Top 10 bridal hair and beauty tips for the perfect look

28 Mar 2017

Make sure your bridal hair and make-up is on point come the big day by preparing in advance with these top tips

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Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to indulge in all things beauty. There are lots of things to organise in the run up to your ceremony, but carve out enough time to sort all beauty matters for you and your wedding party. Pamper yourself in great style with these 10 top beauty tips by – from finding the ideal wedding hairstyles to picking the perfect nail polish....

1. Prepare in advance

As the famous motto goes: always be prepared. On your wedding day, this is especially true. Spend some time a few months in advance of your big day researching good stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists in your area who might be able to do your look. It’s also good to start saving images of looks you like for inspiration.

2. Get undone

The trend in wedding hairstyles has moved away from the formal, so think ‘effortlessly undone’ when choosing your style. A messy milkmaid fishtail plait is a beautiful way to balance a special look with an informal air. Similarly, 'undone' down-dos are perfectly fashion forward, as are unstructured twists and loose waves.

3. Your hair can be its own accessory

The classic half-up half-down style is still really big in bridal hair. You could follow this trend and use your actual hair in place of accessories with a braided hairband style, or how about a crown plait for an even more striking look? The texture and detail in braids makes them a wonderful and stylish natural accessory.



4. Bring your fashion into your hair

Of course, there are still plenty of beautiful ways to decorate your hair using things other than the strands themselves. Match your beauty look to your dress by using ribbons, jewels or flowers that complement your outfit. Try weaving a piece of material matched to your dress into your hair, or use extra sequins from your shoes along your braids. And if your dress is simple, add a bit of colour to the look by including small flowers in your hair to match your bouquet. Gypsophila is a versatile floral option which can be weaved into braids for a delicate bohemian style.


5. Think skin

For it to look flawless on the day, you’ll want to put some pre-wedding prep into your skin. Exfoliate in the weeks leading up to your big day to get rid of dry skin cells, and use specialist face masks regularly well in advance. You’ll want your skin looking moisturised and healthy on your special day. Plus, you can also look into getting a perfect finish if you feel like going for a bronzed look – find a professional tanning salon and mention how much skin you will be showing on the day, how your hair will be styled and if you’ve had a tan before. Have at least two tanning trials to get used to your new-found bronze colour.


6. Nail it

When it comes to your nails, match the shade of your polish to your overall colour scheme, or go for something subtle like a translucent pink or nude. In terms of shape, almond and sharp stiletto are bang on trend, while the classic square-round shape is always elegant too. And if you can’t stop biting your nails, look into getting false ones for the day.

7. Get your glow on

All brides want to be glowing on their big day, but the radiant look is even more on-trend thanks to the make-up looks on the catwalks. At the moment, make-up is all about highlighting the right areas of your face, so you can help your complexion along with an iridescent powder on your brow bone, cheekbones, down the length of your nose, and the inner corner of your eyelids for a contoured finish.

8. Prevent the smudge

The likelihood is you’re going to get a bit emotional at least once on your wedding day. Curl your lashes and wear waterproof mascara to help prevent panda eyes, or try false lashes for a standout look with longevity.


9. Keep everything in place

Your make-up is going to need to last for a long time, so give it a helping hand at the beginning and end of application. A primer will help keep your foundation in place, and will also smooth out lines. And then a setting or fixing spray to finish will act like a top coat. If your skin tends to get oily throughout the day, also keep a pack of shine control sheets at hand. Similarly, hair should be held in place with a strong hold hairspray or, to encourage movement, a light hold spritz.

10. Stay in charge

You’ll be given lots of well-meant advice about every aspect of your wedding, which can be really useful. Just make sure you stay true to what you want for your hair and make-up, and keep control of your overall look. After all, it’s your day, your face and your hair.

There are so many things you can do when it comes to wedding hairstyles and beauty for your big day. The key is to plan in advance, know what you want and don’t settle until you get it.

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