If you’ve been following me here or on Instagram, you might know that I’m getting married this summer! For the last couple of months, I’ve been arranging collaborations and working on some content related to the wedding. Let’s be real – most of this nuptial planning process is just kind of stressful, but one thing I’m really enjoying is getting to work with some incredible local women in the industry to make my aesthetic vision come to life. I’m looking forward to sharing some of this with you over the next few months!
So here’s my very first post today, talking bridal hair and make up trials. Recently, I got together with my wedding make up and hair artists, Katie Elwood and Jen Matheson to trial my bridal look. This is a service that requires a bit of an extra cost, but apparently somewhere around 90% of brides invest in it, and for good reason. I was able to get to know my artists, learn what I like, and also what I’d like changed for the day of. Below are some tips on how to make the most of your trial!
1) Have a general idea of what you want. Before I met with Katie and Jen, I put together a Pinterest board to find themes of what caught my eye. Here’s what I identified: I’m not very experimental with my make up. I like blush, a bit of contour, cat-eye liner, and defined lashes: this is what I’ve done on myself for years, and this is what I like in general. I know my wedding day isn’t a time to experiment with anything new, so I decided to stick to my usual look but to elevate it slightly. I also discovered that I really like low, slightly undone chignons and buns, and that it would be the best style to complement the neckline of my dress. I went in with this information, and it gave us a framework to work from and adapt instead of starting from scratch.
2) Take note of how you get along with your artists. This is something that had never crossed my mind before, but after Katie mentioned it during our trial, I can certainly see why it’s important. You’ll be spending the last hours of your singleness with your make up and hair artist(s), so you want to make sure you trust them to do good work and that they bring a sense of ease instead of stress before one of the most important events of your life!
3) Bring as many elements of your wedding day look as you can. This might be difficult if your day is a whiles away, but I’d recommend taking in as many options as you can to work into the look. I brought the earrings I’m planning on wearing, plus a greenery piece created by my florist and a veil to see how it would all look. I also brought tops with similar necklines to my dress. Lastly, I know it’s probably not realistic for everyone, but I also found it helpful to bring in an arrangement of my wedding floral colours to pull as much of the look together as possible.
4) Take some good photos – SLR quality if possible. This is a pretty obvious one, but capture it in photo! It’s hands-down the best way to see and assess everything, since your eyes can deceive you when looking in the mirror — especially when you’re not used to seeing yourself that way. I was unsure if the eyeliner was too much for me, and looking at these photos confirmed that it was and made me realize that I want to tone it down a bit for the wedding day. This is a good thing to note beforehand instead of after the fact!
5) Go out with your make up afterward. Although I felt a little bit ridiculous grocery shopping and eating sushi with my make up and hair fully done afterward, it was important to do so. Since this is supposed to last all day – through laughing, crying, dancing, and who knows what else, I made sure to move freely, act normally, and give my head a good vigorous shake a few times to test the overall longevity of my make up and hair.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful! I’d love to hear your thoughts: if there’s anything you’d like to see in the way of wedding content over the next few months, feel free to shoot me an email or leave me a comment below!
Photos by Anick Violette