Vintage bridal hair and make-up ideas

06 Feb 2018

Whether vintage is your day-to-day style or you're just embracing the look as a bride, here are some inspiring ideas for your wedding hair and make-up

Image: Donald Maclellan 

From old school Hollywood glamour to fun and flirty flapper style, there are a myriad of vintage hair and make-up ideas for brides who want to pay homage to a beautiful bygone era. Timeless and elegant, vintage never goes out of fashion and that's why brides will always consider this classic look. 

You don't have to be hosting a vintage wedding theme to champion the look - if a vintage bridal style sits comfortably with you, then here are some hair and make-up ideas to perfectly achieve the desired result.

Fierce in the 1940s




Images: Wayne Lewis Photography

Wth make-up applied by Penny Pascoe of Make-up Artist Cornwall, this look is dramatic and dazzling. Penny says: "The vintage look has never really gone away and is as popular as ever. The skin plays as big a part as the eyes, so aim for a lovely pale complexion with peachy blush and accenate the eyes with big lashes and that iconic flick of eyeliner. The lips can either be a gorgeous ruby red or a little more subtle, either look gorgeous. For darker skin tones, contouring with a very slightly darker eye also looks so beautiful.”

The hairstyle was created by Claire O'Brien, offering a timeless throwback to the 1940s using finger waves, victory rolls, barrel curls and pin curls.

Luxe length and a vintage accessory


If you’ve opted for hair extensions for your big day or you are naturally blessed with long locks, you might want to show them off to their full extent with a luxurious down-do.

A well-chosen vintage accessory will add glitz, glamour and interest and capture the vintage theme perfectly. What's more, adding an accessory will ensure stray hairs are held back and serve to open up your face. There’s so much choice with tiaras, headbands, combs, pins or a simple clip – barrettes are a huge trend for 2018. If you're considering extensions, find a Remi Cachet stylist here to book a consultation. 

Smokey eyes and/or a statement lip will add further impact to the look, ensuring all eyes are on you on your special day.

A floral touch



Images: Sam Brill

This vintage look is super chic and so easy to replicate, created by Jennifer Linton and Joanna Maconald, co-directors at Linton & Mac in Aberdeen, with flower crown by florist Kim Dalglish. Here's how to get the look:

  1. Begin by prepping damp hair with L'Oréal Professional Pli and then blow-dry with a round brush to smooth the hair and create as much volume as possible.
  2. Part the hair to the side and use tongs to create a soft curl around the face, and then take one side of the hair and loosely clip into place.
  3. You can then either keep the other side hanging long and free or use clips to create a bobbed effect.
  4. Finish the look with Windle & Moodie Light Shine Spray and a crown made of freshly cut flowers.

Dark gothic eyes were key in the look seen above - created by Stacey Stewart, but brides can also tone it down with English Rose-inspired make-up. 

Tendrils from the '20s


Kieron Fowles, creative director at salon chain REGIS, suggests going for a soft and straightforward look on your wedding day to stay on trend while avoiding the risk of your look ever dating.

“A soft curl accessorised with vintage pieces is right on trend for 2018, but is also a classic look that will not become outdated in your wedding photos in years to come. There are some key elements here to ensure the look is what you want, including prepping your hair correctly by washing the day before the wedding and avoiding use of products.

"On the day, achieve the look with a curling wand or straighteners, depending on how large or tight you want your curl to be. Curls can drop so it’s important to make some allowance for this, but to also use the correct products to keep the style in place.”

'50s siren of the silver screen


Image: Samantha Jones

Based on Marilyn Monroe's iconic look, a classic red lip, porcelain skin and winged eyeliner can quickly deliver the vintage Hollywood vibe. Kelli Waldock applied the make-up in the above image and offers her expert advice: "Achieve flawless, porcelain skin with airbrushing foundation. Blush needs to be blended but strong enough to complement the poppy red lips. Lip liner is a must and use a lipstick with staying power. You can create a glossy finish with a little shimmer on the cheekbones and lots of clear gloss over red lipstick if you desire. The eye shadow is a pearl shimmer and the eyeliner flick needs to be black and neatly applied. Be patient and use the tip of the brow and eye shape as a guide to create the perfect flick for you. The brows must be defined to frame this strong retro bridal look. Complete the look with red nails."

A sleek and glamorous hairstyle suits this era, such as the show-stopping s-wave pictured above and created by V-Team. S-waves can be achieved by using a curling wand and positioning the wave, or setting with curlers and allowing the curls to drop, brushing out before bringing a section up to create the quiff. This hairstyle perfectly complements strapless dresses and sweetheart necklines, with hair softly brushing bare shoulders. 

Minimally vintage



Images: Donald Maclellan 

If a statement vintage look isn't your style, opt for a minimal and natural approach to your hair and make-up akin to beautiful bride Sofie West. Sofie's elegant up-do looked effortless, crafted by hairdresser Sharon Peake; here's how you can steal Sofie's style:

  • Prep hair with mousse and heat protector and dry in to ensure there is enough ‘grit’ in the hair to hold.
  • Curl the hair all over with a thin barrel tong and spray with a flexible hold hairspray.
  • Brush through with a boar bristle brush.
  • Apply a light serum to your hands as if you’re using a hand cream, and comb through the hair with your fingers to distribute a light amount evenly.
  • Pulling the hair up and away from the face with your fingers, pin into place with as much height around the face as is desired, leaving out a few loose tendrils.
  • Loosely roll the rest of the hair up and back around the the head, pinning into place.
  • If using flowers for the hair, add this at the last minute.

Make-up was kept soft and simple with MAC Pro Longwear foundation applied as a base and translucent powder on top to set. MAC Creamblend Blush in a pale pink was added to the cheeks and lips, and eyes were given a feline finish with black gel liner and temporary individual lashes applied to the outer corners.

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