should i hire a makeup artist for my wedding?

We are incredibly picky on having guest bloggers and only allow people who have the same business philosophy that we do and that we know (whether on social media or in-real-life). I’m proud to present Kana Brown (whom I know from both mediums). That’s her pretty face above.

We refer her to our brides who want a professional makeup artist have them look spectacular on their wedding day. She enhances the beauty of our brides that lasts the whole long wedding day. Please take a moment to read her thoughts on wedding makeup.

Guest Blogger:

Kana Brown, Licensed Esthetician, Avon Color Ambassador for the Central Region, 2013-2014, twitter: @According2Kana

As a makeup artist you may think I am a bit biased on this subject, but honestly I am not your typical painted faced, product hoarding obsessed makeup junkie. I truly believe that makeup, such as clothing, is not and should not be something that defines a person. It should simply be used for enhancement and expression. With that being said let’s dispel some of your worries on hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day.

I am worried I won’t look like myself…

Like I mentioned before, I think makeup is an enhancement which means it should be used to bring forth your best features not completely construct a new face. We are NOT trying to send the “Hubby to Be” running in the opposite direction.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup though…

Cool, neither do I. For your wedding day though, not saying you need a ton, but you will need more. This will be one of the most photographed days of your life. Cameras can wash you completely out if you are wearing very minimal makeup. I use literally the best HD foundation, it is super lightweight with beautiful coverage. You won’t even realize you’re wearing it!

I don’t know if it is worth the money…

It is your wedding day. You’re wearing an expensive dress, shoes and the center of attention. I can’t tell you what you should put WORTH to. For me, anything that makes my life more efficient, less stressful and makes me happy is WORTH a lot. Hiring a professional for important things like your wedding day will definitely achieve all three of those things.

Can’t I just do it myself?

Sure. BUT…this is one of the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. Why not put yourself in the hands of someone who has been trained to make your eyes pop and your skin glow? There are certain things that I have been taught that you probably haven’t even thought of. For instance, the  “mineral makeup” that is super popular, looks terrible in pictures. I know ways to make your makeup stay put all night long. Take the mystery out of figuring out these things by hiring a professional who already knows how to bring you to your ultimate Blushing Bride potential! kanabrown1

photo credit: elysia at signature art & photography

I provide consultations. This is a time for us to go over what look you want to achieve. It’s your day and I want to help you radiate all that love you have inside! For more information on booking a consultation or if you have a question, please look me up at .

featured photo credit: alisha sims photography

plan on!

obsessed with fish tail hair braids …

We are obsessed with hair braids lately and different hair styles that you may want to have during your wedding weekend. That’s right the focus is mostly on the wedding day (rightly so) but there are more events that you have to worry about having some good hair.

Such as:

  1. Engagement party
  2. Engagement photo
  3. Bridal showers
  4. Bachelorette party
  5. Rehearsal/Rehearsal dinner
  6. Wedding (obviously)
  7. Wedding Brunch

The braid we are mostly obsessed with is the Fishtail Braids. It’s nine kinds of awesome and look at this hairdo we found at the lovely blog, Kouture Kiss. It’s French Braid AND a Fishtail. Check it out:

fishtail pony tail

But here’s a confession. I had no idea how to do a Fishtail Braid. So I found this YouTube tutorial to help me out, featuring the lovely, Lauren Conrad.

We’d love to see some of your braids! Take a quick selfie photo and send to us at or instagram it with hastag: #fishtail  @planningforever Mine tail is the feature photo at the top of this page.

We’ll feature your photos here and on our Facebook page!

Go on … get to twisting!