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Which Should Go First On Your Wedding Day: Hair or Makeup?

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

makeup artist Creative Contour By Carla and hair stylist are working together to get the bride ready for her wedding day.
PC: Kendal Beard

Hey beauties! I'm back with this great information for all the future brides out there! I am going to answer one of the most popular wedding day questions ever: which goes first: hair or makeup? And oh my gosh, beauties, your jaw is going to drop at the answer!

So first of all, this is a loaded answer. Understand that hair stylists and makeup artists around the world may give you completely different answers. I am writing from my own professional experience of working on wedding days. Each professional has their own experience.

So now let's get into my answer!

Beauties, my answer to this question is that is doesn't matter which service you have first on your wedding day. More likely than not, after you have both services completed, myself and your hair stylist will give you a quick touch up right before we leave for the day. This is one hundred percent common. I've done this on at least 80 percent of my wedding days. This is why in the first place I tell you that you have nothing to worry about, because you absolutely don't!

In my professional opinion, it doesn't matter which service goes first, because you'll ultimately have both done anyway! I've provided makeup touchups while the bride is in the hair chair and vice versa. Again, this is a very common occurrence on wedding days.

Bride is laughing while makeup artist Creative Contour By Carla holds lip brush.
PC: Whiting Photography

Then there is the idea to double team. This is something that I never recommend for the bride, but always mention that it is possible if time isn't on our side for any reason. No need to worry, beauties, because sometimes there are just things you cannot control. (However, this is why I always create a schedule so you have nothing to worry about!) If for some reason time has us behind, I can team up with your hair stylist and we can provide both services on you at the same time. Because at the end of the day, this is your wedding day and you need to be ready for your wedding! We want to make sure that you don't worry about time at all.

I also want to take a moment to mention order of the schedule. I will collaborate with your hair stylist to create a schedule that flows throughout the day. I normally like to take the bride somewhere between the middle to end. I prefer not to take the bride last so she has time to get final touch ups and get dressed. Oftentimes, I will take the bride 1-2 spots before the end of the day. This has worked really well for schedules and has been successful.

So beauties, in the end, it really doesn't matter which service goes first! I have worked on many weddings and am always trying my best to be as prepared as possible for anything to happen. If you want to ask me questions, feel free to reach out: ! I am happy to answer any questions you may have!

Lots of love and lipstick,



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