I know finding the right hairstylist in a salon is tough, but finding the right hairstylist and make-up artist to get you ready for your wedding is even harder! I’m here to help out by making a list of info and tips of what to know and do before finding the perfect hair and make-up artist for your wedding.
Give them the details up front
First off, when contacting stylists, send them an email with all the following info:
- name (of course), wedding date & location, getting ready location, services required, bridal party number requiring service, any photo links (Pinterest, wedding website, etc.), and a nice message telling a little bit about yourself
Making sure the artist has all your info makes the process more efficient. They have all the info they need and can go straight into scheduling a trial right from that first email.
Tell them your hair story
When planning for your trial run, be sure to disclose any info about your hair and skin the artist might need to know, such as:
-allergies or sensitivities to products, if you’re planning on cutting or growing out your hair before the wedding, your skin type, your hair type, how your hair holds curl, etc.
Do your research
Having photos of reference to discuss your look is very helpful for you and your artist to find a common language and to communicate what you want for your look. Come equipped with plenty of references. Pinterest is the easiest way to organize your thoughts.
Prep your face and hair
Before arriving at your trial run, prepare your face and hair as requested by your artist. I ask my brides to come with their hair clean and dry, and their skin clean and moisturized. But everyone has a different preference so check with your artist beforehand.
Ask to see multiple looks
At your trial, if you are deciding between a couple of looks, ask your artist to show you a few possibilities. This is your time to find your perfect look, so your artist should show you all your choices. As time is precious, you may want to think about tipping your stylist if the appointment runs long.
Ask all your beauty questions
During your trial, take this precious time with your hair and make-up professional to ask them any and all beauty questions you may have! This is a very rare chance, for most women, to have one on one time with a beauty professional so take advantage!
Pay attention to their cleanliness
Something to notice during your trial run is the cleanliness of your artist, as well as their tools and kit. Take a look around their things. Does it look & smell clean? Does it look like they wash & sanitize their tools after every client? Do they double dip into their pots of make-up, or do they use a palette to keep from cross contamination?
When you’re all dolled up be sure to take photos of all sides of your hair and your face with your eyes closed as well. These photos are for you to show friends if you want some second opinions, or to look at later to be sure you’re really happy with your look. Also, if you’re trying out different looks, take photos of all the looks so you can compare them.
Set the beauty itinerary for the day of
Getting the itinerary for the big day set can be done during the trial as well. Talk to your artist about how many girls in your bridal party are requesting services; if your mother or mother-in-law are also getting done. Set up the timing of your whole day with your artist right then so you don’t have to worry about it later.
Get to know each other
The time in your trial is also the time to get to know your artist. After all, they will be there getting you ready on your special day, so you really need to decide if their personality will mesh with you and your bridal party. They pretty much will be the last person to talk to you before you get into your wedding dress, so you must make sure your personalities don’t clash.
Go over the details of who is paying for the services, when your artist requires payment, and what type of payment they prefer. There are so many different ways to pay, so check with your artist to see what they accept, be it credit card, cash, check, or by mobile banking. Have your whole payment ready to go on the day of your wedding so you’re not scrambling to pay your artist when you should be putting your dress on!
Sign the contract
Most artists will require you, or whoever is paying for your services, to sign a contract. It’s not a big deal, it just protects the artist from people who try to get out of paying. Just make sure you read the fine print!
Tipping is a really lovely way to say an extra thank you to your artist for their hard work. And for dealing with you during the most fun and stressful time of your life! A tip can be anywhere around 15%-20% and up, or if your hair and make-up artist is a dear friend, a thoughtful gift is also appropriate.
At the end of the day what matters most is that you look like the best version of yourself and take your groom’s breath away. Going through the process of finding a hair and make-up artist should be fun and stress free! It comes down to they way you look to your new husband and in your photos. So relax and enjoy getting dolled up, its the best way to start your big day!
