An "obsession" among brides
If you think you've been obsessing about your hair and makeup, you're not alone. No longer content to simply hire a stylist and makeup artist for the big day and cross the task from their lists, brides are booking with beauty pros months — occasionally, years — before their nuptials. By forming a close bond with their beauty team brides hope to resolve ahead of time such questions as "Should I grow out my hair for the wedding? How do I want my makeup to appear? How will I look in my pictures?"
Makeup artists are responding by providing more customized services, and increasingly, offering their expertise for the other events surrounding the wedding, from the bridesmaids' luncheon to the engagement photos. I think with the greater focus today on celebrities, there is a heightened awareness among brides of the detail that goes into hair and makeup. They also see there's no longer such a thing as bridal hair or bridal makeup (thankfully!) and there is more of a range of modern styles to choose from.
I've been very lucky, having done destination weddings in the Caribbean, Mexico, California and New York. I'm known for my elegant natural bridal beauty as well and calming demeanor, which go a long way toward easing wedding-day jitters. I'm usually a good person to calm the bride, especially when she's far from home, because I'm sort of the neutral party there.
The trial run through
Brides are consulting makeup artists earlier than in the past. Some up to three and six months ahead, though some brides schedule a makeup run-through even before they book the reception site. These run-throughs are strongly encouraged by makeup pros. After a trial the bride is relaxed and happy to see me coming through the door on her wedding day, because she's already confident about what I'll be doing.
Savvy brides tend to already have an idea of what they want, and need some help fine-tuning their vision. Usually a woman who comes to me is very detail-oriented, and so we'll do a run-through first. Plus, she needs to feel good about the people working with her that day. The makeup artist and the hairdresser are going to be working very close to her, so she needs to feel comfortable with them.
More brides are viewing their makeup as crucial to the look of the event. When somebody is getting married at Cheekwood and spending $50,000 for her gown, it's a comparatively small amount of time and expense to make sure you have a makeup artist and hairdresser who's taking good care of you. Just as brides collect photos of hairstyles they like, they should do the same with makeup looks. It's good to have a visual like magazine tearsheets, because your idea of a smoky eye might be different from mine.
The beauty team
Though a bride may be in love with a look that's hot this season, pro makeup artists advise against following anything too current, at least when it comes to the wedding day. I like to notice the woman, not the makeup ~ so I generally do a very natural bride. I make sure the skin looks really perfect and the colors are of nature. Nothing too trendy or dated.
Picking the right beauty team for your wedding may be one of the most important things you do. At the end of the day, all you have are your photographs, and if you hate your hair and makeup that will haunt you forever.