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The Friday Fight-Out: Hair and Makeup – Glammed Up Vs Natural

Well, our “gormless groom” may not be so gormless about weddings these days after a few years in the industry as both blogger and videographer, but today we’ve decided to take him out of his comfort zone and see if we witness a spectacular return to form as we put him into the ring to tackle something he knows absolutely nothing about: hair and makeup! Every girl wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, but the question of the day is this: should you go with something more naturally in keeping with your usual look or is it better to change things up and go for all-out glam? Time to put it to the debate!


In the Red Corner, playing the girly card and going for all-out glam, never has a girl tried so many makeup tests as in the run-in to her own wedding (p.s. thanks to the ladies at Brown’s, John Lewis, Debenhams and pretty much every shop with a resident makeup artist in the York and indeed Birmingham area for humouring her…) it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, being pitied enough to at least only have to fight the natural makeup side of the argument but brushing up (get it?!) on his mascara and err… other types of makeup knowledge nonetheless, it’s Matt “The Definitely Gormless In This Case Groom”

Hair and Makeup – Glammed Up Vs Natural


Dom: As the bride you want to look and feel completely fabulous on your wedding day and really blow everyone away (particularly your groom) when you walk down that aisle looking a little different from your normal look and absolutely perfect.

Matt: Weddings are about committing to the person you fell in love with and saying you love them just the way they are, without the need to change or impress you. Whilst you of course want to look your best changing your appearance completely on the wedding day seems to contradict what it’s all about.

Dom: But changing your look for the day doesn’t change who you are as a person and your wedding day is one of the few chances you have to really pamper yourself, put on the most beautiful dress you’ll ever wear and make yourself look and feel like a princess.

Matt: Having a completely different look can sometimes be empowering but sometimes can just leave you feeling uncomfortable and not yourself. Feeling like someone else on your wedding day is the last thing you want!

Dom: Many brides will hire a hair and makeup artist for their big day and it’s one of the few occasions you really can try something different knowing that they have the skill and expertise to make you look absolutely incredible. In our day to day lives you generally don’t have that chance.

Matt: But you don’t have to necessarily change your look to get the best out of a professional hair and makeup artist, they can help you simply to perfect it and have you looking the best version of yourself without straying too far from your natural look.

Dom: If you’re already someone who uses a lot of makeup and have a clear style then it might be strange to leave that look behind and adopt a very natural look on your wedding day.

Matt: But perhaps going from heavy makeup to something that looks more natural on the wedding day might be a beautiful surprise and send a clear message of “this is the real girl you’re going to marry”

Dom: If you’re wearing a big dramatic dress that’s completely different in style from anything you would normally wear then it makes sense to go for an equally dramatic look with your hair and makeup – particularly if you’re wearing something like a birdcage veil or hair accessories that may define how your hair can be styled anyway.

Matt: You can equally well accessorise a more natural look to help you look more glamorous without going for a complete departure from the way you normally look.  After all you want to feel the best you’ve ever looked without feeling like someone else completely.


So those are our (surprisingly coherent) thoughts but where do you stand? Would you go for the glammed-up look or keep it natural? Place your vote in our poll below or leave a comment to join the debate!

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