If you want to hear a more about the bride’s perspective on this subject, head over to Lovely Bride's blog, where I did a faux bridal trial with one of their LA stylists to give her a better idea about what goes on in a trial run!
Let’s celebrate Christmas! What better way than to sip champagne and look at wedding dresses while I braid your gorgeous locks? I can’t think of anything!
Join me on December 13th at Lovely Bride LA for their second annual Holiday Party!!! There will be snacks, champagne, a fun Photo Booth, my braid bar, and of course a shop full of gorgeous wedding gowns. Not to mention the designer Sarah Seven herself will be there as well!!!
Can’t wait to see you there Lovelies!!
Also, if you will be shopping at Lovely during the Sarah Seven Trunk Show that weekend, you can schedule a complimentary appointment with me to chat about your hair and make-up look to go with your dress from Lovely!!
Just contact me ahead of time to reserve your appointment!
I recently had the pleasure of working on the loveliest bride Renee! She came to me requesting finger waves! Her whole look for the wedding was very vintage but still soft and modern. I did her hair as well as her mother’s, mother in law’s, and a few bridesmaids. It was a busy morning getting all the girls ready but it was a blast! Check out the feature here!
Hey beauties! Do you sometimes want to wear fringe but don’t want the commitment of cutting them? How about wanting to wear your hair a la Brigitte Bardot? Even if you haven’t thought about it until now, here’s a sweet and simple tutorial for faux bangs and a sassy Brigitte Bardot updo!
1. First off section your hair; one section that you will make into your fringe at your front hairline, then a half moon section right behind the fringe, and the rest of each side, and put them all into clips. Leave the back of your head free for the next step
2. Brush all the hair at the back of the head to one side and make a seam with bob pins straight up the center of your head. Hairspray as needed.
3. Roll the other side of your hair over into the middle creating a french twist & secure with bob pins. Hairspray as needed.
4. Next start at the top half moon section of hair and backcomb the roots lightly, then curl with a 1” curling iron & clip into place, it should make about three curls, do the same on the side, curling away from the face.
5. Backcomb, curl & clip into place on the other side as well.
6. For the fringe area, part it right down the middle and curl each side back from the face, be sure to really drag the roots down on your forehead so they will lay flat later, clip into place.
7. Take all the cups out and gently rake your fingers through your hair pulling it back toward the top of your french twist, pin into place. Its okay to leave ends out and loose, this is a messy do!
8. Then gently brush your faux fringe area onto your forehead and back behind your ear, joining it with the rest of the hair in the back, hide bob pins where needed.
9. Here it is! You can see that I left the ends loose and unpinned, and only a few pins were actually used, with minimal hairspray to get that messy undone Brigitte Bardot look!
This is the last Halloween hairspiration for this year! Halloween is just around the corner so you better get your costume together! This last post is all about influential ladies of the 1960’s!
These gals were the inspirations for the men in their lives, or even for a whole fashion movement! Pattie Boyd inspired Eric Clapton in his music, Mary Quant made the mini skirt and hot pants fashionable, and of course Edie Sedgwick was Andy Warhol’s muse. Needless to say these ladies are gorgeous and need to be relived if just for a night!
Break out your black eyeliner and teasing comb, these ladies were serious glamazons!
Edie Sedgwick & Patty Boyd
Penelope Tree & Mary Quant
Twiggy & Brigitte Bardot
A little Twiggy Tutorial!
Here are some ideas for couple costumes!
Edie Sedgwick & Andy Warhol
Mary Quant & Vidal Sassoon
Pattie Boyd & George Harrison
Aren’t they beautiful!? Be a muse this Halloween,pose for lots of photos, and maybe you will inspire a special someone at your parties!
Ill be posting a Brigitte Bardot inspired hair tutorial later this week so stay tuned!
The second post of Halloween Inspirations comes from a wonderful era when the modern woman was born.
These ladies were risqué, dancing and boozing through every hot nightclub in big cities. They had short hair and a sassy attitude! So break out your slinkiest drop waist dress and darkest red lipstick to bring the flappers of the 1920’s alive! Pick any one of these ladies’ signature looks for a show stopping halloween get up!
