Top 13 Essential Bridal Styling Tips

The PlanYourWedding team has consulted our expert list of make-up artists for the best choice of makeup products and application tips for the perfect bridal look. A few weeks ago, we compiled a list of tips to brighten up your eyes. In today’s series, we have a set of check list on our make-up artists’ advice on the dos and don’ts on your wedding day with regards to hair styling and make up.

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Acne Alert!

If you notice a blemish or breakout just before your wedding day, refrain from touching it. Never attempt to squeeze it or you’ll risk an infection and cause a scar to form instead! Most make up artists will have the skills to cover it. So sit back and relax.

Pre-wedding Hair Treatment

Most wedding hairdos will most likely damage the hair if it involves heat styling or teasing for volume. Go for a professional scalp massage and deep conditioning treatment the week before your wedding to reduce the damage of your hair post-wedding.

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Get a Good View

Before you begin with the make up, ensure that there is sufficient natural light. It is the best light when it comes to makeup application. Set up a vanity table near a window. If there's no natural light available, use a bright lamp instead or go outside to see if your makeup suits your skin tone.

Sun Protection

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, protect your skin from getting sunburn by using a moisturizer or foundation with SPF 30 or higher. But if your wedding is held indoors, avoid these products as it’ll make you appear unnaturally white or pale due to the flash.

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Hair Styling

If you are getting prepared for a wedding ceremony out of home, remember these few tips. When you're getting your hair done, having a low dressing table or counter with a mirror will work best. Use a chair with a low back, so that your wedding hair stylist can style your hair easily. Also, make sure there are electrical outlets near the area for hair appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. Remember to bring a few extension cords too, just in case.

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Posture During Make Up

Additionally, once your hair is done, sitting up straight and being at eye-level with your makeup artist helps him/her apply makeup perfectly. If you're getting ready at a hotel, ask for a high bar stool with a low back or simply prop yourself up on pillows.

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Blending Is the Key

Avoid streak lines (which can be picked up by flash photography) by blending your makeup properly, especially eye shadows and blusher.

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Even It Out

Based on the recommendation of your make-up artist, if you need to even out your skin tone, use some bronzing powder on the neck are and slowly even it out. Your skin will appear more luminous and your face tone will also match that of your body. However, avoid the décolletage (or neckline near to the cleavage) as it might stain the wedding dress.

Blushing From Within

Never forget your blusher! A pop of colour on your cheeks is like an instant facelift, making you look healthy and glowing. A soft pink tone will work for fairer skins, while those with deeper skin tones can opt for a rosier hue. A good tip is to pinch your cheeks (not too hard!) to see your natural blush colour.

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Brighten Up Your Lips

Choose a lip colour that's slightly brighter than what you would normally wear. Avoid using pale nude or brown lip hues as we may appear washed out in photos. If you usually use neutral hues, wear it as your base and add a red, pink or rose colour on top. If you normally wear dark lipstick, use that as your base and apply a lighter sheer pink on top to brighten your lips.

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Have a Spare Lipstick

Make sure to have your bridesmaid carry a spare lipstick for touch-up, especially if you’re donning a bright lip for your wedding.

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Whiten Your Teeth

A cheerful smile will be the greatest memory of your wedding! Firstly, for brides who consume alcohol, avoid having red wine and other food that will taint the teeth. Secondly, consider the option of whitening the teeth before the wedding. There are lots of safe, reliable over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems that can effectively whiten the teeth by a few shades.

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If you’re wearing a bridal veil, it needs to be removed after the wedding ceremony, make sure your hairstylist demonstrates to your mom or maid-of-honour on how to do it without messing up your hairstyle.

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Do you have any additional tips for bridal make up and hair styling? Share with us your experiences using the above tips at the column below. 

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