I was recently visiting with a fellow wedding vendor about the different ways we perceive weddings. For most brides, this is their first time being the star of the show. For us, the experience is familiar and predictable. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, here are my top five things every bride should know to have a beautiful wedding. Take note, ladies.
Top 5 Resolutions for Creating the Wedding of Your Dreams
Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin
As an esthetician, I don’t advocate tanning. The damages far outweigh the benefits and with other options such as spray tanning, it seems like an obvious choice to steer clear of damaging UV rays. If you’re addicted to the bed, make sure your final tan is no more than 48 hours before the wedding. Recent sun exposure can make sun spots and freckles more pronounced while creating a red tone rather than the bronze you’re craving. In my experience, people don’t realize how dark/red they look when tanning regularly. I have never known a bride to look at her wedding photographs and say, “Gosh, I should have tanned one more time before the wedding.” Trust me, if you’re hitting a tanning bed on a regular basis, you are tan enough!
Change your perception
When being photographed by a professional, it’s not about how you look in person, but rather how you look to the camera. As a rule, you will photograph two shades lighter than you look in person. This means your eyeshadow, lip color, and cheek color should all be more pronounced than usual. This is not to say that you must be uber glamour in order to look good on film. But know that when you see a model in a magazine who looks natural, in reality she has a full face of make up. Trust your professional make up artist to make you look like the best version of yourself.
Get a beauty trial run. Take a picture & Give feedback
A trial run is your chance to experience your wedding look before your big day. Often brides see beauty looks online or in magazines they think they want. However, your facial features and your hair type are completely unique. Just because your beauty team gives you Taylor Swift hair and make up does not mean you will look in the mirror to see Taylor Swift staring back at you.
When you’re all dolled up after your trial run, take a picture of yourself with a camera that has a flash. It’s not the same as a professional camera, but it will give you a rough idea of how your look will fare on camera.
Giving feedback to your beauty team such as, “…after 2 hours, all those bobby pins were driving me crazy!” or “I think the smoky eye together with the hot pink lip was too dramatic for my afternoon wedding,” can be the difference between enjoying your wedding day or being miserable.
Peach fuzz sounds cute- looks awful
Excessive facial hair makes it difficult for even the best skin to look smooth and radiant. This is especially true for people with acne or hyper-pigmentation issues. Even the best make up applied over an abundance of vellus or baby hairs looks heavy or ‘caked’ on. Powder sticks to the peach fuzz and highlights the hairs and imperfections. Razors, lasers, and wax can be uncomfortable and can have a laundry list of side effects. I recommend a women’s electric shaver, available at any drug store. It’s not sexy. It’s effective. This method cuts the hairs close to the skin with minimal risk of irritation. Using an electric razor on the ‘bearded’ area is safe for all skin types and can be done right before a make up application.
Be nice to your Mother
Weddings are emotional for all involved. I’ve had to help more than one Mom fight back the tears during a make up application. Whether the tears spring from joy or are squeezed out from the vice grip of stress, they are all indicative of heavy emotions. Take a moment to recognize the matriarchs in your life and what a powerful moment this is for them, too. Never mind the beautiful flowers or the perfect plum colored linens you found. When people think back on your wedding day, they will remember how they felt. Treat your Mom with kindness and an extra dose of love. It’s likely she’s riding this emotional wave with you.
Von Criswell is a native East Texan originally from Nacogdoches. After graduating from Baylor University, she focused her sights on the beauty industry. Von has worked as a Make up Artist, Stylist and an Art Director for print, runway and film. She later received her Esthetician’s license in pursuit of understanding the functions of the skin as well as total body wellness. Von and her family now make their home in Tyler where she works as a freelance Make up Artist and consultant.
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