I have to say, I was pretty nervous about it.
Most of the pictures that I saw in magazines were of women with shellacked hair, smokey eyes and squidgy looking lipgloss. And I don't know about you, but my fiance would run the other way if I came down the aisle looking like that.
So when the hair and makeup artist showed up, I immediately started babbling about "natural" makeup and wanting "hair that wasn't crunchy." They looked a little bewildered at first, but my mom calmed them down and let them know that I wasn't a Linda Blair-bride or something.
First came makeup. The artist used a face primer and a lip scuffer to smooth out my chapped lips. She used MAC foundation and concealer (the same one I use!) and a fabulous combination of grey and pink eyeshadows with a little black eyeliner near the lashes. She used a Mary Kay mascara in black on my lashes to finish the look.
The effect was really great.
I looked like me. Only better.
The last part of the picture was the lipstick. The artist used a magenta-ey pink Mary Kay shade that I just didn't love. As a devotee of pale pink glosses, the lipstick felt heavy handed to me. And way too dark. She explained that you need a brighter lip color for photographs, but the color never felt right to me.
Meanwhile, on my head....
The hair stylist began her work. She immediately proclaimed that my hair was too soft and silky to hold a curl (damn you, Pantene! You make my hair too soft for it's own good!!).
She made do, curling my hair into soft waves and pulling half back into a little twist. While the effect was perfect, especially with my dress (I had a fitting an hour after the trial) it wasn't smooth sailing.
There was a lot of hair spray involved in this process, and the curl started to come out even as she stood there.
The prescription for what ails my hair? No conditioner.
How is that going to work? I have to wash my hair that day. In fact, I have to wash my hair every day. I seriously can't not wash my hair. She told me I could use a little light leave in conditioner, but that was it...
(did you like that double negative, mmm, weddings have made me dumb)
So. Help me out people! Does anyone have a recommendation for me? Leave in conditioner, maybe even a spray? Help a sister out!