Kate Middleton, a literal princess, is rumored to have done her own wedding day makeup – and she nailed it – but many brides prefer to make use of a pro.
Sometimes, brides start thinking about their wedding hair and makeup almost the moment they become engaged. They may even choose a dress based on how they dream their hair and makeup look will be. Others think about hair and makeup once they’ve chosen their dress and use the dress style to generate makeup and hairstyle ideas. There are still some who become so engrossed in wedding details they hardly give skin and makeup a thought until just before the wedding.
We talked to local expert Neysa Quintana, owner of Blanc Bridal Salon, the premier salon for hair & makeup in Los Cabos at https://blancbridalsalon.com. She offered some great advice and product recommendations that will serve as a great guide, no matter your bride style!
Prepare your Skin Well in Advance
• No matter your skin type, begin a concentrated skin care regime that includes cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliation, masks, serums and eye-creams formulated for your individual skin type.
• If you have problem skin, start getting regular monthly facials 6-8 months before your wedding, but not within two weeks of the wedding day.
• Make sure to have your eyebrows professionally shaped. Although this is more of an aesthetic exercise, it will help frame your fabulous face so you can put your “best face forward!”
Health & Nutrition for Skin
• Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses per day.
• Eat a balanced diet and select fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants such as, kale, spinach, berries, pomegranate, and legumes (lentils, peas, beans, nuts, seeds, etc.)
• Take your vitamins! Choose high-quality multi-vitamins, zinc for acne-prone skin, omega fatty acid for dry skin, and vitamin C to combat free radical damage.
• Cut back on caffeine and alcohol as they can dehydrate both you and your skin. If you do indulge, make sure for each cup or glass of either, you drink double the amount in water.
• Avoid sodium (table salt) as it causes water retention and puffiness. Remember, packaged and restaurant food is often loaded with salt. As an alternative, use a small amount of 100% pure sea salt, instead of table salt for flavoring.
• Stay out of the sun, wear a hat, or use a good sunblock.
Skin and Hair related Items to bring on your Wedding Day
• Lipstick and powder or setting spray with sunscreen for touch-ups
• Oil blotting papers for face and underarms
• Compact mirror
• Hair ties
• Bobby pins
• Nail file
• Moisture-proof hairspray
• Waterproof mascara
• Eyelash glue
• Translucent face powder
• Eyebrow pencil
• Drinking straws to preserve lipstick
*See complete wedding day emergency kit list on our last blog: click here
Haircare Tips by Type
After discussing your wedding hairstyle with your stylist, he/she may recommend having it thinned out or layered so it will better hold the style. On occasion, really thick hair is too heavy for an up-do and will not keep the wave without layers.
Have your hair cut by someone who specializes in cutting thin hair. Purchase a root boost product, hair powder and volumizing foam made for thin hair. Neysa recommends Schwartzcopf- Hair Body & Mouse & Dust It Powder or Bedhead- Root Boost.
If your hair has difficulty holding curl and you want to wear it curly or in an up-do, Neysa recommends adding a volumizing mouse after washing it the night before. Make sure to distribute the product evenly through the roots and ends.
Have your hair cut by someone who specializes in cutting curly hair, to frame your face and compliment the proportions of your body. Find a curl product that works for you. Neysa recommends Ouidad- Climate Control (controls frizz), Schwartzkopf- Curl Cream, Moroccan Oil- treatment, Oil & Curl Cream, Bumble & Bumble- Surf Spray (for thin to medium texture-not great for coarse hair), Devo Curl Product or Ouidad Curl Products.
Always use a detangler! Brush hair out using a paddle brush. Start at the ends and work your way toward the roots. Don’t rip through your hair. Be patient when brushing it, and never use too much heat. Having it lightened can add more texture and volume, but only if the hair is in good health and done by a competent hair stylist.
Dry or Coarse hair
Start getting deep conditioning treatments beginning 3-4 months before your wedding. Get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks.
Try to keep your hair healthy. Get a good haircut every 6-8 weeks, and talk to your stylist if you are going to cut more layers or bangs before the wedding.
If you would like an “updo,” you may have to grow your hair out a little or consider getting clip-in extensions.
Wedding Day Hair Preparation
• Be sure to bring your own hair products as changing brands could produce unexpected results.
• If you would like an “updo,” wash your hair the day before using little or no conditioner.
• If your hair gets too oily after one day, you can wash it the day of your wedding, but the idea is to have the hair a little dirty so it will hold better. Just use your best judgment.
• Do not iron your hair if you would like curls or waves.
• If your hair has a hard time holding the curl or is thin, add mouse from roots to ends while the hair is wet. This will make it hold the style better.
• And last but not least… unless you are having a blowout, it’s important that all women have their hair DRY when they arrive at the salon.
Does this seem like a lot to remember on top of the other zillion wedding details? Yes, it may be, but the results will be worth it. Remember that when you (including your skin and hair) are at your healthiest and best, you will glow not only for your big day but in all the precious photographic and video memories you will cherish for a lifetime.