Hair and Makeup Trial with Lypor Tea

On Friday, I had my hair and makeup trial with Lypor*! I was really excited, because I haven’t had my hair done since….err… high school prom?Anyway, here’s the obligatory “Before” picture:

Miss Toucan sans makeup, sans hair product.

Since I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my hair, Lypor decided to do my makeup first, so that at the end, we could try as many hairstyles as time would allow. I told Lypor that I wanted a mostly natural look, but I wasn’t afraid of eye makeup, and that maybe we could go more dramatic with the eyes.

Miss Toucan is staring at you. (Note: one eye has false lashes and the other eye does not)

Lypor suggested since we were going more a little more dramatic with the eyes, that I try false eyelashes. Despite having pretty full eyelashes, mine are actually pretty short. You can see the biggest difference in the profile shots:

Normal vs Fake eyelash

I wasn’t fully convinced to use falsies because I’ve never worn them before, so Lypor left them on one eye for the entire trial (you will notice lopsided eyes in all my hair pictures!).

After the makeup was done, it was on to the hair!

I am a dork and took pictures of the hair trial through the mirror during the entire trial.

I really thought I wanted to do a down-do or half-up half-down, so we started with the down-do first (plus it’s the easiest to start with).

Hair option #1

It felt really glamorous, but at the same time, for some reason, it felt like too much. Lypor suggested that if I chose this look, I might want to trim my shorter front layer a few inches so that weird curl on the right-side of the picture fell better. Lypor also felt that possibly this do would be too much, and suggested that we pull at least half of it back so that you can see my face.

In between styles, here I am being annoying and taking pictures from the chair again.

Hair option #2

I really liked that my hair was out of my face, yet I still had some of my hair down, but we had one more hairstyle to try…

In between hairstyles again…

The up-do:

Hair option #3

I was actually really surprised that I ended up liking this one the best! The back is a little messy because this was the 3rd hairstyle of the day, but it will be much neater the day of. The other reason why I think I’ll end up going with this style is that both my wedding dress and my qipao have lower backs, and an up-do would probably give both dresses extra drama.

After the trial, I took more pictures when I got home. Lypor didn’t use the zoom on my camera and took pictures literally less than a foot away from my face, so the unkindly light + the flash so close to my face didn’t show what a great job she actually did on my makeup.

Pictures by the window at my parents’ house
(Note: Little Sister Toucan is a goober and loves to pop up into my pictures).

Here in these pictures, you can see that the makeup is much more natural looking than some of the pictures above. All in all I was relieved that I had a great trial! I’m still surprised that I ended up liking the up-do the best since I usually don’t like to wear my hair up. Though, I guess it is kind of nice to look different from how you normally look on your wedding day. :)

What do you think? Which did you like best?

*Note: Lypor’s website only works in Internet Explorer, and not Mozilla Firefox.


Mrs. Toucan

Wedding Date:
June 2008
Lip Love: L'Oreal Infallible
Shortie DIYs: A Bouquet Worth Tossing
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    My, Guest @ 3:53 pm

    I like option 1. You look fabulous!!!!

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    sally, Guest @ 3:55 pm


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    melodicsighs, Guest @ 3:57 pm

    first off, i love the fake eyelashes. they really flatter the shape f your eye(s) and make the whole look pop. :)

    and secondly, i really really like the half up, half down hair option. i think it’s gorgeous and flatters your face most. but, if you’re really all for the up do, it looks very nice too.

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    MsJadey 201 posts, Helper bee @ 4:00 pm

    I really like #2

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    mlindsey 348 posts, Helper bee @ 4:02 pm

    I know it’s like bride cliche, but the updo looks the best. And definately use the false lashes because they bring out your eyes and you will be happy you did it when you get your pro pics back.

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    nellbellies, Guest @ 4:04 pm

    I say updo. Totally classy. This look really complements your face and looks more understated/natural than with your hair down.

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    skastanos 10 posts, Newbee @ 4:05 pm

    They are all cute, but I prefer half up.
    Love the eyelashed eye!

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    jpang, Guest @ 4:06 pm

    hey fellow boston bride =)
    lypor’s work looks great! just wanted to throw out another option if you’re still looking– my own final choice of makeup/hair artist/stylist, which I found from the boston boards:

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    canary 682 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    I love the false lashes on you. They make your eye(s) pop and glamor! My favorite is also the updo. Though you look great in all the pictures!

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    shortcake 467 posts, Helper bee @ 4:08 pm

    I LOVE you in the updo. It’s so very elegant, and you won’t have to worry about your curls drooping/falling/getting pastered against your back after a night of dancing. I also love the false eyelashes!

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    V 482 posts, Helper bee @ 4:08 pm

    I like the up do…more “grown up”…for some reason I always associate down curly do’s with children… 😕

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    Christine, Guest @ 4:15 pm

    looks really nice… wish she was available on the west coast.
    i think the updo looks more bridal like…

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    mrsbic 96 posts, Worker bee @ 4:17 pm

    *false eyelashes* DO IT! :) oh and i absolutely heart #3 (similar to what I did and it stayed in place all night even while shaking it on the dance floor) but I think I like #2 on you. Maybe put it out for a vote?

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    MissBlueBear 405 posts, Helper bee @ 4:18 pm

    Hot stuff!!!! I like style #2…but then again I could be bias because that looks very similar to my hairstyle on my wedding day! =) But I love the makeup job…not too much, but just enough to highlight your great facial structure! Me like!

