One of the top tips any professional will tell you in preparation for your wedding hair and makeup trials is to come equipped with inspirational photos of looks you love. It’s like shopping for your wedding dress: Arriving with even the faintest idea as to what you’re looking for makes for a much more productive appointment, and hopefully a much happier (and easier going!) morning on your wedding.
I’m notorious for being an over-packer: No matter the distance or duration of my trip (whether it’s a quick weekend visit to a friend in Baltimore or a week-long getaway to the Caribbean), I’m constantly traveling with more baggage than necessary. I’m sure many of you can relate.
And while planning out my outfits is always a challenge, my biggest packing downfall is by far in the beauty department. I admit, my daily skincare and beauty routine is entirely too long, and even when on vacation I can’t seem to narrow it down to just the necessities.
The other week, my friend and colleague Em stopped by my office—with a glowing sun-kissed look about her that I did not remember from the morning—to tell me she had just met a makeup artist who had done about 1,000 brides last year.
Before I could even email the name she gave me, I got a note from Monica Virga, Rittenhouse’s newest makeup artist by way of Milan, inviting me to come meet her in her studio. So I went—and yes, dear readers, that is how many brides’ makeup she did last year.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a pedicure, four-handed massage or blowout at Wayne’s so-lovely Ame Salon and Spa , then you might be interested to know that later this month, they are kicking off a 12 Day Detox program that is so up the alley of all you brides looking to get a jumpstart on healthy habits for your get-dress-ready diet and workout routine.
It’s being run by the spa’s certified health coach, Alyssa Rodgers, who has a master’s degree in public health and who loves to work with people to keep health and fitness as a constant in their lives. This is the deal:
Remember when we told you that Birchbox—the subscription service that delivers a box of personalized beauty samples and other goodies to your doorstep each month—was launching a bridal-focused landing page filled with fun little gifts and inspiration for your wedding? Well now they’re once again catering to the engaged set by teaming up with Style Me Pretty to curate a wedding themed Birchbox just for brides-to-be (or bridesmaids or any girl that has a billion weddings to attend this summer).
There’s a reason why bridal makeup trials exist: The last thing you need on your Big Day is to be fussing over foundation colors, eyeliner styles and how it will all look in your wedding photos. If there’s ever a time when you want to feel completely confident in your makeup choices it’s on your wedding day, so it’s important to have it all planned out well before your walk down the aisle.
If you haven’t yet decided on a makeup look for your wedding day, we suggest you spend a tiny portion of your weekend at the Cherry Hill Nordstrom: They’ll be hosting one of their popular beauty trend events, and it’ll be a great opportunity for you to play around with a few ideas before the Big Day, and find anything from the lip color you’ll wear that day to the makeup artist who’ll apply it.
Now that you’re armed with all of the tips and tricks to nailing the perfect bridal manicure, it’s time to make the ever-important decision of what color your nails will actually be on your wedding day (because, you know, there are like a bajillion different nail polish colors to choose from these days).
Last year, we filled you in on Deborah Lippman’s adorable set of bridal nail polish colors, and just a few weeks ago, we were introduced to Clinique’s new limited-edition trio of bridal-hued lipsticks (available starting this month).
It inspired us to dig around for other beauty brands that have too-cute mini collections made especially for brides—and while sadly, the Lippman polish is no longer available, there’s still a lot of perfectly packaged bridal beauty out there.
Between making sure the makeup you wear on your wedding day achieves the look you’re going for, stays put, looks good—and, most importantly, looks like you—there can be a lot to think about when it comes to the lotions and potions you’ll wear on your Big Day.
Hearing from past brides about the lipstick that stayed put through all the portrait session-kissing and the mascara that didn’t run during tearful vows is a great way to learn about products you might want to have in your arsenal that day—but when makeup artists start talking about the stuff they’ve found to be tried and true, that’s when we really sit up and pay attention.