Bridal Hair is a beautiful and meaningful art. Every bride-to-be wants to look beautiful and confident on their wedding day. We want to help you find the perfect wedding hair stylist for you. We have compiled a list of the best wedding hair stylists in Toronto and GTA. As each one has their own style and preference, the list is in alphabetical order. These are the Top Wedding Hair Stylists in Toronto and GTA nominated by Best for Bride. Enjoy exploring and admiring their beautiful works of art! We have also included Frequently Asked Questions for Hair Stylists at the bottom of the post.
I have been practicing my craft for 14+ years, I strive to give each individual a unique personalized experience. And always keeping up to date on trends and fashion.
I started my career as a co-op student right out of high school. At the time I didn’t know I wanted to do hair for a living, until one day I sat in on an “updo” class and absolutely fell in love with the art of styling. It was then when I realized that I wanted to make woman feel and look beautiful. Over the years of hairstyling, woman have been afraid to get updos for the fear of not liking it, or ending up with the dreaded “prom hair”. I made it my mission to make sure I offer a unique style of consultation that includes vision crafting, and face shape analysis to determine the best look for their face and body type. This always works. And most often they end up wearing it for a few days!
Bridal Makeup is a beautiful and meaningful art. Every bride-to-be wants to look beautiful and confident on their wedding day. We want to help you find the perfect wedding makeup artist for you. We have compiled a list of the best wedding makeup artists in Toronto and GTA. As each one has their own style and preference, the list is in alphabetical order. These are the Top Wedding Makeup Artists in Toronto and GTA nominated by Best for Bride. Enjoy exploring and admiring their beautiful works of art! We have also included Frequently Asked Questions for Makeup Artists at the bottom of the post.
Amber Malik Makeup
Bringing a bride’s vision of how she wants to be seen on her most special day, to life.
With over 20 years of experience in Bridal Makeup Artistry, I have had the opportunity to work with various brides, from different cultures, all with their own unique vision of how they want to look for their big day. This job has taken me to different countries, and allowed me to become such a crucial part of someone’s special day. I work together with my brides to come up with the perfect vision of their Makeup look based on their features, outfits, jewelry, and if they have a theme for their wedding. I specialize in South Asian Bridal Makeup, so we get to create different looks for all the events that take place, which is always so amazing. I have the opportunity to create flawless looks that are both traditional and timeless for a ceremony, to trendy and bold for a reception – giving my brides the best of both worlds. I am obsessed with my brides not only looking amazing, but feeling amazing when they see themselves in the mirror for the first time as a bride. Because of this, I ensure I’m available to them until they are ready to leave for their ceremony. When a bride books her Bridal Makeup with me, they have the comfort in knowing I will be there, by their side the entire time.
Aside from Bridal Makeup, I enjoy creating bold makeup looks on myself to share on my social media. This helps me to not only practice different techniques, but it allows me to keep up-to-date on the latest makeup trends. Makeup has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember, and creating various looks on myself has really helped showcase my talents, continue to learn, and step out of my comfort zone. Combined with my experience and passion, my makeup brushes welcome every bride to come sit in my chair.
My name is Annika, and I founded AnnimationsMkUp 6 years ago to change the face of Bridal Beauty, literally!
We live to provide professional, friendly service with outstanding results. No more awkward, silent wedding mornings with a stranger who does what they want to do instead of what makes you feel like you! I began my career right here in the GTA in 2010, serving much of Southern Ontario, from Belleville to London and beyond. Over the years I have built my team with artists and stylists who exhibit excellent skill, professionalism, and positive energy, which is a major key to our Brand Difference. We have our teams based and focused in the GTA, as well a few sets of artists out west in Alberta who serve all of that province and eastern British Columbia. Brides have described us as talented, having contagious positivity, putting them at ease, and a joy to work with. It is their unforgettable, happy experience with us making that first positive impact on such an important day that drives us to serve with excellence. We now are proud to have a 5 Star Rating on WeddingWire and several publications in bridal magazines, continually striving to develop our skills and exceed our Brides’ expectations with each wedding we are so fortunate to be a part of.