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    Nathalie, Guest @ 4:21 pm

    I really like the updo (#3) and the fake eyelashes!

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    Emily, Guest @ 4:22 pm

    I love the updo and definitely go with the false eyelashes, very glamourous! I love the little bit of height in your hair in the profile view.

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    GetMarried4Less 911 posts, Busy bee @ 4:25 pm

    Please get the eye lashes. they really make your eyes do this amazing thing! its perfect.

    glad you love the updo bc that one is my fave too. plus you dont have to worry about falling hair and that kind of thing on the day of.

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 pm

    @jpang: Nope, not looking – I’ve already booked Lypor. :) Thanks for the link though. :)
    @V: I, too, liked it because I looked more “grown up.” I think I look pretty young for my age, so I felt a little less “child bride.” 😉
    @Emily: I really liked the height too… I’m a little shorty, so I need all the height I can get. Also, the front picture of the updo is actually a really terrible picture of me, and I think the angle of my head is tilted weird, but actually I got a little height added from the front view too!

    @GetMarried4Less:hehe, I actually am getting the eyelashes. I forgot to mention that in the post. It just took me some time to get used to. And after seeing these pictures, I was sold! :)

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    pink, Guest @ 4:43 pm

    love both 2 and 3 =) glad you went w/ the eyelashes! you look beautiful~

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    daffodil 598 posts, Busy bee @ 4:49 pm

    ooooh i love the hair down on you! so romantic!

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    erika426 170 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:52 pm

    I like the hair down and up – they did a really great job!

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    jasmine 1170 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:02 pm

    You have such pretty hair— all 3 looks are gorgeous but 3 is definitely the most “bride-y”. You are going to look beautiful!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 pm

    I love the eyelashes!
    My vote is for #3!

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    tara, Guest @ 5:44 pm

    Option 3 looks incredibly pretty and classic. I tend to think that with a lower back it is more dramatic to have the hair up. But option 1 is pretty too. The false eyelashes definite add a little oomph!

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    Jellyby 26 posts, Newbee @ 6:33 pm

    You look gorgeous. I definitely vote for the updo and the false eyelashes (we Asian ladies need all the help we can get in this department). Could you wear the updo for the wedding dress, then switch to a half-down style for the qipao (just to get both styles in there?)?

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    Leesuh, Guest @ 6:39 pm

    I love #3! you look great! That’s the problem of being asian, makeup can be tough to get the “wow” factor. Lypor did a great job!

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    misspurple, Guest @ 7:19 pm

    Love the up-do! And really love Little Sister in the background – hilarious.

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    Joanne, Guest @ 8:22 pm

    i agree! you look the best with the updo! i love all the pictures too! hehe!

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    Linda, Guest @ 8:23 pm

    I love #3 too!

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    sja, Guest @ 8:30 pm

    You look so pretty! I love #2!

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:16 pm

    Thanks ladies! :) I also think Lypor did a fantastic job! :)

    @misspurple: Like I said, Little Sister Toucan is a little goober. :)

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 10:39 pm

    She did an awesome job! I like the idea of half up, but more practically I would go with #3. It’s more classy and you don’t have to worry about your curls getting all messed up. You are so lucky, I need to find someone that good in the Bay Area still!

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    ErinMarieMack 728 posts, Busy bee @ 12:38 am

    Love them all! Very elegant! I would say #3 for a more classic look and #2 for a more flirty, playful look. Either way, you can’t lose!

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 2:14 am

    Yeah, I love them all. You look gorgeous!!

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    babagrlshell 426 posts, Helper bee @ 4:48 am

    I love them all!!! Personally I love #1 hair because it’s so glam… but when you get dancing during your reception, you’re going to want it up up up!!! And number three is GORGEOUS!

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    NearlyMsSubrosa 288 posts, Helper bee @ 10:05 am

    You look beautiful. What a success!

    I love the falsies the most. They do so much for you!

    I love 1, 2 and 3, but with a low back I would go for 3 for drama too :)

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    vailbride, Guest @ 10:07 am

    I love love the fake eyelashes and they don’t look fake at all.. Also, I usually love hair when it’s down, but your up-do really really brings out your features. I’m a big fan- question, did you have to pay for several different hairstyles, or was it a one time fee… looks great!

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:10 am

    @vailbride: It was a one time fee. Lypor books 1.5 to 2 hours for a hair and makeup consultation. If you do go over 2 hours though, there is an extra charge. I didn’t mention this in the post, and perhaps I should have, but the most amazing part of the trial was the fact that Lypor did 3 styles in 1 hour!

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    End of the Night Dress, Take 2 » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 1:13 pm

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 1:57 pm

    SO BRIDAL! Love the updo! DEFINITELY go with fake Eyelashes! I’d feel naked without! Plus, you dont have to wear as much mascara (if any) so you can avoid smeared mascara!!!

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    THERESA, Guest @ 4:16 pm

    OMG- i am 3 blog posts behind so i was just skimming and thought the before was the pic after you had everything done and i still thought you were so beautiful…then i saw the real after- you look like a model- very glam. love it!

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    THERESA, Guest @ 4:17 pm

    wait PS now that I am looking at it again BY FAR THE BEST PART IS Amanda in the background with a RARRRRR face. did anyone else notice that?

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    Elaine, Guest @ 8:22 pm

    I love your false lashes. Were they full false lashes or were they individual ones?

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