Bridal Make-up

Bridal Make-up Blunders and How to Avoid Them:

Getting married is stressful. You essentially have to juggle planning the event, calling the shots on every small detail, and carefully tiptoeing around aunt Petunia’s feelings when deciding on the seating arrangements.

Bridal make-up is not usually at the top of the bride-to-be’s list of priorities. Many brides, unfortunately, fail to realise the importance of this element on their special day. That is why we, at Face to Face Beauty & Make-up Design School, have compiled an in-depth list of the biggest bridal make-up blunders, and what you can do to steer clear of them. Make sure you avoid the following mistakes:

Undertone Ignorance

Your ideal bridal make-up needs to work for you, not just your favourite celebrity. Two factors that must always be taken into consideration are skin tone and undertone. Your skin tone is the colour of your skin that is visible in daylight. Your undertone can either be cool, warm, or neutral.

A simple way to test your undertone is to hold the underside of your forearm up to natural daylight and take a look at the veins. If your veins appear blue or purple, you likely have a cool undertone. If the veins appear green, you most probably have a warm undertone. Veins that appear teal or somewhere between blue and green, can indicate a neutral undertone. People with cool undertones do best with make-up that includes silver, pale pinks, nudes, and shades of plum. Those with warmer undertones look best in gold, peach, warm browns, and hues of olive green. For our neutral friends, a good rule of thumb is to wear whatever you find most flattering. Keep your undertone in mind if you want to avoid an orange face with a pink, flushed décolletage beneath your jawline.

Experimenting on The Day

Your wedding day is not the time to experiment with new looks or trends. We all know that styles change through the decades, and your mother’s bridal make-up is probably not the type of statement you would like to make in your photos for years to come. It is always best to stick to timeless and classic looks that do not alter your face too much. After all, you want to look like yourself. Your bridal make-up should complement your dress, venue, and wedding theme. Ensure that your bridal party sticks to the same make-up principles as you do, or you may have a bridesmaid who decides to relive the neon disaster of the 80s.

The purpose of your bridal make-up is to present an elegant face without manipulating your appearance heavily or simply following the latest trends. Always try to keep it simple, clean, and flattering.

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