Makeup and kissIt's your wedding day. You have the dress...

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August 08, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Makeup and kiss

It's your wedding day. You have the dress, exquisite down to the last pearled button. You've got the shoes, which look great and are comfy enough to wear as bedroom slippers. You've got the hair, perfected by the stylist who has done your hair for every party or special occasion since senior prom.

So what about your makeup?

Take a chance on a makeover and you may risk emerging with a face like a Vegas showgirl. Luckily, there's an alternative. If you want to do it yourself, but don't know quite how to go about it, try www.bridalbabe .com, which launches Aug. 16.

Stylist and Baltimore native Janice Kinigopoulos created the Web site (based on her book "Bridalbabe") as a step-by-step guide to doing your own bridal makeup.

"I hated reading magazines that say use lots of blush," she says. "Those women just don't [end up looking] like themselves." She believes a bride's makeup should simply accentuate her natural beauty.

The site itself is hip and personal. After you enter, describe your skin tone and choose your makeup type: natural, princess or diva. You'll be guided through various stages of the makeover process, and will see actual faces to ensure correct application. You'll also get makeup product recommendations. And if you're still not confident that you can tackle the job alone, hire a professional, too. With bridalbabe.com, you can show him or her exactly how you want to look under that veil. So smile: There's hope after all.

Listen up, would-be models!

LAST CHANCE!

Now's your final opportunity to enter MTV's "Fashionably Loud Model Mission '99." The contest is open to women between the ages of 16 and 24 who are interested in a career in modeling.

If you think you've got what it takes, send two Polaroid photographs (one face shot and one full shot, in beach attire), your name, address, date of birth, age, phone number, school and/or place of employment, height, hair and eye color, and why you want to be a model to:

MTV's "Fashionably Loud Model Mission '99" Contest

MTV Networks

Attn.: Victoria Conner/National Promotion

1515 Broadway, 25th Floor

New York, N.Y. 10036

To be eligible, you must be at least 5 feet 7 inches, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must not presently be under contract with a model or talent agency. Entries must be postmarked Aug. 9 and received by Aug. 14.

Finalists will appear in "Fashionably Loud '99," a rock and roll fashion show where live music is united with runway modeling. The host of the November show will be House of Style's Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. The winner will receive a $250,000 contract with IMG Models and will appear in Mademoiselle magazine.

For more information, check out www.modelmission .mtv.com or www.mademoiselle.com. -- G.L.

A creation just for you

Designer Ella Pritsker's line of elegant womenswear, which carries the label Ella Moda, is now available in Baltimore through Vasarri, a new upscale fashion boutique at 1636 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Pritsker, who describes her style as feminine and romantic, custom designs and creates each piece using couture fabrics from such houses as Chanel, Versace and Louis Feraud.

She has been designing evening gowns since the age of 6 and explains, "I'm inspired by nature, fairy tales, ... by Cinderella."

If you're interested in owning an Ella Moda original, Pritsker (left) is available by appointment through Vasarri (410-415-6333). She'll transform your vision (of a red cocktail dress, for instance) into the newest member of the Ella Moda collection. The process, from sketch to finished product, takes about four to six weeks and costs around $2,000. (Her fabrics range from $150 to $500 a yard.)

When it's through, not only will you have the dress, but as a keepsake, Pritsker will give you the original sketch in a frame handmade to match it in color and pattern. Or, if you'd rather just sneak a peek, visit her next trunk show at Vasarri, Saturday, Aug. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- G.L.

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