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Hair and Make-up by Natalia

I'm Not Making This Up

Natalia Zurawska is an accomplished Hair & Make-up specialist in Toronto who has just released her first book, “I’m Not Making This Up”.  For the purpose of this blog, Natalia has provided us with the chapter from her book “Your Wedding Day”.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Natalia in action, and if there is one person you should be taking advice from when it comes to your Hair and Make-Up, it’s this girl!

So without further ado, here’s what she has to say…

Your wedding is an amazing day of your life. Happy memories and time spent with loves ones is what it is all about. Minimizing stress and being prepared are the best ways to enjoy your special day. Here are some really good tricks when you are getting ready for your special day. There are also some precautions and things to avoid in order to prevent you from not having the best time.

Here are some points to consider regarding beauty

Should I get a professional makeup artist to do my makeup?
The choice is yours. I would say yes. You want to avoid the stress of getting ready as well as your bridesmaids. Many makeup artists come to you and will meet you at the location of your choice. Getting pampered on your big day will really help you relax and have fun with your family and friends, so it is well worth the cost. Make sure you get a trial run beforehand so there are no unpleasant surprises. Having some reference photos from the internet or magazines is a great way to show what type of look you are going for. A picture really is worth a thousand words when you are doing your trial. I would advise against going for a completely different look than how you normally wear your makeup. You still want to look like you, only enhanced.

I like to provide little wedding bags with blotting papers to soak up any oily patches and little lipsticks or glosses for lip touchups so you look picture perfect all day. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are a must, regardless if you say you cry or not. I also like to use the Ben Nye Final Seal to mist the face so the makeup stays put all day. If you are getting married in a hot climate, the less makeup you wear, the better.

False Lashes on your Wedding Day
False lashes are a great way to make your eyes pop on your big day. I would advise against them if you have never worn them before, as they can really feel different and you do not want red eyes or irritation in your photos. If you cry a lot, the glue may become unstuck and really make a mess of the makeup. However, if you really like the added touch that false lashes give, I would suggest individuals or half lashes. This way the chances of irritation or them falling off are minimized.

Waxing and Special Facial Treatments
Never wax your eyebrows or get a new skin treatment the day before your wedding. You do not know how your skin will react. These treatments and waxing should be done at least a week beforehand. The last thing you need is a rash on your wedding day. Plan a few weeks before hand with a girlfriend, to relax and enjoy.

Spray Tanning
A spray tan is a great addition to the way you look on your wedding day. Just be sure to go for a light setting if you are pale. You want to look glowing, not orange. Also, if your spray tan is really dark, your husband-to-be may look extremely pale and sickly in the photos, which does not look great. If he is really pale, try to convince him to go for a light setting as well. Some men find this very “feminine” so you do not need to tell anyone. Try to convince your bridesmaids to go with you as well so everyone will look uniform.

Plan your sunless tanning session well in advance, just in case you may have a reaction to it. The chances are small, but still not worth the risk. Avoid swimming and shaving for 48 hours. A spray tan should last between 7 and 10 days.

If you want to do your sunless tanning yourself, there are so many great products out on the market as well. Just make sure to exfoliate really well beforehand and apply cream to your hairline, knees, elbows and other dryer spots as the self-tanner tends to absorb more colour in those areas. Get a friend or your husband-to-be to apply it for you so you do not miss any spots.

Now that you are looking gorgeous, just enjoy your big wedding day!

Now that you’ve got a taste for Natalia and her tips, I’d really recommend getting in touch with her, and picking up a copy of her book:

Natalia Zurawska

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Thanks so much to Brandon Michael Lee for this feature