Tuesday Tips::Bridal Beauty

Tuesday Tips are getting kicked off by Jessica Reed Parker of Reed My Lipstick!  Read on for her suggestions how ensure your wedding day styling is smooth and effortless from morning until go time!

::Be on time -  A stylist has your best interest at heart when he/she puts together a timeline.  They want to insure that your day runs as smooth as possible and you are as beautiful as possible, this means allowing adequate time for hair/makeup, getting dressed and making it to the church without delay.
::Have a trial-  Having a trial is so important.  It allows you and your stylist to work out any kinks and to make sure your expectations are met.
::Do any chemical treatments a week to 3 days before your wedding-  There is nothing worse than getting a bad color service the day before your wedding.  Make sure you give yourself enough "just in case" time.
::Your make-up should be darker than you normally wear it-  You by no means want to show up to your wedding looking like a drag queen, however, flash photography will cause your makeup to look lighter than it is.  I have had brides think their makeup looked too dark after the application but then thanked me when they got their pictures back and they looked stunning.  You want to be you just a little "enhanced".
::Don't arrive on your wedding day with freshly shampooed hair-  Fresh strands make for very difficult curls and updo's you need a little "traction" to give your style the all night staying power it needs.
::Book you hair stylist and makeup artist with a trial 4-6 months before your wedding date- Stylist's are in high demand especially for spring and summer weddings.  You want to give yourself enough time not only to have a stylist for your wedding day but also have a trial and make sure you have the right stylist.   You want your stylist to be on the same page as you when it comes to your hair and makeup.  No 2 stylists are alike so pick the one that works best for you.
::Bring any accessories to your trial appointment-  Bring your veil, headpieces, etc., to your appointment so you'll be able to get the full effect of what you will look like on your wedding day and to make sure any styles you have chosen fit with the accessories you have purchased.
::Bring photos of styles you like and photos of the front and back of your dress-  Stylists appreciate a 'blueprint" of the vision you have for yourself and the way you want to look on your wedding.  Bringing pictures of your dress will also give the stylist a good idea of the direction they should take with your hair and makeup.
::Purchase the lipcolor the makeup artist has chosen for you-  Chances are your lipstick won't last night between the kisses, the food and the drink so you'll want to reapply.
::Don't have unrealistic expectations-  For example, if  you have very fine or thin hair but want a super voluminous or thick updo it's more than likely not going to happen without added hair extensions.  If it's 100 degrees at your outdoor wedding your makeup probably won't be a picture of perfection at the end of a 10 hour day.  You need to take extra steps and pack a small bag to have with you at the reception to freshen up or ask your stylist to stay for touch ups.  Many stylists offer this option on their wedding menu.
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