Look your best on your wedding day

Once you and your loved one have selected your wedding date, wedding venue, caterer, photographer and florist, what’s next on your list?

“Hiring a hair stylist and makeup artist is often an afterthought,” says Melissa Anderson, hair and makeup artist and owner of Chémel Salon. “Booking your hair stylist and makeup artist is as important as getting your wedding dress; it’s about creating an entire look.”

Anderson suggests booking your makeup artist and hair stylist at least six months in advance of your wedding, especially if it will be during peak wedding season (May through September).

“Brides want to look their best, feel pampered and special on their wedding day — and want to look great for their wedding photos,” says Anderson.

Remember that wedding photos last a lifetime. “We know how to apply makeup to enhance your look for the camera; we know what the camera is looking for,” explains Anderson. “Makeup always shows up lighter in photos. We suggest that you wear 30 percent more makeup than you wear daily.”

Brides often tell Anderson and her makeup artistry team that they don’t want to “look like clowns” on their wedding day. They won’t if they have professional makeup from a skilled artist who has the training and expertise to apply makeup especially for photography. “We want you to understand that we are creating an enhanced version of yourself,” explains Anderson. “Most brides want to look different than they look every day.”

Feeling pampered

Preparing for your wedding can be a whirlwind, and on your wedding day, it’s important to build in time to relax and enjoy your day. Sitting down to have a professional apply your makeup and style your hair — and do the same for your bridesmaids — can be a lot of fun. “Let us take some of the stress and concern from you,” offers Anderson. “Let us pamper you and your wedding party.”

Anderson says many brides feel more confident and put together once the styling is complete. “I like being able to help the bride feel as she’s always wanted to feel. I know how to read between the lines with people, and I love helping them translate what they are wanting.”

Select a professional that specializes in bridal work           

There are hundreds of hair stylists and makeup artists in the region. Of those, very few specialize in bridal hair styling and makeup artistry designed specifically for photography. Research the backgrounds of the artists you are considering. Ask them about their credentials, training and bridal work experience. Make sure they are registered with the state, and ask to see a portfolio of their bridal work. Request references and check them.

Select professionals who have a trained team working with them so they can also work with your bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom. Request a wedding day makeup and hair styling schedule from the professional months in advance.

Many brides want to have a trial run to be sure their hair stylist and makeup artist is the right fit. During that session, observe if the professional is attentive and professional. If you schedule your appointment on the day of your engagement photo or your wedding shower, you can share your made-up look with loved ones.

Seaport Salon and Spa in Silverdale has a Seaport Backstage team that does all its off-site makeup and hairstyling for weddings, boudoir photography sessions and other events. This team is licensed and trained to do makeup for photography. “It’s a special time in the lives of these ladies in the bridal parties, [and] we get to be part of their day,” says Jennifer Horne, owner, Seaport Salon and Spa. “That’s the most rewarding.”

Anderson says, “Our salon specializes in working with brides and bridal parties; it’s what we do. I align my team to do that kind of work. When I do bridal work, I feel like I belong in my career.”

Editor’s note: Chémel Salon does the hairstyling and makeup for South Sound Wedding & Event magazine. Seaport Salon and Spa does the hair styling and makeup for the fashion show models at our West Sound Wedding Show.

Tips to prepare for professional wedding-day styling and makeup

To have radiant skin and beautiful hair for your special day, it’s important to implement good hair care and skin care habits in advance.

The weeks before your wedding

  • Avoid a facial within 14 days of your appointment.
  • Use no chemical straighter on your hair within a week of the wedding. 
  • Get your eyebrows shaped and cleaned up at least 24 hours before your wedding day.
  • If you require lip, chin or eyebrow waxing, do it at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

The day before your wedding

  • Hydrate by drinking plenty of water.
  • Moisturize your face to prevent skin flaking.
  • Do not use self-tanner on your face.
  • Do not use shimmer anywhere on your face or body.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before your wedding.

The morning of your wedding

  • Eat a well-balanced breakfast with protein.
  • Wash your hair, and dry it with minimal product.
  • If you have naturally frizzy hair, straighten it without a chemical straightener. Use only a straightening iron with a heat protector product. No oils or heavy products.
  • Gently exfoliate face and lips. Make a sugar scrub with sugar, olive oil and lemon for lips. 
  • Wash, tone and lightly moisturize face.
  • Don’t apply makeup before your appointment with the makeup artist. 
  • Wear button-up shirts for easy changing without messing up your hair or makeup.  

Photos of women in wedding dresses feature photos of makeup and hair styling by Seaport Salon and Spa. Photos by Firstlight Photography.

Photos of women in capes features makeup and hair styling by Chemel Salon.

Click on a photo to enlarge.

Chemel Salon specializes in bridal makeup and hair styling.
Published on December 13, 2016.

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