Asian Bridal Make Up & Hair Styles

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Asian Bridal Make Up & Hair Styles
Asian weddings vary in extreme from very traditional to very Western. (happy wedding image by chinatiger from

Each Asian country's culture has wedding traditions and attire unique to itself, including bridal make-up and hairstyles. Many traditional Asian brides wear detailed hairstyles with some degree of ornamentation and apply dramatic make-up. The popularity of Western style weddings varies by country but also has an influence on most modern Asian weddings.

Traditional Japanese Style

Traditional Japanese weddings have their root in Shinto traditions, and the bride adorns herself according to these traditions. Traditional Japanese brides wear an elaborate headpiece with many ornaments designed to bring good luck to the newly married couple. The attendants to the bride paint her pure white from head to toe in declaration of her standing as a maiden. Additionally, traditional Japanese brides typically wear deep red lipstick.

Asian Bridal Make Up & Hair Styles
Traditional Japanese brides painted themselves white. (Japan doll image by Dmitry Sosenushkin from

Traditional Chinese Style

Chinese weddings have their own traditions regarding a bride's appearance. One important tradition involves hair dressing. Chinese brides undergo a hair dressing ritual in which a "good luck woman" dresses the bride's hair in the style fitting married women. Traditional Chinese brides wear heavy make-up that suits their skin tone, including browns and shades of pink. Chinese brides wear red lipstick, as well.

Traditional Korean Style

The traditional Korean wedding dictates a certain bridal appearance as well. The traditional Korean bride does not wear her hair up, as many other East Asian brides do. Instead, Korean bridal attendants usually pull the bride's hair back in a tight tie at the back of her neck and place a "yongjam," a long hairpin decorated with a dragon's head, through the hair. For make-up, a Korean bride simply wears the browns and pinks most suited for her skin tone.

Traditional West Asian Style

Brides from West Asia, like in India and Pakistan, have traditions distinctly different from brides in East Asia. Indian and Pakistani bridal hairstyles vary, but often make use of braids. Make-up plays a large role for the traditional West Asian bride. For Indian and Pakistani brides, the emphasis falls on the eye make-up. The bride's attendants make the bride's eyes dramatic, using eyeliners and elaborate eye shadows. As for the rest of the bride's make-up, the contouring on her skin is very extensive. The typical West Asian bride uses reds, bronzes and golds.

Modern Asian Style

For several Asian cultures, Western society impacts wedding trends, and many "trendy" Asian bridal looks incorporate Western hairstyles and make-up trends. Combining traditional styles with these new styles presents a unique option for Asian brides. For this look, bridal hairstyles often appear Western with simple up-dos, or sometimes appear traditionally Asian with only a little ornamentation, such as flowers and ribbons that allude to the bride's culture. Make-up seems less dramatic and includes natural, light, feminine colours for weddings closer to the Western style, or light bronzes, oranges and peaches for more traditional options, depending on which suits the bride's overall dress.

Asian Bridal Make Up & Hair Styles
Flowers present a trendy, modern form of hair ornamentation for Asian brides. (bride image by chinatiger from

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