Overseas Prewedding in Iceland #preweddingtravels

Iceland is filled with dramatic landscapes complete with a spectacular experience. One thing that Iceland is known for would be its ever-changing weather. Weather and climate conditions are highly unpredictable, so do prepare for the unexpected. Iceland is definitely an amazing destination for pre-wedding shoots for the adventurous couples out there.

There is a famous saying in Iceland that goes: “if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”! This simply implies that weather can change in the snap of a finger. 

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Let us bring you along to Iceland featuring the couple Sophia and Anthony, photographer Kent Wong as well as our Autelier artist Cherry Au.

DAY 1 :  Settling Down
Upon reaching Reykjavik’s airport, a feeling of familiarity greeted me warmly as I stepped out of the plane. I love Iceland, it is the most tranquil place on earth. I have even entertained the idea of retiring in Iceland.

And in Iceland, it feels as though time stood still, everything felt the same as it was when I visited it the year before. I was so excited to be back in Iceland again, this time with Sophia and Anthony! I felt the long trip of a total of 24 hours was worth it after all.

First thing upon arriving in Reykjavik and after collecting our car, was to look for food. And it is a must for Kent and I to have the famous hot dog bun. Everything tastes more yummy when the weather is cooling and with good company! And off we went to check into our apartment and we totally knocked out from our long flight. 

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DAY 2: Black Sand beach Reynisfjara
When I woke up the next morning, I was greeted with the sight of this winter landscape. As I watched the snow fall, the feeling was pure magic. As much as I would love to laze in bed, we had to start travelling to our first destination for the pre-wedding shoot.

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After doing hair and makeup for Sophia, we headed to our first pre-wedding shoot destination - Reynisfjara.  It is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík.

With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland's black sand beaches.

Remembering my last encounter with this place, I knew better this time round and did an effortless, flowy hairstyle for Sophia as the place gets really really windy.

True enough when we arrived, the wind was so strong and within minutes, Sophia’s nose was red from the cold! I must really salute Sophia as I was wearing three layers of clothing and I still felt cold. 

True to Iceland’s name, halfway through the shoot, it started pouring. We had been told to be really careful on the black sand beach as it can get dangerous when the tides come in. It definitely wasn’t the easiest destination for a shoot but the photos turned out so beautifully.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Vera Wang Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Vera Wang
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

In cold countries, a windbreaker is a must in between shots!

Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: let down loose waves that flowed beautifully with the wind

Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: let down loose waves that flowed beautifully with the wind

Makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: warm brown eyeshadow with defined eyeliner and red lips on alluring Sophia

Makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: warm brown eyeshadow with defined eyeliner and red lips on alluring Sophia

DAY 3: Skógafoss Waterfall 
On day 3, we had the luxury of staying in this cosy little cabin that had a really beautiful interior. There were touches of vintage photographs and accents of gold decor.

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The next morning, the plan was to head to Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls, Skógafoss located in the South. Before setting off, we were delighted to be greeted with the sight of snowfall! And we had to document this moment.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Truly Enamoured Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Truly Enamoured
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

The flattering silhouette accentuated Sophia’s hourglass figure perfectly

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The snow-filled landscape was truly captivating, it was as if we were in a winter wonderland. The high bun look on Sophia couldn’t be more perfect in bringing out her elegance. No one would have guessed this was taken just outside our Airbnb apartment!

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Truly Enamoured Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Truly Enamoured
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Romantic shots of Sophia and Anthony. Looked straight out of a movie!

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Then, it was time to leave for Skogafoss. It was truly magical as we took in the sounds of the water gushing down at an impressive height of 60 meters.

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Our photographer, Kent Wong

Our photographer, Kent Wong

Shopping in Iceland

Shopping in Iceland

Our artist Cherry in her newly bought scarf for the chilly weather!

Our artist Cherry in her newly bought scarf for the chilly weather!

Cherry loves shopping here!

Cherry loves shopping here!

DAY 4: Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
We had a long debate if we should visit this location as we had read that the walk is long and the weather is cold. The couple was extremely sporting and we decided to give it a go! I was looking forward to this as I didn’t get to visit this place the last round.

We headed to the famous tourist spot, the Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck to take a look at the abandoned DC-3 plane at the crash site. We trekked for close to 1.5 hours to reach there and the total journey to and fro took us 3 hours! There was a point when we felt like there was no end to this trek as there was only road and the sky and our destination was nowhere in sight. 

