Beauty, Weddings

How to Avoid a Wedding Beauty Disaster

How to Avoid a Wedding Beauty Disaster

Wedding planners by nature manage disasters. Well actually we plan so that we avoid them like the plague so when it comes to ‘do’s and don’ts’ with anything wedding related, we’ve got your back. We share some tips and advice on things to consider when getting the beauty side of your wedding planning sorted. Together with Langaro, we give you an insight on the best way to approach your wedding day styling.

Reputable Stylist

It’s true that your wedding day is about celebrating the love between you and your partner, but let’s not pretend that it’s not also about you looking more gorgeous than ever before. One of the very first suppliers we confirm when we start the wedding planning process is your hair and make-up artist. Reason being is the really good, professional wedding stylists book up very quickly. Booking a reputable supplier is vital to ensure you have peace of mind on the day and so you achieve the look you have your heart set on.

Where do you start?

Finding a reputable supplier may seem like a daunting task. If you have chosen to book a wedding planner, he/she will be able to put forward experienced stylists for you to choose from. If you have decided to go DIY with your wedding, ask for referrals. Ask your friends who have gotten married within the last few years if they have any recommendations. There are also wedding directories and blogs that list reputable suppliers such as The Pretty Blog, Southbound Bride and Pink Book. Go to the stylists websites and have a look at their portfolios. You may be considering asking a friend or family member that always looks pretty pristine to do your wedding styling. Although you may save a couple of bucks, you may regret in the long run as it’s not always easy to give a friend or family honest feedback, even if they are a professional stylist. Keep it out of the family and friend zone and book a professional.

Preparation before you go and see your stylist

Take some time searching through Pinterest and paging through wedding magazines for inspiration and ideas for hair styles and make-up. The style of your hair for the big day will depend largely on the design of your dress and the length/nature of your hair so keep that mind. Speak to your hairdresser and ask for advice, they’ll know your hair best. You also want to make your hairdresser aware of what your plan is so they know ahead of time your ideal length, colour and style. When the day arrives for your trial, make sure you bring all the images you have gathered with to chat through your thoughts with your stylist.

What you should look for in your styling

You want to be the picture of perfection on your wedding day, now is not the time to experiment with new looks and styles as your wedding day should be a reflection of who you are as a person. By choosing a professional, they will guide you and share advice on what you should or shouldn’t do.

That Long-Lasting Look

Ensure you choose a stylist that is experienced in weddings. It might all seem the same, but you need your hair and make-up to last well beyond the first ten minutes of your ceremony. With the expectant tears at your ceremony, the baking sun of the afternoon during your photoshoot and well into the wee hours of the morning, your make-up needs to last, and experienced stylists will use the right products to ensure this happens.

Photo Ready

A reputable stylist will also keep in mind contours and features of your face when doing your make-up to ensure you are picture perfect. Too much or too little base, blush, lipstick or eyeliner could make or break your wedding photographs. The last thing you want is to fork out a fortune on an incredible photographer, only to look washed out and pale in your photo’s.

Hair and Make-up Trial

It is so important to arrange a hair and make-up trial. Gather some images of the style of hair and make-up you have in mind, keeping in mind the style of your dress and the jewellery you plan to wear. Book your trial no more than a month before your wedding as your hair length and skin is unlikely to change drastically within a month. Be honest with your stylist, a professional does not take things personally. Remember – this is YOUR day, you don’t want to feel uncomfortable on the day because you were worried about hurting someone’s feelings. Your stylist should give you ‘the night before the big day’ advice on skin and hair treatment such as not washing your hair the day of, and avoid using any hair products such as mousse or hair gel. Ask your stylist for this information at your trial so there are no panics on the day.

Don’t Do Anything Drastic

There are many articles about beauty regimes advising you to get a facial a week or so before your wedding, changing your diet etc. This is great advice in theory however if you don’t regularly get facials, now is not the time to start. Similarly, changing your diet could lead to water retention or skin break outs. Stick to what you know and to the same products you have been using. Stick to what your body is used to, drink plenty of water and exercise to keep those endorphins pumping to counteract the wedding stress.

Beauty Add-Ons

If you are planning on getting a spray tan, eyelash extensions or colouring your hair, make sure you do it at least a few days before the wedding. This will give you a couple days to rectify any disasters. No one wants to look like Donald Trump on their wedding day.

As with everything when it comes to weddings, your beauty regime should be well thought out, scheduled and planned. The logistics can become overwhelming with everything else you have on your plate. A wedding planner will be able to assist with sourcing a professional hair and make-up stylist, supply a schedule for the day as well as provide support or advice on any beauty queries or concerns.

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