5 Keys To Great Wedding Makeup

Key #1: Look Like You

You might be wondering what we mean by this, or perhaps you know exactly what we mean. You’ve watched that bride walk down the aisle, and you don’t recognize her. She never wears makeup, and now you see a makeup-packed face. Perhaps she normally wears a lot of makeup, but now you only see a little or a completely different look.

Generally you want to make sure that when your groom sees you walking down the aisle, he sees the woman he has fallen in love with – just an enhanced version. You want to see the sparkle in his eye, not a look of confusion! And when you look in the mirror, you want to see you too.

Key #2: Matte Make-up

A beautiful makeup application in person may not translate well with high-quality photography. Especially when it comes to high glitter/shimmer makeup. The way certain finishes of makeup catch the flash of the camera can cause a glare or odd cast on your skin tone. If you have textured skin (fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, etc.), glitter and shimmer can bring more attention to that.

Here is the catch though–even though it is important to keep your photos in mind, every bride wants to feel beautiful in person too! We recommend maybe a little shimmer on the cheek bones or maybe a little bit of gloss to the lips. Just the right amount of beauty in person and beauty that will last forever in your photos.

Key #3: Make Your Photos Timeless

Have you ever looked at a wedding photo and thought to yourself, “Yep, that wedding happened in the 80’s”? The telltale signs of blue eyeshadow and fluffy crimped hair. While we do recommend staying more true to how you present yourself on a daily basis, if you have a look that places you in a particular decade or follows a particular trend, we recommend considering a different approach. Especially if you want your look to have that timeless quality. In a few years, that trend you thought would last forever is a thing of the past.

Key #4: Lighting

Have you ever finished applying your makeup, felt like you nailed it, just to walk to your car and look in the mirror to see your face looks nothing like the rest of your skin? Or maybe what you thought was blended doesn’t look so blended anymore? The truth is, makeup looks different in all different types of light (incandescent, natural light, fluorescent light, etc.). Determine where you are going to be spending most of your time on your wedding day (indoor, outdoor, etc.) and make sure your makeup looks great in that type of lighting. As a baseline, check your makeup in natural lighting because that is where you’ll catch any flaws in the basic application.

Key#5: Make It Last

Don’t skimp on makeup quality. Special occasion makeup isn’t worth it unless it lasts for your whole special occasion! Use makeup with high quality ingredients, a good quality waterproof mascara, and a primer as well as a quality finishing powder/spray. Also make sure you take good care of your skin with a quality cleanser, toner, and moisturizer leading up to your big day so that you have the ideal canvas for your big day.

Let Us Help You!

These are just a few of our recommendations among the many other considerations we have when working on brides and bridesmaids. Book a wedding trial with us and let us help create a beautiful hair/makeup look for your special day.

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Education = Your Best Look Yet!

With trends constantly evolving, we know how important it is to prioritize education for our team. Not only does education benefit our stylists and staff, it also benefits YOU as you receive and experience the latest styles and techniques that will complement your best features.

Advance Color, Cutting, and Styling Classes:

Did you know that every month we bring in the pros from companies like Aveda and Murad to teach at the salon? This month alone, our team completed Aveda’s Hair Color Systems course as well as their advanced cutting class. Want a new look? Not a problem! We will know just the right approach to help you achieve it.

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Are you or someone you know in cosmetology school? Our Associate Program prepares current and future cosmetology grads to be in the “top 20%” of successful stylists. Associates learn to develop their technical skills as well as their business knowledge, helping them establish good rapport with their guests and better control over their personal finances.
Not only do our Associates benefit from the knowledge and instruction delivered by our in-house staff, but we also bring in instructors from the outside so that they receive the best of the best.
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Five Amazing Reasons to Give a Salon Alure Gift Card

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Can you believe there are only two months until the holidays? I know I have a lot of people needing

gifts this year, and it can be tough to find the perfect one!

But did you know the best gift of all could be hiding right at the best salon in Purcellville? Salon Alure

offers gift cards for any occasion, and they are always a crowd pleaser! What’s better than the

opportunity to refresh and relax after the hustle and bustle of the happiest time of the year?

In case you need more convincing, here are five good reasons to give the gift of relaxation this year.

#1: It fits perfectly in a stocking.

It’s easy to give, and a whole lot of fun to receive! The process of picking up your gift card is

very simple, too. Just come into the salon and ask your front desk professional for a gift card, and they

will help you through the short process.

#2: Your favorite college student can finally stop cutting their own bangs.

Let’s face it, a college student’s budget is pretty tight. Like, Top Ramen for dinner every night

tight. They probably haven’t been able to get a haircut or highlights since summer vacation. While

they’re home for the holidays, give them a gift card so they can finally tame their mane with a fresh look

for the new semester!

#3: It’s a gift for you, too!

Salon Alure firmly believes in rewarding return customers. Give a gift card to a new salon client,

and not only do they get up to $20 off their services, you also get up to $20 off your next visit! It’s our

gift to you for referring your friends to us. 4

#4: Gift cards are great for more than just holidays!

Did your favorite high school student get straight A’s? Does someone you love just need a

break? These are great times for a trip to Salon Alure!

#5: Share with your friends the Salon Alure Experience

At Purcellville’s top salon, we take pride in providing a unique experience to all who come

through our doors. From our complimentary mini-facials at the shampoo bowl, to the customized

product recommendations from Aveda, Pureology, and L’Oréal, we love to give the VIP treatment!

Share the luxury with someone you love this holiday season.

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