When it comes to hair and makeup, I am not really qualified to give you advice BUT one thing I am VERY aware of is the amount of brides who are disappointed with the way their hair and/or makeup turns out. It happens much more than it should, and so today it is time we put a stop to it!
Natalie Dent and Amelia Rush are both qualified hair stylists both of which studied at the Servilles Academy of Hair in New Zealand, and with long standing careers in hair styling, I thought is was about time you heard some truth, tips and advice from the real experts.
Natalie now freelancers doing hair and makeup while Amelia runs her own successful salon called Le Boutique in Auckland. Experienced within the wedding side of the industry they share advice on what hairstyles and makeup work in the varying kinds of weather on your wedding day. And their advice is priceless. ENJOY!
Having a hair trial is an important part of getting what is right for you on your big day. Both Natalie and Amelia agree it is not only the perfect time to meet your stylist and get to know each other (so much better than meeting a complete stranger on your wedding day!) but also for them to get to know your hair type and what will work best for you. One thing people tend to forget about when thinking of a favorite hairstyle is the weather and how it affects your chosen style and how your hair will handle the conditions on the day.
Most brides know the style and overall look they are wanting, so if a dramatic weather change happens on your big day and hits you with humidity, rain or wind we can always adapt your style to help work with what the weather is doing but also keeping along the lines of the original style each bride is after.
Depending on your hair type will depend on when you wash your hair also advises Amelia, as a general rule finer hair is best washed on the day of your wedding and thicker hair the day before leaving the hair to dry naturally before your stylist arrives with no use of hair straighteners or curling tongs.
It is very difficult to style hair well if it is oily or has product build up in it comments Natalie. The hair lacks volume especially if it is finer hair and tends to separate when styling, looking greasy, which won’t work if you are going for a soft romantic look.
Each hairstylist may work differently though so do discuss this with them at your trial as they will know what is best for your hair type and the style you are wanting to achieve.
In all weather conditions hair which is best suited to a wavy or curled style which is worn down will already have a natural wave or curl as it has a better memory for holding any added curl using hot tools like tongs or flat irons meaning it will hold for the duration of the day whereas hair which is naturally very straight may have the tendency to drop throughout the day when worn down if its windy, wet or humid leaving your hair flat. There are always products which can help hold in curl so do talk to your stylist if this is the look you are wanting.
Both stylists prefer to work with only a couple of products on any one person, which will work perfectly with your hair type and style. Using a medium to firm hold hair spray throughout styling the hair and then a firm hold spray to set it at the end keeping in mind you still want to retain a certain softness and not having your hair feel like concrete.
If the hair is worn down using a hair accessory which helps hold the hair in place like a brooch, hair slide or like the hair accessories and veil below, if it suits the style of your dress and your overall look, this is another good idea.
In windy conditions wearing your hair up will help control the hair better keeping your hair more in one place. Hair styles which are popular at the moment are braids or chignons/buns and 1920’s flapper styles. It is always good to remember that hair is moveable weather it is up or down and to bare in mind once your stylist leaves it’s good to have a travel size hairspray and bobby pins for those stray hairs when having photos taken if they look out of place.
On a hot / humid day keeping hair off your neck in a low chignon will help you stay cool and prevents hair sticking to your skin as if your wearing it down.
Natalie has found texture has been a common trend this past and coming season where brides are going for a more rustic bohemian look but beware this look can be more prone to coming loose if it is windy so bare that in mind when going for a more relaxed look, another alternative is having your hair pulled back into a sleek bun if your hair is all one length there will be less chance for stray hairs.
BRIDE DANELLE FOURIE WEARS HER HAIR OUT SOFTLY SET IN HOT ROLLERS TO GIVE BOUNCE AND WAVE. HAIR – AMELIA RUSH // PHOTO CREDIT – NORDICA PHOTOGRAPHY // BRIDALWEAR – RUE DE SEINE
MAKEUP- KATE SOLLEY @ MAC COSMETICS
Dealing with Humidity?
Rainy storm clouds can look great in photos but are dreaded by most on a wedding day. Be prepared and take an umbrella if the weather looks ominous to protect your hair and makeup from being ruined. You may also benefit using a parasol to protect you from the heat especially if you are standing for a while in direct sunlight while during the ceremony if there is no shade.
Depending on the type of rain and if it causes humidity it will be best worn up as the possibility of loosing that volume and shape throughout your hair if it is worn down on a wet day. Again it is the bride’s choice in the end and we will work with whichever style she would like on her big day.
Amelia suggests another option of creating a style that can be worn up for the ceremony and photos, then let down for reception giving you best of both worlds.
WEDDING DAY HAIR KIT
- You will benefit from having a small travel size can of hairspray and also spare bobby pins on hand to fix any strays throughout the course of the day.
POPULAR HAIR PRODUCTS NATALIE USES ON HER CLIENTS ARE
- Kevin Murphy Dry Cleaning Spray (dry shampoo) – helps eliminate oil
- Kevin Murphy Session Spray – Firm hold
- Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hair Spray – Flexible hold
- Kevin Murphy Powder Puff – Adds texture and volume
POPULAR HAIR PRODUCTS AMELIA USES ON HER CLIENTS ARE
- Evo Builders Paradise Medium/ Flexible Hairspray
- Evo Helmut Strong Hold Finish Spray
- Evo Haze Texture and volume Powder
- Davines Oi Oil- To soften frizz and smooth
MUST READ WEDDING MAKEUP TIPS AND ADVICE by Natalie Dent
An important factor for wedding day makeup is not only choosing the right products for your skin type but using ones which are specifically designed to be longwearing are beneficial for such a long day.
