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Looking into Artistry Teams? Be Sure to Ask These Questions …

Now, I might be a little bit biased, but I think the planning of your makeup and hair needs for your wedding day is the best part of your planning process. THE. BEST! I mean, think about it – you have the perfect excuse to peruse beauty boards on Pinterest all day, to visit every Sephora within a reasonable radius for samples, and to get your makeup and hair done a few times before the actual wedding date itself. Fun … fun … and more fun!bridal32

Choosing and working with an artistry team is also very fun, but to make it go smoother and easier it’s always a good idea to start of with a proper consultation before you schedule a trial run or book a wedding date. Consultations should be treated like a mini-date … a getting to know you kind of thing. Why? Because your artistry team will be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with you and your bridal party. They should fit right in with you guys and the vibe should feel comfortable and cozy and most importantly – trustworthy. You have to be able to trust your artistry team! Consultations can help you pinpoint whether a team is a yay or nay for you … especially before you start shelling out deposits and balances!

But how does one do a consultation? What questions should you ask? Here’s a quick guide on the top 10 questions (and their sub-questions that relate to them) that you should ask before making the right decision :

  • What would you say your beauty style is, and what looks are you really strong at doing?
  • This is the type of style I’m looking for, are you comfortable with doing this look and also, do you think this look is doable for me? If not, what adjustments can be made?
  • Do you have any tips or suggestions for me to prepare me for the trial run and/or for the wedding day itself?
  • I’m concerned about these specific issues (e.g. foundation matching properly, allergies to products, etc.) – how do you correct or address this problem?
  • For a party of my size, how many artists will be present to provide services? What is the experience of your assistants?
  • How long will it take to complete my entire bridal party? What can we do to make sure we run on time?
  • What is your backup plan if you are unable to provide services on my wedding day because of an emergency?
  • Are you flexible with changing numbers of my bridal party or a change in services? What are my options for adding or cancelling services?
  • What do you need in terms of set-up and lighting at my home, hotel room or venue? What will you bring with you to complete services?
  • Do you have any concerns or questions about the scope of mine and my bridal party’s beauty needs for the big day?

Keep this list handy before you go in for your consultations. Take notes and compare the answers and decide which artistry team had the best answers that made you feel like you were in good hands. In addition, keep in mind how you felt just being in the presence of the booking agent, artists, or team leader. In the end, choosing the right team is about the team that provides you the best service, but also, gives you the best feeling in your gut!

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scene+heard : lily and tony on nearlyweds.com

  
There is so much more to a bride’s wedding day than just the walk down the aisle, and lucky for us, we sometimes get to be a part of all those moments as well. This can include makeup and hair services for bridal showers, bachelorette  and much more … like engagement shoots.

Our friends at Two Bright Lights recently shared with us that a recent bride we worked with, Lily, and her engagement shoot with her fiancé Tony, were featured over at Nearlyweds.com. YAY! 

Lily came to us for makeup and hair services when preparing for this shoot, and our BP artists, Giselle and Samantha, were happy to oblige.

Ave just seen the photos, courtesy of Ten 2 Ten Photography and couldn’t believe how pretty they are. They definitely show the beauty of this couple and the love between them. Congratulations to Lily and Tony, and thank you for choosing BP to be a part of it.

  

Feel free to view the entire gallery over at Nearlyweds.com.   If you’re looking to book beauty services for your big day, or all the precious moments in between, well, look no further – give us a call, or feel free to fill out our form over at our contact page!

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get inspired : emma stone waves

Remember that year when it was all “short hair, don’t care”? A year of pixies, undercuts and fringe were all the rage, and rightly so because the look was hot. And while pixies and undercuts are still great cuts, some people have opted to start growing out their hair into bobs, and their slightly longer cousin – the lob.

But with any grow-out, come wedding season, we are often told “I’ve been growing out my hair, and it’s just a bit longer than a bob …and I really don’t know what I can do with it. Maybe we should just blow it out and I’ll wear it straight”.

