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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

The art of Kosovar bridal make-up - in pictures

Face painting ahead of a wedding is a tradition stretching back a thousand years in south Kosovo

Bridal makeup tends to be an elaborate affair wherever you go in the world, but many Kosovar spouses take matters to another level.

There, ahead of the big event, women don white face paint, decorated with golden lines, all applied by older women for their younger counterparts.

The tradition is said to ward off bad luck, but the final result is a work of art.

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