As Professional Hair & Makeup Artists, we highly recommend a trial run before the wedding. This is the time to choose the exact look you want, so that on your wedding day, it can be mastered and applied efficiently. A trial run also gives you the chance to photograph yourself in the makeup look and see how you feel! When we do a bridal trial, we suggest the bride look at herself in both natural and artificial lighting and take photos of herself, both with and without flash.
Here are some answers to questions that you may have:
We will look at your inspiration pictures, and to discuss colors and style. We’ll map out one or more specific “looks", based on your plans for engagement/bridal photos in addition to the wedding. Please share with us what details are most important to you, or any concerns you may have. Our goal for this meeting is to let you get to know your artist and their work, & to begin to earn your trust, so you can make the decision if they are the right artist for Your Big Day!
This is a one-hour to two hour appointment. During our time together, we’ll discuss all the details and we will also apply your photo-ready wedding day look makeup, so you can see a sampling of our work and feel what it’s like to sit in our makeup chair.
Absolutely! In fact, we prefer to see two kinds of pictures — of makeup that you love, as well as makeup that you don’t! This helps cut through differences in our vocabulary and lets us see plainly what it is you’ve got your heart set on.
Looking in our professional Makeup kit, you’ll find quite a variety of brands, some you’ll probably recognize (NARS, MAC, Makeup Forever, Chanel, YSL, DIOR) and others you may not (Ben Nye, Smash-box, Cinema Secrets). We will use only tried-and-true products made for professional makeup artists, or of professional quality. From this large selection, we will choose the right products for YOU, your skin type & desired makeup style.
We also provide Airbrush Makeup which a lot of Brides are now more interested in trying it out.
Can you work with skin allergies/severe acne/surgical scars?
Of course! If you have a skin issue that is of concern for you, please do share with us. What can seem like a HUGE problem to you will likely be common in our world.
Never underestimate the importance of skin care preparation to ensure a clean, fresh, natural looking makeup canvas. Thorough skin prepping will ensure your foundation (the makeup base) glides on smoothly for what should result in a flawless coverage.
Your wedding make-up only looks as good as your underlying skin. Even if you have a perfect complexion , the few days before your wedding are not a good time for a facial. Even good complexions may flare up under the pressures of wedding planning. Deep facial massage and manipulation can cause redness and bumps that may not go away in time for your wedding day. If it’s in your budget, ideally it would be wonderful to plan several facials beginning at least 6 weeks before your wedding and up to 5 days before the special day. This kind of scheduling will allow your skin a chance to recover and minimize stress-related eruptions.
We highly recommend that you have MICRODERMABRASION before your trial run to make the most of your makeup look. You can do this type of facial as late as the day before your wedding because there is no redness or inflammation.
Micro-Exfoliation is a technique for removing the topmost layer of skin, by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips, while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves a smoother texture and promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells.
Even though they may seem very insignificant, the shape of your eyebrows can actually change your entire face. The most important thing to remember is that well-groomed natural looking eyebrows tend to be the best option for weddings, especially if you want to try to maintain your natural appearance.
Don’t over pluck or over wax eyebrows! Avoid very thin, too sharply arched, or a rounded shaped brows. This can look very dated in the wedding photos, much like a too trendy hairstyle. It is not natural looking at all and makes the face look too harsh.
Keep the brow shape classic, and as close to your natural growth pattern as possible to create a classic, yet elegant look on your wedding day. A thicker brow is fashion forward and healthier. You should probably have them done professionally, but it’s okay if you are a pro with the tweezers or you want to try out an eyebrow stencil.
No matter what the case is, you should allow your eyebrows enough to regrow before the wedding actually comes, just in case you don’t like the basic shape that you choose or they don’t end up coming out right.
Please remember that formal hairstyles work better if hair is a “bit” oily.
Please make sure that hair is not freshly washed squeaky clean hair, as a rule, is not the easiest to work with. Regardless of what type of curl you are going for it is a general rule of thumb that hair washed the day before and slept on or “dirty hair” is more manageable to work with and will hold any type of curl for a longer period of time. Please do not flat iron your hair.
The idea is that your hair not be “dirty” but that the moisture and oil in your hair should be properly balanced so that your hair will hold a style.
So here’s our advice…
If you don’t wash your hair everyday, then we recommend that you wash your hair the day before your event. Overnight should give you plenty of time for the moisture in your hair to balance.
Please, do not sit in your stylist’s hair with 3 day old, unwashed hair. Please!
Here are some other tips to ensure you get a great up-do:
It’s best not to add products to your hair after you wash it. The stylist will prepare your hair. Mousse or gel will help prepare your hair to hold a curl and the style.
If you know where you want your hair parted for your up-do, place your part before it dries all the way. It can sometimes be hard to “replace” your part once it dries.
If your hair is straight, it can be helpful to blow dry your hair with your head tipped upside down to add body and volume.
If your hair is curly and you want to wear it curly, allow your hair to air dry or blow dry with a diffuser to preserve your curl. Use curl friendly hair products to ensure that your curl behaves itself and does not become frizzy.