Get the look: the epitome of bridal elegance

04 Apr 2018

Discover the secrets to elegant and graceful bridal beauty with these ideas for your wedding hair and make-up

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Make-up artist Stacey Whittaker and hair stylist Shelley Fleming, both based in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, share the know-how to achieving these beautifully elegant bridal looks. 


Bridal make-up is all about creating flawless skin that looks radiant and smooth with a seamless blend that will last all day with minimal touch-ups.

Skin: The key to creating stunning skin is always to begin with a velvety base that is perfectly primed for foundation. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and NARS Illuminator work beautifully together when mixed to formulate a creamy consistency that will melt into the skin and create an even complexion. Set with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to reduce any creasing and give a long lasting finish. To create a soft, subtle contour the Fenty Contour Stick in Mocha is best used along the cheekbones and round the hairline to give the illusion of a contour yet with no harsh lines. The product should be really diffused into the skin so it looks almost blurred and natural looking. This is really important as the professional cameras pick up every detail so make-up should look almost blurred to the eye, so you are not sure where the contour and highlight begins and ends. Adding a slight pop of colour to the cheeks is a great way to achieve that radiant look. Add MAC Posy Blush to the high points of the apple of the cheek and blend into the contour for a healthy looking glow.


Lips: This subtle hint of colour to the face works well when mirrored in the lips, using MAC Boldly Bare Lip Liner all over and mixed in with MAC Clear Gloss to give a natural colour that lasts all day with a creamy finish. It is nice to keep brows soft and quite natural looking for bridal make-up and HD Brows Colour Fix in Foxy creates that definition without looking too harsh.


Eyes: Eye make-up tends to be subtle and understated for brides, but it can work to add a little drama to the outer corner of the eye. This opens the eye up and gives the illusion of brighter eyes, using warm tones to keep the look fresh and allow you to add some depth. Using a faint shimmer on the lid and towards the inner corner of the eye will balance the darker tones out and add a softer feminine finish. Natural lashes like the Ardell Demi Wispies will tie this look together and will look stunning in photographs too.


It is crucial to always set bridal makeup and the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray will lock the look in place all day and night. Asking one of your bridesmaids to carry a compact powder and brush is always a good idea too in case of any emergency touch-ups.


When creating truly gorgeous bridal hair it is imperative to consider the style of the dress and accessories that you have selected and take inspiration from this.

Vintage bob: This glamorous, vintage look was focused on creating retro curls that look effortlessly luxurious. The hair was curled using the Hot Tools Professional Gold Curl Bar and sprayed to set the hair in place before pinning. The wand creates a defined curl and the spray helps create a glossy shine while also giving a hold for when you want to rework the curl. To style the hair, Evo Haze was added throughout the roots to give hair some texture to allow you to create long-lasting volume. This is really important for bridal hair as the hair needs to last and look good all day and night. To finish, the hair was dressed out into a soft wave and Label.m Texturising Spray was misted through the ends to give it a weightless, softer feel. To add an extra air of glamour it is nice to add a shine spray, the Label.m Shine Spray will add a subtle sheen to the hair without weighing it down.


Chic bun or timeless chignon: These slicked back looks can be both classic and contemporary,  complementing a number of dresses and working well when paired with natural yet flawless make-up. They also look gorgeous when worn with a delicate lace veil and subtle jeweled hair accessory.



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