Category — Bridal Beauty
Even as a bridal stylist, girls ask me all the time what exactly goes into a hair trial. “How far in advance should I do it?” “Should I schedule both a hair trial and for the actual day at the same time?” “Do I show up just as is?” “Do I need to bring anything?”
Well ladies, I will be completely honest with you. I had no idea myself. But being in the wedding world, I have met and made connections with quite a few within the bridal industry and one of them is now my dear friend Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty.
Aubrey and I decided to do our own mock hair trial to help you lovelies know the 411 on what to expect. It can be a little intimidating meeting someone you don’t know to help you look amazing for your special day. But no worries, I’m going to take you step by step on how Aubrey works and how easy it all is.
I met up with Aubrey at her super cute home, and with a cup of coffee, we sat down, and I showed her my Pinterest board. Aubrey also said that clients could send her any inspirations they have ahead of time to give her an idea of what the vision for the entire wedding is. And upon viewing my own “Special Day” board we saw that I myself am not quite traditional but not eclectic either. Bohemian wasn’t really my style, and I don’t think I’d go very 1920s. We looked at hairstyles that I loved, and makeup inspiration photos I adored. I wanted my look to be very classic and natural but possibly a little hint of glam in there. Not too done, a little messy and somehow make it look effortless. Aubrey was all ears and helped me really zone in on what I wanted.
So now I’m sitting in her beauty chair and we are chatting away. Now, I know that Aubrey is a friend of mine, but when I first met her, I immediately felt comfortable. She definitely has that affect on people and I think that’s incredibly important. This is a big day, and every part of the journey to the altar should be a wonderful experience.
But back to sitting in the chair, chatting away, Aubrey starts with curling my hair and pinning them to my head to hold the curl. Once my whole head is covered in pin curls, she starts on my makeup. Now, it was brought to my attention how sanitary Aubrey is. She never put a used sponge on my face, and always sprayed brushes down with alcohol to disinfect any germs. She also never put any foundation on her hands, only on a freshly cleaned palette. I believe this to be very important as well when looking at who is doing your makeup. Germs and breakouts are not fun, and if we can avoid this, that would be awesome. I mean I would want to be clean and clear on my honeymoon, wouldn’t you?
During the makeup portion of my trial, Aubrey asked me questions all along the way just to make sure I was getting what I wanted. Be sure to pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions or have them use a different lip color. Did I want a smokier eye? Did I want more color on my lips, or more of a subdued natural color? I really appreciated this, and in the end, got exactly what I was thinking for my makeup and felt like a million bucks! Now to finish my hair…
Because my imaginary dress is a backless gown, I would want my hair up. And with my inspiration pictures, Aubrey twisted and curled, and pinned my hair up into the perfect up-do. It was done in a flash, and I loved it. My look was complete! But since this is a hair trial, we tried a different “do” to make sure it was the one I would go with on the actual day.
The second time, Aubrey put my hair lower and added this awesome braid down the center. See, now I was in a dilemma because I really liked this look too!
Then, Aubrey surprised me again with pretty much reading my mind. I had the thought that I would wear my hair up for the ceremony and then take it down or half down for the reception. Aubrey already started showing me that I could do this, and what I found really awesome, was that she kept the braided part still intact. She showed me how easy it is, and that I could definitely do it myself or have a bridesmaid help me for when I would chose to make this change.
I truly was very impressed with how Aubrey worked. She asked questions that I would not have even known to ask, and definitely followed through with my answers on how I wanted things to be. If there was any advice I would give, which of course is the whole point of this blog post, I would for sure take part in the following:
1. Come prepared with pictures of what you are imagining for your special day. Or send them to your hair and makeup artist before hand.
2. Come with a clean face and dry hair (sometimes day old hair works great too), and be prepared to stay for a couple hours.
3. After the hair trial is all said and done and you have decided on your “look” for the special day, go ahead and schedule your time with your artist for the wedding day. That’s one more check off your list.
