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A Head-to-Toe Guide to Bridal Beauty


We think that every bride emits that unmistakable bridal glow on her wedding day. However, that doesn't mean that you should just stick to your daily makeup routine or even go entirely makeup-free. Remember, your wedding will last for hours, long enough for your forehead to become shiny and your eyes to look tired. Your wedding day requires makeup products and styles that are completely different from what you use every day. Instead of simply covering up your face, the right wedding makeup should enhance your natural beauty and make you look flawless both in person and in your wedding photos.

Choosing the right makeup look and techniques can be confusing, especially if you're planning to do your own wedding makeup. But even if you're hiring a professional makeup artist, it's always a good thing to learn about the basics of wedding makeup. Scroll down to read all you need to know about the bridal look that suits your wedding and personality.

Popular wedding makeup styles

There are plenty of bridal looks to suit many different types of weddings. Whether it's an intimate celebration or a grand ballroom wedding, the most important thing is to choose a makeup style that represents your personality. Slide through some popular wedding looks we've gathered below and pick one that suits your wedding style and personality best.

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Romantic, glamorous, or both?

With pretty shades of pastel pink, soft rose, and peach combined with neutral grays, romantic makeup suits the blushing bride who dreams of a fairy-tale wedding. If you're planning a dreamy wedding filled with flowers, this look might be for you. Besides that, if your wedding will be a grand affair with extravagant decorations and thousands of guests, opt for makeup that will make you stand out from the crowd. Choose your best features, like your eyes or lips, and emphasize them with bold makeup.

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The basics of eye makeup

Eyes are usually the first facial features that people notice, thus they're the most important parts to put makeup on. One thing to remember is that people have different eye shapes, and eye makeup that looks great on someone else might not look as good on you. For every eye shape, there are different techniques to use when applying eyeliner and eyeshadow. Don't worry, we've prepared some basic eye makeup styles for you to try out below.

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Choosing and applying blush the right way

Different skin tones will need different shades of blush. Get to know which shades will give you a beautiful and healthy glow instead of a washed out or ashen look.

1. Fair skin

For those of you who are light-skinned with pink undertones, a pinkish blush is the best choice. If you want something different, try nude shades. If you have fair skin with yellow undertones, use a light, coppery bronzer as the base and top it off with pink blush. Remember to avoid violet blush and dark bronzer, as they can make your skin look splotchy.

2. Medium skin

If you have medium skin with yellow undertones, choose rose and berry shades for your blush and for those with golden undertones, peachy pink blush will be your best companion. In summer, opt for an orange-hued blush that will make you look fresh. Stay away from sheer blushes in gray or baby pink.

3. Olive skin

There are plenty of gorgeous blush shades for the olive-skinned bride. Feel free to try out warm and deep shades like orange, apricot, bronze, and plum. Always choose a golden shimmery finish and avoid silvery finishes that can leave a white cast.

4. Dark skin

If your skin is dark, your choices are similar to those for olive skin tones. The main difference is that you should choose deeper shades. If you have yellow undertones, deep orange will be your best match. For those with red undertones, berry hues will enhance your ebony skin beautifully.

After choosing the right blush shade for your skin tone, read on to learn how to apply it correctly based on your face shape.

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1. Oval

Apply the blush on your cheekbones in a circular manner, and blend it outwardly toward your ears.

2. Square

To soften your angular facial features, apply blush away from your nose in a linear way.

3. Long

Start from the top of your cheekbones and blend it out to your temples. Or, you can apply blush from the apples of your cheeks outwardly toward your ears.

4. Round

Slim down instantly and add definition to your round face by brushing your blush angularly, starting from the apples of your cheeks to under your cheekbones and outwardly toward your temple.

5. Heart

To help balance out a strong jaw line, sweep your blush on the bottom of your cheekbones, just like the way you apply contour.

Choosing the perfect lipstick

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Finding the right lipstick for your wedding day can be tricky. The seemingly endless choices of lipstick shades from countless brands might leave you dazed and confused. No need to worry, though, as we've prepare a simple guide to choosing a lipstick shade to wear on your wedding day.

1.Skin tone

Fair skin

Shades of red, pink, and orange will make your skin look even brighter. Coral shades can be your new favorite, but if you're looking for something deeper, try terracotta. Remember, it's better to avoid lipsticks with too much brown as they will make your face look dull.

Medium skin

This kind of skin tone will suit almost every lipstick shade out there. As a basic guideline, pick a palette with more reds and oranges. If you don't want to look pale, stay away from bright nude colors.

Dark skin

Deep colors such as purple, berry, and maroon will boost your confidence in an instant. These shades will give you a classic bridal look. Avoid softer palettes as they can make your complexion look pale.

2.Wedding theme

Intimate wedding

Whether you're planning an indoor or outdoor wedding, avoid colors that are too dark. Opt for a lipstick in bright red, pink, or even coral for an exotic and sexy look. You can also choose the on-trend matte finish for this type of wedding.

Glamorous wedding

Opt for bold lipstick as it won't leave you overshadowed by glamorous wedding decorations. Bold red lipstick is usually a winner for this kind of wedding, and don't forget to choose a glossy finish to add an extra touch of glamour.

3.Type of lips

Thin lips

Dark lipsticks tend to make thin lips look even thinner. Go for a softer shade instead, like cinnamon, coral, or pink to enhance your look on one of the most important days of your life.

Thick lips

Instead of light shades, choose deep shades to give your look a touch of elegance. Don't forget to use lip liner in a similar shade before applying your lipstick, as it will help you get a perfect lip shape that won't smudge easily.

