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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Parker

The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Guide: Glam Your Way to Gorgeous on Your Big Day!

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Hello gorgeous brides-to-be! If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the throes of wedding planning madness. Between picking the perfect dress, finding a venue that doesn't resemble a sports hall, and making sure Uncle Bob doesn’t give that speech, your to-do list is probably longer than your train. But fear not! Here at Stylist Hunter, we’ve got your back.

Welcome to the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Guide, your one-stop-shop for everything bridal hair and makeup. We’ll have you looking drop-dead gorgeous (in a totally alive way) for your big day. So grab a glass of bubbly (because hydration is key), and let’s dive into the beauty basics every bride needs to know.

The Pre-Wedding Glow Up

Skincare: Because Filters Only Work in Photos

Before you even think about makeup, let’s talk skincare. No amount of highlighter can outshine a well-cared-for complexion. Start prepping your skin at least six months in advance. Think of this as the bridal equivalent of preheating the oven – you wouldn’t bake a cake in a cold oven, would you?

  • Hydration Station: Drink water like it’s your job. Clear, glowing skin starts from the inside out. Plus, all those trips to the bathroom will give you time to practice your walk down the aisle.

  • Exfoliate: Get rid of dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant. This will help your makeup artist create a flawless base. But remember, you’re a bride, not a snake – don’t overdo it.

  • Facials: Regular facials can work wonders. Treat yourself to a monthly facial and watch your skin transform. Consider it your monthly “me time” amidst the wedding chaos.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Bridal Beauty Guide Hair Prep

Let’s move onto your crowning glory – your hair. Melbourne’s humid days and Perth’s ocean breeze can wreak havoc on your hair, but we’ve got tips to keep your locks looking luscious no matter where you are.

  • Regular Trims: Keep those split ends at bay with regular trims. This will ensure your hair is in top condition for your big day.

  • Hair Masks: Indulge in a weekly hair mask to keep your hair hydrated and healthy. Your hair should be softer than your fiance's heart 💓

  • Trial Run: Book a trial run with your bridal hairstylist in Melbourne or Perth. This is crucial. You don’t want any surprises on the big day – unless it’s a flash mob or a surprise gift (hint hint, grooms).

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Makeup Magic: Transforming You into a Bridal Beauty

Now, onto the fun part – makeup! Whether you’re aiming for a natural look or going full glam, your wedding makeup artist in Melbourne or Perth will make sure you’re picture-perfect.

Foundation Fundamentals

A good foundation is literally the very foundation of your bridal makeup. It needs to last through tears, laughter, and possibly a cake fight.

  • Primer: Think of primer as insurance for your makeup. It will keep everything in place and looking fresh.

  • Long-Wear Foundation: Choose a foundation that offers long wear and is suitable for your skin type. Trust us, you don’t want to be checking your reflection every five minutes.

  • Setting Spray: Once you're all prettied up, make sure it goes the distance and hold it all in place with a high quality setting spray.

Eyes That Mesmerise

Your eyes are the windows to your soul – make them your statement!

  • Waterproof Mascara: Because tears (of joy of course!) are guaranteed.

  • Eyelash Extensions: If you're prone to lots of tears, consider eyelash extensions for an extra pop. No one wants to deal with falsies popping off mid-ceremony.

  • Eyeshadow: Use colours that compliment your eyes, skin tone and overall wedding theme colours. Neutrals are a popular choice for Brides, especially during daytime weddings.

Lip Service

Your lips will be doing a lot of work – kissing, smiling, sipping champagne. All the important stuff. Make sure they’re up to the task.

  • Lip Balm: Keep your lips hydrated leading up to the big day for guaranteed smoothness.

  • Long-Lasting Lipstick: Choose a lipstick that stays put but doesn't dry out your lips (we love Modelrock lippies!). You want your love to leave a mark on your heart, not on your wine glass.

Sketch of Bride smiling with bouquet in neutral tones

Hair and Makeup: A Match Made in Heaven

Whether you’re opting for a timeless updo or romantic waves, your bridal hair and makeup should complement each other perfectly. Consider hiring a professional mobile hair and makeup artist in Melbourne or Perth who can come to you (Stylist Hunter have you covered here!), making your wedding morning as stress-free as possible. Nothing beats being pampered and prettied up in the comfort of your home or hotel room with your bridal squad.

Styles to Consider:

  • Classic Updo: Perfect for showcasing your elegant neck and those stunning earrings. Great for windy, extremely hot or humid days when an outstyle might drop, go frizzy, or get blown away.

  • Loose Waves: Ideal for a beachy Perth wedding or a garden ceremony in Melbourne. Make sure the weather is set to behave if you're outdoors though!

  • Half-Up, Half-Down: The best of both worlds. Perfect for when you love the look of an out-style, but are worried about the wind or can't stand hair across your face.

The Big Day: Getting Ready Like a Pro

Here are some tips to ensure your hair and makeup process is smooth sailing on the big day.

  • Schedule Wisely: Allow plenty of time for hair and makeup. It’s better to be ready early than to be rushing. I like to allow 1 hour per hairstyle and 1 hour per makeup.

  • Have a Touch-Up Kit: Include things such as lipstick, lipgloss, powder, lash glue, blotting papers, hair pins and hairspray. Or even better - book your hair and makeup artist to come back for touch-ups between the ceremony and reception.

  • Stay Calm: Easier said than done, but try to relax and enjoy the process. This is your day!

Conclusion: From Blushing Bride to Bombshell

And there you have it, lovely brides-to-be – your ultimate bridal beauty guide. Remember, whether you’re in Melbourne or Perth, the key to stunning bridal hair and makeup is preparation, practice, and a pinch of patience.

Here at Stylist Hunter, we’re committed to making sure you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Our talented network of makeup artists and hairstylists are ready to help you shine brighter than that rock on your finger. Visit us to get free quotes from our top-level, vetted stylists now.

So here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after – and looking fabulous every step of the way. Cheers to you, beautiful brides! 🥂


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