Korean Bridal Hair and Makeup Styling in Singapore

When you think of Korean bridal makeup, I believe that the first word that will come to your mind is ‘radiant’. Korean wedding makeup is all about achieving a dewy, radiant glow in your complexion. The focus is on skincare preparation prior to applying makeup. The end result is a youthful, blissful-looking bride!

Korean bridal hairstyles on the other hand, is all about elegant, clean looks. Think of soft, effortless curls and elegant ponytails. Here is showcasing some images of Korean bridal makeup & hairstyling from our recent shoot done in SIngapore.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Julie Kim
Gown by Bridefully Yours
Photographed by Jenie Graphy
Modelled by Hana Belle

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For Korean bridal makeup, ‘less is more’. It is all about enhancing your natural beauty by slightly accentuating your facial features. Smokey eyes are achieved in a feminine way by using subtle brown and coral tones.

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Loving that healthy, radiant glow in Hana

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The Korean bridal hairstyle gives you natural, effortless waves with bouncy hair. This hairstyle instantly achieves a beautiful, romantic look. Don’t forget to let down those airy see-though bangs as this helps to soften your facial features for a more sweet, dainty look!

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We hope that you have found this post on Korean Bridal Hair and Makeup styling useful! Do check out our post on Korean Bridal Makeup for an exclusive interview with our Korean makeup artist Julie Kim to gain deeper insights!

8 Elegant Hairstyles for Every Bride

A bride’s wedding makeup look is not complete without the perfect matching hairstyle to go with it. Although there are so many bridal hairstyle inspirations to look at, we have narrowed down to 8 of our favourite ones to complement your wedding makeup look.

From beautiful curls to chic, classy looks, you are bound to find something that suits your needs!

1.      Beautiful Soft Curls

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There is just something about soft curls that bring out the most feminine side in you. This hairstyle is definitely a safe option and there are so many variations of curls you can opt for. Finish off the look with some pretty floral hair accessories!

2.      Romantic Half Updos

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Loose curls give off a romantic look to this half-up, half-down wedding hairstyle. This look adds lots of texture and dimension to your hair. Pair this look with your laced wedding dress and you are good to go.

The trick to getting these curls to last all day is to use a texturizing hair spray or sea salt spray. Our makeup artists always ensure they have one in their makeup train case!

3.       Ponytails - Be it braided or clean & sleek

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If you are looking for more sophisticated, glamorous hairstyles, braided ponytails are a great option. Braided hairstyles are a really popular wedding hairstyle option now. They will look even better if you have a lighter hair colour or highlights in your hair!

The varying types of braided designs add a really interesting element to your hair. You can opt for more intricate, tight braids or go for a more effortless, soft braided look.

Alternatively, go for clean ponytails if you want a more minimalistic look.

4.      Elegant Chignon

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An elegant chignon is a wedding hairstyle option that exudes a modern, classy look. This hairstyle is more intricate and sophisticated than a classic bun, making it the best updo for your special day. Pair this look with a traditional cheongsam wedding dress or a simple low-back dress.

5.      Natural Effortless Waves

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Embrace your natural hair by adding some subtle, loose waves. Sometimes, simplicity is beauty. This hairstyle is so effortless yet beautiful. Add a feminine touch of simple, delicate floral hair accessories to complete the look.

6.      Romantic Airy Updos

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Combine sophisticated braids with classic updos and you get romantic airy updos. Top it off by adding some lovely hair accessories to truly look and feel like a princess on your special day. After all, we have perfect reason to look the most beautiful on our wedding day right?

If you have face-framing layers, leave them out to create an even softer, romantic look as well as to frame your face for picture-perfect wedding photos!

7.      Chic High Bun

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This look is another one of those classics that will never go out of style. This classic updo is great for Singapore’s hot weather while keeping your hair off your face. This bridal hairstyle will look great on all hair colours and it is an elegant, versatile option that matches any wedding dress perfectly.

8.      Red Carpet Side-Swept

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This side-swept look is timeless and elegant. For brides who like a clean, demure look, this is a great option for you. Pin the side with a decorative hair pin to finish off the look beautifully. This bridal hairstyle is also especially flattering for brides who have longer face shapes!  

Remember to take your time to choose the perfect wedding hairstyle that suits you. Some helpful advice would be to have a look at the portfolio of our makeup artists to get an understanding of the different wedding hair looks to find one that can best accommodate your needs. Also, having a wedding hair trial session with us will be really helpful to know what hairstyle you can expect on your wedding as well as providing your feedback for us to take note of!

What is Korean Bridal Makeup?

The Korean bridal makeup look is one of Asia’s top beauty trends, and Singapore is no exception.

