Indian Wedding Hair and Makeup

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of being part of may different cultures weddings and celebrations.

Its always a wonderful thing to learn about the traditions that go on with these weddings.  Over this weekend, I was privileged to get an Indian Bride ready with her Hair and Makeup.

I had to attend to my bride, 3 times over the weekend, to help change her look over the weekend of celebrations.

On Saturday, it was what I would describe as her 'engagement party', she had a beautiful peach dress to wear, that was adorn with gold embellishments and lots of jewelry.  We had her hair up, kept her makeup on the lighter side and she wanted peachy lip color to match her dress.

On the Sunday morning, I went back to get her ready for your wedding ceremony at 1.30.  Traditionally girls aren't allowed to wear red until they are married, so her out fit was all red.  Which is one of my favorite colors.  We again kept her makeup on the lighter side, as she didn't want to wear too much makeup, but mum instructed me that she had to have red lipstick.

Beautiful  Indian Bride with Hair and Makeup  by Amber at Verdo Hair and Makeup

Beautiful Indian Bride with Hair and Makeup by Amber at Verdo Hair and Makeup

On the Sunday evening I went back one last time to help get my lovely bride ready for her after party.  As we had, had 2 events with her hair up, I suggested letting her beautiful hair down and curling it and wearing half up half down.

She had another outfit to wear, so we used a great copper eyeshadow and kept her lips more a dusty pink color.

It was a very busy, but lovely weekend, spent with a wonderful lady and her family.

Top Tips for Getting Ready for Your Wedding.

Today, I wanted to talk about some of my top tips for getting ready for your big day.

Drink more water - you hear this all the time, but this is a must for all up coming brides.  It helps flush out all the toxins, and helps keeps your skin hydrated.

Eat well - Most brides tend to go on what I call the "Bridal Diet" which is usually very restricted.  However, I suggest have a balance diet, lots of fresh, unprocessed foods.  Also, make sure your eating your good fats.  This will help keep your skin and hair nice and healthy for your big day.

Relax - Its easier said than done, especially when it comes to your wedding planning.  However, this stressful time will have some harmful effects on your body (including skin and hair).  Take time out to go for a walk, do something you love doing that will make you happy and relaxed.

Repair - Nows a great time to focus on the things you wanted to spend some time and money on.  Look at your skin, go get some professional advice, start using good products.  The same with your hair, invest in going to the hairdresser a little more, do weekly hair masks to help keep the hydration in your hair. 

All these things will help get you ready for the biggest day of your life.  Its an exciting time and there is a lot going on.  Make sure you take some time out for yourself.

Hair Extensions for your Wedding Day

Are you struggling with the question: "To have hair extensions or not for your wedding day?"

Here is my advice for hair extensions for your big day.

I am finding that this wedding season, more brides are looking are deciding to wear their hair up.  The issue with this, is no matter how long your hair is, more often than not, their hair isn't enough to create the look they are after.

So you have two options:

Permanent attached hair extensions.  

Apart from them being insanely expensive to have put in (I had mine done a few years back and it cost me $1400) they also take about 6-8 hours to put in.  Not ideal when you are time poor.  Often, you can also see the attachments when your hair is pulled off your face, this can make tightly pulled back hair styles hard to get perfect.  Once the wedding is finished, then you are left with them in, great if you are wanting long hair for your honeymoon.  You would have to get them professionally removed as well.

Clip in hair extensions.

This is the option I highly suggest.  You can purchase human hair, which feels like your own hair, and you can colour these to match, if you have a hair colour slightly outside the normal.  I find with clip in Hair, I can put these in certain areas (ie if you are having a messy low bun, I will put the extenstions in the area where the bun is going), you can remove these and use them over and over again ( you will just need to learn how to put these in, which you can find on Youtube easily enough), they won't damage your hair and I find that they are a lot cheaper (I think they can be between 150-200 for a set).