4. On the wedding day, before your artist comes to get you all ready, and any bridesmaids or Mother of the Bride, have them pay you for the services before hand or with a designated person. Of course letting your artist know all the specs at your hair trial about how many girls and if it’s both the hair and makeup for them all, or just hair, etc.
5. On the day of, have an area for your artist to work. It’s so nice and considerate to have a table set up with a chair and mirror for them so all they have to do is set up and do what they do best.
Now I hope this little mock trial helped you understand what to expect for your own hair trial. And if you need any more questions answered or are interested in the fab Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty, check out her blog and website. Aubrey is always more than willing to assist and she’s a pretty cool chick anyway. BIG thanks to Merrill Melideo from Sweet Little Photographs for helping us document this lovely mock hair trial, and allowing you lovelies to see all of this in action.
Aubrey will also be doing a mini consultation during the Sarah Seven Trunk Show to provide a little up-do to go with a dress you pick during your appointment. That way you can see the whole image coming together for your special day!
You can also meet Aubrey at her Braid Bar at this year’s Christmas Party at Lovely Los Angeles on Dec. 13th from 6-9pm! This year’s theme celebrates the new GOLD LABEL from Sarah Seven, so make sure to wear GOLD!
Taking a minimalist and modern approach to Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection is not hard to do and will ensure a clean, crisp, and timeless wedding day. The “Meme” gown is an elegant mermaid silhouette that is to die for with a train that lengthens any body type. A truly flattering dress that speaks volumes and stands alone. And that slight touch of lace is exemplified against this simple styling and makes this One Great Dress!
Nicole Miller Bridal/ Straight Voluminous Hair/ Moon Drop Earrings/ Gold Rose Ring/ Soft & Simple Makeup/ Detailed Bear Candles/ Herb Bouquet/ Minimalist Save The Date/ Modern Purse/ Minimal Flutter Cake/ Gold Votives/ Outdoor Space/ Modern Art Gallery
Orange lips are popping up all over the place, and I for one can’t wait to try this trend come Spring!
Think a completely neutral face, and then a burst of beautiful orange on the mouth. The look below is from the recent Creatures of the Wind show. James Boehmer, director of global artistry at Nars, is the man behind this face.
The inspiration comes from the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein’s psychedelic landscapes.. which are pretty darn groovy.
Blame it on Zooey Deschanel. Ever since she showed up at the 2012 Golden Globes with her tuxedo nails, things have been different at the salon.
A beauty revolution has since been launched.. whether you just want the “party nail” look, or are going for something more specific, the sky is now the limit! I’ve compiled some of our favorite textured nail looks below:
Here are some great DIY tutorials if you’re brave enough to try, otherwise book a salon appointment in advance, and trust the professionals!
Absolutely stunning is this week’s One Great Dress. Seeing as we have a Lovely trunk show for the darling Hayley Paige in New York, it seemed fitting indeed to put forth a little posh for this beautiful gown, “Carrie.” Open jeweled back with layers upon layers of gorgeousness from a natural waist is very feminine, romantic, and as I see it, posh. Going with muted tones in grey and rose, and a little splash of chic black to complete the look, “Carrie” has quickly become one of my favorites.
Hayley Paige “Carrie”/ Getaway Car/ Tulle Skirt/ Grey Ribboned Lavender Satchels/ Mauve Purple Babydoll/ Stunning Bouquet/ Mauve Sparkled Couture/ Jeweled Flats/ Tom Ford Lipstick/ Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow/ Pretty Clutch/ Handsome Bow Tie/ Diamond Bridesmaids Earrings/ Feathered Hair Piece/ Diamond and Pearl Necklace/ Sheer Jeweled Headband/ Elegant Backyard Reception/ Grey Seating/ Sparkled Votive/ Posh Mauve Dress/ Pretty Tablescape/ Smokey Eyes/ Ribbon Tied Black Heels/ Bride Must-Haves