This may sound like a crazy question, but we guarantee that almost every lady out there has asked themselves this question before. We decided to use our Thursday Beauty Tip to tackle this very question. Luckily for us, we run into this topic more often than not.
Have you ever been invited to an event and at the bottom of the invitation it says "Semi-Formal Attire Requested"? If you are like most people, you probably struggle with the definition of different attire styles: formal, semi-formal, business casual, evening casual...the list goes on and on! Well, believe it or not, the same can be said of make-up (and hair) styles.From photo shoots that require a more natural look to weddings and formal events that need a more glamorous, dramatic look to even some of our favorite guys, who need, dare we say, a more over-the-top look; the list goes on and on for us as well! Believe us when we say, EVERYONE has a different definition! We decided to break down the language of make-up styles and give you some ideas of what is natural, everyday, glamorous and over-the-top make-up is (to us anyway).
The idea of a natural look is to appear as though you are not wearing any make-up, i.e. naturally beautiful. Even the most natural looking celebrities and models have a lot of make-up on when you see them; however, it is possible to achieve the natural look without caking on the foundation and eyeshadow in order to appear as though you have nothing on. Sometimes, giving the appearance of a "natural look" require applying more make-up then you may usually wear. We have a lot of brides who request a "natural look", and while it is important for the bride to feel comfortable on their big day, it is also important to understand that the natural look does not show up in photos. For this reason, we always suggest going for a more everyday look (see the next section for details) with a bit more emphasis on their best features (play up blue eyes with lashes or make your luscious lips the star with a beautiful color and gloss). Below are some examples of a natural look.
- The Lovely Ladies of We've Got The Keys (L to R)~Allison, Jen & Nadene
This is exactly what is says...the make-up look you wear everyday. Think of your normal beauty routine and that is what you can expect here. Many times, we encourage our clients to accentuate their best features, while still adhering to their normal beauty routine.
Nothing is more important than the eyebrows. Be sure to fill in your brows if they are sparse because they are the framework of your face. Trying using a powder and not a pencil for a more natural look. Remember that the eyes are the one of the most important areas on your face, so why not play up your baby blues with a little mascara or accentuate your big brown eyes with a subtle, purple shadow. Don't go overboard...a little goes a long way! The best thing to remember is not overdue your everyday look. You don't have to try every beauty trend each season; must pick one or two that will compliment your style and make it work for you. If don't ever wear lipstick, mixing red lips into your everyday look may be a little too much. Save it for a special occasion when it requires you have a more glamorous look (next section). You will see from the photos below that Natural and Everyday Make-Up are similar, and for you, it may be one in the same. Check out some of our favorite everyday make-up looks.
This look is more for special occasions (i.e. weddings, pageants, special events) and should be used to make you feel special, like the beauty queen you are! Every lady should have the opportunity to have a more glamourous or dramatic look at least once. Think more lashes, a little bit more eyeliner, shimmering shadow, a bold lip, all accentuated by a more formal hairstyle and a great dress! When we do hair and make-up trials for our brides, we always tell them to try and wear something in a similar shape to their gown (especially neckline) so they can get an idea of what the final product will look like. It is hard to get an idea of what your hair and especially your make-up will look like on your big day when you are wearing a tank top and sweatpants. With that being said, this make-up look is not something that you will wear everyday. Check out these photos of some beauty queens we recently had the chance to make-over for a special event. They definitely are glamourous and are bringing the drama with their make-up (and hair and dresses and their hair candy).
Special thanks to Key West Bridal for their fabulous (and colorful dress) that Kristin is wearing. Hair candy is designed by Gypsy Petals.
Dress Courtesy of Key West Bridal
We think this speaks for itself, but just in case there is any question, there are only a few occasions when someone can be this over-the-top and we think that the fabulous drag queens of Key West have it covered! So, unless you are planning on being part of a performance, we think you should save this look for them, because they do it so flawlessly. Stay fabulous ladies!
We hope that these descriptions help you the next time you are pondering which look you should go for. When all else fails, give us a call or email and we will be happy to create your perfect look.
Until next week, remember to Live Beautifully!
~The Glam Squad