Red lipstick rules for your wedding day

It's said that red lips can convey a lot of things. They can be sweet and playful, or sexy and glamorous. One thing for sure, they are classy, timeless, and will attract attention wherever you go. Whether you're aiming for a modern, retro, or bohemian look, red lipstick can suit any occasion. But when it comes to pulling off scarlet lips on your wedding day, there are several rules to follow.

1. Find the right shade of red

Look for the perfect red that flatters your skin tone and fits the look you're going for. All shades of red will look great on fair skin, so the next thing to consider is the overall look. If you want to look playful, you can opt for orange-reds. For a more dramatic look, choose deeper reds instead. If you have darker skin, you can go for a glossy finish. We advise you to go out and try as many red lipsticks as you can until you find the perfect one. Don't forget to take pictures while wearing each one so you can compare them easily.

2. Pair the look with light eye makeup

Keep the look fresh and pretty, because you don't want to have a too-heavy, cakey look on your wedding day. Play down the eye makeup with neutral colors and let your lips do all the talking.

3. Moisturize your lips well

One night before your wedding day, dab your lips with balm or petroleum jelly. Let it sink into your lips to make them moisturized in the morning. It will also stop lipstick from sliding off your lips.

4. Make it last

After applying lip liner and the first layer of lipstick, blot your lips on a tissue and apply translucent powder on top with a brush. Next, apply another layer of lipstick. You should always check your teeth when retouching your lipstick after a meal or drink.

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Photography: Jemma Keech, Brandi Smyth, Bradley James, Doc. Wedding Elation, Greg Finck, Tessa Barton

Manicure styles for every bride

Manicures play quite an important role in weddings, since your ring finger will attract plenty of attention when your groom puts a ring on it. Many photographers will also capture your nails as part of your wedding detail shots. We dug through thousands of wedding manicure ideas from our vendors to help you decide which wedding manicure is the perfect one for you.


If you're the timeless kind of bride, classic shades like sheer nude or pearly white will most likely suit you. Spice it up a bit with a subtle touch of glitter or give a twist to your French tips with asymmetrical lines.

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Photography: Vea Nail Art, Nail Groomed


Fashion-forward and edgy brides would love their nails to be decorated with negative space techniques, graphic geometric lines, and matte finishes. We can really imagine these modern manicures paired with a structured and sleek dress.

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Photography: Vea Nail Art

Color Nail Art

Add a pop of color to your white wedding dress with bold and vibrant nails. The ombré trend is still around, but we also love the color-blocking style using two or more colors. If you want to be adventurous and use five different shades on each finger, pick pastel tones to avoid looking over-the-top.

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Glam up your look with deep jewel tones, lots of glitter, and shiny metallic finishes. This manicure style will be perfect for a formal evening party, especially if you're wearing a curve-hugging gown.

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Photography: Kukulash

4 Jakarta-based nail salons to choose from

One or two days before the wedding, get your wedding manicure and pedicure done. The best way to do this is by getting help from the experts. You can even consult with them to know which decorative nails will suit your wedding. Tell them about your wedding theme and color palette, then go from there. To help you get the best wedding manicure and pedicure, we've rounded up four amazing nail art services in Jakarta.

1. Vea Nail Art

An online manicurist in Jakarta, Vea Nail Art specializes in 3D nail arts. The artificial nails are hand-coated with gel polish and embellished with gorgeous imported nail charms.

2. Nail Groomed

Nail Groomed offers nail extensions and a selection of festive nail art. With its glittery, colorful, and three-dimensional nail art, Nail Groomed is the perfect manicurist for fashion-forward brides.


This rising star nail salon and eyelash specialist will surely attract your attention. Kukulash offers a variety of imported nail products from Taiwan and Japan. And with their eyelash extension services, they'll help you nail the perfect bridal look in one go.

4. Nails & About

Nails & About is one of the rising star manicurists in town. Their delicate nail designs will be the perfect fit for all you romantic brides out there.

Wedding makeup mistakes to avoid

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They say that mistakes are the best teachers in life, so you should learn from these bridal beauty blunders to avoid making the same mishaps on your big day.

1. Wearing too much makeup

Overly heavy makeup will crack after a while, and it's surely not a flattering look, especially in your wedding photographs. Don't cover your face with layers of fake eyelashes or dramatic contouring only to regret them years after the wedding.

2. Forcing yourself to try all the latest trends

The latest trends aren't always the best ones. They might not even be suitable for you, because every person has different features. Being pretty is not about keeping up with every single beauty trend, it's about understanding which look suits you the most.

3. Skipping pre-wedding treatments

Don't be afraid to spoil yourself every once in a while. Sometimes it's okay to treat yourself to a series of spa treatments, especially before the special day. These treatments will help you cleanse your body and make your skin glow more than ever.

4. Missing the makeup trial

If you're an experimental person, this is the chance to try new things. Therefore, it's important not to miss your wedding makeup trial. Arrange a schedule with your makeup artist and figure out the look that suits you the best.

5. Forgetting to groom eyebrows

It's important to also pay attention to your eyebrows. Some brides have thicker eyebrows that need to be professionally shaped or waxed. Try not to draw your eyebrow too thickly or too thinly, because eyebrows can really affect your overall look in an instant.

6. Not preparing emergency makeup kits

Don't forget to bring your essential makeup kit. Remember, the makeup you put on in the morning won't last for the whole day. A little touch up such as putting on lipstick or powder on your face will do wonders. You should also remember bring a few bobby pins, a tiny bottle of perfume, and blotting sheets. You'll thank us later if you face some unexpected beauty emergencies on the big day.

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