How to decide on hair and makeup for your wedding

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How to decide on hair and makeup for your wedding

When the venue is booked, the flowers and décor have been approved, the photographer knows what they need to capture on the day, and your dress is sorted, it's only the smaller details left to organise. Such as what you’re going to be doing for your bridal hair and makeup.

But how does one go about deciding on the hair and makeup for the wedding? It’s what’s going to tie the whole look together so it’s important to get it right. We have a few tips when it comes to the decision process of bridal beauty choices.


Create a Pinterest board

The first thing you’re going to want to do is create a Pinterest board. Especially if you honestly have no idea what you like or what your options are. This will provide you with popular ideas for wedding hairstyles and bridal makeup. Don’t go overboard and pin absolutely everything on there because that won’t make deciding any easier. Try to stick to at least a top five list of ideas for hair and for makeup.

Keep your pins realistic and as close to your type of hair, hair length, skin tone and facial features. There’s always the chance that what you like won’t necessarily suit you so, it would also be a good idea to have a variety of widely different options. Which leads us to the next step.


“What hairstyle will suit me?”

Different hairstyles suit different face shapes and you need to have a good idea of what type of hairstyles will suit you. At some point, you’re going to have to go to a hair salon and get your hair freshly cut before the wedding. And it’s better to know beforehand what will suit you as opposed to finding out after-the-cut and being stuck with it. Here are a few common face shapes with complementary hairstyles that can help you make your decision:

  • Oval: If you have an oval-shaped face, you’re in luck. There’s hardly any style that won’t suit your face. At the end of the day, it will come down to personal preference and what works best with the texture of your hair. It’s recommended with this face shape that you go extremely long or extremely short in order to highlight the symmetry of your face.
  • Round: The trick with round faces is to make your face look longer. And an easy way to achieve this is with long wavy locks or with short pixie haircuts if you prefer shorter hair. Tips for the hairstyles you choose with this face is to keep it layered and not one length so that it doesn’t make you face seem more round than it is.
  • Heart: Hairstyles with bangs suit heart-shaped faces as they easily soften and romanticise the look. You’ll want to limit the length of your hair to your collarbone for a longer-look and to your chin for shorter haircuts.
  • Square: Longer hair lengths work best to soften the angles of a square jaw and cheekbones, and are usually complemented by side-swept bangs.

Figure out what suits you and then start deciding on what hairstyle you want. Your next question is whether or not you want to dye your hair before the wedding or not. A piece of advice would be to trial the hair colour you think you want months in advance of the wedding so that you have time to change it if you don’t end up liking it.


“What are my wedding colours?”

When it comes to your wedding makeup look, it’s a lot simpler. Default wedding looks are natural and include neutral tones. But if you’re looking for something different, or something that will suit your unique dress, you need to look at what your wedding colours are.

Your makeup look can’t be extravagant and come from nowhere. It won’t seem like a logical or natural fit to your wedding theme and when the photographs are printed, you might regret your decision. Other than that, your makeup should be fine.

You should also be cautious of wearing too much makeup. If it’s way more than you usually wear and makes you look like a different person, then it’s not going to work. You need to find a makeup artist that will work with your features and keep true to yourself so that you (and your fiancé) recognise the person walking down the aisle.


Research beauty professionals

That leads us to the importance of researching the beauty professionals beforehand and scrutinising their portfolio work. You shouldn’t base your decision on price. A hair stylist or makeup artist could charge ridiculous rates, giving off the impression that they must be amazing, but they don’t end up delivering on the day.

Do your research and take the time to get to know who you choose. They will be a crucial part of your special day so it’s important to be comfortable with them as a person and as a professional. And if they’re good at what they do, they’ll be able to take your ideas that would, otherwise, not suit you – and tailor the look specifically to you.

But, whatever you do, don’t forget to trial everything.

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