5 Key Wedding Hair and Makeup Rules to Follow

Rachel Krause


Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, but with all the planning, chaos, and stress surrounding the event, well… we could all use a little enforcement of order. Rules are made to be broken, but first they must be made—that’s where we come in. Don’t think of these wedding hair and makeup tips as rules, but rather as a gentle guiding force should you find yourself led astray.

Get your haircut, color, and facial done about a week before.
You want to look as fresh as possible, yes, but hear us out: Getting major services done with little time to spare is a recipe for disaster. A facial can easily result in three days of redness, and we don’t know about you, but it always takes us a couple days after a haircut before we’re fully comfortable with the new look. Save yourself the anxiety and book your appointments about a week ahead of your wedding.

Always do a hair and makeup trial, even if you’re doing it yourself.
Now’s not the time to get foolhardy—we fully support brides doing their own hair and makeup, but even if you’ve done your own hair and makeup a million times before, it’s crucial to do it a million and one. Go over the exact way you’ll achieve your look, from washing your hair to applying your last coat of mascara. If you’re getting your look professionally done, don’t settle until you’re 100-percent happy with it, and confident that your glam squad will get everything right down to the smallest detail.

Use all waterproof everything.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly avid crier, we strongly suggest that you opt for as much waterproof makeup as possible. You want to be prepared for everything—rain, tears, other peoples’ tears—so that there’s nothing to stress about at the final moments. An everything-proof setting spray is also our number one tool of the trade for making sure nothing (and we mean nothing) budges. SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal is, no exaggeration, indispensable. It’ll have your back come hell or high water. Literally.

Don’t get creative.
We’d encourage you to try something new on any other day, but your wedding day is not the time to take false lashes or bold lipstick for a first-time test drive. Hold to what you know looks good on you—or, better, what you know looks amazing on you. If you’re working with a makeup artist, let him or her know what your day-to-day look is like, too, so that you can work together to find something that’s glamorous enough for your wedding day, but still makes you feel like yourself.

Don’t overthink it.
Don’t cling too hard to the idea of “bridal makeup” or what magazines say you should look like. Your wedding day beauty look isn’t about looking red carpet ready—it’s about looking like the best, happiest version of yourself. Don’t forget that… no matter how many hair and makeup trials you end up doing before you’re satisfied.

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