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Everything You Need to Know About Your Bridal Hair and Makeup

Venues, flowers, THE dress, invitations– I get it, there is a lot of planning that goes into your wedding day! Do you have a plan for your hair and makeup? As a professional makeup artist, I understand how important it is for brides to have a clear idea of how they will look on their wedding day, and I’m here to help you look your best not only on the day of but also how to plan ahead so you feel confident about ready to slay! Read on for some tips about the bridal preview appointment, skincare prep, and how to dress for your makeup appointment.

The Bridal Hair and Makeup Preview

Bridal Previews (often called “trials”) give you the opportunity to meet with your makeup and hair artist and design your wedding glam together. Prepping properly for this appointment is crucial in order to get a complete picture of how everything will look on your wedding day! Here are some things to keep in mind for your preview:


It's essential to wear white(or whatever shade of cream etc that matches your dress) to your trial. Having full glam and your hair done can feel weird when you’re in everyday clothing, and wearing a bold color can mess with your ability to see the full picture. Wearing white to your trial will give you the best idea of how everything will look on your wedding day. It will also help you visualize how your makeup and hair will look with your dress.


If you plan on having a tan for your wedding day, make sure you come with a tan to your trial. This will ensure we don't have to change too much of the look on the day of. We want your makeup and hair to complement your skin tone, and having a tan during the trial will help us achieve the perfect look for your big day.

3. WASH YOUR HAIR (and face)

It's important to come with a clean face and clean, dry hair for your trial. Someone somewhere started a rumor that stylists prefer to work with dirty hair, and this is NOT TRUE! If I need to work with some more texture I’ll use a hair product that doesn’t build grease. We will also ask for this on your wedding day, This will help us achieve the best results and ensure that your makeup and hair stay in place throughout the day.


It's crucial to bring the jewelry you'll be wearing on your wedding day and your veil. These final touches will help you get the full picture of how everything will look. We will be able to create a cohesive look that compliments your dress and accessories.

5. WEAR HAIR EXTENSIONS (if you want to)

If you plan to wear hair pieces or extensions on your wedding day, be sure to bring them to your trial. We want everything to be as close to your wedding day as possible, so having your extensions or hair pieces will help us create the perfect look for you.

Beauty Timeline

After your bridal preview there are some steps I recommend leading up to your ceremony!

12+ Weeks before: Start a skincare regimen

It is crucial that you take care of your skin months before the wedding, and the sooner you start the better. I recommend getting monthly facials or at least one facial a week before the wedding. Your esthetician will know the best regimen for you but we always recommend a good hydrafacial. This is also a good time to start any serums. Be sure to have an at home routine as well- it doesn't have to be anything fancy just at least wash your face and moisturize daily –Yes oily skin needs moisturizer too.

1-2 week before Get a Hydrafacial

This service will get rid of any dead skin and have your skin glowing!

A few days before: Spray Tan, Mani/Pedi + Hair extensions/trim

We recommend you get a tan 1-2 days before your big day so that you have that instant bronzy glow without the sun damage. Please keep in mind we will want you away from the sun the week before your wedding to prevent any sunburns as they cannot be covered with makeup! We work with a few local spray tan artists whom you can find here.

Your Wedding Day Clean hair and face

On the morning of your wedding you just need a clean slate! That means clean hair and a clean face! A good makeup artist will use skin-prepping products on the day of your wedding to make sure your makeup sits perfectly.

You'll want you and your girls ready before the glam team arrives, so be sure to already have your robes or PJ's on. I recommend wearing something loose and comfortable that shows your chest so your makeup artist can properly match you. Linked here are a few get ready outfits I love for my brides!

  1. Be sure to steam any dresses the day before or before we start with any hair and makeup as the steam may ruin your look.

  2. Have your artist make you a schedule to fill in the names of your bridesmaids

  3. Designate someone to a task such as photo taker, food pickup etc.

  4. Hire your stylist for onsite touch ups and look flawless all day

For more advice about wedding planning, bridal beauty, and destination weddings check out my other wedding blogs here.

And if you’re still looking for a great makeup artist for your wedding day book with someone you know and trust! When you choose my team, you can expect that we will work together on your vision, making sure everything is perfect for your big day.

Are you ready to learn more about my bridal packages? Fill out my questionnaire here and we can talk about your vision for your dream look on your wedding day!

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