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Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair and Makeup

How to Maintain Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair and Makeup

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan


Guest Post by Katie Jones

Wedding season is always a fun season. Love is in the air and everyone is happy. People look forward to new beginnings and making newer ties. In the midst of all this gaiety and happiness, as guests, we sometimes get confused as to what is actually expected of us. Most of us know the basics of wedding guest etiquette. But what about the stuff no one talks about? The Achilles Heel for women – Hair and Makeup?!

Katie from OrlaJames.com thinks that wedding guest hair and makeup should be soft and subtle. After all, you are not the bride, someone else is. She thinks that one should either play up the lips, or the eyes.

Let’s look at some ways that you can do your hair and makeup during wedding season!

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair Makeup


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If you’re attending a wedding where you are very close to the bride or groom, then it stands to reason that you might know a lot of people and be featured in a lot of photos. If this is the case, then you need to ensure that you get enough sleep the night prior, and are able to exfoliate, moisture and tone your face before you sleep. Waking up the morning of the wedding with patchy skin and puffy under eyes isn’t going to help you look great!


Wash your hair clean and deep condition it to get a healthy shine. Once dry, blow-dry your hair to make it look glamorous. If you want, add soft curls with the help of a curling iron, and attach your curls to your nape with the help of a fashion chip that complements your dress. Spritz on a little hair spray to hold your hair in place, add an embellishment or two (if you want to), and your hair is ready. If you want, you could also set your curls at the top of your head and allow tendrils of hair to frame your face in an artful, yet elegant manner. Add some faux pearls or faux diamond strings throughout your hair and into your braid (if you have one).

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair Makeup


For your makeup, emphasize your skin with the help of a primer, foundation, and concealer. Keep your look as matte as possible, since you might be required to pose for photographs all day long and you don’t want to come off as shiny! Start your base with a primer, gently layer your foundation and then add a concealer to your under eye, nose, and lip area. If you want to, add a gentle contour to your face for added definition and depth. Set your entire face with a translucent powder to keep looking fresh all day long. Finish your eyes, lips, cheeks, add on a little bronzer, and you’re ready!

Here are 2 makeup tutorials you can follow: Modern Pink Makeup, Romantic White Makeup.

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair Makeup


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While it is important to look good at all weddings you attend, you don’t necessarily have to fret over your hair and makeup for the wedding of your colleague’s cousin! You will likely only be making an appearance and wishing the happy couple. Since you won’t be included in all the festivities, you can afford to be a little-laid back.


For your hair, a simple blow-dry with gentle waves and lifts should suffice. If you are planning on tying your hair, then you can do so with a simple hairstyle that parts your hair halfway up and halfway down to add some volume. Spritz on some hair spray and you’re ready. If you feel like it, you can add a barrette or a pretty butterfly clip.


For your makeup, emphasize either your lips or your eyes. Remember that this is not your wedding; it is that of an acquaintance. If you opt to emphasize your lips, then add a peach, pink or light coral color that brings out the brightness to your face. Avoid maroons, browns, and deeper shades of lipsticks.

If you are planning to emphasize your eyes, then go for a light smoky eye look in deep brown or a graded shimmer to your eyes. This will help brighten them up and yet look attractive. Don’t forget the kohl and mascara!

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair Makeup

Whatever you choose, always remember to complement your dress for the day. Whether it’s through your hair or your makeup, it is important to maintain the perfect balance so that you add to the festivities and happiness rather than garner unwarranted attention.

About the Guest Author:

Katie Jones loves to write, travel, practice yoga and read at any available moment! Currently writing for Orla James she adores living by the sea in Brighton UK with all of its creative opportunities that it brings.

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Hair Makeup

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kristal July 19, 2017 - 7:40 am

You have my favorite perfume Vera Wang princess. It depends on the role I play in a wedding and the theme. I usually step it on when I am only a guest. But If I am in the wedding I make sure everything is on point and in place. I love your post and agreed with it there is some type of etiquette when being a wedding guest as well as in the wedding party.

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan July 19, 2017 - 12:50 pm

Thank you so much for reading the article and sharing your thoughts. I also like to be on point when I am attending anything formal.

Nish July 18, 2017 - 9:34 pm

I sooo love the photos! Helpful details too. More posts like this please! <3

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan July 19, 2017 - 12:51 pm

Thank you so much! I will surely keep it in mind.


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