Our long trekking path

Our long trekking path

However, we were handsomely rewarded with these beautiful shots. It was filled with quite a lot of people so it was a bit of a challenge for Kent to get these shots! And for me personally, a check against my bucket list for Iceland.

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The beautiful long veil flowed over Sophia’s shoulders, creating a dramatic windswept effect.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Truly Enamoured Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Truly Enamoured
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

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Next, we headed to Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: elegant low ponytail for a chic, classy look Gown by Truly Enamoured Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: elegant low ponytail for a chic, classy look
Gown by Truly Enamoured
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Truly Enamoured Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Truly Enamoured
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Candid moments like these truly capture the couple’s true bliss.

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On the way back, we were also rewarded with a beautiful sunset and we had a really delicious meal of fish and langoustine.

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DAY 5: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Goðafoss Waterfall
We travelled Southeast to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Needless to say, the glacier lagoon was freezing cold. We were all hesitant to go in initially, but we braved through and ended up spending less than half an hour there as it was simply too cold to bear!!

We must say that braving through the cold was definitely well worth it to get shots like these. These pre-wedding shoot memories will last for a lifetime. Sophia looks absolutely stunning as she blended in seamlessly into the vast glacier landscape.

Now for some postcard-worthy shots.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

“Let’s freeze this moment and make it last forever”

“Let’s freeze this moment and make it last forever”

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This lying on ice picture remains my favourite picture till today and it is now hanging beautifully in our studio. Each time I look at it, I remember the cold Sophia had to brave through to take this picture.

Iceland is known for its many waterfalls, so do not miss out on the spectacular waterfalls when you visit here. Next, we headed to the Goðafoss Waterfall (waterfall of the Gods). It is located in the river Skjálfandafljót in north Iceland, which happens to be the fourth largest river in Iceland.

We were blessed with sunshine on this day and even better, a beautiful rainbow!

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

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Do not be fooled by the sunny weather, it was still freezing cold at -2 degrees Celsius! Kudos to the couple who braved through the chilly weather for these shots. Sophia’s hair and hem of her gown was even filled with ice! All our gears and clothing were coated with a thin layer of ice.

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DAY 6: Akureyri
On day 6, we headed to Akureyri, which is often named the capital of North Iceland. It is my favourite town in Iceland as it feels like a Christmas town to me with its snow and lights at night.

We had a casual photoshoot session with the couple in this lovely town.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

It was a relaxing day the next day as we took a break to enjoy the Akureyri and visit another waterfall known as Dettifoss.

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We also passed by Grjótagjá, which is a small lava cave located near lake Mývatn in the North. It had a beautiful thermal spring nestled inside.

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As compared to the previous waterfalls we visited, Dettifoss waterfall is known to be the most massive one. It is the most voluminous waterfall in Iceland and is crowned the most powerfall waterfall in Europe! It is 45m high and 100m wide with 500 cubic metres of water plunging over the edge per second.

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Now, for the more dramatic shots - Sophia’s sultry red tulle gown from Vera Wang contrasted nicely against the frost white snow-filled mountain peaks.

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Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: soft effortless waves to complement the intricate tulle detailing

Hair by Autelier Artist Cherry Au: soft effortless waves to complement the intricate tulle detailing

DAY 8: Hallgrimskirkja Church
We are back to Reykjavík and the agenda for the day was the Hallgrimskirkja Church. It is the main landmark located in Reykjavík and it is the city’s largest church. Standing at an impressive 74.5 metres high, it towers over the centre of the country.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au

At the Hallgrimskirkja Church. Kent sure has a way of making everything look incredibly picturesque! The minimalistic architecture in a stone washed shade stood out even more in snowy conditions.

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

Hair and makeup by Autelier Artist Cherry Au
Gown by Galia Lahav from The Proposal Bridal
Photographed by Kent Wong Photography

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In the days we had travelled, Sophia had become more than a client to me but a great travel companion! She is such a wonderful girl, who is very efficient with doing housework!!! Whenever we reached a new apartment, she was always the first to unpack and settle us in nicely. I think she will make such an awesome wife!!

