5 classic looks for brides

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When it comes to planning a wedding, there’s so much to do! In between favours, flowers and food planning, time slips away. This is why when it comes to planning bridal hair and makeup – we all want an easy way to find inspiration for that all-important look. It’s also why it’s the classic style most brides come back to again and again. Sure to inspire that head-turning, show-stopping makeup and hair moment. 

So we’ve collected 5 of the best classic bridal looks – tried and tested beauty blueprints, with something for every kind of bride. Plus THE best bridal hair and makeup courses to make those dream looks a reality for you and your clients! 

So whether you are scrolling for your own big day inspo, wanting to delve into hair and makeup school to start a bridal business, or want to wow your existing clients and add these stunning classic styles to your look book – we’ve got you!

1) The Vintage Hollywood 

Hollywood has always provided classic looks to inspire new brides, and J-law’s unforgettable Met Gala look (created by the super talented @jilliandempsey) evokes authentic vintage glamour.

A versatile look that transcends trends, it’s the ideal choice for a stylish, sophisticated ceremony. And while a black veil might not be your thing, it certainly adds a silver-screen finish that’s undeniably breathtaking. 

Starting with a robust primer, for that airbrushed simplicity, focus on creating a flawless winged eyeliner. For the showstopper, adding a perfect red lip in a bold shade will draw the eye and highlight facial structure. Less really is more here, so keep it simple yet impressive. 

2) The Bohemian Goddess

The laidback look that still blows everyone away – boho glamour has been a firm favourite of so many brides. Evoking elements of ancient Greece, the wild surf & mother earth. Shrugging off expectation and flying in the face of tradition, it’s still quintessentially feminine and sure to inspire!

The biggest factor is those perfectly flowing locks, so extensions are a must to add volume and depth. Curl tightly, before running through with a glossy oil for gentle waves. Consider adding delicate braids and a signature headpiece for a final flourish. 

For a classic bohemian makeup look, focus on a subtle smokey eye with definition along the outer lids. Add a bronze shimmer to the lids and firm definition to the brows for some romantic Roman edge. Nude lips, finished with a light gloss, make for a healthy yet natural finish. 

3) The Effortless Ethereal 

For that barely-there feel, fresh & budding makeup look – look no further than @aprilfosterbridal. Her signature style helps brides feel relaxed and beautiful, focusing on allowing their natural features to shine. 

Starting with a strong brow, a lamination treatment is a fantastic foundation for this look. Next, build a glossy base with an oil-based foundation and set it with a shimmer powder across the cheekbones. Offset with a natural flush in a colour that matches with the skin tone of you or your client. Opt for baby pink or peach to round off this sophisticated, classy + cool ensemble. 

4) The Smoky Showstopper

Sometimes the bolder the better. And for a classically dramatic look like this, you’ll be sure to turn heads. Perfect for those princess brides who anticipate a big gathering, this look has a real centre of attention appeal.

Starting with a henna eyebrow treatment will create the architecture you need to draw focus. Followed by creating a smooth base to offset the bold eyes, using a creamy, airy foundation. Blending out a shimmery eye palette will create that perfect pull-focus, along with a set of dramatic Russian lashes. Finish with a matching shade of glossy lipstick – nude works well to keep the focus squarely on those incredible eyes. 

5) The Glowy Glamourpuss

Sometimes your big day calls for all-out glamour – and that’s where hair extensions become key. Ready to create volume and body for that perfect chic pony!

It’s all about the glow here, so start with a dewy primer and a light-reflecting highlight. Contouring can create subtle drama, drawing the eye to a delicate shimmer cut crease and defined brow. Finish with a set of handcrafted eyelash extensions to add a bespoke, flirty flutter to the eye – and voila! Special occasion makeup done right!

Want to create looks like these, expand your beauty business and wow your clients? Then be sure to check out our hair and makeup courses. Offering the hottest makeup artist course online in New Zealand, as well as a multitude of complimentary special occasion treatments, you’ll be ready to create breath-taking looks for very special brides. 

In our online makeup course, you’ll be led by experts through tailored courses built to help you shine. All of our courses come with 24//7 access, so you can learn when it suits you and the side hustle can begin to grow! Plus, you’ll receive a full, professional kit with every course! So you can start creating magic from day one! Bridal makeup training courses don’t get any better. Join us today!

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