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.

Who is Amber? and What is she about?

I thought I should write a wee blog post on who I am and what am I about.

Often its hard to make a decision to use someone for the biggest day of your life, based on a website and not really knowing the person who is going to be spending most of your wedding day with.

My name is Amber McIver, I was born in Wellington and grew up in Auckland.  I went to Baradene college in Remuera, and I grew up on a farm in Drury (South Auckland).

I always knew from a young age I wanted to be a hairdresser, I often would cut off my barbie dolls hair and mum always brought me hair styling books as I was growing up.  So when I finished school, and headed off to hairdressing school.  Despite hating high school, I loved hair dressing school and was one of the top students, boasting 100% attendance over the 2 years.

I finished up at hair dressing school and found a job working in a tiny salon in Papakura.  Sadly, my boss at the time, was the most horrible person and I was wrongfully dismissed.  I took her to court and won my case, but it put me off working in the industry.

So I left the beauty industry, and got into the good old corporate world.  Working my way up the "food chain", till I was the Financial Accountant then Operations Analyst for Coca Cola.  I always felt I was wasted sitting behind a computer, and I didn't want to end up like the grumpy old man that sat next to me, who had been there 30 + years.  So I left and sought to get back into the industry I love.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to purchase the shell of my business (Verdo Nails), it was a very run down business, and all I was buying was the chalets.  I had to start from scratch, and it was tough, as there was no clients coming in my salon, but being pretty stubborn, I continued, with the plan that one day I would have something special.

About 18 months into business, I decided to start using my hair dressing skill (to which I paid 10k to learn by the way).  I enrolled in a bridal hair and makeup course, which was full time.  From there I found I loved getting people ready for their wedding day.

I still continued to grow my salon, and decided to link the two businesses together.

Why do I love what I do?

I love working with people, I am totally a relationship builder, and love hearing other peoples stories.  I am lucky that I get the opportunity to hang out with women I normally wouldn't get to meet.

I love making women feel good about themselves.  We often are rushing around and putting ourselves down so often, that taking some time out to look after ourselves, and do something that makes us feel good about ourselves is a must in life.  Especially if you are a busy mum.

Also, getting to spend the day with women on the happiest day of their lives is pretty cool.  Its so much fun to be around a bridal party when they are at their happiest.

I am lucky to have a job that I love, even 6 years into it.  

Amber xxx

Amber McIver - Verdo Parnell, Hair and Makeup artist, nail stylist

Amber McIver - Verdo Parnell, Hair and Makeup artist, nail stylist

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.

10 Make-Up Tricks Every Woman Should know.

  1. Struggling to find where to start your blusher.  Smile at yourself in the mirror and start in the middle of the apple of your cheek.  This is the fleshy part of your cheek and is the high point of that fleshy part.

  2. Have you broken your favorite pressed power compact??  Don't need to throw it out.  Break up the balance of the powder, add a couple of drops of Isopropyl alcohol (you can get this at your local chemist) and then pat it all back down.  Allow time to dry and it will be as good as new.

  3. Always check your makeup application in different lights.  Its easy to over apply your makeup in the morning under bathroom lighting.  So always check it before you leave the house.

  4. If you have a mascara brush you love as it gives you that perfectly perfect lash.  Clean it off, I would use makeup remover, and you can reuse with a new mascara.

  5. Want to make your lipstick last longer?  After your application, take a tissue and place it over your lips, then dust translucent powder over the top.  This will set the lipstick and make it last twice as long as it used to.

  6. Are you tried of lipstick on your teeth?  Put your finger in your mouth and close your mouth.  Pull your finger out and this cleans the inside of your lips and you won't get any lippy on your teeth.

  7. If your skin colour changes a lot through summer and winter, then don't fret about having 2 different foundations.  Take your darker foundation, and add a little moisturizer to it, this will dilute the colour a fraction, and will still match the tone of your skin.

  8. When using bright colours on your eyelids, put white pencil down underneath.  This makes the colour pop on your eyelids.

  9. You can turn your pencil liner into a gel liner.  Hold the pencil tip over a flame for 1 second.  Let it cool down for 15 seconds and apply.  This will give you that gel liner look.

  10. If your lips are a bit dry and flaky, use a tooth brush to gently exfoliate off the dry skin and then apply your lippy.

Hope these little tricks helps, its always good to get a hair and makeup artists little beauty hacks.

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.