Bridal Fashion Week isn’t just for scouting the latest wedding dress styles, it’s also the perfect place to find hair and makeup inspiration to rock on your wedding day. From bold brows to natural makeup and gorgeous braids, here are the hottest bridal beauty trends for the 2017 wedding season.
Braids have made a big statement the last couple of seasons, with some of the hottest bridal designers such as Claire Pettibone, Theia, Kelly Faetanini and Della Giovanna sending everything from face-framing halos to intricately woven braided updos down the bridal runways.
For a romantic style incorporating this hot hair trend, try an updo with layered braids and delicate face-framing, or one of my favorites: a loose, sideswept fishtail braid.
This look is all about free-flowing locks and undone updos. The look feels fresh, contemporary and unfussy, a cool alternative to the traditional chignon. It’s sure to add an edge to a classic, more formal gown and pairs perfectly with a laid-back bridal look.
Already have a hairstyle you love? Whether you want a romantic chignon or to wear your hair down, ask your hairstylist to give your hair some extra texture by teasing or adding in waves before pulling it back. Allowing strands to loosely hang and frame the face will give the look a pretty, effortless feel.
No Makeup Makeup
Let your natural beauty shine through on your wedding day with glowing skin, lightly flushed cheeks and fresh-bitten lips. This all natural look is beauty in its purest form.
The key is to make sure your skin is clean, exfoliated and well moisturized. A light foundation or tinted moisturizer will hide any blemishes or trouble spots, while a light dusting of blush applied at the apples of your cheeks will give you a healthy rosy flush. The look can be finished with a nude lip, with just a hint of color.
A common wedding makeup request is to give skin a dewy look, and this season is no different. To achieve the glowing look that isn’t too shiny, our makeup artists use a pearly highlighter stick.
You’ll get the most shimmer by using a hint of highlighting makeup on the cheekbones, the corner of the inner eye and just below your brows.
Brown Eye Makeup
In keeping with the natural theme, consider matte brown for your eye shadow and liner. The combo enhances the eyes without looking too bold. Stay away from brown mascara. Trust me: It will never compare with the boost your lashes get from a solid black.
Bold brows, first made big by the likes of Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Brooke Shields, are making a comeback thanks to supermodel Cara Delevingne. During New York Bridal Fashion Week, many designers embraced this trend for their fall collections, highlighting the staying power of this eye-catching look.
To really make your eyes pop, gently fill in the brows to get the shape you want and lightly apply a powder over it. It’s the perfect way to enhance your eyes while adding depth and dimension to your bridal look.
Lip gloss gets a bad rep, but if done right, it can give your lips a beautiful luminous look. Plus, it perfectly pairs with natural-looking makeup, making it look even more gorgeous.
Prep lips with a sugar scrub to remove any dead skin, then apply your favorite lipstick or lip stain, followed by a thin layer of lip gloss in a similar shade to add another layer of dimension. Skip glosses with sparkle or metallic sheen to avoid a juvenile look.
By Tim Timmons, contributing writer and owner of Salon Gloss and Spa.