Bridal hair and make-up inspired by the decades

13 Jul 2022

Channel a bygone era for your bridal hair and make-up look 

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When deciding on a wedding theme, some brides-to-be may be influenced by decades past. Perhaps you are planning on having a stylish 1920s-inspired celebration or your dress design is influenced by the period drama Bridgerton. No matter your choice, your hair and make-up should reflect your wedding theme to create a cohesive look. 

Whether you are inspired by the feminine looks of the 1950s or love the beehive hairstyle popular in the 1960s, glean some inspiration from these bridal hair and make-up options. 

1920s 

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The roaring 20s is renowned for its flapper style. Brides wore their hair in blunt bob cuts or low buns if their hair was longer. Deep side parts were also sported. If you have short hair, opt for smooth curls with a shoulder length veil in a thicker fabric. You can also consider having Marcel waves – tight curls in alternating ‘s’ shapes. This can also suit brides with longer hair, pairing these tight curls with a statement headpiece to tie the look together. Look for accessories with beading detail and an added feather element to adorn your head.  

To achieve the wide-eyed look prevalent during this time, opt for mascara that will lengthen your lashes or use delicate false lashes. Consider a more natural style of make-up to draw attention to your eyes and bridal accessories. Make sure to use a finishing powder or matte setting spray to eliminate any excess shine.  

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1950s 

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The iconic, tea-length wedding dress came into play around this time, as brides opted for a classic, feminine look. Eyes were accentuated with winged eyeliner, and brown and black eyeshadow was used in the creases to add further dimension. Consider wearing a classic red shade on your lip, or opt for a slightly orange shade, such as terracotta. For a pop of colour, use vibrant pink or poppy on your lips.  

Keep your hair away from your face with a stylish bun, or consider having dramatic, sweeping curls to tie in with the decade.  

1960s 

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Bold beehives came into play during the 1960s. Emulate this look by asking your hairstylist to back comb your hair into this chic, iconic updo. To add softness to this dramatic style, have a half-up beehive instead, leaving the bottom half of your hair down. You can also pair this hairstyle with shorter veils and headpieces to balance out the volume. A minimalist bride can opt for long, straight hair with the ends curled under for a truly retro feel.  

Eyelashes didn’t have that natural look favoured in other decades. Keep them feathery and soft with a few coats of mascara. Look to petal pink lips and pastel eyeshadows to keep in with this era.  

1970s 

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The 70s is one of the most diverse decades for brides, with some looking to be influenced by the disco scene while others preferred a minimalist hippie vibe. Channel a bohemian, chic bridal look on your wedding day with a natural hairstyle in long, loose waves or a simple bun.  

Brides had a sun-kissed glow about them during this time, so be generous with the bronzer. You can also apply blush in a line from your temples down to your cheeks for a blushing bridal look. Before heading off to say ‘I do’, make your lips shine with a swipe of lip gloss. 

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Blue and green tones were favoured as eyeshadow colours in this decade. You can also look to deep burgundy, mustard yellow and vermillion orange – a key colour scheme during this time – to influence your bridal make-up.  

1990s 

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In the 1990s, brides opted for barely-there make-up, keeping everything light and bright. Choose a light coverage foundation if you are able to for a natural look on your wedding day.

Popular lip colours included brown and neutral shades. A mauve-brown colour would be ideal to tie in your 90s bridal make-up. Consider adding some kohl eyeliner around your eyes for an edgy feel, but keep the rest of your make-up neutral in colour.  

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Blue eyeshadow was also prevalent during this decade. For a modern twist, create depth and dimension by using a darker blue shade on the outer of your eyelid and work inward with a lighter shade, blending the two for a gradient effect.  

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