If you’re following bridal fashion right now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that current inspiration is coming straight from the ’90s and early 2000s. But when it comes to hair and makeup, there’s also a growing retro-inspired trend towards ’60s bridal looks. Bouffants, beehives, pale pink lips, hair bows and cat eyes are all having a bit of a moment, refreshed and reimagined for the modern bride. The vibe is fun and feminine – the perfect touch of vintage flare that still looks timeless and polished. Ready to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot? Read on to see some gorgeous 1960s bridal hair and makeup looks from the Make Me Bridal pros.
Sixties glamour is all about maximum-volume. This vintage bridal look combines a sky-high sideswept beehive with pops of colour on the lids and nails. So fun!
This modern beehive has all the rock chick vibes when combined with thick black liner, berry lips and a leather biker jacket.
Love the beehive look but want to tone it down a little? This beehive has plenty of volume but a little less height and looks timeless paired with classic natural bridal makeup. Add a pretty hair accessory or tiara for all the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ vibes.
The signature Bardot bouffant with the sides pinned up into a half-up half-down style will turn you into a bridal bombshell.
The cat eye is an iconic 1960s makeup look, widely copied to this day. Winged liner is super flattering, giving the impression of thick lashes and big, wide-open eyes. For a real retro vibe, go bold and graphic…
… or keep it a little more subtle with a sleek flick, defined brows, and a flirty fringe (another classic ’60s style).
The flip is a gorgeous 1960s look for brides – either curled out or curled under, it has a flattering shape and looks fabulous with a veil or headband. Super smoky eyes and natural lips are the perfect makeup combo to complement this style.
Bows are the ultimate ’60s accessory, whether topping a bouffant or tied around a ponytail with soft tendrils left around the face.
Tippi Hedren pioneered pale nude lips on-screen in 1963, and it became a signature makeup style of the decade. The trick is to make sure the lips look lush and glossy, but barely there, using a creamy formula and soft nude or baby pink colour. Combine pale lips with ultra-defined or winged out eyes to complete the modern retro look.