Bridal Make-Up and Hair Trends for 2019

All the best hair and makeup inspiration from the Bridal Fashion Week 2019. Big hair, big accessories, glitter and plenty of crowns.

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2017 Hair Trends to Rock on your Wedding Day

From gorgeous braids and free-flowing locks to the undone updo, here’s some inspiration from the hottest bridal trends of 2017 to help you find the perfect style for your big day. 

Braids add drama, romance and charm. Tight and clean or loose and messy, braids can be a cool twist on the classic knot. (See what I did there?)

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Flowing locks just feels fresh and unfussy. For the laid-back bride who wants to let it all hang out.

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The undone updo feels natural and romantic. A few wisps of hair, a loose tease of height and a spot of side-swept fringe. Or maybe a combination of all. 

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The Language of Flowers: 3 Different Floral Crown Looks

Floral crowns have a long and distinguished history. From important ceremonies to fun and carefree celebrations, people have worn these beautiful headpieces for all manner of occasions. If you’re looking to don a floral crown on your wedding day, you have quite a few options. From the real deal to the fabricated, the freshly picked or the dried. Whichever you decide to go with, here are a few traditional crown pieces to get you started.

Crown of Roses


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Roses have been a symbol for love and beauty for a very long time. Ranging in colour from delicate whites, blushes of pink, and vivid reds (as well as some striped and tipped varieties), roses are some of the most traditionally romantic flowers around. Use them in your crown while they’re still partially closed or when they’re fully open, depending on your tastes. Also, if you’re unsure about colour, a soft pink is a great middle ground to accent just about any colour scheme.

Crown of Gardenias


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The gardenia, a heavily scented flower nested in dark leaves, is a gorgeous floral accent in any bridal outfit. You can use the flower on its own or arranged alongside others, whichever works best for you. The resulting crown will be a dreamy and elegant thing. Its delicate ivory petals are easily bruised, however, so handle fresh blossoms with care!

Crown of Lily of the Valley


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A crown made from lily of the valley is a sure way to delicately enhance any bridal look you’re going for, although they tend to work best with a similarly delicate look. These clusters of bell shaped blooms, although expensive year round, make for some of the prettiest floral crowns around. Their scent, fresh and light, is also simply beautiful.

 – Samantha Muraca

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Romantic Curls for Short, Medium and Long Hair

Whether you have short, medium or long hair—soft curled tresses are the perfect way to add some chic romance into your dream wedding look.

Short Hair

Dreamy curls are a great way to add volume and lift to short hair. It’s also super easy to curl and can be styled much faster.

Short Wedding Curls

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Medium Length Hair

Try a retro-glam look with perfectly coiffed curls for a traditional elegance.

Medium Long curls

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Long Hair

Let your luscious locks loose with sexy, beach-inspired tendrils. Business on the top, party on the bottom.

Long wedding curls

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No matter which length, make sure you go for a humidity-proof hairspray to tame those pesky flyaways and also to keep your jaw-dropping curls inspiring awe until the wee hours of the morn.

– Catherine Thorpe

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How to Use Hair Combs for 3 Different Bridal Looks

The hair comb has had a long and illustrious history. From some of the earliest days, we’ve used them to both groom and adorn our hair. It’s now a popular hair accessory for brides on their big days, ranging from the simple and elegant to the complex and dramatic. For those of you looking for a little inspiration, here are a few looks to help you get started.

Light and Sparkle


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This is the more recent and modern take on the hair comb. Rhinestone and other light-catching materials give an impression of the airy, the light, and the borderline celestial. Try to keep your stones neutral in colour and use to one or two colours at a time to avoid kitsch. Clear, champagne, or smoky grey will do very nicely.

Romantic and Old World

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Photo courtesy of Creative Museum

From the elegant and intricate Spanish mantilla style combs to the romantic and dreamy designs of Art Nouveau period, antique combs are always a welcome addition to any bridal look that relies on old world charm. Although many antique combs are difficult to obtain for the average person, there are plenty of artisans that sell antique-inspired combs or replicas for more affordable prices.

Abstract and Graphic

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Photo courtesy of Creative Museum

Our modern world is characterized by simplified and streamlined shapes with an almost graphic quality to them. Keeping in the same spirit, you can choose hair combs that echo that look. The important things to keep in mind are shape (stay with the geometric) and pattern (repeating patterns speak of the industrial).


