So, now that I have the dress taken care of, venue long booked, flowers well under way… It’s time to start thinking about the little details! Up first? Bridal beauty!
I kind of have to put a hold on my hair – since my usual stylist (who is the only one I will let touch my hair) is having a baby this month. But that still gives me plenty of time to think about makeup! I definitely, absolutely want a natural look. I love playing with makeup and vamping it up, but most of the time I wear little to no makeup. And supposedly, that’s how Joe prefers it! So for my wedding day, I don’t want to rock any crazy looks. I want to look super natural – you know the look – it’s as if you don’t have any make up on, but you really do because you’d never look that good without make up.
As I’ve been interviewing makeup artists, and prepping for my beauty trial, I’ve also been experimenting on my own. One of the things I found that I’m addicted to? Is Burt’s Bee’s lip crayons. I first discovered them during my work event during fashion week, and I’m pretty addicted. In another non-bridal beauty round-up I’ll tell you about my other fave crayon colors, but in terms of bridal beauty? Hawaiian Smoulder is where it’s at. Now, I know the make-up artist is going to make me as pretty as she can – but after eating and drinking, some of that lip color will come off. I love how fun this pink is, and think it would be a great, fun pop of color to add throughout the night. Plus the crayon is tiny and will fit in whatever miniature purse I decide to carry that night.
But there is so much more to this natural wedding makeup look than lip color! So let’s talk Pinterest boards and bridal beauty tips!
So this is my wedding makeup Pinspiration board. Isn’t it pretty?!
It’s tough finding examples of blond hair and brown eyes, and ideally I want to find examples that match my coloring to show the make-up artist. I know that I want to go with a palette of pinks (that looks best on me) and very subdued coloring. Exactly which shades of pink? That’s something my M-A i(makeup artist) s going to have to figure out for me. The one area I know I don’t want to look 100% natural are my eyes.
I have very thin, blondish brows, so I want to see what it looks like when the M-A fills them in a bit. I don’t want them to look dark, or unnatural – but just like I actually have full eyebrows. I also want a few lash fillers. I have very long lashes, but they tend to look thin (maybe it’s the mascara I’m using?). I’d rather go light on the rest of the eye makeup, but have a very full, lush, lash.
In terms of non-facial beauty? I’m thinking pale pink (but not blush or bashful) natural nail polish. I’ve read that french manicures can look weird in photographs, so I’m definitely staying away from that. I’m still debating whether or not to do any tanning. I get dark easily, but don’t want to be the weird pale bride either.
So let’s talk tips!
- Have examples of what you want: (Creating a pinterest board helps!) It let’s you figure out generally what look you want and narrow down exactly what you like and don’t like.
- Be Shameless: Ask around, ask everyone – friends, recent brides, beauty stores – to find recommendations of M-A’s that people liked. Tell them what you are looking for and see if they have any tips. When someone has someone they like and trust, they are going to be more than happy to share that with you.
- Don’t be shy: A lot of women (myself included) don’t always speak up. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, or we think “it’s not so bad, I’ll deal with it”, even when it’s not what you really want. If that’s how you are – this is not the time for that. This trial run is to figure out if you like this person’s work and they can give you exactly the look you want. If you don’t speak up, you are going to not love how you look that day – and forever in the pictures. A confident bride is happy bride. (That said, I’m not telling you to be a bridezilla either. Don’t throw any hair brushes or flip any tables, please.)
- Note key products: Unless your MA is going to be there for the whole wedding for touch ups, your make up might fade a bit over the evening. Find out key products that they have used – mascara, lip color, blush and concealer – and buy small sizes of each. That way, if you want or need, you can give yourself quick touch-ups throughout the night.
- Plan ahead: Are you a crier? Planning on busting a move all night on the dance floor (and possible sweating a bit?) Let your MA know – they can use water resistant products to keep your face fresh looking.
Speaking of fresh – that’s something I definitely want to smell like too (especially because I will be the bride busting a move on the dance floor all night.) Check out this Dove deodorant that I love!
What’s your make-up style going to be? What tips do you have?