As a cosmetology student, you’ve likely been approached by multiple bridesmaids and brides-to-be. It’s an honor to be asked to do your friends’ wedding up-do and makeup, but it’s also a lot of pressure. Implement these essential tips to ensure that your loved ones look gorgeous while walking down the
- Sometimes, simple is better
The more you browse Pinterest, the more you’ll be convinced that you can handle complex hairstyles and bridal makeup. Unfortunately, many of the styles featured on Pinterest are challenging for even the most experienced professionals. Stick to simple, sweet styles that you can have looking flawless in less than an hour.
- Tools of the trade
The tools you use are just as important as your technique. Ideally, brides and bridesmaids will use the same basic hair and makeup products that they rely on for everyday beauty. If your friends insist on trying something new, be sure to practice a few times to ensure that unfamiliar products don’t cause breakouts or frizzy hair.
- Hairpins and primer are your friend
Hair and makeup may look perfect when first completed, but after a long day of posing for pictures and a long night of dancing, makeup may run and hair may fall out. Use plenty of hairpins to ensure that updos remain firmly in place – and a good primer to keep makeup looking fresh for hours.
- Practice makes perfect
The need for a practice run cannot be overstated. Professional stylists and makeup artists practice the same handful of styles constantly, and even prefer to practice on brides and bridesmaids prior to the big day. Practice is even more essential for aspiring cosmetologists doing makeup for a wedding. Ideally, bridal makeup and hairstyles should be selected at least a few months before the wedding and then rehearsed multiple times. Practice at least once within a week of the wedding to account for any recent hairstyle changes or climate issues (especially humidity).
- Prepare a backup plan
You could practice a beautiful hairstyle a dozen times and still have everything fall apart on the big day. Develop an easy, stress-free plan B that can be adopted if everything goes wrong. Backup makeup should be similar to the bride’s everyday look, but just a bit darker. Great backup hairstyles include simple curls with a tiara, a French twist, or an elegant side-swept bun. As with the official look, you should practice the backup style at least once prior to the wedding.
Give your friends the gift of wedding beauty and prove that you’ve been working hard at cosmetology school. You’ll come away with a very grateful group of friends and several beautiful pictures to include in your portfolio.
Written by Josie Black.