I have a serious aversion to having another person apply make-up on me. It stemmed from two horrible sessions that I had when I was barely an adult, both of which left me looking like a Chinese opera singer (whiter than white powder, garish red lipstick, tattoo-like eyebrows). It didn’t help that I had and still have ugly eyes, for this, I pitied the make-up artists because it is an almost impossible job to work magic on my peepers.
That aversion left me wary and skeptical of my first trial session with Cedric from Bridal Veil. No one has made me over in almost eight years, and I was reluctant to break the spell. I had no choice but to grin and bear it, because a) I couldn’t possibly do my makeup and hair on my wedding day, b) the makeup/hair sessions came with Bridal Veil’s package anyway.
I went to Bridal Veil without make-up on our second appointment, all red, blotchy and blah, in preparation for the trial session. I didn’t feel good. I was a little grumpy and was completely dreading the session. In fact I felt a little sick in my stomach.
Actual day make-up
French twist with white eustomas for tea ceremony
Curled up-do with white eustomas for solemnisation
Cedric kickstarted the session by telling me that he wasn’t going for the entire works for the trial; the trial session was meant to give me an idea of the makeup and hairstyle that might work on me. Cedric then asked about the looks that I preferred. which were very much in line with the style of Bridal Veil (birds of the same feathers flock together!) and proceeded to work on me. He also took a closer look at my skin and told me to take note of the skin on my cheeks, because they were a tad dry. The session whizzed past and when Cedric was done, I was surprised. I looked like….me, no Chinese opera singer staring back from the mirror. I was relieved. I have to admit that the trial session left me satisfied, but not impressed. It was good enough for me, but it wasn’t out-of-this-world perfect. I was no longer worried about looking puke-worthy on our wedding day. But you know how people always say that a woman looks her best on her big day….I wasn’t sure if I were going to exemplify that saying based on the trial session. I kinda shrugged it off at first, as there were more pressing things on my mind. But once the big things were done, I found myself peering at reviews, articles etc on makeup artists and hairstylists. I asked around for prices and opinions, even did a trial makeup session with a freelance makeup artist, but I ended up looking like a tribal woman with mad hair and crazy eyes (my dad freaked out when he saw me) so I gave up. Why look for another problem to add to my growing list when there were ready sessions in the package? To maximise what I had with Bridal Veil, I decided to be diligent in searching for looks and styles in magazines and on the internet. I printed out tonnes of looks, asked my sister what she thought about them, decided on a few day and night looks and passed them to Cedric for his reference a week or two before the wedding.
Curled shoulder-length style with mixed red florals for banquet
The actual sessions exceeded my expectations. I was surprised by my own verdict given that I wasn’t blown away from the trial session. I think the bridal looks turned out well for a number of reasons. The trial is after all a trial. It is done very briskly, much like an unpolished draft to offer an inkling of the actual styles. Brides are also usually more religious about skincare and sleep routines as the wedding draws nearer; I didn’t step up on skincare or made sure I had enough sleep, but I made radical (to me, at least…) changes to my diet. I tend to forget to drink water and anyone who knows me well enough knows that I hate fruits and vegetables. For the sake of my skin, I made sure I drank loads of water and ate more fruits in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Also, waking up happy lends much radiance to a bride. You know…involuntary smiles at silent thoughts of being addressed Mrs X really soon, laughter that comes from the inherent joy of your big day. I was Easter bunny happy for a non-morning person that I usually am. Endorphins are probably the best dermatological drugs!
I was really happy with what Cedric did. He was punctual for all three sessions. I was even late for two of these as I had to take a shower after running errands, yet he waited patiently and assured me that he would get me made up in no time and that I didn’t have to hurry. He was friendly, always engaging me in easy banter to calm my nerves. He constantly checked if I were happy with how the makeup and hair sessions were going, and even lent a helping hand when my sister and I had trouble with the big bulky dress. He made the sessions truly enjoyable, even though I absolutely abhor sitting still (each session lasted 1-1.5 hours, including changing time). My make-up and hair stood the test of time; the humidity and tears didn’t mess anything up. All I had to do were small touch-ups with a lip gloss that Cedric lent me before he left. I didn’t even have to blot my always-oily T-zone. He also made me look like I had eyes! Cedric’s easygoing personality and exceptional skills, and the quality products he used made for excellent sessions and zero break-outs.
To quote my dear friend, D, who was one of my bridesmaids, the best thing was I looked like me, but better! That is the whole point isn’t it? You don’t want your husband to be unable to recognise you, you want to look like you’re glowing naturally and not caked with makeup, and you certainly don’t want to be caught with skyscraper Marge Simpson hair. Pick Bridal Veil and leave your styling woes to Cedric, you will be in good hands.