Wearing your hair as is can be an option – nothing will translate as more you than a slightly more polished version of how you regularly wear your hair. You’l look great! However, if you are looking for another option, I think that the textured and wavy lob adds a bit of flare to your “not long enough yet” strands!

tousledLeft : Emma Stone
Right : waves done by Stephanie Daga, BlushPretty

I think the poster child for the ultimate wavy lob or bob is the always stylish (and charming) Emma Stone. She’s known to wear her short hair many ways from middle part to deep side part, straight to curly, bangs to no bangs. She knows her options! But I find her go to look is always a bit of piecey twistedness.

I have plenty of clients scheduled in this year with lobs. Some are brides, some are maids of honour, some are the chicest of mothers! Plenty are shooing away the standard blowout and flip for a sexier bedhead style.

To create this look for my clients I prefer to use a 1 inch curling iron and very few products. The list looks something like this:

– Hot Tools 1-inch barrel curling iron
– Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
– Sall Hershberger Supreme Lift Root Spray
– Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray
– Elnett Hair Spray
– Bumble+Bumble Styling Creme
– Bumble+Bumble Texture (un)Dressing Creme

For prep, I always start with a bit of dry shampoo brushed through the hair. My pick is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak, and I find it adds a bit of lift and texture, especially for finer hair types. It soaks up the right amount of excess oil, but doesn’t leave a film or dusty layer of product.

As I section through the bottom layers of hair, I’ll spray Sally Hershberger’s Supreme Lift Root Spray before wrapping small sections  around the barrel  of my iron. I never use the clamp and wrap the sections with the barrel pointed downward. I also leave the ends free a bit for a more undone look.  I’ll repeat this sectioning and wrapping from the nape of the neck to the crown, alternating the direction I wrap the the hair with each section.

For the layers from the crown and up, I do repeat the process, but instead use Sally Hershberger’s Glam Waves instead of root spray. This is just personal preference as I find it gives a shiny but not weighted appearance to the top layers.

Once I’m done wrapping the hair and styling the front according to the client’s wishes (some want fringe, some don’t; some want it up off the face, others flat!), I’ll either finesse and finish with some Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme or Texture (un)Dressing Creme.  While both are made to be applied to the hair while damp, I actually will rub a bit through my fingers or palms and then either smooth the hair (Styling Creme) for a bit of shine or break up the waves and “fluff” a bit more (Texture Creme) for a more undone appearance.

Everything gets finished with some Elnett. Every-THANG!

So that’s how we do the ‘do! If you want to see it up close and personal – have you RSVP’d for our Bridal Beauty Preview this Sunday, January 31, 2016 yet?  If not, there is still time with a couple of spots left! Save your spot by heading over to our Eventbrite page!

Have a great week!

-s-

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get inspired : dude, how’s my updo?

bridal25How do you prefer your updo?
Sleek and clean?
Braided and boho?

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how to : deal with a difficult bridesmaid ( or sibling, or friend …)

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Photo by Tamara Lockwood
(And none of these bridesmaids were difficult, we swear, just a pic that fits the post! Ha ha.)

As we near the end of bridal season, it’s crazy for me to even think of how many years the team and I have been doing bridal work. We’re talking over 10 years beautifying brides, and weddings every weekend. And over the past decade-plus, we’ve seen it all  and heard it all … so we thought that a great series to bring to a blog, was a “how-to” of sorts ranging from everything beauty to everything wedding prep …

For our first “how-to” let’s begin with bridesmaids (or siblings or friend). She’s the one you love to death, the one you can’t imagine life without, and the one you wouldn’t dare exclude from you bridal party. She’s always honest, always has your back, and is the life of the party. No wonder you chose her, right?

But, once you showed up with that ring on your finger … things changed. She may have gone, what a previous bride called it when telling me about her issues, “rogue”. The rogue bridesmaid seems to choose the opposite of what you request, is MIA for bridal party chats and get togethers, and perhaps, questions or shows disinterest in anything wedding.  Or perhaps she believes that it’s her day! Prime examples of the rogue bridesmaid are :

  • chooses a strapless style bridesmaids dress when you specifically said you wanted the bridal party to wear straps – or basically, she chooses the exact opposite of what you requested;
  • seems to have forgotten to follow through on some or all of the tasks she was delegated for your bridal shower, bachelorette, etc.; and
  • has an opinion on everything, and that opinion teeters on condescending rather than being helpful.

