Help! I can’t decide on a hairstyle…

Ok, so choosing a hairstyle for your wedding day isn’t exactly rocket science, so why is it soooooo difficult? You want to look like you just stepped out of Hello magazine, but need a little bit of help. Well you may have come to the right place….

Get some ideas
Start by taking a look at online hair galleries for some ideas (search google images for ‘hair’), then start collecting some pictures from magazines and off the internet. Be realistic – is your hair straight / thick / long enough for the style you like? Select several photos to show the stylist at your trial and ask her to try each of them out. Be open to new ideas and any advice she gives you.

Up or down?
Try to choose a style that will suit your face shape – round faces suit high “updo’s” and sleek long styles while long faces suit styles that have width and volume. Would you be comfortable with all your hair pulled away from your face? Consider having some hair up and some down, or leaving wispy bits around you face to soften. If you have a low-cut or off-the-shoulder dress will you feel comfortable with a little flesh exposed?

Curly or straight?
Once you have decided to wear you hair up or down, the possibilities are endless. Curls are soft and romantic, as are pleats, twists, plaits and variations to the bun. Or perhaps you prefer more contemporary spikes and twists. Try to reflect your personality in your bridal hairdo, but don’t be a fashion victim, or you’ll laugh at your photo’s in twenty years time!

Tiara’s and veils
These should compliment your hairstyle but not hide it. If you have chosen a large floor-length veil, your hairstyle needs to be sturdy enough to hold it’s shape until you take the veil off. Some veils look better sat at the back of the head under a mass of curls or a bun. As a rule, the hair shouldn’t be worn longer than the veil.

Beads, jewels and flowers
These are always popular as they add extra sparkle and colour and can tie in with your colour scheme and jewellery. Pins and hair-grips with sparkling gems in the ends have a stunning effect, whilst small flowers can be scattered amongst curls or wired to a comb to flatter a french pleat.

Pre-Wedding Trial
Always have a trial well in advance of your wedding, this aid peace of mind. Most stylists visit the brides at least 6 months before their wedding day. Your hair may need to grow longer for your desired style, so you can always have another trial nearer to your wedding day.

Wedding hair checklist

1. Have a trial run with your stylist as soon as your wedding date is set. If possible, take along a photo of your dress, and any headpiece or hair accessories.

2. Find out if you need to grow your hair length, improve the condition with conditioning treatments, change the colour or have some highlights.

3. NEVER shampoo hair or conditioning treatments on the wedding day.

4. On the day of the wedding make sure the bridal party wear button or zip-up clothes. No crew neck jumpers! This will ensure you dont mess up your style…

5. Now just relax….

And now to the make-up!

Whether you are doing your make up yourself or hiring someone else to do it, try to remember the following: –

1. Your make up should be an enhancement of what you normally wear. For example, if you usually go for the natural look, stick to natural colours but slightly stronger. You don’t want to try out blue mascara and red lipstick! Remember your fiancé is marrying you, so he should at least recognize you! Saying that you should define your features stronger than what you usually do, so they show up in photographs. You should feel comfortable in the make up you are wearing, this is not the time to try out anything drastic. On your day you don’t want to be worrying about your shade of lippy whilst saying your vows.

2. If you are having your make up done professionally, make sure you have a practice run before your big day. A good idea is to have a dress rehearsal and take photos, so you can then check that it will look good.

3. Like a very dear friend of mine who recently got married, she cried the whole way through. Waterproof mascara is a must!

4. You want your make up to last all day. There are some fabulous long lasting make up items around, which will ensure that you don’t need to “touch up” during the day. Believe me you won’t have time to re-apply your make up.

Make up Tips

1. Starting with concealer and foundation. Be careful about the colour foundation you choose. Whilst you should always go for a match as near as your skin, anything too pale will make you look washed out if you are wearing a white/ivory dress. Try to choose a yellow toned foundation to bring warmth into your face. Alternatively use bronzing powder to give you a bit of colour – if you are wearing a low cut dress remember to sweep it across the chest area so you don’t look “two toned”.

2. Whilst there are some lovely “shine” products available to give a dewy complexion, again be very careful where you use them. In photographs it will be easy to mistake the “glow” for sweat – not nice. If you are applying a highlighter, stick to brow bones, cheekbones and a dab in the middle of your lips. If you are wearing a low cut dress add a little on your décolletage. Beware of any makeup that is too sparkly, this can look strange in the photos. Matte is usually best.

3. Pending on what season you are getting married this will also have to be taken into account when planning your makeup. Avoid anything too shiny on your skin if you are getting married in the summer, stick to a coloured lip-gloss but don’t wear shine all-over. Light formulas are better as you don’t want your makeup melting in the sun. Winter make up can be more dramatic although again it’s best to stick to a stronger look of your usual make up, bear in mind if it is a very cold day, you may want a green concealer. Green will counteract any redness to stop you looking like Rudolph!

4. To make your lipstick last all day. First apply a lip primer to give your lips an even surface and rid of any flaky bits. I always apply foundation to the lips and let it dry – this gives a good base. Then line your lips with your lip pencil (which should be the same shade as your lipstick). Then fill in all your lips with the pencil. Finally on top of that apply your lipstick. Blot with a tissue and reapply your lipstick – repeat this twice. Now your lipstick should stay on all day. If it does start to wear off you will have the lip pencil underneath so your lips won’t look patchy.

5. Although foundation/concealer should be left to areas where you need it, i.e. around the nose then blended into the cheeks (you don’t want to put it everywhere otherwise it will look false), you can also apply to your eyes to give your eye shadow a good base and something to cling on to.

6. Eyebrows – have them professionally shaped before your big day and enhance them with a same colour eyebrow shade. Eyebrows frame your face and it can make a huge difference if you have the professionally shaped – a la Liz Hurley!

7. To make your eyes look bigger and whiter choose dark navy mascara. If you are dark skinned or have brown eyes then black is usually best. Brown mascara can make eyes look tired.

8. To lift your eyes apply a highlighter just below your brow bone. If you have small eyelids, apply a highlighter just in the center of the eyelid and a dark brown shade in the eyelid crease – this will lift your eyes. White/ivory eyeliner in the rim of your eyes also makes them appear brighter, however be careful if you wear contact lenses as your eyes maybe sensitive. To make your eyes look more wide set blend the highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes.

9. For a natural flush apply a light natural pink shade onto the apples of your cheeks – don’t go to harsh, especially if you are drinking which can give you a natural flush look without the blush.

Finally remember on your big day to have the following to hand.

* Cotton buds, to wipe away any smudges under the eyes
* Your lippy, should you need a touch up.
* Some translucent powder to blot away any sweaty patches
* Breath freshener (you will be doing lots of kissing – alcohol breath is not very attractive!)
* Contact lens solution – if you wear them.
* Small phial of your perfume to keep you smelling gorgeous – which you will be!
* And your man of course!!!