How to Wear Burgundy Lipstick on Your Wedding Day or Any Day!

Wearing a dramatic deep burgundy lip on your wedding day is not for everyone but with the right look and for the right bride, it can be stunning!  Here are some of our favorite burgundy lip looks and our tips on how to wear this red hot (or should we say burgundy hot) trend!

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Tip #1 More Contrast  = More Dramatic

What is so beautiful and striking about this look is the contrast.  Keep in mind that the more fair your skin is, the more dramatic this look will be on you.  Also, the more intense the shade of burgundy you choose, the more dramatic as well.  To really make a statement, try Darkest Burgundy Red by Kat Von D.

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Tip #2 Keep It Monochromatic

A clean, fresh eye or an understated slightly smokey eye both look great with a burgundy lip, just make sure to keep the rest of your makeup clean and monochromatic.  Also, make sure that your face makeup is light and fresh, too much foundation and blush is going to make you look like you were playing in your mommy’s makeup.  Try just a sweep (not too much) of a complimentary blush color like this one from Makeup Forever in Deep Burgundy.


Tip #3 Lighten Up

Love this look but just not sure if you want to make such a bold statement (especially on your wedding day), try a less intense version by opting for a sheer burgundy lip gloss.  I love this Black Honey Lip Duo by Clinique that is actually a light “almost” lipstick on one side and a sheer lip gloss on the other.  Try wearing each one individually and then together to play with different looks.


Tip #4 Keep it Clean

There is no room for error with this type of look, you need to make sure that you keep things clean and in line and that your lipstick doesn’t bleed.  One way to do this is to outline AND color in your lips with a complimentary lip liner before applying a lipstick.  Also, remember that the more sheer the lipstick (or lip gloss) the more tendency it will have to bleed and come off.  If you really want to make this look easy AND have the staying power to last all day, try this all in one lipliner and highly pigmented lipstick by NARS in Deep Aubergine.


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HCTB’s Insider PRO Program for Stylists

Hair Comes the Bride PRO InsiderWhen I started Hair Comes the Bride over 16 years ago, I knew I loved bridal hair and makeup!  What I didn’t realize at the time that I have now come to find out is how much I love running a business AND how much I love helping other stylists find their love for bridal hair and makeup and business!  That is why I started the Hair Comes the Bride Insider PRO program.  It is a way for me to mentor and share with other stylists what I have learned in my many years of doing weddings.  It is free and easy to become a member so if you are a stylist or know someone who is simply CLICK HERE to get more info and to sign up.

Best Websites to Start Planning a Wedding

Congratulations, you got engaged over the holidays!!!  Now what?  Knowing where to start planning can be quite overwhelming so I wanted to give you what we think are the three best places to start!  This is an exciting time in your life, remember to have fun!!!    Enjoy!

Wedding WireWedding Wire Planning Checklist

In my opinion, the BEST place to start when planning your wedding is Wedding Wire’s free wedding planning guide!  With it you can build your own wedding website where you can share the details with friends and family, you can figure out and track your budget, design your seating chart, compose and keep track of your guest list, save vendors you are interested in and keep track of everything you have done and still need to do with the handy wedding planning checklist!  Plus, Wedding Wire is a great place to find fabulous vendors!

The Perfect Palette

The Perfect Palette

This is such a GENIUS site!  At the Perfect Palette you can help decide your color theme, a very important element in your wedding planning process.  You can browse through over 1000 palettes or…..get this….request a personalized palette!  How cool is that???!!!



If you have not already signed up for a Pinterest account, now is the perfect time!  Pinterest is the ideal place to browse and save all of your wedding ideas and inspiration.  You can even set up different boards for your dress, reception ideas, favors, bouquets, hair and makeup, you name it!!!  But, warning, Pinterest can be very addicting!  Don’t be surprised when two hours flies by in the blink of an eye while you are browsing for ideas!

And, of course, when it comes time to decide on your bridal beauty, visit Hair Comes the Bride for lots of bridal beauty inspiration!

Airbrush Bridal Makeup – Is it for you?

airbrush bridal makeupAirbrush makeup is super trendy and continues to grow in popularity. The big question is always: Is it right for me?  I have tried to simplify bridal airbrush for you so that you can better decide if airbrush is the way to go for your wedding day.

