Singaporebrides | Beauty

September 2014

Beauty Editorial: The Glamorous 1920s

Let our 1920s styled shoot inspire your beauty looks for your own Great Gatsby wedding gala, and get tips from our photographer and makeup experts on how to look utterly gorgeous on your big day.

The roaring twenties was an era of glamour, excitement and glorious opulence. With the rich colours, lavish ornamentation and bold geometric shapes of that heady cultural period, it’s no wonder the 1920s theme is jazzing up so many weddings. We’re so inspired by the Art Deco period, and I was more than happy to revel in the sparkling embellishments and glamorous Marcel waves characteristic of that heady era for our styled shoot.

This beauty editorial celebrates the beauty of a bride as she gets ready for her big day. With the beautiful work of TheLittleBrush Makeup and The Glamourous Factory, the beauty editorial aims to show local brides how to translate the 1920s beauty look for both morning and evening soirees. Our model bride, the lovely Andrea Chong, gets ready in the gorgeous Governor’s Suite in Grand Park City Hall, where the ornate furnishings and pretty dressing table, with some stylish props from MerryLove Weddings, create the perfect boudoir experience for a bride to pamper herself and her girlfriends. Capturing all the details of the bridal beauty shoot is the talented A Little Moment Photography.

We had such fun styling the beauty editorial and chatting with these creative professionals. Don’t miss their great tips for brides-to-be on achieving your own Art Deco weddings!

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Hello, Andrea. You’re our Art Deco bride today! What do you love about this fabulous era?

Andrea: I love how being glamorously decked in jewels and flamboyant accessories was the NORM back then; there was so much effort put into looking so good!

Jovie and Karis, can you tell us about the 1920s hairstyles that TheLittleBrush Makeup has personalised for Andrea?

Karis: Andrea is a beautiful lady and her oval face shape suits virtually all hairstyles. For her morning hairstyle, we did a simple low chignon with a finger wave to create a chic modern Gatsby look. For her evening look, we glammed it up by finger waving her long hair for red carpet sophistication. This hairstyle is very popular among the celebrities and will never look dated.

Can brides with other face shapes jazz up their hair with finger waves too?

Karis: The tightness of the finger waves and where they are placed play a part in complementing brides of different face shapes. The tighter the waves, the more retro the look, and may make one look aged. Where the waves are placed can also accentuate that area. Combing the waves downward and covering part of the forehead tends to make one look younger; having the waves up will make one more mature.

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We love the red lipstick you gave Andrea for the morning look. How can a bride choose the perfect red for her skin tone?

Jovie: For Andrea, we chose a chilli red lipstick, because Andrea’s skin is slightly more tanned and her skin undertone is more yellow. The warmer red blends better with her skin colour. All brides can wear red. It can vary in intensity, from a tint to a very intense red. There are different formulations of lipsticks, from a very sheer to a creamy texture, and there is one that will suit everyone. There are warm and cool reds; Asian skin usually has a yellowish tone, so slightly warmer reds will suit us better. We recommend brides to do a trial before the wedding.

How did you create those gorgeous sultry eyes?

Jovie: Back in the 1920s, the ladies would have very dark, intense smoky eyes, thinly drawn down-ward eyebrows and dark red lips, but I’m afraid such intensity might scare the groom and the guests! For Andrea, I created a more toned-down version to suit her. Slightly smoky eyes, a little winged liner, and more lashes towards the outer edges of the eyes, complete the sexy and elegant look.

Andrea, what did you think of your 1920s bridal looks?

Andrea: I loved the pop of red for the day look. I suppose brides would usually go for more neutral palettes, but I loved the bold choice of lip colour, and I imagine it’d will make any bride stand out! Also, can I just say I love the hair?! I can never achieve the 1920s wavy curls by myself; it’s so sleek, sharp and chic!

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We’re so glad A Little Moment Photography is here to capture all this bridal beauty. Sze Lee, can you tell us how brides can look their best in their wedding morning photos?

Sze Lee: Firstly, the bride should get enough rest the day before wedding! Whether the bride is used to having photos taken or not, it’s best for her to ignore the camera. Do not think of what to do for the camera at all. Chat with the makeup artist, or joke with your bridesmaids. A bride will look her best when she is relaxed, and it will be more natural.

We’re in love with the beautiful period décor of the Governor’s Suite and how it’s looking in the photos. For their own wedding photos, what can a couple do to ensure their space looks good?

Sze Lee: Keep the room neat and spacious for a cleaner look and for easier movement (there will likely to be at least one makeup artist, one photographer and one or two videographers around, and not to mention the jie-meis). Things like laundry, luggage cases, boxes containing old stuff, messy power switches with a lot of power sockets and wires should be moved to other rooms temporarily.

What are some of your favourite shots of the bride getting ready?

Sze Lee: Typically, I would take photos of the gown, shoes, makeup and hair process, and of course the parents putting on the bride’s veil at the end. It’s important that all these look real and natural, so I try not to over-pose anyone besides giving general direction.

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What was it like being a bride today, Andrea?

Andrea: I really enjoyed this shoot because it’s something that I would have never gotten the chance to experience! This shoot is incredibly glamourous, while I’m more relaxed and casual with my style.

Would you be an Art Deco bride for your own wedding day?

Andrea: For my big day, I’m definitely going the Kate Middleton route of doing my own hair and makeup, and I would do them like how I would normally look on any given day! I’d also imagine my shoots to be very fuss-free because I know my boyfriend hates being in front of the camera! So it’d most probably be my future husband and I, with nice scenery as the backdrop, no props or elaborate set design for me!

Thank you for sharing with us! We also want to say a big thank you to all the wonderful vendors and creative people who were involved in the shoot!

Photographer: A Little Moment Photography
Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Jovie and Karis of TheLittleBrush Makeup
Manicurist: The Glamourous Factory
Make up sponsor: Etude House
Venue: Governor’s Suite, Grand Park City Hall
Gowns: Miss Selfridge
Shoes and clutches: ALDO
Jewellery and accessories: Lovisa
Brass goblets and tray: MerryLove: Wedding Things
Model: Andrea Chong