Gettin’ Glammified

You’ve heard a lot about how I enjoy makeup and it’s fun for me, but when we’re talking about being under a time crunch and stressing that everything is perfect on the wedding day, I’d rather just sit back, trust the professionals, and sip on a mimosa, thankyouverymuch.

For both hair and makeup inspiration, I tried to narrow down what I was drawn to so that I was providing some guidance, but letting each of the artists work to do what would look best on me.

For makeup, I wanted a smokey bronze and brown look on the eyes, with lots of lashes, defined brows, and natural contour and highlighting. Similar to my regular look, but just amplified!

503

An overall a perfected look, but with more color to the lips./Makeup and Photo from Fady Kataya

When it comes to hair, I am so at a loss. I can pull something good enough together, but I have a hard time even figuring out what I want for a regular haircut! So I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect hair inspiration, but then talked myself down: I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to updos—just keep it simple! Based on my (gosh dern) widow’s peak + cowlick, I knew that I wanted a style where my hair was parted and swept to the side, and gathered in a lower curly bun. And a good bit of volume too, because I’m a southern girl and can’t help it.

MV5BMjI
Anna Kendrick’s hairdo for the premier of Up in the Air./From IMDB
charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings
Okay, maybe that’s just a touch bit too much volume./Photo from A Low Country Wed

I knew I didn’t want to venture too far into either messy curls or slicked back style, but stay somewhere in between. I didn’t want any curls hanging in my face, and I didn’t want anything that necessitated side-swept bangs, since I don’t have side-swept bangs. Did anyone else notice that a lot of bridal hair inspiration pictures are taken from the back—which is great and all, but to me curls pinned up are all pretty much the same. I’d rather make sure it looks good from the front and is flattering to the face, so that’s what I focused on.

And to whom did I entrust the execution of these looks on the big day? Two fabulous ladies, of course!

Amanda, a good friend of BM J’s wife, M, is a part-time makeup artist. She actually did all of the bridesmaids’ makeup for J and M’s wedding, and they all looked gorgeous!

For the makeup trial, I was able to set it up on the day of my work Christmas party so I actually had somewhere to wear this look. Amanda came by my house along with M, and we had a girly afternoon of mimosas and makeup (is there anything more perfect?). Being the makeup lover that I am, I had a blast talking over products and application techniques with Amanda—and this was my first time having airbrush makeup applied! She let me give a lot of input on how the look was turning out, and I was able to choose my blush, lipstick, and lashes from her kit.

mu_tria
Personal photos of my makeup look by Amanda.

In all, I felt fabulous and it lasted all night through my work party very well (the picture on the left is actually at the end of the night!). For the wedding day, I definitely would just like to step everything up a notch to give me more coverage and color. For this look, she used the Urban Decay Naked palette on the eyes, Chanel Soleil cream bronzer (the same one I love!), MAC Fleur Power blush on the cheeks, and MAC Angel lipstick with a nude Lorac gloss on top.

For my hair stylist, I went with the recommendation from one of Nanny’s friends—Nicole. Nicole’s definitely experienced with hair for weddings, and Nanny said that she works very quickly and is good about changing it up to get exactly what you want.

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough parties in my social calendar to use my hair trial for a special event, but getting my trial done certainly made me feel better about being indecisive with my hair! I showed Nicole some pictures and she broke it down easily for me: Curls low in the back, hair parted and side swept, teased crown, and smooth on top. Yep, that all sounded good! I met Sphinx after my hair appointment and got some delightful pizza for lunch, so that counts as doing something, right?

Hair_Tr

Photos of my fancy ‘do! Yes that’s a bathroom, but it was by the sink so please don’t be too creeped out.

I brought my veil to the trial, and the comb wasn’t exactly right to fit into the bun (we were using a plastic one and probably need a metal one), but it looked nice overall. Of course, veils cover up all those pretty curls, but I won’t be wearing both layers all day, so I’m fine with that.

Both Amanda and Nicole will be doing makeup and hair for me and my bridesmaids in our suite the morning of the wedding. For both, I think their pricing is very reasonable. And Amanda agreed to do my trials for free to build up her portfolio, which I was really pleased with!

Which were you more excited about—hair or makeup? Did you get a chance to use a trial for a fun event?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Pyramid

Location:
New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014

Related Posts

Add a comment

comments

  1. Member
    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 am

    Ahh, the makeup looks awesome! I loooove curly updos too. I’m not sure what I’m doing yet but that’s the top contender for me too.