The Basics

First of all, the main difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup is the application.  The actual “airbrush” foundation is not dramatically different from “traditional” foundation. Traditional makeup application is done with a brush, fingers or a sponge. With airbrush makeup, the foundation is applied by being “blown” through a gun with the help of an air compressor. Each type of foundation can be applied using different methods. I have applied “airbrush foundation” traditionally with a sponge and my fingers. There are also some “traditional foundations” that can be used through an airbrush.

Not All Airbrush is Created Equal

Just like traditional foundation, airbrush foundations differ from brand to brand. I hate MAC airbrush foundation (although I LOVE their traditional foundation). I have used MAC’s Face and Body foundation through the airbrush machine with beautiful results. My favorite airbrush foundations are Temptu and Dinair. I’ve found that they are easier to work with than other airbrush makeup and they create a better finished product. It is also important to remember that, just like with any other aspect of makeup, it is important to find an artist who is good at what they do!  An airbrush gun is not a magic wand so don’t expect to get beautiful results every time, especially if the wrong product or artist is used.

Who Is It Best For

Like I mentioned before, the main difference when using airbrush is the application. If you think about it logically, traditional foundation gets rubbed in and airbrush foundation gets blown and therefore “lays” on top of your face.  It’s like staining a wall as opposed to painting it. Because of the application, airbrush can be a bit heavier looking and feeling than traditional so it is going to be best for someone who is comfortable wearing makeup or someone who wants or needs full coverage due to severe acne, scars or discoloration. If you want a more natural, clean look, traditional makeup is probably the best option for you. I typically prefer not to use it on “mature” skin, because I feel that it can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.

Airbrush Blush, Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

I am personally not a fan of applying anything other than foundation with an airbrush. It is just too hard to blend (which is critical for a soft, natural look). There may be someone out there who is a genius artist at blending blush, eyeshadow or liner with an airbrush. However, I have never met or seen one.  Plus, there is really not any benefits that I can think of for applying anything but foundation with an airbrush.

Pros and Cons of Airbrush

Pros- Quick application, great for covering large areas of imperfections (acne, scars), creates a perfect, polished look.

Cons- Typically more expensive, can look blotchy if not applied correctly or if it did not dry sufficiently before other makeup was applied, may look and feel heavy.

Overall, my opinion is that airbrush is great for the right person.   If flawless coverage is more important than looking natural and/or you have major discoloration, scars or acne that you want to cover, airbrush may be a good choice for you.  If on the other hand, you like a more natural look and you have fairly clear, even skin, I say go with traditional foundation.  Either way though, I would say you should certainly give it a try and see if you like it.   I would actually ask your stylist if they would be willing to try it for free at your trial and then if you like it you can pay for it at the wedding.  OR, find a stylist who includes airbrush for free (like we do at Hair Comes the Bride).  But, remember what I said earlier about not all airbrush makeup and/or airbrush artists being created equal so, if you don’t like it the first time, don’t completely write it off, you may want to give it one or two more tries before you decide for sure if airbrush is or isn’t for you.

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Making the Most of your Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial

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On your wedding day, it is your day to shine and you want to look and feel more beautiful than you ever have in your life.  You also want to make sure that your look represents your style and the style of your wedding.  Here are a few pointers to make sure you have a successful hair and makeup trial and that you walk away from your trial appointment with the confidence that your wedding day will run smoothly and that you will be the beautiful bride you have always dreamed of!

Paint A Picture– As I mentioned, your wedding day hair and makeup should represent your personal style as well as the style of your wedding, therefore, it is important to make sure that your stylist gets a clear picture of your event and your personal style.  A good stylist should ask you questions about yourself and your event before they ever touch your hair and makeup but if they don’t, take the initiative and let them know yourself.  Here is a list of the bare minimum that a stylist should know in order to create the perfect hair and makeup style for you:

  1. The Location of Your Wedding & Reception:  Are you having a casual wedding on the beach or a formal black tie hotel wedding?
  2. Time of Day:  You may choose to have a slightly different style for a morning wedding than you would for an evening wedding.
  3. Your Dress: Have a photo if possible but at the very least, your stylist should take into consideration the style and cut of your dress.
  4. Your Flowers: The style and color of your flowers should be taken into consideration when deciding on your makeup.
  5. Your Bridesmaid’s Dresses: What color and style are your girls wearing?
  6. Theme: Is there a particular feel or “theme” that you are trying to create with your wedding?  Vintage? Classic? Romantic?
  7. How much makeup do you normally wear everyday?  When you go out?
  8. Describe your personal style?  (casual, modern, classic, trendy, etc.)

