Bridal Hair And Make-up Trends - And How To Recreate Them

Bridal hair and beauty trends have continued to change over the years, but one thing that has remained the same is the importance of getting the perfect look on your wedding day. Whether you opt for a natural look with your make-up or an unconventional hairstyle for your big day, it's essential to get it right.

But getting your hair and make-up perfect for your wedding day doesn't always mean you need to hire professionals. There are plenty of hair and make-up looks you can do yourself at home, and with more products available on the market than ever before, it's become easier to get your hands on the essentials you need.

In this guide, we'll explore some of the most popular bridal hair and make-up trends and how you can recreate them yourself.

Latest bridal make-up trends

From extravagant make-up looks post-pandemic to a more understated classical glam, we've seen a few different bridal make-up trends come and go over the past few years.

Today, more brides are opting for make-up that enhances their natural beauty with a classic and timeless look. With natural glowing skin, light blush, and a ‘no-make-up make-up look’, the natural bride is back in full force!

The runways and fashion weeks showcased ‘anything goes’ bridal beauty, which celebrates individuality to give brides the confidence to wear the make-up that best suits their style.

Whether you keep it natural with barely-there wedding make-up or go all out, there's sure to be a style that suits you. Here are some of our favourite natural and full-glam make-up looks!

Fair skinned model with tattoos and hoop earrings applies spray sun cream to her shoulder.
Four models sit in the sun.
Dark skinned male model with short hair and beard applies sun cream to his cheek using 2 fingers.

Nude lips

Nude lips deliver the ultimate fresh-faced look but can also create a statement when it comes to your wedding make-up. Try rich and creamy formulas like our True Ultra Satin Lipstick. It’s available in a selection of stunning nudes with a satin finish and hydrating formula to ensure your lips stay smooth all day long.

Dewy skin

Radiance is the name of the game when it comes to make-up for your wedding day and opting for a dewy finish is a great way to achieve that fresh-faced glow. But you’ll need to work on your skin pre-wedding. Embrace a routine that helps your skin become naturally radiant with vitamin C products, rich moisturisers, and gentle exfoliators. And when it comes to the big day, finish your look with a highlighter over your cheekbones to ensure you're looking luminous.

Rosy cheeks

For a classic ‘no-make-up make-up look’, rosy cheeks are a must. Avoid the heavy contour and instead opt for a blusher with flattering pink tones that enhance your natural beauty while providing a perfect pop of colour. Our True Illuminating Pearls make it easier than ever to create a fresh, rosy glow with a multi-tonal shimmering finish.

Fox eyes

Say farewell to the cat-eye and hello to fox eyes. This TikTok-inspired trend is taking the wedding make-up world by storm and giving brides a new way to create a statement eye –either alongside natural make-up or a more glamourous look. To achieve the perfect fox eye, it's essential to use an eyeliner that can be blended and moved softly, like our Glimmerstick Eyeliner.

Colourful lips

It doesn't matter if you're going for 'barely-there' make-up or a more 'done-up' look – colourful lipstick can make any make-up stand out. Whether you choose pink lips, a statement red lip, or something even more colourful, always be sure to complement your style with neutral eyeshadow.

When it comes to applying bridal make-up without a make-up artist, patience, practice, and time are key. Try a few different looks in the run-up to your big day to get a feel for the styles you like and ensure you know exactly what you're doing.

To apply your wedding make-up, start with your skin. Prep your base with your usual skincare products as well as a long-lasting primer. Next, you'll need to move on to your face make-up. Look for a foundation with low to no SPF that won't reflect light too much as this can make your face look much lighter than everything else in photographs.

Apply your foundation, concealer, finishing powder, blush, and highlighter in a way that best suits your skin tone and the make-up you’ve chosen to use. If you've practised your make-up in advance, you’ll know which method works best to ensure longevity throughout the day.

Fair skinned model with tattoos and hoop earrings applies spray sun cream to her shoulder.
Four models sit in the sun.
Dark skinned male model with short hair and beard applies sun cream to his cheek using 2 fingers.

How to apply bridal eye make-up

After you've finished your face, it's time to move on to your eye make-up. Whatever style you’re going for, it's important to protect the make-up already done with a loose dotting of powder under the eyes – just remember to brush it away once you're done.

Start by applying your eye make-up with an eyeshadow brush, lightest colour to darkest if you're using multiple eyeshadow shades. You'll want to apply the lighter colours in the inner corners of your eyes, moving outwards with the darker colours to create a smokey eye look. If you're using eyeliner, apply this after your eyeshadow and wait for it to dry before applying mascara and false eyelashes if feel like it.

Now you know how to do your own wedding make-up, let's move on to hair!

How to do wedding hair

Wedding hairstyles can be slightly trickier to do on yourself than bridal make-up, but it’s possible with practice. This year, wedding hair trends are swaying towards natural, hair-down looks in line with the make-up trends we're seeing. It's all about celebrating your hair no matter the colour, texture, or cut.

Wearing your hair down means you can get away with a little less stress. Simply blow-drying your hair with volume and movement can be all you need to create the perfect bridal look. You could even change up your parting or add some cute accessories if you feel your loose hair look could do with a little more jazzing up.

If you're wondering how to do your hair yourself, start by whittling down a few hairstyles that you'd like to try and watch some video tutorials to see how other people do them. As with make-up, it's essential to get as much practice as you can to ensure you know what you're doing on the morning of your wedding.

Whether you're opting for a full hair up style, a half-up style, a pretty chignon bun, or something more relaxed with your hair down, be sure you've prepared your hair. We'd recommend washing your hair the evening before as if it’s too clean or shiny, it can be tricky to place it where you want it to be.

On the morning of your wedding, it's a good idea to do your make-up before your hair to ensure you're not moving your hair around too much when applying make-up. Ensure your space has plenty of mirrors so you can see exactly where you're placing hair at the back, and if you can, get a friend to help you finish your chosen style.

And that's it! Everything a bride-to-be needs to know about this year's bridal hair and make-up trends, as well as how to recreate them at home for your wedding day. Shop our range of make-up and hair products today to ensure you've got everything you need to get practising.