Wedding Day Hair & Makeup Questions | Answered by Wedded Kiss Beauty Owner

Weddings are definitely not all just glitz and glamour. Behind every gorgeous wedding hair and every flawlessly executed bridal makeup, with every beautiful bride is a great deal of preparation.  If you are a bride-to-be, you are going to need all the help you can get from your bridal hair stylist and your wedding makeup artist to achieve the bridal look you’ve always dreamed of. Nina is also offering virtual makeup classes during COVID-19. We recently had the opportunity to take one and our makeup skills have never been better! Click here to check them out and contact them for this Sunday's 2 PM class!

We had the amazing opportunity to chat with the beautiful Owner/Artist of Wedded Kiss Beauty [in Raleigh, NC], Nina McCaskey.

Wedded Kiss Owner - Poppy & Co.

How and why did you start your journey into professional hair and makeup?
I have always been into makeup. The first time I can remember getting in trouble was when I took my mom’s makeup to preschool and made over kids on the playground. I continued my love well into adulthood. My background is in theatre, I have a B.A. in dramatic arts. While in college I got a job at Sephora to make extra money. The first bride I ever did makeup for was an actress in my theatre troupe. I was instantly hooked!


I spent 9 years in NYC as a trainer for Laura Mercier cosmetics, and did bridal on the side. I went full time into bridal makeup + hair once I moved to NC 3 years ago. It has been a wild journey! Now my team is 8 artists strong! It’s so wonderful!

Do you recommend trial runs before your client's wedding?
I would always do a trial run if you can. Sometimes those Pinterest photos don’t translate once you see them on yourself. It’s essential to try it out looks to see if they are right for you. Also those Pinterest pics show the hair from the back, but never from the front! Lol I also think it’s a great time to get to know your beauty crew. We will be with you on one of the most important days of your life!
Wedded Kiss - Poppy & Co.
What kind of prep do you recommend clients doing before their wedding?
I honestly think next day hair is best. It is clean, but not squeaky. Also moisturizing your skin is super important!

How can brides keep their makeup fresh for the whole day?
We make sure to use all the right primers, powders, and potions. If our bride has very oily skin and it’s summer time... airbrush foundation might be the best bet. During the trial we find the right combo for our clients. We also leave our brides with touchup lip color to ensure they have the perfect pout all night long.



What beauty products are your favorites?
I am in love with so many favorite brands for different categories.
To name a few...
Foundation: Laura mercier
Blush : NARS
Lips: Stila, Colourpop + Chanel

Favorite hair products are...
AMIKA undone texture spray
PuffMe volumizing cloud mist
Kenra Volume spray 25
Thank you Nina for sitting down with us!
XO,
Poppy & Co. 
Poppy & Co. also offers exclusive, locally designed bridal and bridesmaids loungewear, candles, additional earrings, and gift sets.  Shop Now.

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