Monday, January 4, 2010

Wedding day trials: Hair & Makeup

I thought I'd share some pics from my past trial sessions.  The hair and makeup stylist I hired started in the movie industry and got to the point where she didn't like traveling so much and so she focuses mostly on weddings now.  Your hair/makeup trial is included in her price if you decide to book with her once it's done (if not, you have to pay like $75 for it).  I really loved her as a person and as a stylist.  She listened to me and has done great work.  I liked what she came up with based on the few photos I showed her:


  




But after seeing it on me, I wasn't feeling it pulled back so much.  So I asked her to put it 'down around my face' more:


Ok, I don't know who that person is in that photo but it really isn't me!

So after mulling it over, I also decided I didn't like the 50's beehive 'bump' going on at the top of my head.  And the 'white' shadow she used in the corner of my eyes to 'open them up' just wasn't cutting it for the more romantic and soft dramatic look I wanted. 

For my engagement session in July, I went to the MAC counter at a Nordstrom's and took a picture in to show the girl.  I have to say I have never loved the makeup someone did on my face more:


One thing I noticed is that I will definitely have to invest in some oil absorbing cloths as those of us who suffer from oily patches must have these to carry around to dab at our faces on wedding day during photos.  This is a task that my lovely Matron of Honor will help me out with :)  You can get these cloths in any drugstore or makeup aisle.

So I went ahead and paid my stylist to do a second trial run just before Christmas.  I showed her the pics we had from the first trial many months before and compared them to my engagement pic makeup.  She said even she wasn't feeling the 'shininess' on my face or the bright white look in the corner of my eyes and thought my e-pic makeup was better.  This was our new result (excuse my truly stupid half smile):



The lipstick I had on in the e-pic session makeup just above is the same lipstick she used on me in the new makeup trial.  Look at the difference!  I had purchased some Covergirl lasting wear lipsticks/lipglosses and she took the two I love and worked them together and now I love that color on my lips! I am also in love with the more dramatic and just slightly darker look of my eyes. Though I told her I may want to do just a little less blush on wedding day.  And you have to remember I will also be tan on wedding day like in the pics above whereas in December when we did this, I was definitely *not* tan!

So I showed her some new pics and inspiration for the hair as well and we came up with this:


 



For the hair, I loved it as well but was still getting just a little bit of a 'bump' from her...mostly because she was using it to cover up the clip on extensions I had in :) So I e-mailed her that on wedding day, I definitely don't want any teasing done on top of my head :)

You'll have to excuse the two different shades you see in my hair...I had my hair colored and will be getting a touch up before the wedding. When I do, my hair stylist is going to color my clip on extensions as well so they'll match and blend right in. :) 

Here's a great shot of hair and makeup all done with my new and final look:




Side note:  Can you please just look at the stupid crows feet around my eyes in this pic above?  Now go back and look at the pics from back in July...notice the difference?  It's called BOTOX!  I am a huge anti-plastic surgery fiend...I think it's silly to alter your looks, body or appearance in any way that you can't do on your own with diet and exercise.  However, I just thought I'd try out a little botox back during the e-pic session and hair trials and I loved it!  So come wedding day, I will definitely use a little botox one more time to be sure those nasty little wrinkles and crow's feet don't become a part of my eternal photos!  Just something us late 30 something brides should be able to treat ourselves to without any guilt.  :) 

Last tip for wedding day makeup: FALSE EYELASHES!  I would normally never deal with them (I never even wear mascara), but your makeup artist should definitely know how to put these on and they are like $3 at the drugstore.  If you get the darker ones, you don't even need to apply any mascara at all which is huge if you are like me and know that you will end up crying at some point on wedding day.  :)  But after wearing them in the two above trial runs, I found that she has some ridiculously stay put mascara that we can use and I am on the fence about whether or not to use the falsies.  I think I will just go for the more natural eyelashes first and see if I think I need falsies on wedding day.

So, what do you think?  Any suggestions?

26 comments:

Savoir Weddings said...

Love the auburn hair, it really suits you. And false eyelashes are a definite yes! You can get some natural looking ones so everyone will think they're yours anyway :)

Patience said...

