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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Bridal Hair and Makeup

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Today we're giving you tips all about bridal hair and makeup! The first tip I have is before your wedding day and before you even hire your beauty pros, you need to talk with your bridesmaids and wedding party about who is specifically going to pay for those services. The typical rule is if you make it mandatory for hair makeup to be professionally done, you're going to have to pay for it yourself. However, if you decide to make it optional where your bridesmaids could opt into having hair or makeup done, they would be expected to pay for it. Making sure that your bridesmaids understand this, not only before your wedding day but also before you even hire your beauty pros, can save a lot of money, especially if somebody backs out.

Usually, there's a contract and there's not necessarily going to be any refunds or an expectation of paying less on the day of the wedding. If one of your bridesmaids decides that they're not going to get their hair and makeup done, you're still gonna have to fit the bill. So have an honest conversation with your bridesmaids beforehand about how much it's going to cost and who's going to pay for it. And if you can, go ahead and collect all of the money upfront, that way payment is going to be smooth and easy on your wedding day. 

The next tip is let your bridesmaids know there's going to be an early start. Even if you have a ceremony at five or six in the evening, you're going to have photography beforehand. And if there's a large wedding party or maybe only one or two stylists on your duty team, it can be an early morning start even for a 6:00 PM ceremony. Make sure that they understand that there's a pecking order and also that they're gonna have to be on time for their hair and makeup so hair and makeup can be on time throughout the day. 

Next, you want to make sure that you have plenty of outlets. Wherever you're getting ready, your hair and makeup artist is going to need to plug in things like curling irons and an airbrush machine. Your wedding party is also going to need access to outlets as well, for things like charging their phones. If you're going to be there all day while you're making sure you have plenty of outlets, go ahead and make sure that you have plenty of space. Countertop space can be key. Hotel rooms are not always a great place to get ready because it doesn't allow for a lot of mirror space or good lighting.

Be aware of not only lighting but countertop space and space to put your items. Also, you want to make sure that you have plenty of time. One of the worst things that can happen is hair and makeup runs behind, then photography runs behind and then the ceremony starts late. It's happened before because there wasn't enough time allocated in the beginning and you need to make sure that you pad time in case anything runs over.. If you planned for extra time, next you want to make sure that everybody is actually ready when it's their turn for hair and makeup to start. So this would include things like having dry hair. It's really hard to curl hair if it's still slightly damp and they didn't blow dried all the way.  Having a clean face with no makeup on it already and not eating. If you're in the middle of eating a bagel, it's really hard to apply your makeup. Also, you need to make sure that your beauty pros have time to prep their work! Things, like laying on all of their tools and heating up their curling irons, can take some time for them to be ready. 

Next, we recommend getting dressed at the end. Keep your beautiful sparkly dress, especially your white wedding gown, out of the way of all the hair and makeup. You don't want to get a lot of makeup on it, or hair spray, or creases from sitting throughout the day. So go ahead and get cute little robes or button down shirts so that way everybody can get their hair and makeup done and get dressed in their fancy attire right before photography.

Also, be aware of when the bride is getting her hair and makeup done. A lot of people will try to put the bride lasts because they say they want their makeup to be “fresh”. If you're hiring a beauty professional, I would expect your makeup to look great all day long! That's really the expectation and that's what you're paying for. Also, if you're going to go last and you run behind, now you're late. There's nothing you can do about it!  Making sure that you have plenty of time to be ready before photography is key. If you have to bump a bridesmaid to the end so you can get your hair and makeup done, that's going to be imperative. So look at your pecking order of when people are doing hair and makeup and make sure there's enough time, especially for the bride to be ready.

Next, trial runs can be key! A hair and makeup artist is going to want to make sure that the day of your wedding, you're 110% happy with the way your hair and makeup looks. There's not always going to be time during the wedding day for a complete redo!  I'm sure they'll absolutely tweak things as needed, but to start over can be a really big time crunch throughout the day. Having a trial run can make sure that you talk through everything about your beauty the day of. Your hair and makeup artists can become familiar with things beforehand. Things like how your hair feels, how long it is, is it coarse? Does it curl easily? How does it hold hairspray? 

They can have a lot more of a laid back conversation with you instead of a stressful wedding day when you might already be under a time crunch. If you have time for a trial run, go ahead and do it. You'll be happy that you did. 

Finally, remember to tip your beauty pros. There are a few different categories where tips are almost expected because it's an industry norm. Hair and makeup would be one of those. So when you're quoted for certain services, you can ask up front if gratuities included or if it should be extra added on top. But I would expect no matter what, to go ahead and pay gratuity.

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