Absolute Dos and Don’ts– I have found that most brides are looking for at least some guidance from their stylist when it comes to their wedding day look.  Some brides have a vague idea and some are completely clueless what style they want.  Whichever one you are, that is ok.  It is part of your stylist’s job to help you figure that out.  Even if you are on the clueless side, most likely, you are going to have something that you absolutely do or absolutely do not want when it comes to your hair and makeup.  Maybe you know for sure that you don’t want red lipstick or that you do want to wear eyeliner.  Maybe you absolutely have to have fullness to your hair or maybe you know that no matter what, you don’t want to wear your hair in a bun.  Whatever it is, have those absolutes ready for your stylist.

Photos or No Photos? –  Do you have to bring photos of styles you like to your preview appointment?  The short answer is no.  Based on the factors I talked about earlier including your personal style, the style of your wedding, your absolute dos and don’ts AND factors such as your hair type and face shape, your stylist should be able to determine the best style for you.  However, that being said, photos CAN be a great way to illustrate your personal style and your likes and dislikes.  But, I like to tell brides that you should think of photos as inspiration, not instruction.  Everyone’s hair is different and every style is going to be different on everyone.  So, if you do bring photos, it is best to use them to show your stylist different features of particular hairstyles that you like, not necessarily as an exact blueprint for what you want, that may not be realistic.

The Prep– As for your hair and face before your preview appointment, if possible make sure that your face is clean of makeup with maybe a light application of moisturizer.  If you are coming to your preview straight from somewhere else and you don’t have time to go home and wash your face, it is a good idea to take your own face wash and moisturizer with you just in case.  As for your hair, don’t worry too much about whether it is too clean or too dirty at the preview appointment.  Part of your trial run should be your stylist educating you on how to best prepare your hair the morning of your wedding day for the particular style that you are doing.

Wedding Details– The preview appointment should also be the time that your stylist educates you on what happens next (when payment is due, how long you have to cancel, what time they need to start, how many stylists they are bringing, etc.)  If they don’t tell you this information at the preview appointment, ASK!  When you leave your preview appointment, you should have 100% confidence not only in your stylist and your hair and makeup but also that everything is going to run smoothly and that you will be done on time.  If you are not feeling 100% confident, keep asking questions until you do.  If you are dealing with a true professional, they are going to take the time to ease your concerns and make sure that all of your questions are answered.

Speak Up! – PLEASE don’t hold back your concerns because you are afraid of hurting your stylist’s feelings!  This is your wedding day and your happiness is just too important.  If you are working with a true professional, they are going to know that people have different styles and opinions and they are not going to be hurt if you don’t like something they have done.  They know that if you want something changed it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t “good” it just means that it wasn’t good for you; it just wasn’t your style.  So speak up!

Don’t Settle– Finally, when everything is said and done and your stylist has finished your hair and makeup, gone over the details of your wedding, you have spoken up about any concerns you may have, you should leave your preview with a sense of calm, confident relief and excitement for your wedding day.  If you don’t, do something.  Talk to your stylist about your concerns or about possibly doing another preview; find out if there is another stylist at the company you can try or try a different company altogether.  I don’t think that brides realize how important their bridal beauty vendor is.  It is not JUST about hair and makeup, your stylist also has the power to start your day off on a calm, peaceful, fun, positive note by being on time, calm, confident and accommodating OR on a stressful, anxious, frustrated note by being late, rude, anxious or insecure.  I don’t say this to freak you out; I just want to make sure that you don’t settle!  This day (and this vendor) is just too important to leave to chance.

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