Hair & Makeup Trends

Some brides may be eager to get their hair and makeup done professionally for their wedding; others may be stumped.  Choosing what hair and makeup you’re going with for your big day can be overwhelming.

Luckily, Castle Farms has plenty of Preferred Service Providers who will ensure that you have a professional and enjoyable experience with the option of the most modern, classic, or unique style you can imagine.  We highly recommend contacting a stylist early on to determine your beauty plan.  Although you may be tempted to save a couple bucks by watching a few tutorials on YouTube or asking a friend to help you out, there can be some implications with that, like a shaky hand from nerves, or maybe a few too many mimosas delaying your timeline for the day.  Also, asking a friend for help may have you subject to their creative liberty, and tough conversations are best to avoid on a day meant for so much more.  When you select a salon or hair and makeup artist, they are trained to make you look and feel your most beautiful and won’t say “no” to a hair and makeup trial (or sometimes two) to ensure your vision truly comes to life.  Keep reading to learn more about ways to ensure the most effortless and successful beauty day for your wedding!  Check out our list of salons in the area we recommend for bridal beauty here.

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Hair is one of the easier decisions you must make when it comes to your bridal look.  You may have a hairpiece you want to incorporate, or your hair may be a length that can only achieve a certain style.  You may even have a certain face shape that only certain styles complement.

You may have a large hairpiece that may only fit with a look that involves a low, loose bun.  On the other hand, if you’re keeping it simple, consider some loose curls and some hair pinned up for a more elegant half-up, half-down look.

Are you trying to showcase some statement earrings or complement the neckline of your dress?  An updo may be for you.  If you’re interested in a more classic look, consider placing the updo a little higher on your head.  Otherwise, you could shoot for something lower, maybe even to the side.  Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to pull out a few pieces and play with it, you may be able to achieve something unique and beautiful!

If you’re leaning towards a trendier look, some beachy waves can do wonders.  A lot of brides are opting towards a more effortless look that involves some loose curls and less stiff, uniform curls.

Bride at Salon
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Makeup can be intimidating, especially for those who don’t consider themselves self-taught pros.  Whatever you do, don’t go for something overly experimental for your wedding day look.  You still want to look like you, and definitely want to avoid the “What was I thinking?!” phrase 10 or 20 years down the road.

For fairer skin tones, nudes and light-blush pink lip shades will always be flattering.  Add a touch of gloss for a more juicy, kissable look.  If you have a deeper skin tone, caramel browns and mauves can be stunning.  If you’re getting married in a fall or winter season and want to try an eggplant or burnt orange statement lip, give it a whirl for a couple of special occasions beforehand.  Really get a feel for what is most flattering to you.

Makeup artist
Sarah Papes Photography

You want to exude confidence on your wedding day, don’t stray for that by experimenting with something that doesn’t make you feel your most beautiful.  Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it up.  With that being said, avoid the overly chiseled, contoured look that will completely change the shape or coloring of your face.  Your fiance chose to marry you, for YOU.  Your wedding day may seem like a golden ticket to go overboard, but don’t take that as an opportunity to completely change your appearance.

These days, less matte and more natural, dewy looks are what a lot of brides are striving for, and that’s great!  A sun-kissed complexion and sexy, sultry eyes may be just the look you’re going for.  When it comes to eyeshadow, a darker, winged outer corner can really accentuate your eye shape and really give a nice lift to your natural features.  Don’t be afraid to play with false lashes, either.  There are some very subtle falsies that give the slightest, yet most flattering drama to the eye.  If you’re looking to really go glam and play up those eyes, don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to pick up the liquid liner and dramatic false lashes.

Makeup artists in dressing room
Kay Marie Photography


Now, nails.  Nails are where you can play with a bit of creativity.  Maybe incorporate some of your wedding colors or that sparkle your bridesmaids refused to wear.  If you’re unsure, you can always go with a classic nude or french tip and have one accent nail.  On the other hand, you could go completely classic and simple in order to not steal your new bling’s thunder.  If acrylics aren’t something you’re used to and are scared to try, lean towards a gel or dip powder.  Those options are also healthier for your nails and not as much of a pain to grow out.

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Spa Treatments

With your wedding quickly approaching, it can be easy to fall for spa gimmicks.  You may be tempted to do the works: massage, facials, waxing, spray tan, fillers…hold off and sleep on it before booking an appointment for each.  Facials can spike certain skin sensitivities and cause breakouts.  Spray tans, for those who have never gotten them before, can be shocking.  You may not be used to your new shade, and against a white or off-white gown…it may come off as a bit harsh.  Do a couple of trial runs in the months leading up to make sure you find a shade that suits you.  The same can go for fillers or botox.  It can look great once you’ve found your niche but can take a couple of trials to really achieve the look you’re picturing.  Start small, because it’s always much easier to add on than take away.  However, when it comes to a massage, no hesitation there.  Go for it.  You deserve it; you’ve got the biggest day of your life ahead of you!

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Your wedding photos are going to be something you look back on for the entirety of your marriage.  They’ll be posted on social media, hung on your walls, and of course, you’ll need to give a couple copies to Grandma or the new in-laws.  Not even that, there’s the moment where each guest stands and turns towards you before you make your way down the aisle.  With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to come up with an insta-worthy look that is sure to wow your wedding guests and your new spouse!

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