Memories may not last forever, but photographs certainly do – so it’s good to make the best impression possible by testing your hair and makeup before the big day. Follow our special style advice to avoid these common hair and makeup mistakes.
1. Trial your makeup
If you don’t plan on doing your own makeup – it is crucial to book a trial run. This will determine how the products sit on your face, and which colours work with your skin type. Your makeup artist will be your saviour on your big day, so let them know the look that you want to achieve and if it’s actually possible!
2. Stay true to yourself
Don’t go all-out and recreate the exact same look that you saw on somebody else. Keep true to your own personal style and create something which you’ll be happy to look back on in 20 years time.
3. To tan, or not to tan?
That is the big question! Most women choose not to fake tan their face along with their body. Choose a colour which will complement your skin tone (and your makeup). It is best to arrive at your makeup trial with the fake tan already on the rest of your body -this will make it easy for the makeup artist to match the colour.
4. Go waterproof
Nobody likes panda eyes, do they? Choose makeup products which won’t budge on your big day. Waterproof lip liner, lipstick and mascara are must-haves (think of all the crying!).
5. Touch-up kit
Keep a small selection of products in an easily accessible place so you can constantly touch-up your makeup throughout the duration of the wedding. A lipstick, blending brush and face blotting wipes are some of the best products you can use.
1. No fresh locks
If you’re planning to create some loose curls on your hair, don’t wash it the day of your wedding. This will cause hair to drop, and look flat and lifeless. Work with 1-2 day hair since this has enough natural oils for the hairstyle to stay intact without dropping.
2. Bring ideas
Don’t turn up empty handed to your hair consultation – this is a big no-no! Bring along a variety of different hairstyles and work with your hairdresser to create something which you’re both happy with. Bridal magazines, Pinterest and Instagram are all a great source of hairspiration.
3. Try extensions
If your hair is very short and thin, it’s a good idea to think about hair extensions for your wedding day. Mirco beads are the best option because they look the most natural, and can be disguised under a lovely hairstyle.
4. Don’t dramatically change your hair colour
It is best not to dye your hair blonde before the lead-up to your wedding – not only is it difficult to maintain, but will also damage your ends due to large amounts of peroxide and ammonia.
5. Flattering hairstyles
Somebody please think about the dress! Don’t forget to factor in the style of the dress when creating that perfect hairstyle for your wedding day. Strapless dresses look amazing with hair styled up or down, so take this into consideration as well.
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