– Samantha Muraca 

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3 Wedding-Worthy Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are a gorgeous accessory for any wedding look. You can go big, bright and lush, or small and simple. They also work with a variety of hairstyles and bridal looks. Plus, unlike other hair accessories, you won’t be forced to forgo wearing a veil on your wedding day… with a flower crown you can do both! Check out four gorgeous wedding-worthy flower crowns below.

Pretty Pastels

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Photo courtesy of The Robertsons Photography via Brides

This mid-sized flower grown beautifully mixes together pastel colours with a tiny pop of electric blue. A crown like this would look amazing in a tropical location and is a great way to dress up a simple gown.

The Half Crown

If a full flower crown is a bit too much for your taste but you love the look of floral hair pieces, try a half crown. The one pictured above features flowers across the back of the hair to accentuate her wavy curls. In the front, there is a simple band that you can leave plain or adorn with small flower buds, pearls or studs.

Minimalist Flower Crown

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Photo courtesy of Sara Lucero via Style Me Pretty

This flower crown is simple, minimalist, yet totally elegant and beautiful. Featuring just a bit of baby’s breath, this crown is versatile — in can be used in just about any setting with a variety of gowns.


– Rosemina Nazarali, Editor

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3 Unique Bridal Hair Embellishments

While the traditional veil or tiara has its well-earned place in the pantheon of bridal hairpieces, there are some very lovely and unique alternatives that some brides-to-be might want to consider. A little less formal than a true headpiece, hair embellishments are great ways to enhance the beauty of your own hair without being overpowering. Here are a few to get you started.

Floral Inserts

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Photo courtesy of Enchanted Atelier via Want That Wedding

Whether they’re artificial flower pins or true blooms, floral hair inserts always add a touch of the magical to any bridal hairstyle. Another plus is that there’s so much variety in terms of looks. You can use the elegant orchid for classic hairstyles or small daisies in a loose, pretty braid. The options are almost endless!

Hair Chains

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Photo courtesy of MadeWithLoveInLA/Etsy

Thought chains were just for your neck? The good news is that’s absolutely not the case. Hair chains, whether used as a light circlet or as a kind of hair net, give simple hairstyles the air of the regal. This is for brides who don’t want hairpieces (and we’re looking at you, tiara) that scream “I’m a princess!”

Scattered Jewels

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Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

Although we know that they’re pins, the whole look of pearls or jewels nested in gleaming hair is absolute magic. It’s as if those tiny treasures just idly found their way there, instead of being painstakingly and strategically placed. It’s that appearance of effortless grace and beauty that really transforms a hairstyle from the commonplace to the exceptional.


– Samantha Muraca

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How To Wedding Hairstyles: Braided Headband

If you want to look like a princess in a fairytale, one of the most popular looks right now is the braided headband. It’s a great hairstyle for brides with long hair and no bangs.

It works perfectly for anything from a church wedding to a beach ceremony, and the best part is all the hair is away from the bride’s face so it accentuates the her gorgeous eyes and face.

This is a perfect DIY look for summer brides, and if you want to know how to get this gorgeous braided headband look, follow this simple how to guide and you can replicate this beautiful trend.


Step 1

This first step is to part your hair on the far side and brush all your hair across your head in the direction you want your braid to go. Then isolate the section you want to braid (you’ll want a section a few inches wide close to your forehead). You can also take a larger section if you have thin hair or want a thicker braid.

Step 2

With the section you want to braid isolated, start to french braid the hair – you can watch tutorials and practice, don’t try this the first time on your wedding day!

It’s confusing but with practice you’ll get it.

Step 3

Once the french braid is finished keep braiding regularly and tie the braid at the bottom. Now bin it behind your head, so the pins are hidden. The best way to pin the braid is to use two bobby pins and cross them in an X pattern under your hair at the base of your hairline and neck.

Step 4

Now you just have to style the rest of your hair. Loose curls work best for this look, but you can also pin your hair up into a messy bun. Get creative and fun and try out lots of different styles until you find the one that is just right for your special day.


Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer for the Bridal Guide.

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