Hair and Makeup Advice for Destination Weddings

I’m getting married abroad – bridal hair and makeup help!

If you’re getting married abroad you have a couple of options for your bridal hair and makeup – they’re the same as getting married in the UK fundamentally. You can either pay a professional to help you with your hair and makeup or you can do it yourself.  When you’re planning a destination wedding of course you have two options in the professional category – you can either go for a local artist or you can fly over a UK artist.

Hire a professional or do your own bridal makeup?

As a professional I am obviously a bit biased and think you should probably hire a professional! Though I totally understand that this isn’t feasible for everyone.  If you are considering doing your own bridal hair and/or makeup I really recommend having a makeup lesson first. Not only will you learn some new tricks, techniques and how to do that elusive eyeliner you never quite managed! You’ll also learn what products would be best for a destination wedding where the weather may be much hotter (or colder) than the UK standard.  We can also do hair styling lessons and teach you how to create that perfect wave with GHD’s and create a beautiful style you can recreate yourself.

If you’re not sure you want to do your own hair and makeup we don’t blame you! Hiring a professional for your wedding morning is a real treat.  All you have to do is get up, have a shower and relax! Everything else is taken care of for you – and what better excuse than your wedding day to feel like a bit of a celebrity!

Hire a local hair and makeup artist of fly someone out?

So this often depends on your wedding destination – in Italy for example the cost of hair and makeup is generally far higher than it is in the UK so even including the cost of travel to fly someone over it often still works out cheaper.  For other locations the cost is sometimes more even or it is slightly more expensive to fly over an artist.  There are still pro’s to doing so however, for a start you can have a trial in the UK at a time that suits you and not a week before the wedding when you arrive at your destination.  Secondly you’ll speak the same language as your artist so you can clearly explain the look you want and if you don’t like something!

Do I need to change my makeup for a destination wedding?

So, do you remember last summer (2018) when it was like 10000000 degrees every day in the UK!? You’d put your makeup on, walk outside and sweat it all off?  Well. Yeah.  You do need to change up your makeup for a destination wedding!  We tend to use a lot drier products, more powders than creams etc as this doesn’t get slippy on the surface of your skin.  We’ve also got some serious setting sprays and other tricks up our sleeves (you didn’t think we were going to spill all our secrets did you?!)

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