11 Hair + Makeup Trends to Steal from Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week
On your wedding day, the aisle is basically your own personal version of a catwalk. And with all eyes on you, you’ll want to totally own it, so looking and feeling fab are key. You’ve already scored the perfect dress, so now it’s time to take a look at the finer details — like your makeup and hair. In need of some fresh inspiration? You’re in luck, because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bridal beauty looks fresh off the Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week runway. Get ready to indulge in some seriously pretty stuff.
1. All Natural: With the dress, the veil and that killer pair of shoes, it might be tempting to go all out with the makeup too, but Jenny Packham, Amsale and Oscar de la Renta prove that sometimes less is more. Let your natural beauty shine through with a tinted moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, a light dusting of blush or bronzer, a swipe of mascara and a nude or pink lip. Pretty, pretty perfection. (Photos via Slaven Vlasic/Getty, Thomas Concordia/Getty)
2. Bohemian Locks: Romantic, boho vibes were running through more than one collection this season, with everyone from Houghton to Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham showcasing flowy, ethereal gowns. To drive the look home, the hair had an equally free-wheelin’ look with locks worn long and loose, with the front portion pulled back on both sides. The addition of small braids and romantic waves added to the carefree yet totally feminine appeal of these gorgeous styles. (Photos via Thomas Concordia/Getty)
3. Retro Glam: Va-va-voom curls, look-at-me lips and classic cat eyes made an appearance at Badgley Mischka, Ines di Santo and Elizabeth Fillmore, evoking a sense of timeless, old Hollywood glamour without feeling too over the top. (Photos via Donald Bowers/Getty, Randy Brooke/Getty)
4. Prima Ballerina: For every bohemian style out on the runway, there was a sleek chignon to match. While Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta stayed true to their leanings toward elegant, polished styles, Ines di Santo ditched her go-to tousled, romantic tresses for put-together, ballerina-inspired buns. (Photos via Thomas Concordia/Getty, Jemal Countess/Getty, Slaven Vlasic/Getty)
5. White Out Eyes: Okay, so the whole powdered forehead thing at Houghton might be a bit much, but we like where the idea was going. A little white liner along the lids, like we saw at Marchesa, can really make eyes pop and is a refreshing step away from the traditional cat eye. We’re thinking a little glitter in there might finish the look off just right. (Photos via Thomas Concordia/Getty)
6. Whimsical Braids: There was something truly enchanting happening at Reem Acra this season — and we’re not just talking about the to-die-for gowns. Hair parted down the middle flowed into a single, cascading braid with shimmering beads and delicate pearls woven throughout. The style was a reinterpretation of the laissez-faire plaits that dominated runways last season, lending a whimsical, romantic vibe to each of the intricate and subtly sexy designs. (Photo via Randy Brooke/Getty)
7. Earthy Smoky Eyes: Smokey eyes aren’t just reserved for nights out. To make the dramatic look feel aisle-appropriate, take a note from the makeup at the Monique Lhuillier and Galia Lahav shows and trade out bold black and charcoal powders for earth tones and warm metallic hues. (Photos via Thomas Concordia/Getty, Thos Robinson/Getty)
8. All Out Volume: While the gowns and suits sent down the runway by Theia and Galia Lahav were eye-catching on their own, it was the over-the-top hair that really grabbed our attention. The ‘dos were modern twists on Victorian and Grecian styles, taking the elegant, romantic looks to the next level with some serious volume (trust us — there was a LOT of teasing going on backstage). (Photos via Bryan Bedder/Getty, Jemal Countess/Getty)
9. English Rose Glow: This soft, fresh-faced look is one that never seems to get old. And Carolina Herrera gets that, which is why she sent her girls down the catwalk with rosy cheeks, pretty pink lips and lightly lined eyes. The look plays up your natural beauty without feeling overdone. We’re thinking it would be perfect for a backyard garden wedding. (Photo via Randy Brooke/Getty)
10. Low, Loose Ponytails: Kelly Faetanini and Claire Pettibone gave their stamp of approval to the ponytail as an accompaniment to the iconic white (or black) dress. Low-lying interpretations with wispy stray strands at Claire Pettibone fit with the bohemian, country-inspired feel of the collection, while the styles at Faetanini’s show had a more polished, sophisticated edge with hair lightly swept back and fastened at the crown of the head. (Photos via Jemal Countess/Getty)
11. Contemporary Chignons: Marchesa’s Spring 2016 Collection is all about romance, but the hair tells a slightly different story. From the front, the style has a poised, polished feel with a sleek center part and what appears to be a classic bun. But on closer examination, the chignon reveals itself to be a contemporary loop-like coiffure, not unlike those half-finished ponytails we spotted during NYFW. This is the ‘do that trendsetting brides need to check off their sartorial to-do list. (Photos via Thomas Concordia/Getty)
How will you be wearing your hair and makeup for your wedding day? Tell us about your bridal style in the comments!
(Featured photo via Thomas Concordia/Getty)
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