If you haven’t yet discovered what kind of bride you are, don't worry—these six beauty trends from the recent runways of Bridal Fashion Week will be more than enough to help you figure it out. And if you already know exactly what your wedding style is, get your inspiration here on exactly how to carry out your look. It’s a win-win. See the six hair and makeup ideas below that left us breathless backstage amid a whirl of tulle and lace.
For the Classic Bride
You can’t go wrong re-creating the glowing makeup we saw backstage at Monique Lhuillier. The L'Oréal team swore by Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation to keep the complexion soft and luminous, not layered with foundation—just applying where needed and blending away. They added a swipe of liner and a bit of bronzer, champagne shadow, groomed brows, and barely there lips to complete the goal: to see the beauty of the woman first and the makeup last. A great tip we got for making the face look even fresher? Pat some clear gloss right on the height of the cheekbone and a touch on the inner corner of the eyes.
For the Edgy Bride
If you don’t fancy yourself a girly girl who's been dreaming about her wedding since age six, we recommend following suit with the simple cool-girl vibe from Sachin & Babi. The hair was kept down and smooth (not too shiny!), by Jon Reyman, Spoke & Weal, for a laid-back look. But our favorite twist was the eyeliner by Bobbi Brown—a sharp white and champagne pop to add some character.
For the Romantic Bride
This one goes out to all the dreamers who want a fairy-tale wedding. Backstage at Theia, Linh Nguyen from Redken pulled soft, lived-in waves of lush, healthy hair around to frame the face, while makeup artist Susan McCarthy emphasized a rosy, healthy flush on the cheeks. “Sweep some of the same blush onto the eyes for a really romantic feel. A warm color tone also keeps them from looking bloodshot,” McCarthy advised. She finished off with a just-bitten berry-stained lip. Totally princess-worthy.
For the Chic Bride
Inspired by a fresh-faced, ethereal city girl, this low wispy pony by Kenra Professional at Oscar de la Renta was everything—literally. The nails, cheeks, and lips were kept pale pink, natural, and at the bare minimum. We recommend paring back your beauty look when wearing a showstopping Oscar gown to keep your look fresh, youthful, and effortlessly chic.
For the Casual Bride
One of the top tips we’ve heard for our brides is to just do you; don’t overdo you. A classic bun or chignon is priceless, but if a sculpted updo is just not you, try a half-up, half-down style to keep your hair out of your face. At Marchesa Notte, we learned that braids are not going away. Kevin Hughes, Moroccanoil’s artistic director, created this gorgeous look with two intricate, detailed braids that drape over the loose waves in the back. “The look is effortless. The feel is as if she’s getting married in a beautiful English garden and did her hair herself before she walked in.” The braids are woven in a do-it-yourself fashion, and the waves are deconstructed, not too perfect, and going in all different directions.
For the Sophisticated Bride
We fell in love with the headband veils at Lela Rose, and we’re trying to find any excuse to wear them, even outside of our wedding. The veils accompanied a clean, folded bun done by Kenra Professional—because when you have such a statement headpiece, you need to keep the hair simple! The look is inspired by the low bun of an “equestrian” girl—something we now aspire to become.