You may fall in love with a hairstyle you see in a magazine or on the internet. However, the design of your dreams should suit your facial structure and features, for it to work properly. Unless you find the right hairstyle and accessories for your face shape, you may not look your very best on your wedding day.
The first step to getting this right, is to identify your face shape. Certain face shapes are easy, like round, square or oval. If you can quickly identify yours, you are welcome to the first step. However, if you aren’t so sure, this article on Wikihow suggests two different ways to determine your face shape. The first method is to trace the outline of your face on a mirror and identify the shape that it resembles closely. The second method uses precise measurements of your jawline, cheek-to-cheek width, forehead and length of face and compare it to the given list to decide your face shape. Choose either of these methods and identify your actual face shape.
Common face shapes and their characteristic features
Eight different face shapes are widely recognized. These are the following:
Oval: Oval faces have more length than width. The forehead is slightly wider than the jaw and chin areas, and overall the face structure is symmetrical.
Round: The cheekbones are usually wide and similar in proportion to the overall length of the face. You will have a small chin area without sharp angular features, and the forehead will be small.
Oblong or rectangle: These face types are longer than they are wide. The measurements are similar for the forehead, jawline and and cheeks.
Heart: The chin is narrower than the temples and cheeks. Forehead and cheek measurements are similar and upper facial features are soft and rounded.
Square: The difference from the oblong face is that square faces are about as long as they are wide. The jaw is characterized by sharp angles, as is the forehead.
Triangle: Triangle-faces are similar to the heart-shape. However the angles are sharper and the chin is generally more pointed.
Diamond: As the name suggests, diamond faces are widest at the cheeks and taper towards the forehead and chin region. This type of face structure is usually symmetrical.
Now that we’ve looked at the different face shapes there is, let us find out what hairstyle and accessories suit each type best.
Suggested hairstyles and accessories for each face shape
Oval face shape
The oval face shape is one of the easiest types to accessorize. Since the facial proportions are symmetrical, it is relatively easy to balance. Whether you have long, tumbling tresses or wear your hair short, there are a plethora of options available when choosing your wedding day hair. For some hairstyle inspiration for this face shape, take a look at this article on the Marieclaire website.
If your face is really long, it is a good idea to pick a hairstyle that breaks the length of your face. A chignon or a fringe would work well. Also consider a bun at the nape of your neck or pull back your hair loosely into a ponytail that shows off your face shape. A side-part will add more width to your face, if it is long. Avoid hairstyles and accessories that add height at the top. Instead, choose hairstyles that add fullness to the sides of the face. Headbands look good on oval faces, especially when they simply encircle the crown. All the different types of veils, from birdcage veils to long-flowing ones are suitable for this face shape.
When your face is round, pick a hairstyle and accessories that create the illusion of length. This will help your face look longer, and resemble an oval. Layered bangs and long hairstyles will elongate this otherwise full shape. Women with round faces can slim down their faces using hairstyles with texture and bounce. Deep side-parts tend to reduce the fullness of the face, and are a style you should consider. If you choose a layered hairstyle, ensure that the layers are graduated and give the neck region a longer look. Visit this post on the She Knows website for more ideas on hairstyles that work best for this face shape.
When choosing your wedding day hairstyle, consider a sleek, side-parted ponytail for an elegant and classy look. Another option is to wear a hairstyle which adds height at the center and balances the proportions of your face. Hair accessories that add height, such as a tiara in a triangular fashion are the best. It is also a good idea to add some volume at the area under your veil, so the face doesn’t look chubby. Your veil should flow along the sides of your face, thus elongating it.
For this face shape, we suggest hairstyles and accessories that add width, but not length. Side-swept hairstyles, especially those with tumbling waves soft curls add a delicate, feminine quality to this face shape. Avoid long, straight and sleek styles that further accentuate the length of your face. Instead opt for short layers or fringes along the sides that will add more volume to your face. A side-swept updo or half-up half-down hairstyles will also look amazing on you.
