A few years on we are now contently married and I got to go back to the Lodge to help the gorgeous Jenny get ready for her wedding day which also meant I got to hang out with the Epic Photography crew for a while. Not only are these nice guys handy with a camera, they’re pretty funny too and kept us in stitches with their slapstick routines. (Not that you can tell with my concentration face on!) Definitely book them if you want to have fun on your wedding day.
Vanessa & Chris are both veterans of the hospitality industry so if they picked Quat Quatta for their most special of days you can only presume it is one of Melbourne’s finest! Gorgeously shot by Jo from fotoJOJO.
At themakeupchair we believe that brides benefit from having a hair and makeup trial before the big day. But if you are a super relaxed bride, or just want the ‘I did it myself’ look, then you may be wondering if it’s really worth it, or just another expense to add to that ever growing wedding bills??
Here are 5 really good reasons why we think you should book a trial.
1. Not All Hair Was Created Equal
Does your hair hold curl? Will you need a roller set or tongs? Will the condition, texture, length allow you to achieve that amazing style you love? All of these are really important questions and ones that should not be left to your wedding day.
2. Neither Was Skin
Any makeup artist worth their salt will only use the best products, but that is still no guarantee that those products won’t cause a reaction with your skin. It’s far better to test those products well before and eliminate any risk of blotchy foundation or worse, a nasty reaction on your wedding day!
3. Not All Artists are the Same
This goes much further than to just say some artists are more talented or experienced than others. The trial is your opportunity to suss out more than just their talent. Its your opportunity to see if you click. Is your artist attentive and considerate of your needs and feelings? Have they been able to convert your abstract descriptions into the perfect style? Are they calming and easy to get along with? How your artist makes you feel is just as important as how they make you look. Let’s not add to an already highly emotional day by spending most of it with someone you don’t get along with.
4. Plan & Prepare
During the trial your artist will work out exactly how long they need to get you ready and which products and tools will produce the best outcome. Good planning leads to beautiful hair and makeup and predictable results.
5. Enjoy a Stress Free Wedding Day
Once all that other stuff is sorted you can then just sit back and relax, confident that your stylist will take over and ensure everything goes to plan on the day, leaving you to focus your loved ones and enjoy your amazing day.
We don’t think it’s worth leaving some things to chance, but in the end if you really don’t want to book a trial, don’t! Just make sure you allow a little extra getting ready time on the day so your stylist can ensure you look and feel fabulous!!
Ready for it?? (Do we need a drum roll here?)
Go to bed early the night before the eve of the wedding day!! In other words, go to sleep early 2 nights before your wedding day.
Yup! Thats it! That is seriously my number one piece of beauty advice! Ok so it may not sound like much of a beauty secret but the fact is the night before your wedding will be a great big mixed lolly bag of emotions, so sleep tends to be a pretty elusive thing.
We all know the virtues of getting a good nights sleep include radiant skin and brighter eyes. Carry your bags onto the plane people, not under your eyes! Give yourself the best possible chance to look radiant and glowing on your big day so you don’t need to wear a tonne of makeup. Also for some, the wedding day can also be a cause of anxiety or stress so making sure you get enough sleep will help you cope better with whatever the day brings.
So two nights before you say “I do”, put down and step away the bonbonnieres, stop folding the Order of Service, mute the phone and head to bed EARLY! After all, you actually do need your beauty sleep.
So what is airbrush makeup and what is all the fuss about?
Is it really any better than a liquid or cream foundation? Does it last any longer and can it cover spots without looking caked on?
For anyone new to airbrush makeup there are questions, so I just wanted to give you a little lowdown on the subject to help you decide if this technique is right for you.
So what is Airbrush Makeup?
Ok so basically it is simply spraying makeup on to the skin. Technically a small air compressor uses gentle air pressure to push the super fine liquid makeup through the nozzle of the ‘gun’. The result is a super fine mist of makeup that can be as sheer or full coverage as you want. The makeup itself is super highly pigmented (has lots and lots of colour) which means you don’t need a thick layer to get great coverage. Awesome right? No more heavy cakey foundations!! Generally the application process is super quick and with the right skin prep it will hold up while you bawl your way through your vows (speaking from experience!)
But is Airbrush Makeup Better?
This image gives you a bit of an idea about the way the foundation is laid onto the skin with each different technique but I do have to say that it isn’t an entirely accurate representation. A talented artist will easily create a beautiful finish with either brush or sponge and some mad blending skills. Also the Beauty Blender, which I reviewed HERE, certainly wouldn’t give this splodgy effect but some of the older latex sponges would. What I do believe though is that with either sponge or brush a little more attention and elbow grease is required to blend it just right.
Personally I LOVE airbrushing! For me it is a super fast way to create a beautiful flawless finish. It lasts brilliantly well up to the last dance of the evening and I haven’t yet found a face that I couldn’t use it on. In fact I will use it on everyone that allows me to. My go-to ranges are the vegan water-based offering from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics with is kind to sensitive skin and gives a slightly matt, real skin look or the silicone based Element2 which is awesome on super dry and mature skins and provides a more dewy finish.
At the end of the day though it really doesn’t matter which technique is better. What is important is that you choose a makeup artist based on their skill, experience and their ability to translate your ideas into the perfect look for you because a great artist can do that no matter what technique they use.