Of all of the decisions a bride has to make on her wedding day, how she is going to wear her hair and what makeup look she should go for are two of the biggest. When you’re the centre of attention all day, you can feel pressure to look perfect, and every bride wants to look like the best version of them. Here’s our ultimate guide to bridal hair and makeup that you just might be referring back to if you opt to work with bridal clients!
A beautiful bridal hairstyle pulls the whole look together, and deciding whether the hair is going to be worn up, half up half down, or down can be a difficult choice.
If you’re doing bridal hair for a client, there are some things to ask them to consider which might make the choice a little easier:
- Whatever style they choose needs to last all day
- They’ll have the weather conditions to deal with, whether it’s humidity, wind, or the dreaded rain.
- What type of hair they have-does it tend to hold styles well?
When in doubt, wear it up
This is my advice. There are so many beautiful and creative ways updo choices that your client is sure to find something they love.
The pros of an updo for a wedding
- If your client wore a fancy updo to other occasions they might feel a bit overdone, but what better day to go extra glam than their wedding day?
- There are so many options for updos.
- An updo will hold its shape all day, meaning that they can pose for photos all day long and not have a hair out of place.
- It will stay out of their face, so if they’re eating canapes outside, a fresh breeze won’t give them a mouthful of hair.
- It’s easier to attach a veil to an updo. If the hair is down, the veil has to be pinned extra carefully and it still can slip while an updo is a far more secure anchor for it.
- An updo has a far better chance of surviving changing weather conditions and the constant hugs from family and friends.
Top updo tips
- The decision about the perfect bridal hairstyle should be based on the overall look that your client is going for. Is the back of their dress adorned with gorgeous detail? If so, wearing the hair down might mean that it’s not as visible as they would like. Are they wearing a veil? Explain how an updo is a better choice to avoid the veil slipping.
- Make sure that your client loves how the updo looks from the front, back and side.
If you’re going to do bridal makeup, always do a trial so you can make sure your client is definitely happy. Many brides will request to look ‘natural’ then decide you haven’t applied enough makeup, and some will ask for smoky eyes when they don’t really wear a lot of makeup day to day and they’ll recoil in shock when they see the heavier makeup. Bridal makeup shouldn’t look caked on, but it needs to be stronger than every day makeup so it stands out on the photographs. Here’s a quick step by step guide on bridal makeup application.
Aside from the odd touch up, bridal makeup needs to last all day. Primer will even out the skin tone and allow products to go on smoother and stay on.
The right concealer can be used to cover a multitude of sins, especially dark circles around the eyes and blemishes. Make sure you get into the inner corners of the eyes as this is usually where there is the most discolouration.
Achieve the perfect base
As I said earlier, you don’t want foundation to look caked on, but you do want natural looking, breathable coverage. Make sure you apply it to the neck and blend it well, and considering adding colour to the décolletage especially if your client is going to be wearing a strapless dress. Dust over foundation with a loose powder to set the foundation.
Highlight the eyes
Apply long wearing eyeshadow, and avoid anything too shiny or shimmer, as it can reflect light from camera flashes and on more mature brides, shimmer can draw attention to fine lines around the eyes. Use a waterproof eyeliner, not necessarily in black if your client wants a natural look, and go over the eyeliner with the same shade of eyeshadow to seal it and soften harsh lines.
Add flutter to lashes
Many brides opt for false lashes or lash extensions for their wedding day. Otherwise, use a waterproof mascara to lengthen and volumise the lashes.
Add a natural flush
Add a flush of peach or pink blusher to the apples of the cheeks to bring a natural, fresh glow to the face. Remember to start with a little and build up the colour as it’s far easier to add colour than take it away.
Highlight the top of the cheekbones, the brow bones, and the inner corner of the eyes, but don’t overdo it as your client might look shiny on camera. Just add enough to make them look radiant.
Give them a pretty pout
Use a natural lip liner to outline the lips, then fill them in with a pretty lipstick or gloss.
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