As for the make up, the hairstyle can make or break the beauty of the bride. However, the array is so enormous that it can be daunting to choose.
First of all, consider the facial shape. A hairstyle, just like a make up, can be employed as a tool to correct the less-than-perfect facial shape. For the long, narrow face it is best to choose a hairstyle with a bit of volume on the sides instead on top of the head. For the round face, a side swept bang is ideal ( this bang, along with the blunt, straight one, is also perfect to conceal a high , prominent forehead ). A cascade of soft waves on the sides would benefit the square -jawed face.
Also consider the texture. A classic smooth, scraped back chignon as in Kim Kardashian;s wedding hairstyle will leaves your face out in the open with nothing to hide and gives you the elegant classic look, whereas a soft tousled waves on the sides like the wedding picture of an Oscar winner movie star Nicole Kidman( on her wedding day with the country singer Keith Urban ) and supermodel Kate Moss will soften your look and gives you an impression of romantic beauty.
Bear in mind that if you choose a wavy or curly texture for your wedding day, it would be best done in a lighter colored hair such as copper, golden blonde or dark blonde, honey brunette, auburn or burgundy red. Wave and curls could look dense and somewhat lose the texture in a dark hair, as dark hair such as black or dark brown hair look uniform in color and do not have the tonal difference in color.
However, do not fear ! Dark-haired beauties could also pull off a stunning look on their wedding day. Witness the wedding hairstyles of dark-haired celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Biel. Dark hair looks best in a sleek, straight styles as it would enhance the shine and gloss of dark hair.
And just like the makeup, hairstyles can be ranging from classic, to glamorous to sexy.
The Classic look usually is a look that would never out of fashion, always look current in any decades such as flat , smooth chignon ( like the wedding hairstyle of Carolyne Bessette Kennedy, the daughter-in-law of Jackie Onassis ), the low, textured chignon that is ideal for wavy hair ( such as country singer Carrie Underwood hair in 2012 Grammy Award ), the low smooth chignon that is so perfect for straight hair ( copied the style of Claire Danes in 2011 Golden Globe Award ), or the side wavy hair that is so classic-Hollywood style ( witness Reese Witherspoon;s hairstyle in 2013 Academy Award Award ). Another option is the classic Hollywood finger waves hair ( look at Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz's hairstyle in 2012 Academy Award ) that would look stunning in every era.
The Elegant look is quite similar with the Classic one, as in it will withstand the test of time. The chignon look ( be it flat and smooth or textured with a bit of volume ) will always look elegant, no matter when or what. The side wavy hair is also considered elegant. And don't forget French Twist..look at Amy Adams in 2013 Academy Award ! Her french twist combined with a volume top is certainly elegant and beautiful.
The Glamour look is of course, perfect for the star of the day, which is the bride, especially for the evening wedding reception. Dramatic up do such as Salma Hyek hair in 2013 Academy Award or singer Hillary Duff wedding picture, The glittering, full volume up do such as Audrey Hepburn's in the classic movie ' Breakfast At Tiffany', will give the bride a dramatic glamour, while the half up-do such as Kate Middleton's wedding hairstyle is more to restrained, subdued glamour.
To bring the Sexy back, the brides need a hairstyles that move and swing rather than the ones that held firmly in place by pins and ozone-wrecking amount of hairsprays. If you look at Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox;s wedding hair, they all share one thing in common in which their hair has a sexy, tousled loose wave. In need of a sexy up do? Try Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence's side twisted updo, or loose, relaxed up dos such as Naomi Watts and Jennifer Garner in 2013 Academy Award will certainly wow the guest.
Again, with the endless choices, always choose the one that compliment your facial structures, your dress and last but not the least, complimenting the venue of the wedding.
Makeup ( and hairstyles and dressess too, but that's another story ) goes hand in hand with a wedding day. For sure, the bride needs to look her utmost best during the most important day of her life.
