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How Inspirational Photos Can Help or Hurt Your Hair & Makeup Trial

June 21, 2017

Kendra from Up Do's For I Do's is lending us her advice today on how inspirational photos can help or hurt your hair and makeup trial. Here's what she has to say...


The day is finally here, you have your ideal dress, the flowers have been delivered, and the cake looks delicious.  But before you tie the knot with your perfect partner, what do you need to know about how to create stunning wedding pictures that will last a lifetime? Before the big day, you should always have a hair and makeup trial to ensure you capture the exact wedding look you want.  It is always helpful to gather some inspirational pictures to bring to your hair and makeup artists.



The Ways Inspiration Photos Can Help:
Photos can help you communicate to a hair stylist what type of wave or curl you like. If the photographed hair is super curly and you don’t like that, it’s a great way to show your artist what to avoid.  If the hair has just the right amount of wave or includes a rustic braid, it’s good to have an image to translate your thoughts. In addition to the type of texture, photos can help determine the amount of height or fullness.


The Woes of Inspiration Photos:

Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration photos, but there are a few things you should know before settling on your style! Oftentimes, models or featured brides have extensions in their hair which will affect the look. Also, highlights and multi-tone coloring can make hairstyles photograph much differently than a person with a solid or one-tone hair color.  Be sure to discuss these options with your stylist to see what would realistically work best for you! Now let’s talk about hair jewelry!  It’s much easier to see an accessory in someone’s hair versus just buying it off a website. Be sure to try out some different pieces to see how it looks and holds in your hair. One of our favorite websites to purchase hair accessories is Hair Comes the Bride. See something you like? Use our discount code: updosforidos to enjoy 10% off!


The Wonder of Inspiration Photos:

Here are some simple tips and tricks for a successful hair trial:

DO bring in photos with similar hair color and texture as your own.  What is your hair’s natural state? If you have fine and very straight hair, ask your stylist about the best option for a long-lasting style.  It also helps to choose models with a similar face shape.

DON’T get a haircut or color the day before your wedding!  We suggest that you have your cut and color in mind when you meet with your stylist for your trial.

KEEP IN MIND the style and neckline of your dress.  Wear a shirt that is similar to your dress color and neckline during your trial. An oversized sweater, turtleneck, or collared shirt may not look well with your wedding hair. Also, while weather can be unpredictable, it is important to consider it when determining your hairstyle.  Are you getting married on a windy beach or in a beautiful church?  To prevent frizz, flyaways, and fiascos, consider how these conditions can impact how your hair holds and what style might work best!





The Ways Inspiration Photos Can Help:

Are you looking for a dramatic or more natural look for your wedding makeup?  Are the colors you are attracted to matte or dewy?  Are you thinking lipstick or a gloss?  Inspiration photos are great for deciding on your basic coloring and overall look. A professional makeup artist can look at a photo and notice the “feel” that you are going for. 


The Woes of Inspiration Photos:
Again, Pinterest is an awesome place to find some makeup inspiration for your wedding, but be aware of the pitfalls of Pinterest!

Nearly 90% of online photos are Photoshopped or have a filter! The digital retouching can alter skin texture as well as wrinkles, pores, and blemishes. We love our Instagram filters as much as the next person, but we want you to look just as glamorous with #nofilter!

Each face shape and feature is unique. What might look good on Kim Kardashian may not work for you.  

Eye shapes play a major role in makeup applications. The photo you may be attracted to might be pretty on the model’s eyes but if we used the same technique on your eye shape, it could close your eyes, create unnatural shape, or even make you look tired!  

Skin tones and underlying skin tones vary from person to person. The model in the photo may have a yellow hue to their skin where you may have a pink hue. The colors used on her skin may clash with your natural coloring. 

While the eyes may pop in a photo, consider that the model may have eyelash extensions or false lashes applied. 

The Wonder of Inspiration Photos:


Here are some simple tips and tricks for a successful makeup trial:


DO Use photos as inspiration for the amount of makeup you’d like to wear.  Are you going for a Hollywood starlet look or chic country bride?  Also, be sure to ask your artist what features they would enhance when discussing your makeup.  Work with your best assets, not against them!


DON’T go overboard with something new that will drastically change your look!  Remembe

r that this is for a wedding day and the photos will be in your family for years.  Maybe you should save that fun glitter lipstick for the bachelorette party! 


KEED IN MIND that a professional camera will take off 50% of makeup when photographed. The makeup in the photos is much heavier in person.  You might also want to consider lashes to open your eyes and make them pop in photos! To make hair and makeup trial appointments, click here to contact us.  We would love to help make your wedding day perfect!


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