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Every blushing bride wants to look exceptionally beautiful on her big day, and one surefire way to enhance that blissful, marital glow is by adding a dash of makeup. Many brides choose to hire a makeup artist and hairstylist to achieve an especially ethereal luminosity, but is hiring a glam squad really necessary for the big day? Our etiquette experts weigh in on navigating the tricky territory of bridal beauty.
Before making any decisions regarding your day-of beauty, consider the look you want to achieve and how you hope it will look in pictures. Your big-day hair and makeup should simply be a more refined reflection of your personality and everyday look — trying anything too outlandish is a recipe for disappointment. Furthermore, your day-of cosmetics should be slightly heavier or more dramatic than your everyday look if you want to avoid appearing washed out in pictures. If you feel most comfortable completing the task yourself and are confident in your cosmetic capabilities, by all means do your own marital makeup.
However, having a hair and makeup team on hand can be extraordinarily helpful if you wish to step outside your comfort zone and want to avoid the stress of creating your own look. If you are not yet ready to commit to a professional, schedule makeup trial appointments with several different beauty pundits at your local department store or professional freelancers. If you are pleased with the result of the trial, you can then book your chosen vendor for the big day.