A belated happy new year to all my readers! I hope you had a joyful festive season and you’ve been keeping your resolutions if you made any. I was aiming to get this post out last month but I’ve been even busier than usual with wedding bookings for myself and my brilliant Bridal Team.
If you’re getting married this year I’ve put together a round-up of some of my favourite hair and makeup trends from S/S17 Bridal Fashion Week to inspire you. I also have a comprehensive set of Pinterest boards that you can look through if you’re after for something specific like messy styles, styles for short hair, hair tutorials or victory rolls. If there’s anything you want to see that I haven’t covered, please let me know in the comments below!
So here we go with my round-up for 2017’s bridal hair and makeup trends.
Loose, Undone Hair
Soft and tousled hair is not going away. In fact updos are set to be even more loosely structured in 2017. Chignons work really well with a loose style as they give a much-needed anchor to the structure. Curls can be left around the face or trailing down the back and braids can be added to give more texture. I love how pretty and romantic a loose chignon looks.
When creating a loose updo, it’s really important to prep your hair first. If your hair is soft and slippery the style will just fall out completely. I use Kenra Volume Mousse to give the hair bounce and hold before curling and pinning it into the style I want.
Pink Lips (And Eyes)
There was a definite trend towards monochromatic makeup at bridal fashion week with pastel pink shades on both eyes and lips. Pink tones are fresh and youthful, especially when used alongside dewy skin. A rose coloured eyeshadow looks great with a dark, defined lash line so don’t be afraid to smudge a line of kohl or add some false lashes. Get this pretty bridal look with NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday and Illamasqua eyeshadow in Toxic.
Natural Looking Waves
Waves and curls that look natural and effortless are set to be big over the summer. This style works well with flower crowns, circlets and hair vines. To get beach-ready waves spray Kenra Professional Curl Spray into damp hair without brushing it. Twist your hair around your finger whilst blowing drying with a diffuser attachment. If your hair doesn’t have a natural curl or wave, use a wide barreled tong such as the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves tong to curl hair away from your face.
Foliage in Hair
Foliage is the new flower crown. It’s so pretty but also looks more quirky and minimalist than flowers. You can either ask your florist to create a stunning crown from the foliage in your bouquet, or for cost effective hair adornments weave strands of foliage into braids or updos. You can purchase realistic faux leaves such as ivy beforehand if you don’t want to use the real thing.
Rose Gold Eyeshadow, Subtle Smokey Eyes
Rose gold is a wonderfully versatile colour that can be used for the softest of natural looks to the most dramatic smokey styles. It’s flattering for a whole range of skin tones and can be paired with either a natural or strong lip. I particularly love how it makes blue eyes really stand out. To create a beautiful rose gold smokey eye I use the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which has a whole range of matte and shimmery tones.
Braided Chignons and Tucked Under Braids
Braids are a super easy way of creating a structured chignon that will last your whole wedding day. There are so many variations on this style it shouldn’t be hard to find one to suit your hair type. To give all over texture, start the braids at the side of the head or at the crown. Tucking the braid under at the nape looks sweet and simple, or you can create a larger chignon by weaving multiple braids around one another. Pull out and “pancake” the braids to add extra volume to the style.
I hope you enjoyed my 2017 bridal trend round-up. If you’re getting married this year, I’d love to hear how you’re planning to style your hair and makeup so please tell me in the comments below.