Real Brides Share Their Biggest Big Day Beauty Regrets

Take these as cautionary tales

Updated 01/08/18


On the most important day of your life, you obviously want to look and feel your best. But things might not always go as planned. Despite countless hair and makeup trials, some brides look back on their wedding days wishing they had changed a thing or two about their look.

Here, real brides share their biggest bridal beauty regrets.

“While I still really love my big day beauty look, I feel like it was a bit subtle—like how I do my makeup for a big night out. I was so worried about not looking too dramatic or over-the-top, that I told the artist to focus on a natural look and downplay my makeup. Now, I actually feel that I should have done a little bit more. It’s not a regret really, but something I maybe would have done a little differently, or at least played around with a bit more.” —Nicole, 30

“I hate to say it, but I hated my hair. The clip-in extensions were a totally different color than my own hair! I didn’t want to be a bridezilla, so I didn’t focus on it. My stylist told me we didn’t need to dye the extensions to match, but we really did. I think she was being lazy. In some my photos, you can see the two-tones and it’s so annoying. (I don’t share those!)” —Michelle, 29

“I don’t have any beauty regrets from my big day, but I almost did. My husband had mentioned how he loves my hair down, so I was dead set on keeping it down for the wedding. At the last minute, I came across a photo of a bride who had her hair in a simple high bun and I loved it. I knew it was risky to change my mind so last minute, but I went with my gut and I am so glad I did. I loved my look.” —Christine, 30

“Looking back, I didn’t really love my makeup. I used a girl that everyone else I know had used, and I feel like their results were just better than mine. I had my makeup done before for other people’s weddings as a bridesmaid or for other special events, and think it turned out way better.” —Pam, 28

"I regret not having two different hair looks for ceremony and reception. I loved having my hair down for the ceremony, but I wish that I did an updo style for the reception since I was soooo hot. I got married in July, so twirling around on the dance floor in two weaves wasn't fun!" —Megan, 36

"I hired a hairdresser who I did not know very well and, although my hair looked nice, I would have liked it to look a little better. Make sure you have many trials and really, really trust your hairdresser. Now is not the time to go with someone new!" —Theresa, 37

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