As an artist, you always search and admire beautiful work in your field. And this is how one day, some time ago, I saw this “piece of art” that I couldn’t believe a human being have done it. A blend of art, perfection and preciseness, so sculptural that I needed to find out right away who was the master of such beauty. He is 2-time World Champion On Hairdressing Art – Georgy Kot of Russia.
Ever since, I was eagerly following his work on all social media sites, dreaming that maybe one day I will have the chance to meet and learn from him.
In the summer of 2016 my dream came true. The artist was coming to the United States for the first time to teach a 3-day hands-on class in New York City. I did not think twice and I got myself a seat into his class. The techniques and basic rules of hairstyling art that I have learned are unmatchable with any other of the classes that I have taken. The curling iron is not used anyhow just to achieve some curls or waves. There is a rule in everything, the way you hold the tool, the way you over-direct or elevate the hair strand, the angles and placement of each and every element of the updo has a crucial importance in order to enhance even more the facial features of your model.
I feel extremely fortunate that I had the chance to experience and learn from an artist with such a level of knowledge and talent and I am very pleased to be able to apply into my work all that I have learned from the master – Georgy Kot
As I used to be a model and spent many hours in front of the camera, and even though I’m only doing your hair for your big day, if the idea of taking thousands of photos seems daunting to you, I would like to give you some advice on how to look your best in your wedding photos. So how do you pose for your wedding photographs to guarantee shots that you’ll actually want to frame or put in your wedding album?
“Wedding pictures can take eons, and grinning through every one can be torture. So if you start to feel your brow furrow, your eyes squint or smile stiffen, feel free to push the reset button.”
Find Your Best Side
Contour Your Face
Mind Your Chin
Use Your Tongue
Relax Your Face
Don’t Underestimate the Beauty of Laughing
Stop Trying So Hard Not To Blink
Accentuate Your Arms
Love Your Legs
Angle Your Body
Stand Up Straight
Well, here are some examples from the new trend of 2016:
- Flowers: from flower crowns to single blooms, fresh blossoms are a big trend this summer. Splurge on the real thing instead of opting for silk and you’ll look fresh and cool. Ask the florist to leave stems long so you have something to pin.
- Ponytails: It may seem like a ponytail is too casual for a wedding, but with a smooth finish and a little volume in the crown a ponytail can look both sophisticated and modern.
- Asymmetry: This trend can be applied to all sorts of looks from side swept curls to braided updos. Shifting the weight to one side of the head gives traditional styles a surprising twist.
“Some people have a hard time seeing the art in hair & makeup artistry and would prefer to save on the cost of their wedding hair and makeup.”
It has been a long journey planning your wedding and I know you are exhausted. It is finally time for your hair and makeup team. But a big part of your budget has been poured into the caterers, the flowers, the cake, the gown, and those cute little napkin holders. While all these things are very important, I would say it is absolutely crucial for you to look your best. Not only is the bride the main attraction at any wedding, but the photos will last forever. And what is it that you are going to see first? The beautiful napkin holders or the way you looked? I have seen too many brides cut corners on their hair and makeup in an effort to save money. I cannot understand the reason behind not investing in this important aspect of your day. There is no doubt that all eyes will be on you. If everything regarding the planning of your wedding it turns out perfect, but one, I’m convinced you wouldn’t want it to be your hair or makeup.
So the question is, how do you get the look you want for the price you are expecting?
Contact the hair and makeup artists you have in mind as soon as you start planning for the wedding. Have them work with you while you are building your budget. Avoid calling them only after you have destroyed your entire budget on that Vera Wang wedding gown and those Christian Louboutin pumps expecting them to cut their rates to the cheapest amount possible.
Be realistic on prices. The upfront quote you get from an artist might seem like a lot at first; however, there is much more that goes into your hair and makeup than you think. On average we spend a total of seven to ten hours with a bride. We have multiple conversations preparing for the wedding day. We prepare the look together and make sure she is happy with it, three to five weeks in advance. In the end you are paying for much more than the designing of your hair and makeup application. You are paying for the time involved in creating your perfect wedding look, traveling to your venue/returning, setting up a mini hair and makeup studio just for you in your bridal suite, repacking, cleaning and sterilizing all the products used for the next client.
Some people have a hard time seeing the art in hair & makeup artistry and would prefer to save on the cost of their wedding hair and makeup. But if you value your look on your big day in front of your guests and in your pictures, then investing in this essential component of your wedding is a must. Doing your research is an important part of the process. Usually, the more experienced the artists are, the bigger the price tag for their services. Newer artists tend to be cheaper, but experience speaks for itself.