My friend C, who is one of the MOST beautiful, is getting married very soon. As you read this, I will likely be embarking upon a HEN’S WEEKEND of snow (!!!) and hot chocolates (!!!) and other exciting Hen’s things. It seems apt then, dear reader, that we have a little chat about bridal hair and makeup.
Can you see how ready I am to talk about bridal hair and makeup? Can you see how scarily sharp this image is? Maybe as sharp as my wit. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
We’ll get on with it, shall we? As I see it, there are three key components to the bridal makeup look. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a bride, the mother of the bride, a bridesmaid or just a lowly wedding attendee – you’ve got to make sure The Big Three are On Point:
Naturally, as a makeup artist, the makeup part is the most important for me, but the hair and outfit come a close second. For this look, my hair is in a loose romantic updo, and my makeup is simple and natural. The outfit isn’t going to be featured, but a well-tailored dress is a good wedding starting position.
To achieve the simple, natural makeup look, you need to start with a clean base. Everyone knows that a good, clean base starts with great skin, and if they don’t you need to educate them or defriend them on Facebook (KIDDING LOL). Above is a wee collage of a top notch Missha Ceramide face mask, which is a good way to top up your skincare routine and keep your skin in great shape.
To get wedding-proof skin you need to start at least six months to a year out. Your skincare routine should consist of, at the very least, a gentle cleanser like Dr Bronner’s or the Nubian Heritage Black Africa Soap, a low-PH toner like the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner or one with rosewater and witch hazel in it, and a good moisturiser like the Sukin sensitive one.
Closer to the wedding, you’ll want to get your manicure and last-minute waxing done the week of, and on the day, sort your hair and makeup out like this. Wedding hair can be anything you like almost as long as it falls within the realm of “would wear outside the house.” Curls are a good option – this hair up took a set of curling tongs, some hairspray and a LOT of bobby pins.
Wedding makeup is usually quite natural and beautiful. You don’t often see a purple lip on a bride, although wedding guests can get away with it. For this look, I did some very simple, natural pink-hued blended shadow, a natural contour and highlight, and a soft, natural lip colour. This is really all you need – you don’t want to overshadow the bride!
Would you like to see a post about my current skincare routine? What did you think of this post? Let me know in the comments!