To achieve that, a bride usually relies on the make up artist ( unless she is extremely skillful in doing her own face like The Duchess of Cambridge a.k.a Kate Middleton who did her own makeup on her wedding day ), and the heavy burden fells on the artist shoulders to make her look dazzlingly beautiful throughout the day and the evening, not only in real life but on the photographs too. Certainly not a responsiblity to be taken lightly!
Usually the artist will held a trial session months before the actual event to determine the best look for the bride-to-be. Not only that, it will also gives the artist an opportunity to know the client, her likes and dislikes, her idea of looking beautiful, and even to some extent as checking the allergic reaction that might occurs , as some person might get an allergic reaction to some ingredients in a make up.
Speaking of which, the waterproof make up seems like the perfect choice as humidity, the sweat and the tears can wreck havoc a perfectly made up face. The artist should also considered the coverage of the makeup, or the opposite of that, the dewiness of the makeup. A silky matte, full coverage makeup looks elegant, formal and polished while a dewy, fresh makeup that lets the bride's glowing skin shines through look sexy, young and signaling a more relax affair, more fun affair.
That being said, the end result will very much be determined by the artist's skill. Like creating a stunning artwork on a blank canvas, the bride herself is a clean slate for the makeup artist, to be turn into a beautiful piece of artwork by the artist's own skill. A state-of-the art, latest techno-cool gadgets and gizmos ( does airbrush makeup sounds familiar ? ) will certainly help, but again, it's the skill that determined the end result instead of the gadget. Hey, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel manually with only paints and brushes, and the result lasts a lifetime!
To make a long story short : choose your makeup artist wisely. Judge her / him by the skill instead of the tools.
Besides the dress, the makeup and the hair choosing the perfect accessories, namely the headpiece, is also crucial.
Thankfully, choosing it is probably easier than deciding the dress or the hair and makeup, as the headpiece is detachable and can be simply undone in a matter of second should the bride unhappy with it.
Every part of this world is definitely has something for the bride. Asian usually favors intricately designed, heavily decorated headpiece made in gold and precious gems for the headpiece, such as west Sumatran and Javanese brides, Indian brides, and Chinese brides, while the African usually sporting some sorts of cloth headpiece and European ( along with American and Australian ) brides are usually decked out in tiara and veil.
In choosing it, of course, it must be compliment the hairstyle as the two goes hand in hand. The varieties are endless, be it classic, sweet or glamorous.
The Classic Style
The veil is definitely a classic, be it a gauzy lace or a tulle. A veil can be a short ( like J Lo's wedding veil when she got married to Marc Anthony in 2008 ) , puffy , elbow length or slightly longer fingertips length ( such as rocker Avril Lavigne;s wedding veil ) and the most dramatic long veil with train ( who can forget the wedding veil of the late Princess Diana ? or Mariah Carey's when she wed Tommy Mottola ? ), Sometimes the bride even choose to combines two length together, for example Princess Grace Kelly's wedding veil that merged elbow length veil in the front to cover her face and long veil with train at the back.
Other than that a small fascinator hat ( a small hat that is anchored with comb or pins on the head ) is also considered as a classic too.
The Elegant style
The most elegant would be tiara. Yes, you can wear it despite your lineage! You certainly don't need to have a royal blood to wear one ( although, getting married to a real-life Prince like Kate Middleton is certainly won't hurt ). It is really the most classic, most elegant headpiece of all time.Witness the elegant, slim tiara that Julia Roberts wore on her head during her 2002 wedding to Danny Moder, or the regal pearl tiara that Emily Rossum wore in 2013 Academy Award. Not into tiara? Wrap a glittering crystal headband around your head like Charlize Therons did in 2012 Golden Globe, or anchor your up do with big, jeweled hairpin like Natalie Portman did in 2009 Academy Award.
However, do proceed with caution. Take your facial shape, size and your hairdo into consideration. Do not let the tiara, however glittering it is, to overpower your face and hairdo, unless you are a real life princess ( remember the late Princess Diana's wedding tiara? ) or traditional bride ( such as a west Sumatra brides ).
