Post # 1
Has anyone here used the so cal company "Hair Comes the Bride" for the hair and/or make-up? My fsil put a deposit down with them when she was engaged, but the wedding was called off. She reserved her date 1 1/2 years in advance, but they would not refund the money. She has offered to let me use her trial (she left a $150 deposit and never did her trial) and the money she put down towards services. I have aleady booked previews with other companies and I’m not sure if I should take her up on the offer. It feels a little awkward. Also, how many different companies should I do previews with. I’ve done two so far and have been very disappointed. Bees… please advise!! Thank you.
Post # 3
Are you in South OC? I’ve hear that Hair Comes the Bride does a decent job, but they have a specific bridal look that they produce. If you like the look, then great! I wouldn’t feel awkward about using FSIL’s deposit as it’s money that’s going to go to waste anyway.
You should hopefully not have to spend too much money on previews if you find someone you connect with and can execute your vision, while adding their own creative touch…they are the professionals after all.
For great updos and bridal hair, check out Carl King at Ego Salon in Kaleidescope Center in Mission Viejo or Joaquin Regalado at Hampton Salon in Newport Beach.
For great wedding makeup, go to your local MAC counter. They’ll do trial runs for $40 (or free if you buy $40 worth of product, so you might as well walk out of their with new makeup!). If you like the results, you can book an appt. for application the day of the wedding. I got lucky and my MAC gal was willing to come to my hotel to do the entire bridal party for a pretty reasonable fee.
Post # 4
I live in south oc, but the wedding is on the UCLA campus. I’ve decided to get eyelash extensions because on the two trials I did the false eyelases fell off within 5 hours of wearing them, and I can’t risk that on my wedding day. MAC seems to be the in thing for wedding make-up; I used to wear it in my 20’s, but now I wear mineral make-up, so I’m not sure if I should switch to MAC for the wedding day. I tried airbrushed make-up and hated it. Maybe I’m just too picky. I’ve decided to go ahead with the "Hair Comes the Bride" trial. Thanks for tips socalbeachgirl — I’ll look into them!
Post # 5
Good call on the eyelash extensions. My strip lashes made it through the ceremony & pictures. But with all the happy tears during our wedding, they started falling off during the toasts at the reception. I’m so happy with the pictures before they fell off, but am so bummed the post-pictures don’t look as good, but it’s probably only me who notices anyway.
Totally agree with you that MAC is known for being too heavy. However, since make-up artists use them for photo shoots, I knew it would have lasting power for the whole day. I communicated to my artist that I wanted very natural-looking make-up that would look good from the first shot to the last shot.
So regardless of who you choose, just communicate what your vision is. A good pointer that I received during the trials is to take a picture of yourself immediately after it’s done. Then take another picture after 6-8 hours of running around, which will be a great indicator of what your make-up will look like after it settles in.
Don’t forget to factor in tear-dabbing and lots of hugging people, which means you’ll need a retouch or two along the way!