As I mentioned, I had my bridal hair and makeup trial this past weekend. And despite the fact that I showed up in rather rough shape (ehm, drinking and dancing till 4:00 AM will do that to a girl), Britni made me look and feel beautiful and totally set me at ease. Sorry, no before shot—that would have been cruel and unusual. Trust that she had her work cut out for her.

I shared with Britni the same inspirations I had shared with the hive, with one addition. I had found this sweepy style, and adored it for the front of my hairdo.


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Agnes Lopez

So, ready to see what I wound up with? Britni did my makeup first, a combination of traditional foundation and airbrush makeup. Please excuse my static-y baby hairs.



Once my makeup was done, we moved onto the taming of the mop. After 40-ish minutes of iron curling, extension clipping, and teasing…voila!



Oh, the ugly-excited face!



Gotta love the cell phone/mirror picture!

I was a huge fan of Britni’s relaxed demeanor, and I loved the way I looked. However, we will be making a few edits the day of. I loved the lip color, but not its staying power, so I’ll need something more long lasting…any suggestions? My (freshly trimmed…oops!) bangs were too short to achieve the sweeping style so, though we made it work, it appeared more severe from the front than I really wanted. I also want a little more height at the crown—though I told her I didn’t want poufy pageant hair, my mom and I agreed that it looked a little flat from the front. And as far as fake eyelashes, I’d like to go with a little more volume, less length.

Now that I was all done up, whatever was a girl to do? I followed in Miss Aardvark’s footsteps, but that’s a whole ‘nother post…

Did you test-run your wedding-day hair and makeup? Were you pleased with the results, or will you be making changes on the big day?


Mrs. Archer

Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    Aud1628 540 posts, Busy bee @ 4:57 pm

    So pretty! i want to try clip in extensions but I’m nervous they will come out! Do you use them often, any tips? If so what kind do you use? Thanks!

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    khf777 1040 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:51 pm

    It’s so good to see this – Flawless Bride is doing my makeup too!

  3. turkey Bee
    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 pm

    WOW – your hair and makeup look amazing!!

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    marita 33 posts, Newbee @ 8:11 am

    I have to comment since you are my hair inspiration from now!
    You look beautiful.

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    KristenK 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:22 am

    You look amazing!

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 11:52 am

    @Aud1628: i made my extensions myself, from bulk hair- its surprisingly easy, if you can sew! i’m going to make a new set soon- i guess i should do a tutorial? i wear them all the time- i find that as long as i tease where i am putting in the clips, they stay put- i can sleep in them, even!
    @khf777: cannot recc them highly enough- loved them!
    @Miss Turkey: thanks, pretty lady!
    @marita: you are too sweet- glad i could provide you with some inspiration!
    @KristenK: aww, thank you!

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