Find a veil with plenty of layers that fall around your face. For hair accessories, ornate combs or dainty hair pins that add sparkle to a side-swept hairstyle work well. You can also wear floral headbands to add texture to a side-swept hairstyle.
Heart shaped faces are wider at the forehead than the chin, and look good with hairstyles that draw attention to the cheekbones and shift focus from the angular chin. Fringes work well with this face shape. Add more texture or volume to the area near the ears and cheek with hairstyles like textured bobs. If you want a gathered hairstyle, consider an off-center part that takes the hair away from the face, but breaks up the width at the top. Refrain from making a center part or pulling your hair back without a part, as this will only make your forehead appear wider.
Explore the options in combs and hairpins to accentuate your wedding day hairstyle. Avoid wearing flat tiaras or headbands that add width to your forehead, unless you also wear a side-swept fringe with it.
Hairstyles that conceal or shift attention from the fullness of the jaw and forehead are ideal for square face shapes. Since the corners are rather sharp, they can also add volume to the face. Long, straight hairstyles with soften this look. Off-center parts are also suggested as this will open the face up and not enhance the effect of a broad jaw. Similarly, oversize buns with wispy curls around the face conceal the forehead and balance out the jawline. Bouncy, graduated curls are also a good way to shift attention from your angular jaw.
Choose headpieces with asymmetrical details for best results. Do not wear it in the center. Instead, wear your headpiece to one side of the face. Details like twirls, floral elements, delicate details that add sparkle to the hair and feminine curls are suitable. Voluminous veils are good for this facial shape.
The most prominent feature of a triangle shape face is the jaw with its greater proportions in comparison to the forehead. When you choose your wedding day hairstyle and accessories, aim to balance out the proportions of the face and shift focus from your pointed chin area. For this, add width to the jaw area with a suitable hairstyle. A chignon or bun tied at the nape of the neck with a vivid side-part will achieve this effect.
Headpieces that broaden the forehead and widen the width of this area are suggested. Wear it close to the temple, instead of placing it near the crown. Delicate and dainty headpieces with plenty of detailing will draw attention to your eyes and forehead. When choosing veils, look for ones that do not end near the jaw line, or have layers in that area. Your veil should preferably fall towards the back.
If your face has the shape of a diamond, you are likely to be blessed with sharp, chiseled features. Although your chin tends to have a pointy look, it can be camouflaged with a suitable hairstyle. The hairstyle you pick should ideally reduce the length of your face, and balance out its lean look. Basically, aim to shift attention from the center of the face. You can achieve this with hairstyles that add a side-part. Layers work well, as these add volume around the face and give it a fuller effect. If you have side-swept bangs, leave them open. Avoid hairstyles that fall flat and straight as this will highlight the contours of your face.
Choose hair accessories that simply enhance a side-part for your wedding day. You can also experiment with hair clips and combs that add the right dose of sparkle to your hairdo. Avoid tiaras and crowns, unless you leave your bangs open. Never pair this with a sleek updo or pull your hair back on all sides since it will highlight the actual shape of your face. Oversize hair accessories like floral crowns are another great option as this can disguise the actual shape of your face and give it a fuller look.
Other factors to consider
While your face shape is an important factor to consider when choosing your hairstyle, there are other factors to consider as well. For instance, your hairstyle should match your dress style and it should be formal or casual based on your wedding style. The accessories you wear on this day should also go well with the rest of your outfit. All these factors can make it rather confusing to find the right combination of hairstyle and hair accessories that go together seamlessly.
If you are unsure of what to choose, you can always ask your bridal dress consultant for suggestions for suitable accessories. Experienced bridal fashion consultants can usually suggest suitable accessories for each dress style, and you can make your pick from what they recommend. Also, consult your hairstylist. Discuss how you want to look, show her pictures you like and ask for inputs on what would look best on you. Have a trial hair and makeup session ahead of the wedding, and you can see if it comes together properly and make suitable adjustments as necessary.
