Your wedding day look may start with the dress, but it does not end there. Bridal beauty extends to your hair, makeup, and nails. And although all the options may seem a bit overwhelming, there are a few beauty looks that really stand out. Get inspired for your own look with these trends in makeup, hair, and manicures.
Flower crowns will always be a favorite, but this year we are seeing less big blooms and more tiny flowers, like rosette wreaths and baby’s breath weaved throughout the hair. This wildflower look is versatile in that it works well with soft waves to plaits to updos. Need more flower inspiration? Check out 24 Stunning Ways to Wear Flowers in Your Hair and this tutorial on How to Wear Flowers in Your Hair.
Plaits, whether classically braided, French braided, fishtailed or wrapped around like a halo were all over the 2015 runways. It’s the perfect style for an outdoor wedding, especially during windy seasons, and can be styled up or down. Here are some video tutorials to help you create your favorite braid: Crown/Milk Maid, French, Fishtail
The structured ballerina bun had its day in the spotlight - now it’s all about letting loose with a windswept, slightly messy chignon. Let some pieces fall around your face and don’t worry about getting the ‘do perfect. This is a relaxed, laid-back look, but elegant in its messiness. Tutorials: Messy Bun with a Braided Wrap and Low Chignon Hair Tutorial
This rose-inspired trend is the new nude. It’s an illuminated-from-the-inside kind of look and calls for a just bitten lip of soft pink or berry red and blushing cheeks in pinks and peaches. Lisa Eldridge has a makeup tutorial just for this summer rose bridal look.
This makeup trend is all about the eyes. Put the focus on the peepers with blended brown shadows and soft smudged eyeliner. Keep lips and cheeks subtle with creamy peaches and nudes. Some tutorials to help you ace the smokey eye look:
There is nothing quite as bold as a red nail. The color stands out against a white dress and looks especially dramatic when paired with a red lip. Love the red look? Check out Allure’s guide to help you find the best red nail polish for your skin tone.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the subtle nail in shades of light pink and nude. What makes this trend stand out though is the little bit of sparkle and bling. Nail art applied to a ballerina-pink or nude-colored nail is a flirty twist on an otherwise romantic look. Not sure how to apply 3D elements to your nails? No worries - here are two tutorials to get you started. And if all else fails, just book a manicure a couple of days before your wedding.
Simplicity is the name of the game here. It’s all about graphic polish and negative space - letting a little naked nail show through. You can keep the nail nude with only a single/few colored stripes or paint the nail and leave one or a few stripes of naked nail. If you’d like to try this simple nail look, check out 14 Striped Nail Art Tutorials and How to Paint Your Nails with Stripes.
Do you have a favorite look? One thing is for certain: with these inspiring beauty trends and tips, you’re sure to look your absolute best on your wedding day.