How to Choose Your Look…Up or Down? Dramatic or Soft?

Brace yourselves! It's a lot, but it's the most important information to date! Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. You want to look and feel like a beautiful and radiant bride! Your every smile and kiss will be captured, so your bridal makeup needs to be picture perfect and look flawless all through out your big day. With a salon here at The Bustle we really get hands on advice and experience for every bridal look. These simple steps will help you decide the answers to your questions: Up or Down? Dramatic or Soft? The easiest tool to help you decide on how to wear your hair and makeup is YOUR DRESS!! The style, color and length of your dress can help you determine your options. Hair Let's start with the color: Ivory and off white tend to make the skin look softer and can therefore support a more glamorous makeup style. White tends to look strong and washes out most faces so consider using softer colors to enhance your facial features. Next, the style: The stronger the neckline of your dress, the more sophisticated your hair and makeup needs to be to match the dress’s style. A deep neckline that is off the shoulders will look great with an up-do style so that the line of the neck and shoulders is shown off. Consider also the length of the dress. The shorter the dress the simpler your hair and make up should be. Remember you are creating an entire picture! You wouldn't wear a beautiful dress and stylish heels and then wear your hair and makeup like you do when you wear your jeans, right? Don't sell yourself short on such a memorable day :) Make up When planning your wedding day makeup, keep in mind you will want your makeup to be appropriate for the time of day, the venue (indoors or outdoors) and complement the style of your wedding dress. It is a lot to consider, but all of that will make your look flawless. Plus, we recommend having a trial about three months before your wedding day, and most of those small details will be second nature by then ;). Once those details are confirmed, start to think about the style of makeup that you prefer. Things to keep in mind: Night or day: Night time weddings are typically more formal than day time weddings. For an evening wedding consider a more sophisticated look. For a day time wedding makeup tends to be more natural. Indoors or outdoors : Outside lighting is stronger, so your makeup should to be softer and more natural than makeup for an indoor wedding. The lighting: Different lighting requires different makeup styles. Night time lighting tends to dull makeup, so a stronger look is preferable. Natural and day time lighting is more generous to makeup so, again, consider a more natural look with a softer smokey eye and lighter lip colors. Makeup Tips and Advice: 1. Be yourself. You want to look amazing but remember you also want to look like yourself and feel comfortable with your appearance. You can look great and still stay within your comfort zone. Plan ahead and give yourself time to find the makeup look that you love and feels comfortable. 2. Highlight one facial feature. You know your best facial feature; your plump lips, your beautiful eyes or your lovely cheak bones. Your makeup should highlight your chosen feature. Don’t try to highlight more than one because it will look “too much”. If you use a bold red lipstick to highlight your beautiful lips go low key with your eye makeup or if you choose a smokey, dramatic eye, choose a more subtle lipstick or lip gloss. 3. Watch out for “seemed like a good idea at the time”. Watch out for fads. In 20 years time hot pink lipstick will date your wedding photos. You want to look as classic as possible so that your photo memories are timeless. 4. Beware of facials! Unless you have facials on a regular basis, don't get one the week before your wedding day. Facials can bring out impurities and bring them to the surface, and you definietly do not want to break out the week of your wedding. To avoid blotches and blemishes, do not make any major changes in your skin care routine the few weeks before your wedding day. Those weeks before are not the time to experiment with your skin care. Even if you regularly get facials, have your last facial no later than a week before the wedding. Hmm I think that's it for now... lots of information, but it all helps.  We received all of the advice directly from our certified stylist Katrina.  She's a great girl who sees it all! Thanks Katrina! xx
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