On Beauty Trials…

I know I’ve failed to blog about my hair and makeup, and the simple reason is I had no idea what to do about it. Of course, I pinned inspiration, but I just had a vague idea of what I wanted.

I booked my hair and makeup artists a couple months ago. I’ll be getting them done at the same place, but I booked my trials for two different days. I had to wait until I had my veil to have my hair trial, and I reserved my makeup trial for the day of our engagement shoot. (Two birds, one stone.) I had both trials last week.

My hair inspiration was very simple. I saw this picture and fell in love.

Photography by Ciara Richardson via Hair and Makeup by Steph

Ariana, my hairstylist (who turned out to be Aunt A, my dad’s younger sister’s, long-time friend and happens to have known me since I was little) did a fantastic job. I said soft, loose, a little messy and showed her the picture, and she did this to me:




Excuse the bad quality and the odd face—I was very sleepy.

I LOVE it. It’s the trial run so she didn’t use as much hairspray and used too many bobby pins, just to give me an idea. After I saw the finished product she undid it and sent me home with beautiful soft curls. I’m a bad blogger and didn’t get a picture with the veil on, but it looks great. You’ll have to take my word for it.

For makeup I have an even vaguer idea. I said earthy tones and I showed her this picture.


Image via The Beauty Consultation

I envy those girls who say they can leave the house without makeup, because I just don’t like it, and although I wear very little makeup and in natural colors, I wear it every day. See my natural look above for the before.

So after almost 40 minutes in the chair, I ended up looking like this.



Hair courtesy of Sister Toadstool, who woke up at 7:00 AM on her day off school to curl my hair.

It’s a big change from my everyday look; it was my first time getting my makeup done professionally and it took me a second to get used to it, but I love it.

I love how my eyes look and, although I think it looks fantastic in pictures, in person the makeup looked thick. It didn’t feel that way, but it looked like I had layers and layers of it. Even Mr. Toadstool commented about it, joking that if he shook me really hard the layers would fall off my face as a mask that I could re-wear the day of the wedding. Nice, babe.

Oh and the lipstick—it lost the shine after an hour, but I had breakfast and lunch and the color was still there, so I’m very pleased about it. I just needed to retouch with some shiny lip gloss and that was it.

Fun, disgusting fact: The fake lashes are “natural,” AKA made from human hair. Yuck! The makeup artist told me it was absolutely normal, until I mentioned it felt similar to wearing someone’s clipped nails—now she’s a bit disgusted too.

Hair and makeup trial: Check! Now I know how I’ll look on the big day. (Yeey!)

Did you book hair or makeup without a trial? Did a trial keep you from booking someone for the big day? What did you do to take advantage of the nice makeup the day of your trial?


Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
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  1. camel Bee
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 am

    Wow, you look absolutely stunning and glamorous! What a great look for your wedding day!

  2. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:28 am

    Aww thank you ladies, you are making me blush. Not going to lie, I am a bit smug that everyone seems to love it.

    @Msvoluptous: I can’t tell you for sure but I say an ivory-beige, a white-pearl and a deep brown that she also used on my eyebrows.

  3. castle Bee
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:35 am

    Girl you look soooo gorgeous! What a great trial run!

  4. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:41 am

    Your make-up looks AMAZING!!! Also, I now can’t stop thinking about wearing someone else’s clipped nails…yuck haha.

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    pinkpre 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:06 am

    LOVEEEE your hair and make up! You look gorgeous, and the make up photographs so well. Do you think you’ll go lighter for the day of in lieu of Mr. T’s comments? 🙂

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    tonejis 73 posts, Worker bee @ 10:18 am

    te ves hermosa!!!
    good luck on your wedding day =)

  7. Member
    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 10:30 am

    SO beautiful!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 am

    I LOVE this makeup!

  9. Member
    bridesmomma 482 posts, Helper bee @ 7:24 pm

    LOVE the hair and makeup!!! You look gorgeous!!!

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    HobbyLobbyist 398 posts, Helper bee @ 7:51 pm

    I love love love your makeup! I think it is so glamorous, it’s exactly what I would ask for.

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