Want to dress up with your man? How about the quintessential couple of the 1920’s! Get your man to slick his hair back, don a suit, and write you love letters as Scott to your Zelda.
Paint the town red with these sultry beauty inspirations this halloween! And don’t forget to bring your own flask to the party!
Break out your guitars, cowboy hats and lots of fringe! Big hair, glitter, and fabulous dresses are a few of the items needed to pull off these retro star’s looks! If you want a solo costume that is sure to be a showstopper try one of these fabulous ladies on for size!
Seriously! Look at these hairdo’s and outfits!!
Country Music Couples!
Or if you want a couples outfit look no further than these crooning duos!
Bonus points if you learn one of their songs and sing it at your Halloween party!
Stay tuned for the next Aubrey Marie Beauty Halloween Inspiration post!
Past to Present: Modern hairdressing's vintage counterparts
Long before there was electricity and many other modern inventions we now take for granted, women were styling their hair. They were doing wet sets to be exact, setting their curls with wet hair, styling products, and rollers, letting them dry, then finishing the style. The weekly wet sets of days past are now replaced by the weekly blow dry. The times and styles may be different but the salon culture is still very much the same. A weekly visit to the salon meant a good gossip session with you hairdresser and possibly the other ladies in the salon as well.
Women today visit salons or blow dry bars for a wash and style to last them the week. Not that different from our grandmothers who went in for their weekly hairstyle, they are just executed a bit differently.
Today’s woman wants a much more relaxed look than our modern counterparts, we wear our hair down and flowing, not up, stiff and coiffed. The weekly wash, set, and styles women used to get were solid, seriously rock hard hairstyles that didn’t budge the whole week.
Now the cycle of getting our hair done weekly has come back into fashion. We’re busier these days and don’t want to spend time daily doing our hair, one hour in the salon a week fits perfectly into our hectic schedules. I also feel that women are aware they should leave their hair up to the professionals because lets face it, doing your own hair can be tough!
But the main reason we ladies, those of the past and present, go to the salon for our weekly styles is really because we love the attention and pampering no one else can give us but our stylists. We may have more in common with our grandmothers than we think. Go ahead ask yours what getting her hair done was like. I bet you will agree a thing or two.
Every month or so I have the privilege of working on the Disney store photo shoots assisting hair & make-up. I spend all day turning little munchkins into princesses, how great is that!?? Here are some cuties I worked on!
This year so far, I have been really fortunate to be able to assist some really amazing hairdressers. They’re from all different backgrounds and have different approaches to hairdressing and client relations, and all are extremely talented and hard working. One’s a celebrity hairstylist, one’s more fashion oriented, and the other is more of a male groomer. Needless to say, I get so much diverse experience when I work with each of these amazing artists. I thought it would be fun to show some photos from the shoots that I assisted on. Some I did wig work on, some I merely held bob pins and hairspray but they were each a great chance to learn from really great hairdressers.
It is absolutely amazing that a cosmetics company can pioneer the luxury beauty industry beginning in 1910, and still be alive today. Remarkably, still selling some of the same products it began with!
Elizabeth Arden was a Canadian immigrant who pushed her way into wealthy social circles she then started treating in her revolutionary beauty treatment salons with the ever famous red doors to welcome you in. She, along with her rival Helena Rubinstein, started the luxury beauty industry in the early 1900’s. Turning what was once mere soaps and toiletries into a multi billion dollar industry encompassing all things beauty. They were the first to link fitness, diet, and fashion to beauty, bringing all aspects of that into their treatment salons.
Since its introduction into her skincare range in 1930, Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream was a bestseller, and remains so today! The same goes for her fragrance Blue Grass, created in 1934, which you can also still buy today.
The beauty industry is a completely different game today than it was then, but we owe so much to these early innovators who created practices that we still find effective today. We owe a lot to these ladies’ hard work all those years ago.