At Best for Bride, we have a range of bridal hair accessories to suit every bridal dress style. For ideas on how to plan your wedding day look, browse through our gallery of wedding dresses. Also, don’t forget to visit this link to our accessories page to find out more about what we have in our inventory. From veils and tiaras to headpieces, jewelry and shoes, we have everything you need for your special day. We also offer the flexibility to buy or hire these articles, as well as your wedding dress as per your preference. Visit Best for Bride today to make your wedding day dreams come true.
Your wedding day is the one occasion when all eyes will be on you, and you do not want to disappoint. It is easy to imagine yourself as a beautiful bride. However, making it a reality is not just as easy. Good looks don’t happen overnight. Skin care and grooming should be an ongoing task to ensure you are in top form on your wedding day.
Despite your skin and hair being in top shape on your wedding day, you may not look as good as you wanted to, if your makeup isn’t done well. In fact, your choice of makeup can make or break your overall look. Hence it is important to pay close attention to how you dress yourself up on your wedding day.
Here is a list of the most common wedding makeup mistakes that brides commonly make. Stay one step ahead of the game by preparing in advance, so these do not prevent you from looking great on the most important day of your life.
1.Not having a specific idea of how your makeup should be on the day
Rather than go with what you think will be good, or leave things to the discretion of your makeup artist, prepare yourself with a specific idea of how you should look on your wedding day. Nail this look at your makeup trial session.
Before you book your makeup artist, have a trial session where you can see exactly how you will look on your wedding day. Look for inspiration in magazines and off the internet, and take these with you to your appointment, as references. This will give your makeup artist a framework to work with. By checking out how this will be during the trial, you can recognize whether it will work, or if it is better to make changes to your idea.
2.Not finding the perfect foundation color
For those of you brides who will be doing your wedding makeup yourself, your wedding day is not the time to open a brand new bottle of foundation. You should ideally have settled on the shade to wear, at least a few weeks in advance.
Wearing foundation that is darker than your skin tone will give you an artificial, painted look, while wearing one that is a shade or two lighter can make you look all dolled up. Neither will be right. Make sure you find the right shade, as this will be the best way to enhance your looks and cover up natural problem areas and have crystal clear skin on the day. If you can’t find your foundation easily, try to mix up foundation colors till you find the right shade. Just remember that your wedding day shouldn’t be the occasion to first try it out. You should have figured out the right proportions to mix, well in advance. Only then will you avoid making a mistake on the day.
3.Not using waterproof makeup, especially eye makeup
Even if you have to spend extra on waterproof makeup, it is worth every penny. Water resistant eye makeup is an absolute essential for your wedding day. Even if you manage to keep your tears at bay, your eye makeup can get ruined quickly and look far from fresh by the end of the day, if it isn’t waterproof. So, buy mascara, eye liner and eye shadow that can withstand your emotional outbursts on this very special day.
If your wedding is in the warmer months, it is a good idea to invest in good quality waterproof makeup not just for your eyes, but for every part of your face. This way, you do not have to worry about the makeup running when you sweat, and you can retain your freshly made up look all through the evening.
4.Overly blushing bride
Excess use of blush will ruin your wedding day pictures. You may want to stand out from the rest of the crowd, but don’t let it be at the cost of looking too pink. Apply blush only to the apples of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend till they look like they are part of your facial features. Also, it is best to go light with color. Overly pink shades can be an eyesore and look excessively pronounced in your wedding pictures. So, stick to shades that you have used before.
If you use bronzer, blend it into the blush, so it doesn’t stand out distinctly. Make sure that you already have tried it out and made sure that the shade works, and you aren’t experimenting with it on the day of the event.
5. Looking very unnatural
Your wedding day is the right occasion to dress up your best, but this doesn’t mean you should end up looking like someone else altogether. We believe that the best looking brides are those who look like prettier versions of themselves, through the right application of makeup. So, aim for this. Stick with colors that just accentuate your features and add more definition to your natural look. Don’t use unnatural tints, unless absolutely necessary.