  2. Member
    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:51 am

    I want a curly updo too, but I don’t have anywhere close to as much hair as you do. I’m hopeful my hairdresser will be able to figure something out with the inspiration photos I bring him.

  3. Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 207 posts, Helper bee @ 7:07 am

    I love your updo! I also love that you got to use your makeup trial for something – I’m sure I’ll end up getting my hair done and then going grocery shopping, haha.

  4. Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:18 am

    Oh wow! Both your makeup and hair looked great! Classy but at the same time hot! Did you liked the airbrush thing?

  5. Member
    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:24 am

    This is random but any one watch revenge? Miss P you kinda look like Emily Thorne, especially on that picture with the black lace dress and your hair parted to the side and and even more on the middle picture of your up do. The actress’s name is Emily Vancamp.
    I was on the opposite end, I don’t enjoy make up, I have a really complicated complexion and make up doesn’t stay on my face. I’ve tried all sorts of mascara; cheap, expensive, brands, store bought. At the end of the day, I look like I got into a fight. My focus was on my hair. For my make up I wend simple.
    I like your up do.

  6. Member
    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:34 am

    Your makeup is so pretty! I really wanted airbrush for the wedding, but wasn’t able to do a trial due to my health issues, so I didn’t want to risk trying it for the first time the day of the wedding. FWIT, my veil had a metal comb and it definitely stayed put, and I had my hair mostly loose, so it didn’t have much to hold onto!

  7. Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 7:36 am

    Love, love, love your hair!!

  8. Member
    saltedcaramel 609 posts, Busy bee @ 8:27 am

    Your hair and makeup both look great! Your hair was totally what I was going for, but my hairstylist didn’t really listen…. love yours.

  9. Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 8:56 am

    Your look looks fabulous!

  10. Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 9:54 am

    LOVE your look, especially with your hair down and curled to the side! I know that’s not your wedding do (I couldn’t do hair-down either!), but you look gorgeoussss!

  11. Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:55 am

    I loooove your hair!

  12. Member
    pyramid 98 posts, Worker bee @ 10:38 am

    @Miss Parisian: It was so much simpler when I just trusted in the stylist since I’m awful with hair!

    @luluvohn: I’ve never tried extensions, but I think there are some good, cheaper options out there, if you want to achieve a really full style!

    @Miss Milk Cow: I’m so glad it was able to work out that way, but a trial is useful even if you’re just running errands :)

    @Miss Weather Vane: I did like it, it looked really pretty and natural!

    @Saramina329: I don’t watch the show, but I’ve had people tell me that before! So cool, I have a doppleganger!

    @Mrs. Waterfall: It was a quick job just to get the veil on a comb for the trial, we’re definitely going to see about switching it up, especially since a metal one fit nice and flush to the head when I tried them on at salons.

    @SaltedCaramel: that totally scares me about anybody in charge of my face and hair! I’m so glad I went with my gut on picking people for this. I’ve definitely been unhappy with updos before…

    @Mrs. Bicycle: @Mrs. Road Trip: @Mrs. Campfire: thanks, ladies!

    @Mrs. Jet Setter: I was trying out the super glam old Hollywood waves thing! I think I had too much hair for it, because the curls fell a bit, but it was fun!

  13. Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:02 pm

    I love your look, you’re going to be a gorgeous bride!

  14. Member
    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 2:31 pm

    Your hair is PERFECT!! I wish I could get that kind of volume in my hair, but it’s too short and too fine. So I’ll be faking it with bump its, haha. And a pizza lunch totally counts as doing something!

    I love your makeup too! How funny that you want to take yours up a notch, and I want to take mine down a notch. Hopefully we both meet in the middle and look perfect :)

  15. Member
    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:01 pm

    Awesome that you scored your look for free! :) I’m excited to see it with your dress.

  16. Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:29 pm

    I’m excited about neither, but I love your hair–I seriously might just use your trial pics!

  17. Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:33 am

    Your eye make up is flawless and I love the curly up do!

  18. Member
    pyramid 98 posts, Worker bee @ 5:34 am

    @Mrs. Pony: @Mrs. Gondola: @Miss Clover: @Mrs. Palm Tree: Oh thank you, ladies, you’re so sweet!

    @Miss Filly: Well, if it came out completely perfect, what fun would that be, right? haha! We’ll both get it figured out come the big day!

  19. Member
    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 9:49 am

    I love your hair and makeup choices. Very classy looking.

add a comment

Find Amazing Vendors