You’ve probably been dreaming about your wedding day since the first one you attended as a child. To a little girl, weddings are like fairy tales. A special aisle runner is pulled out just for the bride. Everyone stands up and turns to see the bride’s big entrance. She is so beautiful and radiant that you think she must be a princess!
You likely have some ideas in mind for your own big wedding day entrance. But are you planning the right hairstyle and makeup? How can you keep the radiance from your big entrance lasting until your wedding night?
With proper planning and preparation you can not only look your most beautiful on your wedding day, but you can enjoy your day without the stress and worry of a catastrophe.
What kind of catastrophe can happen where your hair and makeup are concerned? If you’re planning to try any new skin care or makeup for your wedding try it at least a couple of weeks in advance to give your skin time to recover in the event of an allergic reaction. This will also give your skin time to adapt to a new skin regimen. Your skin will have time to balance its moisture and you can better plan your makeup.

Avoid doing anything drastic with your hair close to the wedding unless you’re prepared for the results. Hair color in particular can sometimes be irreversible if it goes wrong. At the very least, corrective hair color can take a long time and be very expensive. It may often leave your hair damaged.
A drastic new haircut or style may not look how you expected. Hair grows an average of a half an inch a month. Do the math, how long will it take to grow out a mistake?
Planning a hairstyle that will complement you most requires a little consideration and planning. The big question is whether you’ll be wearing your hair up or down, or even partially up. Most of this is personal preference but take into consideration a few things before you decide for sure.
What time of year is your wedding and where is it located? If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the summer, you’ll want to avoid wearing your hair down or partially down if you have long hair. You don’t want your hair looking wet from sweat even before your first dance.
Is your wedding in the autumn? If you’re planning anything outdoors you may consider the bee population in your area. Hairsprays and styling products are essential to helping keep your “do” in tact all day, but can attract bees. This can definitely be a tragedy if anyone is allergic to bees and gets stung! Choose something that doesn’t require much styling product in this case.
Beach weddings are increasingly popular and absolutely gorgeous, but consider the wind velocity where you’ll be that day. You may want to stick to an easy breezy style and wear something loose and natural.
Your hair type and texture is the most important factor in wedding day hairstyle selection. Depending on what you’ve chosen and how much your hair wants to cooperate, you may require extras. Fine hair types sometimes need tools such as mesh rolls inside to act as a base and filler for French rolls or “bumpy” crowned hairstyles. Lighter hair colors need lighter colored hairpins. Your hairstylist will need to be aware of these special necessities before-hand so they’re able to have them ready for you.
Whatever style you choose you will need to schedule a “practice run”. This allows your stylist time to plan and a chance for you to see how it’s going to look. Here you can make changes or tweak any unforeseen obstacles. You are able to see if your chosen style is flattering to your face shape.
Make sure to stick to the style you’ve chosen. If you change your mind, schedule another practice session with your stylist. This is also most important if you’re having someone come to you to style your hair. They need to know what to bring with them. Different styles require different tools such as curling iron sizes, rollers, pins and products.
Bring your veil or any headpiece to the practice run. Bring your wedding day jewelry as well. This is the best way to see how it’s going to look all together!
Practice runs help you with your schedule on your big day. You don’t want to keep the photographer and guests waiting while you’re still in the bathroom or salon trying to get your hair to cooperate.
Makeup is no exception either. Try a few practice sessions with your wedding day face too. If at all possible, go to the place where your wedding and/or reception is held, at the same time of day. Play around with it in different lighting. Daytime makeup is different from evening makeup. Consider the time of day your wedding is held when choosing your look.
Foundation primers and blotting papers help oily skin keep a matte finish. Keep pressed powder (matched to your skin color and tone) on hand to touch up. Don’t use loose or mineral powder after you’re in your wedding gown!
Wear makeup shades that compliment your skin tone and shade. Neutral tones look best with white or ivory dresses. Be sure that your foundation shade matches your skin perfectly. Well matched and blended foundation will look the most flawless.
Plan ahead and give yourself time to change your mind. Once you’ve found the right hairstyle and makeup, stick to it. Practice as often as you need to. You’ll have better quality beauty rest the night before your wedding when you know that you’re going to look your best!
Ashley Moran is the owner of Cherished Gifts & Favors, an online store specializing in the latest trends in elegant wedding favors, wedding accessories, bridal jewelry and personalized wedding party gifts.
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