Well, not actually Maybelline—it doesn’t stick on my skin.
But yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about makeup. Namely, about my total lack of decisions on makeup.
I’ve got a few options: DIY, a “friendor,” or professional makeup. And there are pros and cons to each, honestly.
1. DIY. I do a lot of my own makeup for shows, and if I can do stage makeup effectively, I feel like I can do my own makeup effectively.
Pros: I wouldn’t have another person around while getting ready, which is honestly an introvert’s dream. Plus, I know how to do makeup that I’m comfortable in, that I feel like myself in, and that complements my extra fair skin.
Another confession: I kind of hate Pinterest. It’s the same 20 images over and over, and forget about clicking on a pinned photo from a browser—you’re forced to go to the app. And God help you if you ever want to cite an image accurately!!!
Ahem. Anyway, this slowly building rage was brought on by searching for “wedding makeup” examples. I had my trial last week and it went well, but as I washed it off that evening, I had a Home Alone moment when I realized I hadn’t taken a photo.
So instead, I have compiled my beauty inspiration from much lovelier girls than I. As usual, I had a pretty good idea of what I didn’t want: no “glowy skin” (just looks oily on me), no glitter (though my high school self would be deeply offended), and for the love of all that is holy, NO LIP LINER. I don’t know if you’ve ever had your makeup done at a counter before, but they always, ALWAYS want to put lip liner on me, and it is ALWAYS TERRIBLE.
Personally, I like a smoky, lined eye and a neutral lip. I also need a fair amount of coverage on my skin foundation-wise, due to the whole “teenage acne” thing continuing well past my teenage years. Height of rudeness.
After a quick pit stop at Mama Dreamcatcher’s to get my dress, we arrived at Linden Hall around 11:15 AM. Our vendors weren’t arriving until 1:00 PM, so there was plenty of time to relax, eat lunch, and set up a few things. Our ceremony took place in the garden of the Mansion at Linden Hall, so the “getting ready” area was the upper floor of the building. We had lots of fun exploring the gorgeous rooms!
Before I knew it, though, makeup, our photographers, and our florist all showed up. In hindsight…it’s definitely best to stagger these things because I felt a tad bit overwhelmed when everyone started asking me questions. After a few moments of giving directions, I sat down and began to get my makeup done!
As we get closer to wedding day, I’ve been running around doing a lot of last minute tasks. I told myself at the beginning of wedding planning that I would be well prepared and plan things well in advance so that this last month would be relatively stress free. What I’ve come to learn is that a lot of vendors don’t want to discuss the details of your wedding until about a month out, so it’s sort of unavoidable. One such vendor that I needed to wait until closer to the wedding to meet with was my hair and makeup artist.
Early on I had booked Sarah from Whik’d Hair and Makeup for my bridal and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on the wedding day. The good ones book up fast (or at least in my area they do), so make sure to book yours early! Since she’s usually busy on weekends with weddings, I took a day off from work last Friday for my trial.
I presented her with the inspiration pictures below but ultimately left the final product up to her, the expert.
First, Mr. Sundae…AVERT YOUR EYES. DO NOT SCROLL FURTHER.
Now that that is out of the way… 😉
Last week, Mama Sundae and I were discussing what I should do for my hair and makeup. I was having a bit of a difficult time deciding whether or not I wanted to get it done. I want to feel pampered on our special day, but I have never been truly satisfied with the results of getting my hair and makeup professionally done. Well, that’s a bit of a fib—I was satisfied with my updo once my freshman year of high school for a formal dance, but unfortunately I have not been able to find that hairdresser since. 🙁
I have since found amazing hairdressers that color and cut my hair, but they usually refer me to other hairdressers when I need an updo. For the day of, I’m just not willing to take that chance. Especially because I’m currently living in California and would have to schedule a trial with someone back in Syracuse prior.
These posts are bittersweet as they mark the beginning of the end for Mrs. Horseshoe. I have a few more planning posts to share before I dive into my recaps. On tap today is a favourite subject of mine…bridal makeup!
My wedding makeup trial wasn’t the greatest. I didn’t feel like I had a good rhythm with the salon I went to. I decided to DIY my bridal makeup, and I’m pretty pleased with how things turned out.
Makeup is done! Yeah, I don’t know what I’m doing in this photo. Let’s chalk it up to pre-wedding nerves. / Source: personal
Don’t panic—I’m referring to breaking up with wedding vendors!
I think it goes without saying that we put a lot of effort into picking vendors out for our wedding. Even having conversations with friends, meeting a vendor, and saying, “Yup, we’re going with you,” takes time and effort. Sometimes, though, it just doesn’t work out.
My experience? I booked a hair/makeup trial at a salon that came highly recommended by a couple of friends who used it for their respective weddings. I scheduled my trial for the day of my bridal shower so I could give my hair/makeup a good test run. I brought lots of photos and, I felt, was pretty clear about what I wanted. I, a self-proclaimed makeup addict who wears a full face of makeup pretty much every day, was also looking forward to the “treat yourself” aspect of getting my hair and makeup professionally done.
Some self-applied NYE makeup. I kind of look like half-Asian Tinkerbell with all that glitter. / Source: personal
The salon was pleasant enough to work with, but it just wasn’t a good fit. What I got from the salon was pretty different from my inspiration photos. I asked for my look to be altered during my appointment, but we ran out of time. My professional hair and makeup wasn’t terrible, but I just didn’t feel like myself.
I gave my bridesmaids their gifts early on the wedding morning because I knew I would be crying and I didn’t want to be all mushy once I started getting ready. (That plan sort of failed anyway, though. :)) I gave them sea star necklaces and beaded shoes that my mom, MIL, and MOH CakeBaby had helped me make. We had some champagne and started getting ready. All of the girls were amazing, and I am so thankful for all they helped me with.
Krit, BM C, CakeBaby, me, BM H, BM Lizzy, and Fin! Sunscreen and champagne…the essentials. Personal Photo, before the photographer had arrived!
I do wish that I started getting ready a bit earlier. I thought that getting started at 11:30 in the morning would give us all PLENTY of time, but there seemed to be some strange time warp that made the entire afternoon go by faster than any other day of my life.