By Holly Barry @HJBarry
The most magical day of your life is on the horizon, so it’s time for some wedding preparation. In between arranging the honeymoon, organising the guest list and making last minute arrangements to your BBP- or beauty bridal prep as it’s more commonly known. Your wedding day is your time to shine and you’re going to be the centre of attention in your breath-taking wedding dress. To feel comfortable and confident on your big day, get your beauty plan in order and attend to your skin, hair and nails. By investing some time into your beauty routine, you’ll be well-equipped to wow your guests (and your future husband) with this summer’s hottest looks on the bridal runway. Explore exquisite hair accessories, refined updo’s and summer pouts, which can be integrated into your wedding theme. So, without further ado get ready to be inspired by this summer guide so you can feel wedding ready on the big day.
Sensational Summer Hair
The good news about bridal hair is that there are a multitude of incredible styles to choose from. Whether you have long or short hair, you’ll find a summer style to suit you and your wedding theme. One of the biggest trends this summer is a sleek French braid. This style is perfect for those with long hair which complements a bohemian theme. Another exquisite trend, as seen at Carolina Herrera, is the top knot. A chic, ballerina bun is ideal for those who have a prom or ball gown style wedding dress. Become your own version of Cinderella by accessorising your look with an embellished hair slide or pin for extra glamour. For Parisian chic, opt for a fringe. Paired with minimal makeup, a fringe is the best way to achieve a contemporary yet stylish look on your wedding day. If you don’t want a traditional veil, opt for the epitome of elegance with a fishnet veil placed over the face. As seen at Lola Rose, this trend is a modern take on the veil and can be achieved by pinning a wide net veil in the hair to frame the face. If you intend to wear a traditional veil, take a tip out of Marchesa’s book and add fresh flowers into a braided up-do.
Patrick Cameron, the world’s leading long hair expert said;
“2017 has definitely been the year of the “done/ undone” bridal style. Very relaxed and very comparable to the look of a goddess. The half up half down style has been one of the biggest trends for this years bride, and is a style that has a very strong foundation, and holds its own from daytime to evening. It’s very much a timeless style”.
Fresh Summer Skin
Fresh and flawless summer skin starts with a good skincare regime. Cleansing is a staple in any beauty routine as it helps to remove makeup, dirt and impurities. Double cleansing is highly effective in ensuring your skin is highly prepped for further skincare products. The Pixi Double Cleanse, created by beauty blogger Caroline Hirons, features a solid oil and a cream for luxurious evening cleansing. Follow this with an exfoliating toner, such as Pixi Glow Peel Pads containing 20% glycolic acid for effective brightening. If you really want to obtain a radiant glow for your wedding, use a serum. Unlike other products, serums can penetrate deep into the skin so they’re highly efficient. For a youthful glow, try L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence for an illuminated complexion. Finish with a nourishing moisturiser. If you have dry skin, choose a thick consistency product such as The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. If you have an oily or combination complexion, opt for a weightless texture, such as the Ren Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream to minimise sebum and reduce the appearance of large pores. Remember to also use a hydrating eye cream to minimise dark circles, puffiness and redness.
If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’, then you’ll know that the foods you consume have a major effect on your appearance. For glowing skin, up your intake of almonds, chia seeds, pepper, coconut oil, strawberries and protein.
Beautiful Bridal Nails
Walk down the aisle sporting beautiful bridal nails. Chipped nails are a big no-no on your wedding day. After all, your guests will want to adore your ring. If you’re not confident with nail art, visiting a professional manicurist is a must. An experienced nail technician will be able to apply your favourite nail shade with ease for a flawless, finishing touch. French manicures are always popular at classic weddings, but if you’re searching for a contemporary twist, try a rosy pink like OPI Heart Throb. If you’re feeling brave, you could opt for a bolder pink, such as OPI Bastille My Heart, a shimmering rich burgundy. For exceptional glamour, add a glitter overcoat to your manicure or some nail gems to create a statement look.
If you’re struggling to find a bridal nail design you love, take a look on Pinterest boards as there are a wealth of creations to gain inspiration from. If you love the idea of nail art, then why not try an ombre nail look with bold shades or natural hues with black detailing to set you apart from the traditional bride.
To keep your nails in good health, use a nail oil to moisturise your nails and cuticles. Nails Inc Superfood Repair Nail Oil is ideal for restoring the condition of your nails.
Makeup for Summer Brides
Enhance your natural beauty by transforming your complexion with the best bridal makeup. Harsh makeup is hardly picture perfect so selecting the most complimentary shades is a big decision. A professional makeup artist or beauty counter assistant can help you to choose the perfect hues for your big day or, take inspiration from some of social media’s leading makeup artists. However, if you’re going it alone, consider your skin tone. Soft pink and beige hues look stunning on fair tones. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat No1 is a classic highlighter and it’s compact enough to fit in your bridal handbag. Add a touch of blush with Benefit’s Dandelion Powder and finish with the Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick in Rose Bergamasque. Medium skin tones suit yellow undertones with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in no4 providing a natural, lightweight glow. Nars Orgasm Blush creates a wonderful pop of colour on the cheeks for peachy pink radiance. Dark complexions suit rich metallic shades and berry hues. Try Mac Blush in Raizin and Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in perfect fig for subtle colour.
To accentuate that ‘woman in love’ glow, use a little highlighter under your brow bone, on the tip of your nose and at the top of your cheekbones. Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder is a shimmering highlighter in four shades to compliment every skin tone with flawless radiance.
No matter what look you decide on, your wedding day is your time to shine so embrace your inner confidence and get ready for an enchanting celebration.