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Beauty Spotlight: Weddings by Celissa Rae

Every bride wants to look her best on the big day, so we sat down with Austin hair and makeup artist Weddings by Celissa Rae for all the insider tips!

What beauty trends are you noticing for the summer? Summer always seems to bring my favorite wedding hair trends. This year has included bridal updo’s to beat the summer heat. Most brides are jazzing up their updo by adding in a braid, some fresh flowers or a flower crown. Makeup has consisted of soft pink blushes layered perfectly with a sun-kissed highlighter and a soft brown smokey eye.

What advice do you have for a bride trying to find the right look for her day? If you’re in search of finding the perfect look for your wedding day stick to pictures of girls with the same color and texture hair as your own. Blonde styles always have more depth and shadows and can mislead a brunette.  Same goes for your eye color. Choose a picture with the same color eyes as your own so you don’t create a misleading end result. If you find a picture of a look you love send it to your wedding hair and makeup artist along with a head shot of yourself and they will be able to guide you in a realistic direction.

How can a bride help her makeup stay put for the entire event, and withstand the tears? When in search for a wedding makeup artist, make sure you ask the right questions. Are your foundations waterproof? Do you have waterproof eyeliner, mascara and waterproof eyelid primer? These are so important. Not only is this a day of beauty but a day of emotion. Trust me, there will be good tears. You want your look to last far beyond the night’s end and not melt away with the sweat from dancing or from tears of joy. If you are considering airbrush makeup it is also important to make sure the products used are waterproof as well.

What beauty product should every bride have? I always have my brides get two products for their big day! The first would be a lipstick or gloss. The reason I have them select their own is because it is the one thing that won’t last all night. You want to be able to reapply through the evening and have the same color in all of your pictures. The second is NYX HD white setting powder. This stuff is like magic! It not only feels like silk on your skin but it helps absorb shine and sets your makeup. It photographs so beautifully and is a great way to make your foundation look fresh and light, not cakey.

Any other helpful beauty tips for brides-to-be? Every bride should add a good face cleanser as well as moisturizer to their makeup toolbox. Keep in mind that prepping your skin for your big day begins long before the morning of your wedding. Get with an esthetician and start a routine skin regiment by pampering your skin and shaping those eyebrows. Your skin will be the foundation of your look and it needs to be solid. If you battle with acne, redness or aging skin this can be a slow battle, so the sooner you start the better.

Thinking of trying out a new hair color or cut? Just keep in mind that it may limit your options for your wedding day hairstyles. I recommend growing your hair out until you have done a trial with you hair artist and established a look. Getting a trim every six weeks will keep your hair looking healthy and still allow it to grow. Schedule a trial with your hair artist at least four to five months prior to your wedding day. This gives you plenty of time to setup a second trial if you are not happy with the first. I always recommend scheduling your trial for earlier in the day so you can see how your hair will handle the do.