Bride’s often ask me for bridezilla stories (I’ll never tell, xoxo) – but the honest truth is that it is very rarely the bride … and always a bridesmaid. Perhaps it’s the bestie, the sister in law to be, or for some, that cousin that you adore but also felt obligated to choose to stand at the altar with you. Regardless of the connection, any stories we do have are those that involve the rogue bridesmaid.

Rogue bridesmaids can often bring negative energy into a room on the wedding day. Things can get tense. Bridal breakfast seems cordial rather than casual. And prep can start to centre around the rogue bride and her drama instead of the bride.

If you happen to have a rogue bridesmaid who seems more interested in herself and her role at your wedding than your own nuptial bliss, here are some tips to bring the focus back to the most important person of all : you!

  • Have a heart to heart : before moving along to any of the take-aways below, it’s always best to try communicating first. Rule out misunderstandings, inadvertent hurt feelings (because someone said something to someone about something you said to someone about her – duh!), or perhaps a personal situation she didn’t want to share with you because she didn’t want to bother you. You should also take the time to communicate how you are feeling about her actions as well. Half the time, this will solve the problem … and if it doesn’t keep on reading!
  • Delegate less : if she happens to neglect appointments, meet-ups and tasks she was delegated, spend less time obsessing or stressing over it, and just delegate less to her. Or even, nothing. Don’t rely on her to help out with your bridal shower. Don’t ask her to help you shop for the ribbon for your giveaways. Focus on what you need to get done, and less on what she isn’t doing. Her only task will then be “show up for the ceremony, look pretty”.
  • Embrace a bridetatorship : it’s your day, right? Everyone knows that, and no one will argue. If you have a certain look that you want each bridesmaid to follow, and 5 out of 6 of them are following it (rogue being the 6th) – tell her “no, i’m sorry, you cannot have the deep dark royal blue dress when everyone is wearing baby blue”. If you still have push-back, then become a “dresstator” : pick three dresses you love and are happy with, and let your bridesmaids choose from the three … no ifs, ands, or buts. Take this piece of advice and apply it to anything bridesmaid-related : you choose the options, they choose one.
  • Don’t ask for her opinion: This can actually apply to everyone, rogue or not. No one’s opinion on your dress, your hair, your shoes, your bridal colours matter … but most importantly, hers definitely does not. You make all the decisions, don’t ask for her opinion if her opinions constantly drip with negativity.
  • Opt for a bride only morning: Yes, it can be fun to get ready with your bridal party, but if you have come to the point where her actions make you request valium or hard liquor before the clock strikes 9 am … opt for a bride-only morning. Get ready with just your mama. Or your maid of honour and no one else. Have your other bridesmaids get ready on their own and meet you at your house before departure time, or at the wedding venue. There is no rule that you must get ready with your entire bridal party … but if you are … keep reading.
  • Time it perfectly : There is one reason you should get ready with all your bridesmaids and that is, to ensure they are on time and that the adhered to your beauty and accessories options (because rogue is always late and she will probably take centre stage by wearing bright red lipstick in the exact same shade you are!). If you choose to get ready with your bridal party as a whole, keep your rogue bridesmaid from monopolizing the morning by scheduling her to have her makeup and hair done close to the end of your party’s appointment time. If you schedule her first, she won’t care how much time she eats up with or cuts into for the next bridesmaid on the list because she has “tweaks” to her hair and makeup. Also, have two getting ready areas : one for the bridal party, and one specifically for you where you can get ready in private and away from her.

Now of course, there is always the option of parting ways with a rogue bridesmaid if it comes to the point that you can stand each other but for the most part, we find that our brides tend to take the high road and keep the peace. things often return to normal once the bride says “I do” , so patience is always key. In the meantime, we do hope the tips above will help you survive the big day and all the time leading up to it.

Hope you enjoyed our first “how to”.

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