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One of the most memorable incidents in Iceland would be getting to experience all sorts of weather conditions throughout the 8 days. What you may not know would be that we travelled around the whole of Iceland for this pre-wedding shoot. Hence, we all experienced weather conditions ranging from snow, clear blue skies with sunshine, freezing cold temperature that dropped below zero degrees Celsius, stormy conditions to rain!

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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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Top 5 Makeup Tips to Look Photogenic All Day on Your Wedding

There will be lots of precious memories and moments that will be documented during your wedding. This means that it will be very important for you to constantly be camera-ready, as you will want to look your very best. Read on for some makeup tips used by our makeup artists to have you looking photogenic all day!

1. Matte lipsticks
Matte lipsticks are less prone to staining your white teeth. You will be showcasing those pearly white teeth all day, so you wouldn’t want any unsightly stains! A matte formula will also be more transfer-proof, allowing you to kiss your husband-to-be without worries!

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2. Avoid products with Silica or Zinc Oxide
Ingredients such as Silica or Zinc Oxide contained in products will cause camera flashback, leaving a white cast on your face due to light-reflecting properties. Especially if you are taking flash photography at night, our makeup artists will bear this in mind and avoid setting powders or sprays with these ingredients.

3. Natural, glowy highlighter
Using a highlighter in a natural shade adds dimension to the face, giving you a radiant finish for photos. This will make you look like you’re glowing from within, to enhance the happiness you’re experiencing on your wedding day!

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4. Makeup setting spray
Our makeup artists will always be sure to finish off your bridal makeup look with a setting spray to lock everything in. This will prevent your makeup from sliding off or even melting off in Singapore’s humidity. 

5. Setting powders 
Setting powders are definitely needed during touch-ups throughout the day. Compact powders are great at mattifying your face and removing unwanted, excess shine. It leaves your skin feeling soft and matte. Especially for brides with oily skin, this is highly recommended!

Alternatively, oil-control powders can also be used for touch-ups. Since some powders contain a white tint to them, it would be advisable to use them on brides with dry skin to avoid interference with your makeup.

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6. Q-tips
Q-tips can be extremely handy to ensure your bridal makeup look is always on point for the entire day. They can be used to fix makeup issues such as eyeliner or lipstick smudges! 

We hope that you have found these tips useful for your wedding! Go ahead and look your most beautiful!

How is the Confirmation Process Like When You Engage Autelier's Services?

1. Reach out to us

You can reach out to us via the submission form on our website or drop us a message on Instagram! Do let us know the date of your wedding to facilitate the checking of our makeup artists’ availability. 

If you reach out to us on a weekday, do expect a reply within a 24-hour timeframe. However, if it is on a weekend, do expect a reply by the next working day. If you still do not hear from us within 24 hours, drop us a text as your email might have gotten lost in our sea of emails.

2. Rates card and invoice

We will then proceed to send you our rates card for your reference. This will aid you in your decision in choosing your preferred wedding makeup artist. Once you have decided, we will send you an invoice for a 50% deposit payment and you will be given three days to make payment. Do note that your booking will only be confirmed once payment is received!

Thereafter, our Studio Manager Jessica will email you a booking confirmation with your invoice details.

3. Arrangement for a hair and makeup trial session

Eight weeks prior to your wedding, we will be in touch with you to arrange for a hair and makeup trial session. Our makeup artist will also contact you to arrange for a convenient timing for the trial session. This trial session will be held at our studio and it will be extremely helpful for you to determine the kind of wedding makeup and hairstyling you desire for your actual day. Ideally, this trial session should be done two to four weeks before your wedding. This is because you would have confirmed on your bridal gown and your hair and skin condition will be similar to your actual wedding day. 

Head over to this post to find out some helpful tips for your trial session!

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4. During the trial session

On the day of the trial session, our makeup artist will go through the timing and your wedding day schedule to ensure enough time is allocated for your makeup and hair. It will also be helpful to show a picture of your chosen gown for our makeup artist to decide on the best look for you. 

Do note that the trial will be done according to the number of looks in your chosen bridal package. Also, feel free to show our makeup artist pictures of your desired makeup and hair look for them to have an idea of your preference!

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5. Before the wedding

Three days before your big day, our Studio Manager Jessica will have a final confirmation with you on the timing and venue of your wedding. Invoice and wedding details will be sent to you for final payment. Our acceptable modes of payment include cash and PayNow. 

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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!