To share with you more about Korean bridal makeup, we have Julie Kim, who is our makeup artist from Korea to share her knowledge. She has been residing in Singapore for around 6 years now and has a good understanding of Singapore’s culture to incorporate her Korean bridal makeup knowledge to suit every bride.  

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Julie strongly believes in using a minimalistic approach to bring out and enhance one’s features. She loves creating soft and natural makeup looks.

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1. What is Korean bridal makeup in general?

Korean bridal makeup consists of very natural looks. Although trends come and go every time, dewy skin forms the foundation in Korean makeup. One of the hottest trends now would be a single, matte lip colour in shades like coral or dusty rose!

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2. Since dewy skin is an important base, is there a strong emphasis on skincare to prep for Korean bridal makeup?

Yes, focusing on skincare is a crucial first step to achieve dewy skin especially in Singapore’s humid weather. Otherwise, your complexion might show signs of dullness. Skin should be healthy and moisturized to get a radiant, dewy complexion. Before doing Korean makeup looks on my clients, I make sure that I focus more time on their skincare to achieve the best results. To achieve the best results, one trick that I like would be to use makeup products like a highlighter, moisturizing foundation or products with a slight shimmer base!

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3. Will Korean bridal makeup suit all skin tones?

Yes, Korean bridal makeup is versatile enough to suit an array of skin tones ranging from fair to tanned skin. One misconception that many girls have would be that Korean makeup will only look nice on fair-skinned people. However, that is not true as I have had many clients who are tanned. Even in Korea, not everyone is fair-skinned as well.

4. Will Korean bridal makeup suit oily skin people?

Korean bridal makeup can still work on people with oily skin. On areas that are oilier like the T-zone, I usually apply some mattifying products after to combat the shine. In general, you can still achieve a dewy look but with the help of extra products to take away the unwanted shine!

5. What are some of your top favourite Korean makeup and skincare products that you recommend?

For makeup, recently, I have been really enjoying the brand Jung Saem Mool. I like the moisturizing properties in their products to hydrate the skin. For their eyeshadow palettes, the combination of colours is really easy to work with that allow me to create many beautiful eye looks! For skincare, I really like the brand Mediheal for their face masks. Other brands I like include Laneige, belif and innisfree.  

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We hope that you have enjoyed reading and gained some useful insights into Korean bridal makeup!

Preparation Guide for a Bride's Wedding Makeup and Hair

Here at Autelier, we understand that wedding preparation can be a stressful process with lots of preparation to be done. But not to worry, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind to ensure that you will be all ready for our makeup artists to doll you up.

1. HAIR

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Hair must be completely dry when our makeup artist arrives for the makeup session. If hair is damp, our makeup artist will require additional time to blow dry your hair resulting in a delay in the completion time.

Furthermore, damp hair is harder to curl, and the curls will not last for long in our humid weather.

It is not recommended to wash your hair in the morning of the actual day. However, if it is a must to wash your hair in the morning, hair should be completely dry upon arrival of our makeup artist.

Lastly, do not use hair conditioner when washing your hair the night before your wedding. Hair products such as hair oil and serums are not recommended to be applied. Drier hair works best for styling purposes!

2. SKIN

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Prior to the makeup session, it is recommended to gently exfoliate your skin to reveal a smooth, radiant complexion.

This will also ensure easy absorption of the products layered on your skin afterwards. Follow up with a hydrating face mask to hydrate your skin for the best makeup effect. Remember to wash your face after removing the mask!

To avoid interference with our makeup application, do refrain from applying any sunscreen or moisturiser. Too oily moisturisers will result in your foundation melting faster.

For brides with sensitive skin, do inform our makeup artist in advance. Should you prefer to use your own makeup or skincare products to avoid allergies, you can always have them on hand.

3. LOGISTICS

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There should be a table surface for our makeup artist to place her cosmetics makeup train case and equipment.

Do also have a desk mirror to check your hair and makeup once it is completed. This will ensure that you will be fully satisfied with your look and if not, refinements can be made.

For optimal lighting conditions, it is advisable for the makeup session to be done under natural lighting. If the room is too dimly lighted, table lamps are highly recommended.

4. MAKEUP TOUCH-UPS

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In your cosmetics bag, do prepare either a compact powder or loose powder for touch-ups throughout the day. Especially in Singapore’s hot weather, this will prevent your makeup from shifting around.

We recommend the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder for fuss-free touch-ups and it works really well at mattifying your face. Don’t forget your favourite lipstick as well!

5. ATTIRE

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Prior to the makeup session, do change into your appropriate lingerie like Nubra. Bathrobes or open button tops should be worn as well to ensure fuss-free changing into your wedding dress.

