Makeup, Hair, and…Salsa Dancing

When I booked my hair and makeup trial, it felt like it was so far away, but lo and behold, the weeks have been flying by and it was here before I knew it.

I posted a little while back about my hair inspiration and how I’d like to have an elegant updo to wear on my wedding day. For the trials, I also brought along some makeup inspiration. My initial idea was dramatic pink and gray eye makeup. I really loved some of these looks:


Photo via Kissable Complexions


Photo via Helen Torsgarden


Photo via Linda Hallberg

Yep, you got me—I wanted to be a smokey-eyed bride. But let’s back up a little, because there was some back story to my beautification experience.

In my hair inspiration post, I also told you about my hairdresser and how excited I was for her to do my hair and makeup on my wedding day. Well, I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I haven’t spoken to her since before that post went up. Despite some text and Facebook messages from my end, she has been unresponsive. She’s still posting to her own Facebook feed, so I don’t think anything terrible happened, and while I understand that people’s lives get busy and their responsibilities change, I needed to make sure I had someone scheduled to do my hair and makeup on the day of the wedding. So, with less than four months until the wedding, I began a new search for a hair and makeup team.

I think I pretty much lucked out when I found Fringe Salon. Not only are they located very close to the hotel where we will be getting ready, they were within our price range, available on our day, and were incredibly helpful when I originally called for information. In fact, the first person I spoke to at Fringe was Kim, who literally sold me on the place. After speaking with her and booking an appointment for a haircut (a trial before my trial, so to speak), I felt very positive about the whole encounter. Fast forward to visiting Fringe to get a standard trim a week later. Kim did such a fantastic job on my hair; it might have been the best haircut I have ever received in my life. I was sold.

OK, enough talk—let’s get to the trials!

(All remaining photos personal)


The verdict: I loved how my hair looked from the sides. I loved how my headpiece peeked out from the back. I’m not crazy about the curls in the back or the side bang—to me they felt a little boring/everyday. I mean, I wear my bangs to the side on a daily basis—shouldn’t I look a little extra special on the day of my wedding?

You can see my makeup in these photos also, since I had that done prior to getting my hair done. While at the time I felt really done up, it doesn’t look as severe as I thought in photos. The most dramatic difference was my eye makeup.


Verdict: after trying out the smokey eye, I don’t think it’s the look I want to go with on my wedding day. Even though our reception will be at night, I would much rather have a daytime look for the important parts, like the first-look photos and the ceremony, both of which will be happening in the afternoon.

The smokey eye was definitely right on target later that night, however, when Mr. Plane and I celebrated with some of our friends and family for a joint bachelor/bachelorette dinner! We went to a Cuban restaurant in Detroit, and after dinner they had free salsa lessons, which was so, so much fun (and the inspiration for the title of this post).


MOH Morticia, Sister C, and Miss Airplane

Despite the grainy photo, you can see that my hair had been restyled before I left the salon. Mr. Plane gave me strict instructions that he doesn’t want to see any part of my wedding look before the big day. I’ll have to tell him to avoid this post!

Did you have a hair and/or makeup trial before your wedding? Were you happy with the results or did you need to make any changes?


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:59 pm

    I LOVE your hair!! I love everything about it. (But I won’t be crushed if you change some things for the big day) 🙂

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    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:03 pm

    I love your hair. I had a destination wedding but was lucky enough to have a hair and make up trial 1 month before the wedding. The hair part was perfect and I kind of did the smokey eye look too and I just had too much make up. I like to keep my face natural and maybe I’m just not used to make up like that. The trials were scheduled on the day we were flying back and while I undid my hair, make up stayed on. I looked like a hooker or like I was in some sort of pageant with my crazy curly hair and lots of make up. My husband said he didn’t like any of it. In the end I just did a really nice matte natural make up and I looked awesome!
    Glad I went with the natural choice. I’m sure you will look beautiful. Can’t wait to see you on the recaps.

  3. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:03 pm

    I love your hair, the twist on the side is perfect!

  4. orchard Bee
    orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 5:54 pm

    Your hair looks amazing and the eye definitely looked good as well but I can see it being a little heavy for day time- maybe a neutral smokey eye would work? It could give you that smolder without being over the top… TooFaced has a great Nude Eye and Naked Eye palette that will walk you through creating the look on your own to see if you like it. The Nude eye even has some of the pinks you seem like.

  5. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:49 pm

    It looks great, though I agree about the smokey eye.
    I wanna come salsa dancing!

  6. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 am

    I love the hair with the side swept bang! Can’t wait to see it all come together on the big day!

  7. airplane Bee
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 5:33 am

    Thanks, girls! @Mrs. Pony: the twist is exactly what I loved about the side swept bang as well, but I’m just not sure if I’m crazy about the front view. Hoping everything goes well on the wedding day. 🙂

  8. roadtrip Bee
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 5:47 am

    I love your hair! And I think wearing something similar to your everyday look will help you look more like ‘you’ in the photos, so wouldn’t discount the side-swept bangs.

    And oh, the smokey-eye look. I have been trying to figure out how to get it to look right on me for months and think I finally managed it (or something close enough, lol) but there’s definitely more than one way to go about it!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:47 am

    I love your hair! So pretty!

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