Bridal Makeup 2016

Are you thinking of getting married? As well as the bigger things to consider (like your vows and when you’re going to tie the knot), there are lots of little details to see to. Fortunately, those are the fun ones… like choosing your jewellery (did you know you can create an engagement ring rather than picking one off the shelf?), trying on dresses and experimenting with your bridal makeup.

Bridal makeup is a little different to what you’d wear on a normal day – it requires lots of staying power and needs to look good in photographs as well as in person. So, read on to find out what you should be considering for your look in 2016…

No Makeup

Well, kind of… the ‘no makeup’ look has been all over wedding runways for 2016, suggesting that a bride’s natural beauty is best. Forgo heavy foundation and strong colours, opting for glowing skin, blushing cheeks, subtle lashes and freshly-bitten lips. Key products for this look include a tinted moisturiser, a lightweight concealer and a lip stain close to your natural colour. Ironically, you’ll need to wear a little bit of many different products to achieve this look, but the effort is well worth it. Besides, wouldn’t you like to walk down the aisle and know that your husband-to-be is going to recognise you? (And think you’re a knock-out, of course).

Brown Eye Shadow

Continuing the ‘natural’ theme, many brides marrying in 2016 will be sporting natural, matte brown eye shadows and liners. Consider it the earthier cousin of the smoky eye.
To bring the look to life, sweep blusher on your cheeks and use a highlighter on your brow bone and cheekbones. If you’re on the fence about this look, you’ll be a fan of it after watching Lisa Eldridge’s soft tonal video.

Vintage Glam

If winged eyeliner is your kind of thing, you’re in luck! Designers like Elizabeth Fillmore and Ines Di Santo sent their models down the 2016 bridal runways sporting bold lips, strong brows and classic cat eyes. Vintage glam has been a popular beauty trend for a number of years, but if you’ve yet to master the perfect flick, check out Lucy Jane’s step by step tutorial.

The Big Brow

Cara Delevingne is probably responsible for this bridal beauty trend, prompting bridal runways to borrow ideas from fashion catwalks! To achieve a bold, beautiful brow, resist over plucking them. Softly feather colour into your brows using a pencil, powder or gel, as doing so will frame your face and define your features. Just be careful not do overdo it… no one wants caterpillars on their big day!

Dewy Skin

Vibrant, glowing skin has long been on the list of bridal beauty requirements, but it’s growing in popularity for 2016. Skip full-coverage foundations and matte powders, and opt instead for shimmer sticks, lightweight tinted moisturisers and creamy cheek stains. To achieve the kind of luminosity seen on the bridal runways, try Benefit’s High Beam Complexion Enhancer above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, in your cupid’s bow and on the centre of your forehead.