6. PREPARATION ON THE NIGHT BEFORE

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To ensure that your skin is properly hydrated, it would be good to put on a hydrating sleeping mask for the night. Alternatively, you can also use your night cream according to your preference.

It is also advisable to not drink too much water the night before. This might result in puffy eyes or water retention in the face the morning after. Most importantly, do get as much sleep as possible to be fresh for your big day!

Having these tips in mind will ensure that you look your best on the most important and special day of your life.

With that, we hope that these guidelines have been helpful for you in knowing how you can prepare yourself for your big day. Last but not least, our team at Autelier Makeup would like to wish you a wonderful wedding and a blissful marriage ahead!

Overseas Prewedding in Xinjiang, China #preweddingtravels

This series of #preweddingtravels will highlight the pre-wedding photoshoot experiences of the lovely couples we have worked with. For our first post, let us bring you along to Xinjiang featuring the couple Andrea and Yexi.

For many, Xinjiang might not be the first destination in mind to capture beautiful wedding shots. However, Xinjiang proves to be a picturesque option and could be one of the best kept travel secrets. And we must say that Andrea and Yexi being adventurous people, it was no surprise that they chose this unique destination for their pre-wedding shoot.

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Just a heads up, as with most Central Asian regions, the country tends to be more wary of foreigners. We underwent a few passport checks as part of their security precautionary measures.

Day 1: Kumtag Desert

Our first stop was the Kumtag Desert located in Shanshan. Kumtag ("kum tagh" in Uighur) translates to sand mountain. As Shanshan itself experiences low frequency of rainfall, that day was one of the rare occasions that we experienced rainy conditions. However, we were lucky that the rain was not too heavy that would hamper us from proceeding with the photoshoot. The shoot was conducted in the late afternoon with plans of capturing the beautiful sunset in the desert.

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As temperature in the desert took a dip, the journey in the desert was pretty challenging as Andrea braved through the chilly weather without a jacket. But this did not faze the bride one bit as she ascended up the sand dunes for her shots. The beautiful custom-made wedding gown by Jessicacindy draped beautifully over the sand dunes, and it was a stunning sight to behold.

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The hairstyle done by our makeup artist Sarah was soft, effortless waves to complement the dreamy wedding gown.

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The happiness experienced by the blissful couple was perfectly captured by Felicia from AndroidsinBoots. She translated these happy moments into picture perfect memories.

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As evening approached, we were greeted with the stunning sight of the sunset. The rain had subsided, and the couple couldn’t be happier to witness the sunset according to plan. This was definitely the highlight of the day and a perfect way to end the day.

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Day 2: Urumqi Nanshan

The next day, we set off to Urumqi Nanshan (which translates to “Southern Pastures” or “Southern Mountains”). The scenery was reminiscent of a winter portrait with the lush pine trees surrounding the mountains and roadside.

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Halfway through, it was unfortunate that Andrea faced a little stomach discomfort. However, she fought through it with Yexi’s unconditional support and remained really optimistic!

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Here are some pictures from behind the scenes. Behind the glamour of each photo, there was a great amount of effort and thought put into it!

Felicia getting the best angle of the couple against the backdrop of tall, luscious greenery

Felicia getting the best angle of the couple against the backdrop of tall, luscious greenery

Perfecting that flatlay shot of the blissful couple

Perfecting that flatlay shot of the blissful couple

Sarah doing some touch-ups to ensure that Andrea’s hair is always picture perfect! The choice of elegant, braided updo exuded the classiness in the bride

Sarah doing some touch-ups to ensure that Andrea’s hair is always picture perfect! The choice of elegant, braided updo exuded the classiness in the bride

Aside from that, one memorable incident definitely made this trip an unforgettable one for Sarah. On the team’s journey to catch the train back to Urumqi, their van tire punctured, and they got held up for close to an hour! But thankfully, the traffic police officers stopped by to lend them a helping hand. They were incredibly kind and offered their spare tire to the van driver as he did not have one. Before leaving, the officers even told the driver to drive safely and ensure they reach their destination safely.

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For couples that are looking to travel to Xinjiang for your pre-wedding photoshoot, Sarah strongly recommends you to engage in good planning. This is especially so if you are not familiar with the place. Yexi and Andrea did an excellent job in their planning and the team was really blessed to have engaged a really good travel agency to bring them around.  

Last but not least, a big thank you to the wonderful team for making the shoot a success! It was our utmost pleasure to be a part of the couple’s wedding journey by providing them our hair and makeup services. As the quote goes: “happiness looks great on you.” Hence, our hair and makeup looks are only complete when they are worn by beaming, blissful brides!

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