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!
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!
If you haven’t already heard, I’m here to shout it loud and proud : OUR NEW BEAUTY BAR IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!
Located right in the heart of the city, on the busiest street, populated with the BEST people in the world, our brand new beauty bar at 508 Yonge Street in Toronto is the obvious choice when it comes to getting your makeup and hair done before any big event, hot date, or just because. Central to all the local hotspots from the trendiest of eateries, the most mysterious of hidden resto-lounges, and the most exclusive clubs, BlushPretty is literally moments away from all the places you need to be seen at!
Whether its just makeup, just hair, or both – you can call or email to book in your appointment. We have a curated set of services and pricing at the beauty bar to make it easier for you and that also guarantees that you’re in and out in a jiffy without missing your dinner reservations.
- Want your eyes smoked out and you’ll do the rest in your Uber? Sure thing!
- Need a false lash application and your hair volumized? No problem!
- Beef up the brows and plump up your lips? We got you!
So – I don’t know what your plans are come this first weekend of March but with the opening of our new beauty bar, I’m inviting all your P.Y.T.s to come in and get pretty! :)
Hope to see you soon!
– xx, s
Just last saturday we chatted about setting up a beauty calendar, and how maintaining all your beauty appointments is just as important in your overall wellness as is regular doctor checkups and staying healthy. We’ve also touched upon healthier eating habits, which benefits your skin.
Now, while many people start off a brand new year looking to hit the gym and lose weight, we’ve avoided that resolution during this guide … until now.
Day 30 : January 30
Get active daily.
Notice that there is no mention of losing weight. Or building muscle. Or entering a fitness competition. The direction is simply to get active on a daily basis. It could be as simple as walking your lunch hour away. Waking up and doing yoga poses for 10 minutes. Going for a swim. Playing a round of pick-up basketball. Get your body moving – plain and simple.
Sure, getting your heart rate up has nothing to do with killing your look with contour and highlight; and for the most part, no one feels pretty when they are sweaty … but the benefits of moving around can help improve circulation and reduce stress which then translates into glowing healthy skin and less frown lines, wrinkles and stress acne. If you lose a little bit of weight along the way … well, hey – BONUS!
Healthy habits = happy lifestyle = a beautiful you!
TIP : You don’t have to sign up at your local community centre to get started on healthier habits. Yoga poses and body weight exercises can be done at open and the minute you wake up!
HOMEWORK : Download some of those fun apps that give you a workout in 7 minutes!
So, if you have been following the guide … you’ve made some appointments for your skin, your hair, and perhaps even eyelash extensions. That’s great. You deserve to treat yourself.
And treating yourself should happen regularly.
Day 28 : January 28
Prepare a beauty calendar for the next 8 months or for the full year!
A beauty calendar can help you stay on track of all the appointments for the one thing that matters the most : your wellness. Yes, many will say wellness is more about your internal health – like doctors appointments, therapy appointments, etc. – but wellness can also be nurtured by taking care of your beauty needs and giving you the opportunity to take care of you in ways that make you FEEL good about you. When you feel good about you, you’re mentally and emotionally happy … and happy is definitely a part of wellness. We tend to push aside our beauty appointments because we seem them as unimportant or not urgent … but your wellness IS priority.
Whether you use your Hobonichi planner, or that boy band calendar you received as a stocking stuffer this past holiday season, start looking ahead and the next 8 to 12 months. Start making notes on the days that you should :
- See your stylist for a trim, cut, or colour
- Book in your next facial
- Get a Brazilian
- Enjoy a therapeutic massage
There are many more beauty appointments you could include, but you get the idea. In addition, your calendar should include important event dates – ones where you’ll want to seek some professional beauty services in preparation for. Your cousin’s wedding, your high school reunion, your industry’s annual gala. This way, you’ll note to make any one-off appointments (manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions) close to the event date.
The days that you mark can be used as loose placeholders too … you don’t have to make any appointments for that specific day – but you want to stay within range of it. When you see it in your calendar it will trigger your brain to book and KEEP your appointment just like you would any other appointment you have. Preparing in advance is like 98% away from success!
TIP : Colour-coding! Colour coding your different appointments and service providers can keep you focused.
HOMEWORK : Aim to do at least 6 months if 8 or 12 seem daunting!
It’s Friday night and the weekend is here …
Day 27 : January 27
Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!
It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.
The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.
Paint away and enjoy your day!
TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!
HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!