As we head towards the back-to-school season, it’s the perfect time to brush up on the ABCs of bridal hair and makeup! Whether you're a beauty aficionado or just starting to dip your toes into the magical world of bridal beauty, we've got you covered with this fun guide to looking absolutely radiant on your big day. So grab your makeup brushes and hair pins, and let's learn the basics!
A is for AIRBRUSH MAKEUP – the secret to achieving flawless and long-lasting big day makeup. This technique involves using compressed air to apply a fine mist of makeup on to the skin, leaving you with a picture-perfect finish that'll last through tears, laughter, and lots of dancing! Find out more about airbrush makeup here.
B is for BLUSH – a pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks will give you that natural, rosy glow and make you look like you're blushing with joy all day long. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and remember, a little goes a long way!
C is for CHIGNON – a timeless choice for a bridal hairstyle. This low bun at the nape of your neck exudes sophistication and pairs beautifully with veils and other hair accessories.
D is for DEWY – because who doesn't want to have that radiant, dewy look on their wedding day? Ditch the matte finish and achieve dewy skin using with an illuminating foundation, highlighter, and a light-reflecting setting powder or spray.
E is for EXFOLIATION – prep your skin by exfoliating regularly in the weeks leading up to the wedding to remove dead skin cells, leaving you with a smooth and fresh canvas for makeup application. However, you should avoid using harsh exfoliating products just before the big day.
F is for FOUNDATION – finding the perfect foundation is essential for a flawless base to your bridal makeup! Don't forget to match the shade to your skin tone and choose a formula that suits your skin type.
G is for GLITTER – sparkle and shine on your wedding day with a touch of shimmer! Whether it's on your eyes, nails, or even in your hair, a little bit of glitz can add a magical touch to your bridal look. Get our top tips for shimmery eye makeup here.
H is for HALF UP HALF DOWN – for a romantic or boho-chic hairstyle, consider a half up half down 'do. It keeps your hair off your face while maintaining a free-spirited and ethereal vibe. No wonder it’s perennially popular! Find out how to choose the right half up half down hairstyle here.
I is for INDIVIDUAL LASHES – individual lash extensions can really add volume and length to your bridal eye makeup look without the need for a full set of falsies. They'll make your eyes look captivating in every photo!
J is for JETLAG – if you’re planning a destination wedding, you can combat jetlag with a hydrating eye mask and plenty of water to look refreshed and energised on the big day.
K is for KNOT – a simple knot hairstyle can be both chic and effortless. A top knot or a low twisted knot will keep your hair out of the way. Perfect for hot summer days!
L is for LIPSTICK – whether it’s bridal blush or bold red, find your perfect shade of lipstick and make it last all day by using a lip liner as a base and opting for a long-wear formula.
M is for MOISTURISER – hydrated skin is happy skin! Start your skincare routine early and keep your skin moisturised to achieve that coveted bridal glow. Learn about all the other essential skincare products for a bride here.
N is for NATURAL MAKEUP – if you prefer a more natural look, embrace a soft and subtle no-makeup makeup style that enhances your features while still looking like you. See some of our favourite natural makeup looks here.
O is for OUTDOOR WEDDINGS – for outdoor weddings, consider using a setting spray to keep your makeup in place, and have blotting papers on hand to combat any unwanted shine. Get our tips for outdoor wedding makeup here.
P is for PERFUME – choose a signature scent for your special day that will remind you of the beautiful memories every time you wear it in the future. Read about how to find your wedding day perfume here.
Q is for QUEEN – because every bride should feel like one!
R is for ROBE – a beautiful bridal robe not only adds a touch of luxury to your getting-ready photos but also keeps your hair and makeup flawless as you slip into your dress.
S is for SKINCARE – a good skincare routine is essential leading up to your wedding day. In fact, great skincare is the secret weapon to flawless bridal makeup! Treat yourself to facials, masks, and serums for a complexion that glows from within.
T is for TRIAL - always schedule a hair and makeup trial before the wedding day. This gives you a chance to test different looks and ensure you're happy with the final result. Find out how to make the most of your trial here.
U is for UPDO - updos are versatile and elegant. Whether you go for a classic bun or a modern twist, an updo is a fantastic choice for a polished bridal look.
V is for VEIL - the veil adds a touch of romance and tradition to your wedding attire. Don't forget to consider the length and style that complements your dress and hairstyle.
W is for WATERPROOF MAKEUP - Wedding emotions can run high, so opting for waterproof makeup will ensure your look stays intact through all the happy tears!
X is for X-FACTOR – infuse your bridal look with your own unique X-factor, whether it's a bold piece of statement jewellery or a hairstyle that represents your personal style.
Y is for YAWN – with all the excitement leading up to the wedding, you might not get enough sleep. Be sure to give yourself an early night before the wedding so you wake up feeling fresh and bright!
Z is for ZIT – if a last-minute zit pops up, don't panic! There are lots of ways to banish these unwelcome guests. Find out more about how to combat a stress-induced big day breakout here.
And there you have it – the ABCs of bridal beauty! Remember, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Embrace your uniqueness, and let your happiness shine through!