Every bride-to-be, no matter what ethnicity, wants to look her best on her wedding day and have flawless makeup. The key to this is wearing the right makeup.
Choosing the right makeup is not as difficult as you may think. The best way to do this as at a makeup trial prior to your wedding day. This usually takes place anything up to a week before. You meet up with your makeup artist and try a variety of different looks which will enable you to decide on the one to use for your wedding day.
Brides who are having a cultural element to their wedding usually have at least one change into traditional wear. The makeup used for your traditional wear and your wedding dress is likely to be vastly different, so at your trial you will be testing for at least two completely different looks.
Although depending on your individual style, the makeup worn when you are in your wedding dress, usually mirrors what a wedding dress should be – demure, subtle and not too distracting. Whereas, if you are changing into traditional wear, the makeup tends to be a lot more colourful and somewhat flamboyant to go with your colourful cultural attire.
For example, your eyeshadow should compliment the colour of your apparel. In the case of West African brides, this is usually the colour of the gele (traditional head piece). If you don’t like the idea of your makeup being too bright, explain this to your makeup artist, so that you will feel uncomfortable on the day.
When choosing a makeup artist, it is always a good idea to choose one that also knows how to tie a gele, as it is a bit of an artform that not just anyone can do. It is all well and good if your makeup looks fantastic, but if you are left without anyone to tie your head piece, your outfit will be incomplete.
But no matter what colours or style you choose for your makeup, it should only emphasis your beauty and your features, not obscure it. You don’t want to look like a completely different person when you come face to face with your husband to be!