As a blushing bride, you’ve already got that glow... now find the ideal hair and makeup style to complete the look.
Take your pick from six of the most gorgeous hair and makeup looks
The ever-evolving cat eye is still one of the hottest, most flattering trends. It’s more subtle than a smokey eye and definitely more wearable – plus, it adds effective emphasis (regardless of your eye shape). From a choice of liquid, gel, cream or pencil, we recommend gel liner, as it’s easiest to use and long lasting. Pair it with a nude lip to allow your eyes to take centre stage. If you aren’t a fan of a complete upstyle but want your hair out of your face, opt for a tousled side ponytail with some waves or volume to take it from schoolyard to red-carpet worthy.
Darker skin tones and goldenbronze makeup go hand in hand. A metallic wash on the lids, combined with dewy, glowing skin lit up by illuminators make this an ideal look for summer weddings. To keep the look as natural as possible, apply bronzer exactly where the sun would fall on your face, with a light sweep across your forehead, temples, chin and the bridge of your nose. Add some highlighter to cheekbones and opt for a nude, creamy lipstick with a shimmer to complement the light reflectors in the bronzer and eyeshadow, giving you a youthful, all-day glow.
Complete your bronze goddess look with an upstyle topped by a crown that matches your makeup.
This look is definitely ‘out there’, but we can’t get enough of this vampy marsala lip and Fortiesinpired hairstyle. Be sure to experiment with different berry shades to find the right lipstick for you, and test them out for the day to see how well they last. If you prefer something less intense, try a burgundy in a lighter, less pigmented formula. Remember the golden rule: creamy lipstick adds more moisture to lips but isn’t as long lasting as matte. So if you’re using a matte lippy, ensure your lips are well moisturised before application. Going all out? Dust a copper-coloured shadow onto lids and line with liquid black liner. We love this dramatic vintage look for a winter wedding.
Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with this Twenties-inspired Great Gatsby look. Ideal for blondes, it works on short or long hair, which can always be manipulated and pinned up. The key ingredient? A statement hair accessory to ensure your hairstyle is a real headturner. If you are getting married in summer, this look is made for you, as your hair will be off your neck, ensuring you stay cool. Keep your makeup fresh-faced and natural – think pinched cheeks and a coral lip for a fresh take on the classic red or deep berry. Match your nails to your lips to complete the effect. This is ideal for brides who prefer subtle but feminine makeup.
Choose an eyeshadow and blush with hints of coral (perfect if you have blue eyes, as it will make them pop).
Red lips will make your photos look sensational but will require a lot of touch-ups, especially if you’re sipping on champers and kissing guests all day. Also, the last thing you want is to have your new husband sporting red lipstick stains after you’ve said ‘I do.’ Our suggestion? Go for a subtle nude for the ceremony and apply some red lippie before your photos. Make your lipstick last by first applying a lipliner in the same shade of red all over your lips, then blot with a tissue. After that, dust a translucent powder over your lips and apply lipstick. The lipliner helps the lipstick stay on longer and the powder prevents the colour from rubbing off.
If you want staying power without the intensity, opt for a lip stain over a lipstick – it’s as effective!
If you’re comfortable rocking a smokey eye on your wedding day, then do it! It’s classic, as well as incredibly sexy. Just give yourself plenty of time. Start with your eyes and then go back and do your foundation later as there is likely to be an overspill of eyeshadow on your cheeks. Also, find an effective eyeshadow primer to ensure your shadow stays put into the small hours. The number one secret to smokey eyes is blending – you shouldn’t be able to tell where one shade begins and another ends. Go for browns, bronzes, greys and greens, but avoid black, and lighten the look by using pinks and neutrals on your inner lids.
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