6 simple celebrity-approved ways to upgrade your bridal makeup and hair
Not all bridal beauty trends age well. But all it takes is a tiny tweak to bring them into 2019, we find
Your bridal beauty Pinterest mood board is probably either trendy or timeless. But we think you shouldn’t have to choose. The way forward, and down the aisle, is to take an old bridal classic and add a little au courant update. From the present-day smoky eye and statement lip to straight sleek hair, our favourite celebrity brides, from Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to the Duchess of Sussex, are proof that you can take your wedding day look up several notches while still allowing your natural beauty to take centre stage. Start setting up those beauty trials.
Dewy skin is in
You can thank Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, for bringing the spotlight back to beautiful skin. It was common practice for makeup artists to spackle on foundation and give it a flat matte finish with enough powder to look like you raided a bakery. Now the emphasis is on pre-wedding skincare to create a natural, radiant glow. With healthy skin as the canvas, get inspired by the Korean glass skin trend, make highlighter your BFF, and leverage subtle illumination techniques to let that luminosity shine through.
How to do makeup for wedding?
Smoky eyes have been a bridal staple through the years. But one flick through your parents’ wedding album will have you cringing at how wrong you can go with this trend—think heavy, streaky black eyeshadow, layered with OTT shine. Praise be that the new iterations are more emotion-friendly (you don’t want to be immortalised in your wedding pictures crying black tears). Pin Deepika Padukone’s wedding look to your mood board—a soft smoky eye, executed perfectly in shades of dark sienna and coffee.Lock lips
There’s nothing wrong in matching your makeup to your outfit, per say. When done right, it creates a cohesive, well-styled look, that would be right at home in a style photographer’s portfolio. But painting your lips in the same eye-watering red as the traditional bridal lehenga is better on paper than it is on your pout. The wrong shade of red does a disservice to your skin tone, making it appear lifeless and sallow. To get it right, take a cue from Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, both of who choose deeper carmine pouts with cool blue and berry undertones to pair with their wedding ensembles.Blush business
To reinforce the antiquated idea of the ‘blushing bride’, makeup artists would be unapologetically heavy handed with blush. The result: wedding albums of yore peppered with brides smiling through the trauma of having garishly pink cheeks. If you’re still partial to a furious flush, try draping, a technique that carries blush seamlessly from your cheekbones into your hairline, while contouring and adding structure to your face. If you’d like a less brazen approach, take notes from Neha Dhupia, who picked shades exclusively from an all pink palette—from her soft rose lips and salmon flush to her coral pink Anita Dongre lehenga. It’s romantic, feminine and flattering for all skin tones.Chic, easy hair
A quick search for bridal hairstyles will flood your feed with elaborate creations, from braids to updos, each more intricate than the last. But maintaining a heavy head of hair through a long wedding isn’t an easy ask. You don’t want your big moments interrupted by an earnest hairstylist stepping in every few minutes to fix an errant strand of hair. Markle’s messy updo, Gwyneth Paltrow’s loose locks and Isha Ambani’s relaxed half-up half-down do—we saw various iterations of no-care hair. Low effort, high payoff. A win all around.Twist on traditional
Image: Viral Bhayani
Bridal hairstyles usually have an unwritten, underlying theme—unsurprisingly, they’re usually soft, romantic, and ethereal. Just because you’re a bride doesn’t mean you need to lose your edge. Keep the traditional centre part but swap the soft curls for a strong, straight style. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja makes a convincing case for statement hairstyles with the poker straight tresses to her reception, played up by her graphic Anamika Khanna lehenga.