Clients of mine often comment on how well their makeup has lasted and apart from good skin preparation and application I believe this is the reason why.
The makeup brand I use most is MAC Cosmetics as I have found the products to be reliable and long lasting when worn. You will find there are plenty of other good brands out there offering similar products which are just as good and each artist has their own favorite brands they like to work with and can advise you what is best for your skin and which formulas are going to achieve the look you are wanting.
Preparing the skin before applying foundation is key to creating a perfect canvas to work on. When moisturizing, depending on skin type, I tend to use lotions as they are lighter, instead of creams which tend to be more oily and heavy ofcourse taking into account each person’s skin type I am making up.
Applying a primer after you have moisturized will help smooth over any imperfections creating the perfect base to build on.
Before applying foundation I always spritz the skin with Mac Fix +which is both hydrating for the skin but also helps the makeup last longer which can also be used throughout the day over your makeup.
I do like to use a foundation with a low SPF in it as it is advisable to have some sunscreen on if the weather is hot or you are prone to burning easily. If the foundation has no SPF in it then I use a lightweight SPF 15 moisturizer.
When choosing a foundation it’s important to note that too heavy an application may eventually settle into any fine lines over the course of the day so areas like around the eyes only use a light application and it is best to blend the foundation outwards buffing it into the skin to prevent too much build up and looking mask like.
Concealer can also have the same effect if applied to heavily so only concentrate in the areas most needed like the inner corners of the eyes, again blending outwards.
If you have great even skin tone you could use something lighter like a tinted moisturizer or mineral foundation as some people prefer. I like to use a lightweight foundation like Face and Body by MAC (no SPF) which is also waterproof and has a dewy finish, is light and is easily buildable.
If your skin has the tendency to be oily then go for one which has a more matte finish and lasts the duration of the day or one which reduces shine. This can be applied lightly through the T-Zone buffing outwards.
Using a blot powder will help keep unwanted shine away applying this through the centre of the face also where shine tends to capture in photos the most.
Too much powder can create a build up if used too heavily so apply sparingly throughout the course of the day. Disposable blotting papers are a great alternative to powder which can be pressed onto the skin gently with your fingers or lightly sweeping a soft powder brush over the top of the papers which will lift the oil off the skin and onto the paper.
There are also products like oil control lotions to help reduce shine which you apply before your foundation if you have particularly oily skin.
To give the face an even glow I always like to use a bronzing powder which helps blend the face and neck, taking into consideration how low or high your dress or neckline is you can dust bronzer where needed on your chest and shoulders.
In hot or humid weather steer clear of crème based eyeshadows as these will only slide off the skin and crease in areas like the eye sockets.
Applying a primer to the eye area before eyeshadow, I also like to use the paint pots by MAC followed by powder, ensuring a smooth application and staying power when the eye shadow is applied over the top.
Use waterproof mascara and liquid liners especially if you are prone to tearing up as most brides do!
When choosing a lipstick you want to look for one which is longwearing. Matte lipsticks tend to have the sustainability but if your lips are dry using a creme lipstick will help keep them hydrated and with both apply a lip liner as a base to ensure staying power, steering clear of high gloss lipsticks which are tacky and if your wearing your hair down and it’s windy, you will only end up with your hair getting caught in it.
If your getting married in summer and spending lots of time in the sun don’t forget to watch out for those back or shoulder strap marks in the weeks leading up to your big day if there is any chance you will see them in your dress. You don’t want to have to rely on makeup to hide them.
WEDDING DAY MAKEUP KIT
Cotton buds – for those stray tears!
Blot powder with compact mirror (great for touch up’s on the go) or blot film
Lip liner and lipstick
Mineralized charged water or Fix + to lightly spray over your face in hot weather.
MAKEUP PRODUCTS NATALIE USES ON HER CLIENTS WHICH ARE TALKED ABOUT ABOVE:
- Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 moisturizer
- Mac Prep and Prime
- Fix + Spray
- Mac Face and Body Foundation – Lightweight, natural dewy finish, moisturizing and longwearing.
- Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 – Matte finish, longwearing, medium coverage.
- Mac Pro Long Wear Foundation is lightweight and lasts up to 15 hours in all weather conditions and also controls oil.
- Studio Sculpt SPF 15 – Hydrating, medium coverage, dry or mature skin.
- MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer – lightweight
- Pro Long Wear Concealer – lasts up to 15 hours and is great for concealing uneven skin tone and dark under eye circles.
- Mac Blot Powder
- Mac Blot Film
- Waterproof Mascara ‘MAC Splash Proof’
- Mac Paint Pots – Used as a base under your eye shadow.
- Mac Pro Long Wear Lipsticks and Lip Liners.
Now you are kitted out with tips and advice from the best in the business!
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Have a beautylicious day beautiful people xox