If you choose a puffy, bouffant hairdo, do not choose a tiny, slim tiara as it would look lost amidst the hair. Tiny tiara that is only visible in the middle part is also not suitable for round-faced, chubby-cheeked brides as it would only emphasized the roundness. A triangle tiara definitely would not suit long faced brides as it will only elongate the face further.
For the Glamorous brides out there, well..the twinkles and shimmers of crystals and precious ( or semi precious ) jewels are certainly hard to resist! A wide tiara, glittery metallic headband ( again, Charlize Theron;s look in 2012 Golden Globe ), or take a leaf of Kim Kardashian's wedding look and circled your head and forehead with a diamond necklace . There are really too many options to mention!
The Glamour Chic is best represented in the high fashion look, such as the ornate fascinator hat or feather head piece ( remember what Carrie Bradshaw's wore on her head on her wedding day in the movie 'Sex and The City 1 ? ).
For the Sweet brides who are striving for the fresh, young look, then a mini 'birdcage' veil like what country singer Miranda Lambert wore on her wedding day will surely do. It's actually just a headpiece made from a little net ( or can be substituted with any material such as lace, tulle, organza, or even velvet or satin ) cut in a circle shape and pinned on the head.
A jeweled comb to sweep back one side of the hair ( be it sleek and straight like Sandra Bullock in 2013 Academy Award or polished wave like supermodel Miranda Kerr in 2013 Academy Award ) is also definitely a winning choice.
Bear in mind that first and foremost, the headpiece should be, and always be, perfectly complimenting both your face and your hairdo as it will be the first thing that people notice when the bride enters the room.
A makeup for the bride can be tricky. She, obviously, has to look gorgeous yet at the same time she still has to look like herself instead of turning into a grotesque caricature version of herself. In short, the aim of bridal makeup is to make the blushing bride a much prettier, better looking version of herself.
That being said, there are many make up techniques that can achieve that aim. Usually the make up artist would employs a corrective make up technique. As the name indicates, it is used to 'correct' the flaws from the skin condition to the asymmetrical facial structure ( you' be surprise to know that most people have irregular facial feature, and only a very small percentage have that coveted perfectly symmetrical facial structure! ). It serves the purpose of enhancing the beauty, and at the same time correcting the flaw, hence the name.
As for the look. there are so many to choose! From the classic, classy elegant to the sexy one. Classic look tends to be everlasting. Ten years or even decades after the wedding, looking at the wedding photos, the look would not be dated. Case in point is the bridal pictures of Ivanka Trump , daughter billionaire Donald Trump, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S President Bill Clinton, and Salma Hayek, the Latina beauty of Hollywood. All of them has simple, soft makeup. The skin looks silky and fresh. No obvious shimmer and glitz.
The Elegant look share the similarity with the Classic look. Elegant look is also everlasting. Decades after the wedding, the look would still be relevant, and even worth emulating. The difference is that for this look, the make up is more pronounced, more defined, yet still simple and sleek. Take a look at the wedding pictures of Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, the former Hollywood star turned Princess, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and more recently, Kate Middleton. They all emphasized the brows, the cheekbones and the lips and keep everything else clean and sleek. The skin is matte. No shimmer, no dewiness at all.
What about all the glamourpuss out there? The Glamorous look is the answer. Check out the wedding pictures of Kim Kardashian. The super long, super thick eyelashes, the shimmering blush on the apple of her cheeks, raspberry glossy lips, the perfectly arched, long eyebrows under the dangling glittery diamonds headband...all screams glamour to the max.
And for the sexy ladies? The Sexy look is just naturally perfect for them. Take a peek at the wedding pictures of Hollywood sexy sirens such as Cindy Crawford, Megan Fox, Jennifer Aniston ( her wedding picture to Brad Pitt ) , Rebecca Romijn, All have sun-kissed, glowing, dewy skin, glossy lips and relax, slightly wavy hair.
Now that you know, you can choose accordingly. That being said, pick the one that is truly you and really makes you happy, and feel beautiful. Remember, it's your big day and not others!