Hello everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful and love filled weekend. Whether you showed yourself some love or spent time with a loved one, this should have been a weekend of enjoyment. As always with the weekend of love, many people became engaged and others got married. This weekend reminded me of one of my favorite recent couples, the Amasos. I provided wedding hair and makeup for the bridal party.

It was such a pleasure to provide wedding hair and makeup services for this gorgeous wedding. The Amasos’ Nigerian Nights themed wedding was a sight behold. It was a beautiful blend of both Nigerian and Southern American traditions.

Working with the a bride who desires a look that reflects fusion of two different cultures can be a challenge for some hair and makeup artists. This proved an easy task for me when I worked this gorgeous bride, Jasmine.

To keep within the traditional Nigerian bridal makeup we kept Jasmine’s makeup in the golden to bronze metallic family. While making sure to apply makeup so it would stay throughout the festivities, I made sure to avoid heavy makeup. The key is to accentuate your best facial features. Jasmine’s look focused on accentuating her fabulous bone structure. We used bronzer to contour her features and added a neutral lip color. This made her beautiful eyes sparkle.

Since her hair needed to be versatile enough to be displayed in her American wedding gown and covered with her Gele (Nigerian head wrap), I created a personalized updo. Jasmine adds definition to her curly/natural hair texture with two strand and three strand twist sets. Once the twists have dried, they are released using a light natural oil like coconut oil, leaving more defined ringlets. I added large twists to the back of her hair, twisting the hair upward toward the crown. I left just enough hair out at the top to cascade at the hairline. The look was topped off with a beautiful pearl head piece that we arranged from the back of the head and across the forehead.

As the photos display, the wedding festivities were amazing. I would like to thank the Amosos for allowing Brides Made Up by Monae Artistry to be apart of their special day. And major shouts out the Southern Bride magazine for the feature.

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