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Bridal Club Magazine

Face Value

By Nicki Collett

The perfect makeup on your wedding day is priceless!  Every bride wants to look her absolute best on the Big Day.

When you really think about it, your face will be the first thing your fiancé and your guests will look at when you walk down that aisle, followed closely of course by your stunning dress! That's why your makeup truly needs to say a lot!  Choosing the style of your makeup should be just as important as choosing your dress. The right makeup can take any bride from wow to WOW!  However, it's not just a case of enhancing one's feature's … there are a few other key factors that should be taken into consideration.

Your Features:

The first thing to consider is YOU. You definitely want to enhance your natural beauty and bring out your best features. If you decide to use a makeup artist, first and foremost they will assess your individual features. There are professional techniques to enhance (or diminish!) any feature, so discuss these with your artist and let him/her know what you would like to focus on, and definitely let them know what you don't want!

A good makeup artist should also look beyond your physical characteristics, as your makeup should reflect your individual personality and style.

Your Dress:

The next thing to consider is of course your dress. Think about the style of your dress and what you would like your makeup to say. Is it vintage, classic, or traditional?  Your makeup should compliment your dress so your whole look ties in together.  Think about the entire package, right down to your accessories. If need be, look through magazines for dresses in a similar style to yours, and get ideas on how the experts have styled the model's hair and makeup to compliment the dress.  Also, bear in mind your bridesmaids' dresses and how you would like them to look. Their makeup should be different to yours, yet still compliment you and your look.

The Theme:

I always ask my clients if they have a colour theme running through their wedding, and especially what flowers they have chosen. The last thing you want is to have colours that clash. The warmth or coolness of colours can also bring out different skin tones, so be conscious of this when choosing colours, right down to whether you are a gold or silver girl.

The Venue:

The venue and your surroundings should play a big part in your decision making. Is it a traditional wedding in a church, an outdoor wedding, or maybe an evening wedding? The style of your makeup should reflect the style of your wedding. For example, a beautiful sultry smoky eye may not look right at a beach wedding; you'd probably want to opt for a fresh faced summer look, or perhaps you suit a natural bronzed beach style?  You also want to be conscious about how your makeup will wear into the night? If you do want a natural look during the day, be aware that you also don't want to fade into the night. Ask your makeup artist what you can do yourself, to take the day look through to the evening. They will be able to design a look that can easily progress into the night. Whether it's some strategically placed eyeliner, or a change in lip colour, you can dance the night away feeling fabulous!

The Photos:

The last, but by no means least, important factor to consider are your photos. Professional makeup artists know all the tips and tricks to make you look stunning in photos without your makeup looking 'caked on'. Almost all my brides make use of black and white photos as part of their wedding album, and these can look absolutely amazing. However, if you specifically want a lot of black and white photos, I would recommend you mention this to your artist. Your makeup will need to be slightly tailored for black and white photography. Finally, your photos are the memories you will have forever, and therefore you don't want your makeup to date too much. Steer clear of the latest high fashion trends and opt for a classic, timeless style that you will love looking back on in years to come.

At the end of the day, having taken all these factors into consideration, you want to be stunning but also be you. Choose a style that you feel comfortable and confident with, after all it's your day to shine …and then enjoy every minute!

This article was kindly supplied by My Wedding New Zealand's Premier Wedding Magazine


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