If you are lacking volume or want that beautifully big low messy bun for your wedding day, then I would highly recommend getting some hair extenstions.  Talk with your Hair and Makeup Artist and they would point you in the right direction.

Amber xx

What to expect on your wedding day

Your wedding day is here, and your a mix of nerves, excitement and emotions.  Often I get asked what to expect on your wedding day, since I have been to a lot of brides wedding day.  So I thought I would put together a few things I tell my brides on their big day.

 

The night before can be exciting, and overwhelming.  All your friends and family are around, all your bridesmaids are in the same room (especially if they have come from overseas).  It’s often when you want to stay up late chatting, and drinking wine.  Here are my suggestions for the night before:

* Tell friends that you need some time with your bridesmaids (or alone if your that way inclined), so that your not bombarded with visitors, when all you need to do is relax.

* Don’t drink too much, you have a super long day ahead, and having a hang over isn’t going to make you feel any better.

* Have something of substance to eat.  You may not feel like eating, but do.  Your nerves will be all over the place, and your appetite is usually the first thing that will leave, but again, you have a long day ahead tomorrow and you need food.

* TRY and have an early night, even if you are just relaxing in bed, its better than nothing.

* Nows not the time to try any new facial treatment etc with your skin.  Also, your hair and makeup artist should have given you instructions for your hair and skin for the next day, if not ask.

On the day.

* Make sure you have breakfast, and even though you may want to, I suggest do start drinking till at least midday.  Alcohol and nerves don’t mix well, and I have had a case where the bride nearly toppled off my makeup chair due to drinking too much.

* Make sure you eat lunch, and have snacks and non alcoholic beverages around.

* Make sure you know what time your hair and makeup artist is coming, and have the space ready for them so they can get started.  Also, make sure that the people who are up first are with you, so the artist can get started asap.

* Its a good idea to keep the amount of people in your room at a minimum, having lots of people in there is distracting and can make you feel overwhelmed.  I usually suggest just having the morning with you and your bridesmaids.

* Its potentially going to get emotional, so make sure you have plenty of tissues around.

What to look for when choosing a Hair and Makeup Artist

Along side of choosing your photographer, venue and dress, just as important is who makes you look your best on your big day.  Here are a few tips with choosing your Hair and Makeup Artist that will make you look stunning.

 

  1.  Do you research.  There are loads of hair and makeup artists out there to choose from.  Spend some time, look at portfolios, ask around.  Make sure to check out there Facebook page as well (if they have one), I often post pictures of my work on my Facebook page (Verdo Hair and Makeup), rather than onto my website, as they have been taken with my mobile phone and not good quality enough for my website.
  2. Make sure the style you are going for matches whats in their portfolio.  Or if you are wanting something very different, then ask the artist if they are able to do this style for you.  If not, a good hair and makeup artist will refer you onto someone they know and trust.
  3. Communicate with your Hair and Makeup artist.  Ask questions, even if you feel your asking too much.  You have to feel comfortable with her or him.  Even though during peak season most hair and makeup artists are very busy, we will have the time to answer your questions.
  4.  Have a trial with your potential hair and makeup artist, this is so important, and well worth the money.  This gives both you and the artist a strong idea of what you are wanting on the day.  It will also show you what you can look like.  This is a great way to see if you are going to work well together on the day.  Your artist should carry out a consultation with you before he or she applies any makeup.
  5. But most of all a skilled Hair and Makeup artist should do the following:
    • Has the skills and professional products to keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless all day
    • Understands how flash photography affects the appearance of makeup, therefore selects and supplies appropriate cosmetics
    • Provides peace of mind and reassurance for those who lack confidence in their own appearance – they will put you at ease and assure you that you will look how you intend to
    • Saves you time and money in researching and sourcing your own cosmetics
    • Gives you professional one-to-one advice during your makeup trial, helping achieve the most from your beauty and skincare regime
    • Is great for calming last minute nerves and will put any concerns at ease
    • Provides an enjoyable pampering treatment so the bride can sit and relax