When we think winter weddings, we think fur shrugs, rustic florals with a little holly and ivy thrown in for good measure, and plenty of piping hot crumble and custard at autumnal receptions. If you’re planning your own winter wedding, you’ll need a wedding day hair and beauty look to match. Step away from the frosted eye shadow and give these tips a go instead.
Deep red lips
Red lips, liner flicks and victory rolls have been a staple look for vintage-style brides since the year dot, but you’ll need cross over to the dark side if you’re looking for a more rustic winter look. Deep red lips might not scream wedding but keep the rest of your look simple and it can be a knockout bridal beauty look. Look for deep cranberry shades or gorgeous earthy reds to really work the winter vibe.
The beauty of a winter wedding is that you can up the ante when it comes to your bridal make up, without worrying about heat and humidity reducing you to a sweaty mess. Look to Old Hollywood icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren for inspiration, going all out with voluptuous curls and layer upon layer of mascara for lush lashes.
Summer brides favour a barely-there approach to nail colour, with Essie’s Ballet Slippers making an appearance on fingers time and time again. However, even those who aren’t quite brave enough for a deep red lip can introduce a moody hue to their winter wedding look with gorgeous dark nails. Berry and burgundy shades look incredible against ivory dresses, but dark nail varnish is notorious to get spot on; leave this one to the professionals and treat yourself to a manicure that’ll last long beyond the honeymoon.
Save our sparkles
We’ll never advocate frosted lips or blue eye shadow, but a little glitter certainly never hurt nobody. The key is to keep it subtle; step away from sparkly silver shadow and glitter-specked highlighter, opting instead for just a subtle sparkle along your lash line or a really fine glitter pressed onto your eyelids once your eye shadow is complete. You’ll barely notice it until the light catches it just the right way.
The key to amazing winter wedding photos is to work with the light. Even in cold weather, the chances are that you’ll be having at least a couple of photographs taken outside. The light tends to be starker in the winter months, exaggerating dark circles and any little flaws in the skin. The key to that ethereal glow from within is to go for light-reflecting formulas when it comes to concealers and foundations. Blue toned blushers, rather than warm tones, will look more natural in winter light too.
If you’re planning a winter wedding but don’t consider yourself to be much of a master with the old make-up brushes, give us a call and let us take care of the big day beautifying for you!