Dear Bride-to-be

Planning ahead of time will save you from a lot of stress. Here are my suggestions to you:

3-6 months before:

Find your style and skim through magazines to determine what makeup style represents you. Keep note of what you DON’T like and make sure to communicate them with me.

3 months before:

Gather up those photos and schedule a trial.
My advice is not to use the same person for hair and makeup as each one has their own expertise and you need the best of both worlds (I have yet to meet someone who does these two perfectly together).
Try to do the hair and makeup trial in the same day if you plan to use a different vendor for each. That way, you’ll see the completed picture.
Wear a top that you can remove without going over your head and if possible, wear the same color top as your wedding dress.
This is a good time to start growing out shaved underarms, legs and bikini areas so that waxing can be started. After 2 or 3 waxes, those areas will be done quickly & smoothly right up to the wedding week.. It makes all the difference between agony and a great waxing experience. No need to shave on your honeymoon!
Find an expert brow stylist and start getting your brows in shape. Perfect brows do more for enhancing a face than all the make up in the world!

One month before:

Only a make up artist who is also an Aesthetician can legally wax your brows, lip or perform any Aesthetic services on you. Remember, a perfect face requires a perfect canvas. Now is a good time to start a program for perfect wedding day skin. We can do a simple facial the week of the wedding to exfoliate and tone good skin. We can plan out a program over 4 weeks to handle any skin conditions that would otherwise detract from a clear, perfect face and body. A deep cleansing facial a month before the wedding, followed by a series of light peels, will greatly reduce the appearance of acne or scars. An aromatherapy body polish will remove months of dead, dull dry skin and make it easier to wax and to self tan, if desired.

The week before:

Get a lash tint, so that your lashes look fuller and darker for the honeymoon.. Don’t tan and risk red, peeling skin on your wedding day.

The week of:

This is when you get your last brow styling and facial. You recheck your foundation color and your bridal party gets their facial waxing and custom blended foundation created. Perform these services no later than 3 days before the wedding (except for bridal party members who are coming from out of town).

The night before:

Try not to drink alcohol or eat salty foods the night before your wedding; it’s better to have the rehearsal dinner two nights before. Get 7 or more hours sleep. Don’t take any sleeping drugs. Instead, try vitamin B1, melatonin or a soothing tea to help you sleep. Don’t wash hair, updos work better when your hair is slightly dirty. Conditioner makes the pins slip out.

The day of:

Stay relaxed and let your wedding consultant, maid of honor and the moms handle any last minute problems. Eat well, stick with protein and stay away from sugar. Drink liquids sparingly as you get closer to getting dressed, as it’s very hard to go to the bathroom once you’re in your gown. Don’t drink alcohol. You need to be in control and you’ll want to remember this day!

Don’t over moisturize your skin. Make sure everyone is in a button-down shirt or any top that can be slipped off the body and not over the head. Hair usually gets done before the make up so make sure that you scheduled the hair stylist to show up first so that the makeup artist has someone to start on when they arrive and set up. The moms and the maid of honor should go first. You should go next to last, there is time to finish the wedding party while you are getting dressed. Have all your bridesmaids there, but schedule the ones with children last so that the kids aren’t bored and don’t make a distraction. Get any children in the wedding party dressed and ready last, including junior bridesmaids and flower girls.

Have fun!!