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Once your wedding hairstylists and makeup artists have crafted the ideal look, the last thing any bride needs on her big day is a hair out of place or a smudged smokey eye. Keeping a beauty entourage at your beck and call for the entirety of your wedding day is certainly an option, but one that won't do your wallet any favors. In the pursuit of wedding perfection, do you really need to keep your hairstylist and makeup artist on standby all day? Our etiquette experts weigh in on keeping a glam squad on call all night long.
Unless you plan to enhance your makeup for a late evening reception or exchange your loose curls for an elegant updo, there is no need to keep your stylists on retainer for the entirety of your wedding day. If you plan to preserve your wedding-day 'do from dawn until dusk, simply tell your hairdresser that you wish to craft a look that will last throughout a day of celebration. An expert stylist will use the proper cocktail of ingredients to fashion a style with staying power, and may even leave you with a product recommendation in case your tresses begins to fade. Be sure to keep a small bottle of hairspray and a comb on hand to smooth flyaways and tend to any fallen strands.
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If you wish to maintain your makeup without the assistance of an on-call artist, you may give similar instructions. Explaining the situation to your hired professional will allow them to choose long wear and waterproof formulas to better fortify your makeup and ensure it lasts through tears or heat. Furthermore, many makeup artists provide their clients with a small touch up palette should any cosmetic emergencies occur throughout the day. Armed with miniatures of your hair and makeup essentials, you'll be free to enjoy your wedding without