As the big day quickly approaches, you are probably obsessing over the details. Visions of wedding favors, the place cards and the programs swarm your already crammed brain. One of the most important details is your look. When you look good, you will feel good throughout the day. Put together a signature look that will suit your dress and make your day.
Decide early in your engagement if you will prepare your look or if you will hire someone. If you hire someone, page through her look book and see if she has a look that fits your vision. Hire a backup beautician to work with your bridesmaids so your cosmetologist can focus on your look for that day. Choose a look that fits your theme. Up-dos and intense colors work better for formal, indoor weddings. Loose hairstyles and lighter colors work well for informal or outdoor weddings.
Schedule one or two appointments to try out your look yourself or with your beautician. Even if you plan to do your own hair and makeup, you may want to meet with a beautician first to pick out colors and a hairstyle that will work best for you. Bring your veil, jewelry or other accessories with you to make sure that everything works together. Keeping a picture of the dress with you will remind you of the details of the dress. Don’t try on the dress with the hair and makeup as you could smudge it with makeup or hairspray. Try the look a time or two to make sure you can execute it that day perfectly. Take a picture of yourself throughout the stages to reference later.
Wear a button-up shirt that you can remove without messing up your hair or face. Plan to do your hair or make-up with plenty of time before the wedding. If you have a bad hair day or a splotchy face, you want to leave plenty of time for any fixes necessary. Use waterproof mascara that won’t run when the inevitable tears come.
Tuck a tissue into your pocket or bouquet to dab your eyes, to avoid smudging or running. Ask your mom or a bridesmaid to keep a bag full of your cosmetics, some bobby pins and some hairspray. Give her the responsibility of watching for lipstick on your teeth or mascara down your cheek. Schedule a moment between each major event, such as the ceremony and reception, to step in front of a mirror.
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