All You Need To Know About Your Wedding Day Prep

 In Tips & Tricks, Weddings

You did your trial, booked your hair and makeup artist, figured out a timeline, and now your wedding day is fast approaching. But what do you need to do to prep for the wedding day itself? The majority of it, the hair and makeup artist will do for you, but there are a few things you can do for your wedding prep for hair and makeup as well.

Elwynn + Cass Beauty Concierge / Wedding Hair and Makeup

Photography: Gaby J Photography // Beauty Concierge: Elwynn + Cass

How to Prep For Your Wedding Day Hair and Makeup

First and foremost, you want to make sure that everything has been booked. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but if you don’t have a deposit down to secure your hair and makeup artist, you need to do so immediately. Second thing is to have a timeline in place. The hair and makeup artist should draft one for you, or your planner / beauty concierge should as well. This insures timeliness on the day of and so there are no surprises.

Leading up to the wedding day, you can prep your skin with facials, and a consistent skin regime. Plan accordingly for when you get a spray tan (if you choose to do so), and your haircuts / color. For each of my clients, I send them a prep checklist of things to keep in mind and how to prepare for the wedding day, to insure the best application for makeup and lasting hairstyling.

This is an example of what I send them:

Prep details:

  • Come with 100% dry hair (washed and blown out without product the day before is best)
  • Clean skin (moisturizer without SPF or oils is fine)
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time, so that there are no delays in services starting
  • Have inspiration photos ready for the artists (saved to your phone) if you have a specific look in mind.

Why Dry Hair and Clean Skin?

The reasoning for coming with 100% dry hair (washed and blown out the day before) is for the oils in your hair to build up a little bit. That may sound gross, but “one day dirty hair” is best for styling, as there is some natural texture from your body’s natural oils. The stylist will then add any additional product to make the curls, updo, etc. hold.

Clean skin is more self-explanatory, but especially without SPF or oil based products, as these can interfere with the products the makeup artist uses to prep your skin. You want to have a long lasting and smooth finish for your makeup, so it’s best to come with completely clear skin. The makeup artist will handle it from there.

Elwynn + Cass Beauty Concierge / Wedding Hair and Makeup

Photography: Gaby J Photography // Beauty Concierge: Elwynn + Cass

Things You Don’t Need to Worry About or Bring On the Wedding Day

As I mentioned before, the hairstylist and makeup artist should bring most of the materials for your wedding day, so here are some things you don’t have to worry about.

  • Makeup chairs (the makeup artist will bring them)
  • Any makeup product (unless you want them to use some of your products, they will supply everything)
  • Hairstyling tools
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins, hair ties, etc.

Anything related to the styling itself, the hair and makeup artist will provide. Though depending on the space, you may need to make sure that you have adequate space and some dining chairs. Dining height chairs are best for hairstyling, so the stylist can be above you.

Pretty much everything you would need on your wedding day, the artists will provide, so at the end of the day you can just relax, enjoy the services and guess what? You’re getting married! Enjoy every second.



Beauty Concierge / Founder

Elwynn + Cass

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