Calling all brides and bridesmaids! Wedding season has arrived, and if you're getting married this year, chances are most of the big decisions for your big day are sorted. Hair and makeup tends to come later, so now's the time to think about how you want to look, from the neck up, on the day. The great thing about wedding beauty is that it's less about trends and more about looking like the best version of yourself on the best day of your life, so it's all about choosing the hair and makeup look that accentuates your favourite features and makes you feel beautiful. Not getting married? Then peruse the gallery for some super-pretty hair and makeup inspiration that you can draw from for summer parties and any weddings you're attending this year.
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If you wear liner every day, why not make it the focal point of your look? We love how the black liner, ribbon-adorned ponytail and oversize black earrings tie the look together. Use Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink (£19) to create the shape, and then layer with Bobbi Brown Ink Liner in Blackest Black (£23) to intensify.
A flush of pink blush (the same colour that you go when you're blushing) is the easiest way to create a pretty, wearable look. Use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (£21) and blend, blend, blend to create a natural-looking flush.
Want to rock something a little different? Take inspiration from Jenny Packham's most recent bridal catwalk show, and pair a slick of white liner with false lashes. This white line was created by applying Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla (£23) along the lash line before patting on Eyeshadow in White (£18) to intensify the look.
If you always wear a smoky eye, opt for a taupe wash of colour on your big day; it's really pretty and stays true to your usual look. We love Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe (£21), which was used at the show.
For a softer take on the liner look, diffuse your gel or pencil by blending the line into your eye shadow.
At Marchesa, the Bobbi Brown team led by Cassandra Garcia created this really pretty, worn-in lip. It's less high maintenance than a perfect pout, but it looks really striking none the less. The team used Bobbi Brown Rich Lip in Crimson (£20).
Here, the model's makeup was kept to a minimum to let the jewel-encrusted headband steal the show. You may not usually wear hair accessories, but if you want to wear a veil, a hair accessory is a great way to disguise the point where the veil is fixed to your hair.
A loosely side-swept braid is really low maintenance; it will stay in place all without the need for your bridesmaids to be on hair watch!
At the other end of the hair spectrum is this beautifully delicate hair look. The stylist has surrounded an ornate jewel-encrusted headband with gold leaf that is secured to the hair using gel—incredible. If you want to try a version of this look use Bumble and bumble gel (£23).
More ornate than a simple ballet bun, this will stay in place all day. It also allows you to easily pin a veil into the top.
If you want to take the edge off a seriously pretty bridal look, a slicked-back hairstyle is the perfect choice. Something very severe, however, doesn't flatter many people, so take inspiration from this look and rake some gel through your hair and loosely pin into a chignon or low bun at the back.
Employing the expertise of a hairstylist on your wedding day? Or chosen your bridesmaids based on their braiding skills (and friendship, of course)? Then you could consider a look that's more intricate like this one. You'll just need to mist with plenty of hair spray like Balmain Session Spray Strong (£19).
If your dress has a dramatic high neck like this Oscar de la Renta gown (sigh), a bun or chignon is the perfect choice, as it will let the neckline take the spotlight.
Look, not every bride is going to want to try face adornment on her wedding day, but if you are having a festival-style wedding, a few gems scattered onto your face could work within the context. A small smattering of pearls or crystals could look really pretty. In fact, take inspiration from Millie Mackintosh's Coachella look from last year.
Want to be super blonde for your big day? Make sure you work with your colourist a few months prior to find the perfect tone that will work with your complexion, makeup and the shade of your dress. Also take into consideration how much regrowth you like, freshly dyed often hair looks too new, but there is a tipping point from pretty regrowth to overgrown, so schedule your last colour appointment with this in mind.
An intricate hairstyle at the back will give guests something to look at during the ceremony.
If you're doing your own makeup and want to keep things simple, choose eye shadow, lipstick and blush in the same colour family like the subtle pink hue seen here at Ines Di Santo.
Mix up your braids in both size and technique. Try a loose knot braid seen here at Jenny Packham, and then dot smaller traditional three-strand braids throughout the hair.
You can't go wrong at a summer wedding with a floral crown. A gypsophila floral headpiece (the small, subtle, white flowers) is more wedding and less festival.
A bun is classic, but this origami twist gives it a modern spin. This type of hairstyle allows you to show off oversize jewellery or a high neckline.
How incredible is this basket weave bun? Perfect if you like the idea of a chignon but want something more intricate.
A looped ponytail is more unusual and makes for a pretty feature under a sheer, billowing veil.
A loose centre-part or a faux bob are a great way to show off a high ruffle neckline.
From behind, this loose centre part flows into a knotted ponytail. It's a great option for the low-maintenance bride who doesn't want to be checking on her hair all day.
Beach wedding? Go for an easy, unfussy half updo like this. You can then afford to play up your makeup with a bolder lip or a flick of liquid liner seen here (if you want).
How incredible is this hair accessory? If you're opting for an elaborate hair piece like this, keep the focal point on one area and go for undone hair to balance the whole look.
Want to wear flowers but don't fancy a floral crown? Try tucking fresh flowers behind your ear. Ask your florist if you can get some fresh cut flowers that will be in your bouquet for both your hair test and for the big day.
We love the simplicity of both the hair and makeup in this look. Perfect for the low-key bride.
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