done today.
- If you haven’t used a glossing treatment on your hair, today is the day you’re going to have to use a deep conditioning hairmask.
- Limit your intake of salt and alcohol, this can lead to puffiness under your eyes and drink plenty of water. (prevent dehydration headaches)
- Put together a beauty emergency kit for your handbag (or to stash with your best friend ). Things you need to put in there: lipstick (and gloss if you’re wearing it), blotting paper, cotton swabs, makeup remover, bobby pins, mini hairspray, compact, brush, breath mints and nail polish,
- Avoid coffee, tea, cola and sugar to help you sleep better. Don’t exercise within three hours of bedtime.
- Moisturize your body from head to toe.
- Freeze moistened green or white tea bags to put over your eyes the next day. The tannins will help reduce puffiness.
Your big day!
- Eat breakfast!!! Include complex high-fiber carbs and lean protein for long term energy. Keep drinking plenty of water and apply the frozen teabag
s for 10 minutes if your eyes seem puffy. Consider a soak in the tub!!
- Apply your makeup and style your hair (of have them done for you).
- Check your manicure for chips.
In the wedding and doing your own makeup?
Now that you’ve thought about it a lot, and think you know what you want…. you start practicing, there is no way around it because Hey, you want to look your best and practice makes perfect. Also you want to test out your makeup and see if it actually stays on the way you want it to. So your otherwise hanging around and doing nothing Sundays, will now be done with your makeup applied flawlessly! Also consider you’re going to be photographed smiling A LOT! So if you have stains on your teeth, 3 weeks in advance would be a good time to start with an over the counter whitener.
Another thing to consider is not to change your browshape the day before the wedding, because one if it goes wrong you’re going to hate EVERY picture you’re in, and two swelling and redness is not sexy! For huge changes to your brows, go to a professional a few months before the wedding, so that your hairs can regrow if you hate it. My advise would be to think of subtle changes 2 weeks before the wedding (if your brows need any changing) and slowly is better then all at once. Keeping your brows perfect isn’t time consuming, it just takes 5 minutes every other night and a good picture of how you want them on your face hanging by the mirror. On the big day, use a brow wax or spray a little hairspray on your browbrush and then shape your brows (after filling them in if this is necessary).
Also new masks aren’t a smart thing the day before the wedding, sometimes a mask can trigger an outbreak and this is not what you want, do a deep cleansing mask 2 weeks before the wedding and try to keep your skin as clean and moisturised as possible, a great moisturizing mask that can work wonders are the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating mask and Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing mask.
A fake tan can make you look healthy and slimmer, but you don’t want to look like you’ve been tangoed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1jywlZG74o). If you apply a fake tan, a great scrub is essential. But fake tanning isn’t something I would advise doing in the last 4 days before the wedding.
Don’t do any HUGE hair changes before the wedding, you will need to get used to a pixie if you usually have your hair long. Also major colour changes are a nono. Do go for a trim and deep conditioning treatment a week beforehand and do an at home gloss the night before. A great thing to do even when you’re not going to weddings is use olive oil as a hair mask.
A small thing that can work wonders however is subtle thin strands of highlights.
Also think of your nails when going to a wedding, you can go for a classic French Tip , or a soft nude. You can also match your polish to the dress, or choose not to, to make it more fun.
If I had to choose for a nailpolish for weddings out of my collection I’d go for:
Illamasqua – Wink
Essie – Mint Candy Apple
Gosh – Frou Frou
only not matte, this is very different but also very classy at the same time.
OPI – Tickle My Fance-y
China Glaze – Agent Lavender
China Glaze – How about a tumble
OPI – Bubble Bath
Misa – Sun kissed
Essie – Flawless
China Glaze – White on White
Essie – Loophole
OPI – You’re a doll
OPI – Birthday Babe
China Glaze – Innocence
OPI – Suzi & the Lifeguard
OPI – Don’t toy with me
China Glaze – Ruby Pumps
Colours for makeup:
If you’re looking for advise, use these seasonal colour tips if you want a hint of colour in your makeup:
- pink, lemon, baby blue, lime green
- white, sunshine yellow, gold, sky blue
- orange, russet, green, purple, gold
- ice white, silver, green, vibrant red.
When you’re a bridesmaid, your probably not lucky enough to carry a bag big enough for ALL the makeup touchups you could need that day. The best way to cope with this is by thinking ahead. Is it a daytime wedding, then you’re probably going to need blotting paper (the sun will make you shine), are you wearing red lipstick, you’ll need a good mirror and a lipstain to hide the fading and the lipstick to reapply. Bring bobby pins if you have your hair in an updo. Also bring tissues to help with the tears.
* All the information stated above is based on my own experiences, and taken from books like: “Wedding Style” by Carole Hamilton / InStyle Weddings / InStyle Wedding
s magazines / Getting Gorgeous / Jemma Kidd – Makeup Masterclass / Kevyn Acoin books.