Getting All Dolled Up

I know absolutely nothing about makeup or doing my hair. It’s hard to justify getting dressed up daily when you spend 90% of your life in the lab full of crazy chemicals and safety is a higher priority than being cute. It’s not that I’ve never tried, but honestly, I get completely lost trying to understand how to make myself prettier, not worse with makeup. I feel like one of those awkward preteens who never grew out of their awkward phase.

Seriously, I didn’t even do makeup or anything with my hair for our engagement pictures.


I don’t have any pictures back yet, but here’s a sneak preview for you taken right before we left for our shoot.

Thus, it was never really a question that I would book someone to do my hair and makeup for me. Since I know nothing about this subject, I spent my time searching through the boards and the internet to find someone that would be great at asian makeup and hair in the Boston area. Over and over, one name came up. Who? I completely lucked out that I got the opportunity to book TEAL-Studio to do both my hair and makeup. TEAL-Studio is a new venture for Lypor* who did Mrs. Toucan‘s hair and makeup over four years ago.


Image from Mrs. Toucan / Photo taken by Robert Mirani Photography

Doesn’t she look gorgeous? It really wasn’t a hard choice after reading about her wonderful experience.

So the question becomes, what type of look should I be going for?

There were a few things to take into consideration:
1) PBear insisted that I keep my hair down for the wedding, and considering how few things he was very adamant about with the wedding, I figured I should stick to his wishes.
2) I wanted to still look very much like myself on the big day, and I am a very non-makeup type of gal. Thus, I think I’d like to go for a very natural look. I’m not against wearing makeup…I just want to look like I’m not wearing any…
3) Will I have long enough hair for any of these? I’ve been growing my hair out since July. I’m not sure if I will grow it out enough to do these styles at all.

Things I’ve pinned so far:


Image Via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Jose Villa Photography / Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup

Saddlerock Ranch Wedding with Succulents Photographed by Love and Lemonade Photography

Photo by: Love and Lemonade Photography on Style Unveiled via / Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang Makeup and Hair Studio


Image via Ruffled / Photo by Birke Photography

I love the idea of having a light and flowy look, but I’m not 100% sure what I want to do yet, and you can tell I’m kind of all over the place. I am impatiently waiting for my hair/makeup trial, which won’t happen for another couple of months, so I have a while before I need to decide.

Where did you get your makeup/hair inspirations from? Did you decide to go the natural look or did you get all glammed up?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    hma812 368 posts, Helper bee @ 5:37 am

    Doing my own hair and makeup wasn’t even a fleeting thought. I may wear make up on a daily basis but I wear the same look every single day and I want it to look a little more special on my wedding day. As for my hair I am pretty incompetent. I can handle a blow dryer and hair straightener and I can throw my hair up in a pony tail like there’s no tomorrow but I am no where near coordinated enough or patient enough to try to learn.

    I would love to be able to wear my hair down on my wedding and I know my FI would prefer it but I also know that I am going to be dancing my butt off and that my hair will not react well to all of the sweating I plan on doing.

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    CherryWaves 1443 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 am

    For your hair, if you’re worried about length, have you considered extensions? They can be pricey, but for me personally, I found it totally worth it. I had my hair down and curled and the extensions added the length, volume and fullness I wanted. I have used them a couple times since the wedding, but I have to learn how to properly put them in myself since they’re clip-ins.

  3. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:30 am

    The second inspiration picture! It’s so lovely. And your hair would definitely be long enough for a similar look. (Also, I think all venues should have claw-foot bathtubs we can pose with… I don’t understand why they’re so awesome, but they are) 🙂

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    Miss Moxy 220 posts, Helper bee @ 9:27 am

    Since it looks like you have a good amount of hair, I think you can get away with just using extensions at the bottom of your head to add length. It will look more natural and probably curl better if your hair is layered a bit. I have short hair with longer layers at the top, so I’m planning on wearing a U-part wig. I wear wigs only on special occasions and nothing is more special than a wedding right? lol
    I wear makeup about 5/7 days a week and I have taught myself how to use almost every tool in the business. Since you don’t wear makeup usually, I would definitely push to your makeup artist to make you look super natural. I strongly suggest going with a Makeup artist as making yourself look natural is one of the hardest things to do, correctly. If they have airbrushing, go for it! Make sure they pick out a foundation color in the same lighting you may be in for most of your wedding, or in sunlight.

  5. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:52 am

    i wouldn’t worry about your hair – as @Miss Moxy said, you can fake it! i think your length is fine already, for a nice longer look!

    as you know i went with a complete glam look but i also love makeup – its not uncommon for me to go all out just for a random night out with wolfman. i think you’ll def be able to pull off that polished, natural look you pinned!

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