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!


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.

Anna Kendrick’s hairdo for the premier of Up in the Air./From IMDB
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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.

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?


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?


Mrs. Pyramid

New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014
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  1. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:55 am

    I loooove your hair!

  2. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing 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!

  3. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:02 pm

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

  4. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker 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 🙂

  5. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:01 pm

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

  6. msclover Bee
    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!

  7. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:33 am

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

  8. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing 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!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 9:49 am

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

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