When the universe aligns and your dream Bali wedding is set in stone and strategy is in full throw, what is the secret all Bali brides need to know to have you Glo-ing on your special day?
Bali has a plethora of fabulous salons and spas – but not all are equal when it comes to the Big Day.
Long time bridal go-to salon – Glo Day Spa & Salon – is at the top of their game. Brides, grooms and the entire wedding party, including the guests, can be transformed from sweaty and nervous to sensationally chic when left in the hands of Glo’s ‘Glam Squad’ of professional hair stylists, colourists and make up artists. An industry of anniversary shoots has grown up around them.
As a pioneer of the western-style beauty on the island, Glo Day Spa has extensive experience with the full beauty spectrum from exotic features to freckles and humidity proof mascara, which counts when it comes to creating a smooth wedding day.
The Glam Squad is a moveable feast of hair and makeup that arrives at the bridal abode and begins with a run through the day’s schedule. Perfect timing is how this crack team delivers multiple weddings in a single day. Experience is everything.
Each wedding is unique, from glittering Indian weddings with the bride in a sari, a refined Asian affair, barefoot beach luxury or classic white weddings.
“Our work is very important because we are a critical part of meaningful family history. Wedding photographs last a life time and we appreciate what this means by getting it right on the day,” says Georgia Sutherland, founder of Glo Day Spa.
Glo understands multiple skin tones and colours as well, with clients coming from across the global to attend weddings on the island.
“ Our clients come from across the globe, so we have to adapt to different skin tones and personal tastes. Working with these brides and their wedding parties to make sure it is exactly right is the most satisfying part of our job, ” Georgia says.
Glo’s make-up kit is a fantasy of top shelf products including NARS, Urban Decay, YSL and eyebrow dynamo Anastasia of Beverly Hills – to name a few. It is an evolutionary bag of goodies that moves with the times and new products are constantly tried and tested.
The Glam Squad is as diverse as Glo’s client base. Lead by Tayla – an Australian master of make up and hair, the squad includes savvy Indonesian creative Dika on hair and make-up – specialising in Bohemian and intricate braiding, super skilled Finnish hair stylist Seija, eyebrow and make-up expert Rini, plus a large support team led by Agus and Aldy.
Popular among the Insta generation is several pre-wedding shoots at Bali’s most iconic locations including bamboo forests, the stunning coast and beaches, unique temples and lush jungles with monkeys.
Beauty obsessed Tayla and Rini spend endless hours online exploring the latest trends and products.
“Fresh and dewy skin with light golden colours plus gorgeous eyebrows are very now but hair styles vary with flower crowns, exquisite buns, beachy waves and complex braids plus boho plaits dotted with tiny flowers are all currently on trend,” says Tayla.
Rini is a self-confessed brow perfectionist who produces the perfect pitch and shape with her incredibly delicate hand-sketched and styled brows. She also uses stencils and the latest method of applying henna.
With such a diversity of styles, palettes and techniques a trial for the bride is a must.
“Starting from the spray tan, every colour must be complimentary. It is important to understand what the bride wants and how we collaborate to achieve it. This includes details like how hot it is outside and the transition from air-conditioning to outdoors as well as lighting for photography,” says Georgia.
The precision of the Glam Squad’s timing will be a comfort given the team leaves time for traffic and sets aside 20 minutes to run through the schedule with the bride.
It’s hardly surprising that many couples return to Glo for anniversary shoots years after their big day and in many cases refer their friends and family members. A perfect day begins with a beautiful happy bride whose Glo lasts throughout her special day.