Cat eyes and smoky makeup, emerald eye shadow and glitter on your cheek may be fine, but make sure you try it out before the day, to make sure that it looks good and that you can comfortably carry it off. Also remember that smoky eye makeup often doesn’t look too great in photographs. Your photos could end up looking odd with shadows around the eyes, so check the chances of this happening. Tans, browns, natural pinks, cream and taupe are shades that look good in almost every setting. So, focus on this palette, instead of reds, purples and oranges. If you must wear that bright red lipstick on your wedding day, balance it out by keeping the rest of your makeup simple. Too many colorful details can look loud, and you may end up looking overly dressed and unattractive.
6. Overdoing your eye makeup
We just mentioned how smoky eye make up may not be such a great idea for your wedding day. It can easily spread and doesn’t show up as well in photographs. Although the eyes are very important to enhancing your overall wedding day look, do it sensibly so it doesn’t look overly dramatic.
This article on the Huff Post suggests using black only in the mascara, for your eye makeup. Keep the rest of the colors soft, and it will look a lot better. We recommend cream makeup, since it lasts longer and is easier to apply. Powder is fine when applied, but it doesn’t stay as long. Another important factor is to consider the color of your eyes when deciding on your eye makeup. The colors you choose should subtly enhance the natural beauty of your eye color. If you will be using false eyelashes, do not add more than is required, as it can look a little crazy. When filling in your brows, do so with eye shadow that matches the color on your upper eyelid. Follow the natural curve of the brow for the best results.
7.Let the skin glow through
Many brides make the mistake of piling on too much makeup that they end up blocking the natural look of the skin. Use only as much makeup as is necessary, and go easy with the foundation, blush and base makeup. If you have naturally good skin, airbrushing is a good option. This allows your skin to shine through and nothing looks as good as healthy and naturally glowing skin.
Thick layers of makeup also tend to look cakey, and can make you look older in photos. It is essential to balance it all out, and stay with what feels comfortable and doesn’t look too much. Add concealer only where absolutely necessary, and use the foundation appropriately to cover up any flaws. Don’t create a mask over your natural skin. This will look lifeless. Trust your natural beauty to shine through, and use makeup only to enhance it where necessary. You will look lovely and dewy when you do this.
8.Overdoing the lips
When the rest of your makeup is complete, you may feel that your lips look washed out and pale, and you must color it well to make it blend in. Don’t do too much painting, or you will regret it. Just apply the necessary layer of lipstick, don’t be too generous with it. Exfoliate your lips before you apply lipstick, so it looks soft and the lipstick sticks for much longer.
If your lipstick is naturally glossy, or bright, it may be good if you skip the gloss. Too much shine can cause your lips to lose definition, will make it look flat and your lipstick may even spread. Lip stain is always better than lipstick, as it lasts longer. The other problem with lip gloss is that it will come in the way of your kiss and your groom will end up with a matching lip color, which we don’t think could possibly look good!
9.Getting the tan wrong
A healthy tan looks great on a bride, but overdoing it, or using fake tan lotions can ruin the chances of looking good. Some fake tans look good in person, but end up giving an orange look in pictures . When going for tan sessions, we suggest that you do it well in advance. This will save you from any disastrous problems closer to your wedding day.
One likely problem is your skin ending up with streaks from a previous tanning session. You can avoid this problem if you build up your tan over a series of session, instead of in a single intense session closer to the wedding day. This will also prevent you from going overboard with the tan.
10.Not setting the makeup with powder or allowing it time to set
The last step when you apply makeup, should be applying a loose layer of translucent powder over your makeup. Alternately, you can also use a makeup up setting spray. These are the right ways to make sure your makeup stays. If you skip this step, you will find that your makeup fades as time passes, and you will end up looking tired and with soggy makeup by the end of the day.
However, don’t use too much powder to set your lipstick, as this will cause it to fade faster. Instead layer your lipstick with lip stain and line it to keep your lips defined throughout the day. Long-lasting lipstick is a good choice. Also, aim to finish your makeup on schedule, as it takes time for it to settle. If not, you will be caught with it smearing with the smallest move, and repairing it will not be too easy.
That wraps up the list of the different makeup mistakes that can happen, and how you can either avoid them or fix them.
Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, and looking perfect is absolutely necessary to remember this day fondly. Although you may be tempted to do all your can to look as great as possible,
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