I have to agree with the above comment, I love the auburn hair, it looks great on you and I also love your hair and makeup for the second trial.

Katie said...

Love the hair from the second round...so pretty!

Salt said...

Oh my gosh how gorgeous are you!? I love it! I'm also on the fence about wearing falsies. What I REALLY need to do is do a make up trial before I go to the resort to figure out what will work the best. MAC counter, you say?

PartyPlannerGal said...

I love how your eye makeup turned out! I am a huge fan of false eyelashes, and have to force myself to not wear them every day. As for the botox, I have a pesky "crease" in my forehead from furrowing my brow that I would like to get rid of for the wedding day, but the fiance has put his foot down. He is just so anti-plastic surgery, and since he rarely tells me what to do, I am trying to respect his wishes on this one. I'm trying all sorts of skin creams, and a friend of mine is an acupuncturist, so she says she can work on some facial acupuncture for me. Fingers crossed that it will work out!

PartyPlannerGal said...

Oh, and by the way, LOVE the extensions! They look so natural!

Christin said...

I love the auburn hair as well! You're going to be a beautiful bride!

Jenn said...

I LOVE the final look.. I like the hair down and a little in your face but not too much! Also love the color!

Em said...

Everything looks fab!! Love the color of your hair, too.

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

Love the auburn....love the hair and makeup....and Love the botox! I need some too, but I'm so afraid of it.
You look fantastic!

megan marie said...

love love love your new hair color! it is beautiful!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Beautiful! Love the make up! The first hair inspiration pic is just lovely.
I honestly love the first picture you posted of yourself, but your new hair color is very pretty too. Loving the romantic curls :)

Nicole said...

love that 'red" tone..in your hair...i have been wearing fake eyelashes..more and more..and they totally make your eyes pop out! i LOVE them..and they are totally cheap!

you are going to loooook awesome!

SG said...

I really like the last picture of you. I like that style a lot and am looking to do something similar myself. I need to work on finding someone for hair and makeup!

You will look gorgeous no matter what!

Chocolate Lover said...

Had no idea that you had extensions in till you mentioned it! I love round 2 but I also likes the first trial. I know what you mean about the bump and although I like volume, I don't think you'll need it with the extensions in as well. Love the hair color!

Wheresmydessert said...

Wow, you look absolutely gorgeous! I like that you were specific about what you wanted - the end result made the different trials worth it!

Cupcake Wedding said...

The best picture is from the second trial run where you are looking directly at the camera. So isn't that the no botox pic? Hmmmm. Anyhow, that hair color is amazing on you. You look like a total fox. And I like the makeup.

Gracie said...

Wow I love it! I haven't really done a proper trial yet eep!

But I really love your hair. I hadn't really thought about false eye lashes either...that's a thought.

Your hair colour is gorgeous! I really love it!

Jenn said...

You look awesome. I just had my trial this weekend!

Newport Nuptials said...

I love the hair in the final; version. I am going for something similar. The makeup is beautiful too!

Bee @ BP Wedding said...

You look so beautiful!! I love how the final makeup session turned out. Love the darker eyes. Your eyes really pop! And I love the hair too! You are going to look so gorgeous on your wedding day! And you are definitely going to take Mr Fix-it's breath away!!

honey my heart said...

love the look!

Anonymous said...

The 2nd trial.. your hair looks amazing!

buhdoop said...

Great hair color! I kind of like the little bump.

Did Botox hurt?

New Mexican Bride said...

OMG beautiful! I love the makeup and the HAIR! Your hair is so pretty.

And yes you seriously can see the difference around the eyes, that is crazy cool!!!

Mrs T said...

Ok, I totally agree with you on the makeup. That last look you went for is great. As for false eyelashes - best thing I did! Don't go for the ones all in a row, get the individual ones and only stick them on the outside corners of your eyes. They look really natural.

Botox - are you crazy girl? You SO don't need it. I think you look great. Also I am petrified of needles, so count me out!

The hair - rocking it. I didn't like that first photo, second one was better, last one - awesome.

You are going to be such a beautiful bride! So excited.

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