Ask the experts: bridal hair and makeup tips

When it comes to your wedding day, choosing the right dress and accessories is only half the battle. The other half? “What am I going to do with my hair?” A question that becomes even more important by printing wedding photos that will last a lifetime (and, no?). And makeup! What about makeup?

Resources like Pinterest and Bridal Beauty Magazine are great places to collect beauty inspirations, but asking experts helps turn inspiration into reality. We have teamed up with Chiali Meng, a Southern California hairdresser, and makeup artist, and Jen Huang, a renowned photographer, to show them what they think is the best version of yourself for your big day.

What should brides do to take care of their curls that lead to the big day?

Chiali: Get a good haircut with long layered layers that frame the face, especially when you grow your hair. Layers help your stylist to create the architecture of your look and maximize the overall effect. Give yourself a rich and multidimensional hair coloring, especially if your curls are dark. The lighter shades show the complexity of your hairstyle and are more beautiful in the photos.
How should brides choose the perfect wedding hair accessories?
Chiali: Find something that reflects your unique personality and style, but keep an eye on your clothing design, with the proportion of your hairstyle and how your hair accessory will stand out. Your headdress should complement, but not overwhelm or dominate your look.

Jen: My favorite hair accessories are timeless accessories – like photography if you do not want to include all the trends, stick to simple designs that will remain classic years. Laurette Combs (pictured above) is a good example.
Are the dates of hair and make-up tests necessary?
Chiali: Absolutely necessary! I can not emphasize how important it is to have a process. This is the time to consult, play with different ideas and looks, and come to the same page with your stylist. You want to feel safe and see your absolute best on your wedding day. There is no time to play the guessing game!

Jen: It’s important to choose the hairstyle or makeup that makes you feel good and comfortable. It may not always be what you originally planned, so a test is a good idea. The buns are ideal for those who know that their hair can fall flat when they are loose and down. But a relaxed loop is one of the most popular styles I see with my brides because they feel and are not exaggerated. It’s important to choose a look that fits your wedding style, and a trial will help you discover what it is!

When it comes to wedding makeup, what is the thing you want brides to know in advance?

Chiali: Be open-minded about your likes and dislikes and give your makeup artist guidelines for the direction of appearance you want to achieve. Visual cues are very useful for nailing your vision!
Jen: As in all relationships, communication and trust are the keys, and an open and respectful dialogue is very helpful in getting the desired look of the bride. I always advise my clients to choose a makeup artist who feels so good that she does not even have to look in the mirror to check the final result – as if they could leave the room and feel confident and beautiful all day.
What hair and makeup products do each bride need? Do you have proven Go-Tos?
Chiali: Shu Uemura’s hard-wearing brow pencil is in my makeup kit for twenty years. It is an absolute must and creates the most natural eyebrows. I have every color that I mix and match for my wives. I also have to make sure that they stay flawless through all kinds of weather and emotions, so I turn to MAC Liquidlast Liner. No Waschbäraugen here! Two of my other favorite products are the Shiseido Eyelash Curler for the perfect and durable curl that truly opens the eyes of a bride, and NARS Luster Blush for its versatility and ability to flatter all skin tones!

What are the biggest hair trends you expect in 2017?

Chiali: I like the easy, accessible and structured hairstyle that is currently in fashion. It’s romantic and fashionable and so a nice change from the princess barrel lock that was so popular at weddings for a long time. We will also see a lot of twists, with the pigtail trend remaining strong until 2017.

Jen: While trends can come and go, remember that make-up and hair are only part of a bigger day, a day whose goal is to celebrate love and prepare for the beginning of life. this new chapter of your life define. Choose a look that tells you who you are, who you want to be and what type of couple you want to stay.