For most women, their wedding dress takes center stage when planning a wedding. As such, it sets the tone for the whole event. Everything else follows in the footsteps of the dress.
By Flavia Aroesty
For most women, their wedding dress takes center stage when planning a wedding. As such, it sets the tone for the whole event. Everything else follows in the footsteps of the dress. Is it formal or relaxed? Is it romantic or more modern?
Everything, from the flowers, to the venue, the decor and the photography, follows the same tone. Hair and makeup are the ultimate complement to the gown and are vital in making a bride’s look come to life.
In recent years, hair and makeup have been getting a lot of attention, as brides’ choices have increased tremendously. In the past, when the tiara and veil prevailed, a bride would never consider letting her hair down.
Nowadays, brides have infinite choices when it comes to spicing up their look. If I were to do it all over again, I would probably be a more contemporary bride, pick a somewhat modern dress, and have my hair and makeup follow suit. Whatever your style and taste, here are some important tips to follow.
Think about what looks best on you. Your wedding day is not the time to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. If you never wear red lipstick, don’t do it now. You want to be pretty, but above all, you want to be comfortable and confident in your own skin.
Always do a trial run for hair and makeup a few weeks before the big event. If you don’t like it, there will be plenty of time to find a new style or even a new professional to help you.
Less is more. A more natural look is always preferable when it comes to a bride’s choice of makeup, but don’t forget that many pictures are taken from a certain distance and makeup wears off as the night goes on, so don’t wear too little.
Waterproof mascara is a must. You may not think that you are going to cry, but if you do, you want to be prepared. No one wants black streaks running down her face on her wedding day!
Many brides are opting out of the veil. Instead, wear flowers or a vintage hairpiece to complement the look and set the tone.
For those who are wedded to the veil but would like to try something different, the birdcage veil is a good option. It maintains some of the tradition but adds a touch of mystique.
As far as hairstyles go, the chignon is still one of the classiest and most beloved styles. It can be done in a myriad of ways: low, messy, sideways, and tousled buns are some of the ways to update an old faithful option.
Letting your hair down is a very personal choice. In the past, it was more common in carefree settings such as a beach wedding, but that’s no longer the case. If you choose to wear your hair down, consider pulling just part of it away from your face. That will keep your face the center of attention, as it should be.
Final words of advice: don’t create a hairstyle that requires too much maintenance. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to worry about whether you need more hairspray, or if your up-do is falling down.
Getting dolled up is the ultimate girl’s dream. As such, it is the perfect opportunity for the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and immediate relatives to get together before the big day. Many hair and makeup professionals will come to a location of your choice, be it your home or a hotel suite. It’s fun to get your hair and makeup done while sipping champagne and listening to music with friends and family. And this ritual works wonders in reducing pre-wedding jitters.
In the end, girls just want to have fun before their wedding day.