Last year I became a wife. I remember when i first started my wedding career as a single teen, after each and every wedding i would think to myself what it would be like to be in my clients position on their wedding day getting all glammed up. I only hoped that I would one day be able to experience that. Fast forward a few years and there I am telling my clients about my own wedding plans and who was doing my hair and makeup.
From day one i knew i didnt want to do my own hair and makeup on my wedding day. And when i would mention this to my clients they were always surprised. Im not a huge makeup wearer, Im a mum, i barely have time most mornings so i usually keep it really simple. I also knew the day already comes with nerves and sometimes stress so worrying about, and having to allow time to do my own hair makeup wasn't something i wanted to schedule in. I wanted to sit in that chair with a glass of bubbles just like every one of my clients, with a big grin on my face taking in all those moments and the chaos around me. And that's exactly what i did.
Choosing my hair and makeup artist was actually a very easy part of the planning.
Choosing my makeup look and hair style were also very straight forward and the ladies i chose to work with me on the day totally nailed the 'brief'
I think its really important not to over think things when it comes to your wedding hair and makeup. Take in consideration your dress, shoes, venue, personality, skin/hair type etc when choosing ideas. This is why i often drill my brides with questions when i meet them for a trial, i like to no everything about the day so i can get a real feel for your style and start to visualize what would work best for your hair and makeup on the day. Everything has to work well together. The dress is often the most important thing and we want people to be wowed when they see you in it, your hair and makeup doesn't want to 'outshine' it or take away from it, it needs to compliment it perfectly. My dress was the starting point and inspiration behind my hair and makeup style choice.
I have worked with Paige Best for years and we have become really great friends. I have been absolutely amazed at her work countless times on jobs together. She is so passionate about makeup artistry.
I gave her some photos of inspiration but she hardly had to look twice at them, she almost knew i would go for a look like this. My makeup look was simple, classic, timeless. I wanted it to be about the skin. I wanted my skin to still look like skin and really glow, so i spent time pre-wedding working on this with regular facials, peels and a good skincare routine from Elizabeth at Skin Boutique. I wanted lots of beautiful highlight, lashes for days but a simple eye makeup look keeping it nice and matte, a smudged liner and a little highlight in the inner corners. I wanted a bold pink lip. I didn't want a lip colour that would get lost in photos - and I was sick of applying the same 'pinky nude' to my clients (ha) i wanted something a little different. I ended up trying a lot of 'pinks' before finally finding the right one. Bobbi Browns Art Stick which literally did not move all evening. I went for shade 'Electric Pink'
I couldn't have been happier with my makeup, I didn't want to take it off.
Natalie Dent and i have also been great friends in the industry for years. What i love about her hair styling was that each style looks somewhat un done, always textured and as if its just been pulled back loosely with no thought. As much as i love creating beautifully structured and detailed hair styles on my clients i also love this look. I didn't want my hair to look over done with the dress and setting of our wedding. I wanted it really soft and textured, lots of body and lots of movement around the face. I wanted a lot of loose hair around my face which i got and looked amazing however it did rain on us for the photos and these bits of hair ended up all over the place so in hindsight i should have thought about the weather and pinned them back loosely!
I searched high and low for the perfect hair piece. Once id decided on my hair style i knew exactly where i wanted the hair piece to sit so i had to find the right masterpiece that fitted. I ended up choosing a Bo and Luca design which was actually meant to be worn over the forehead and tied at the back but i cut the string off it and completely turned the hair piece upside down and back to front from how its meant to sit. After all my researching im really pleased i chose this piece. Its a keepsake, ill have it forever and who knows maybe my girls will wear it one day.
Finally, a few things pre-wedding I scheduled into my beauty routine leading up to the big day were below. I really recommend those pre-wedding peels and facials, they really worked wonders for the skin!
- Regular facials at Skin Boutique, including a series of peels, LED lights and VIT A infusion.
- Regular exfoliation all over.
- Lilash - used everyday for three months before the wedding for long lusious lashes.
- Lash Lift and Tint - week of wedding at Lash Noir.
- Regular eyebrow threading - every three weeks to ensure my eyebrow shape was perfect. I worked with Kals Beauty who managed to transform my brows within 6 months.
- Hair Treatments each month
Makeup - PAIGE BEST - www.paigebest.com
Hair - NATALIE DENT -www.nataliedent.com
Photography - POPPYMOSS - www.poppymoss.com
FREELANCE HAIRSTYLIST, MAKEUP ARTIST AND BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGER. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.