Are you a modern bride? Be inspired by our editorial styled shoot for Belle Bridal Magazine for your ultimate modern bridal look

You may have heard the term ‘modern bride’ used a lot recently in the wedding industry, but what does it actually mean? More importantly, how do you, as a bride, achieve the modern bridal look? As a bridal hair and makeup artist specialising in enhancing your true beauty, I will delve deep into the trend with you and show you how I would create the ultimate modern bridal look.

hair and makeup for the modern bride
Hair and Makeup for the Modern Bride – Photography by @mollygeorgiaweddings

What is a modern bride?

As the name suggests, the modern bride is new and refreshing – she inspires her own traditions. She is free to create a look that is truly her style and she can feel confident in on her big day. She dares to be different, to capture her own narrative. Whether you want glitz and glamour or soft and romantic, the modern bride tells her own tale.

So how does hair and makeup fit into the narrative of the modern bride? Modern bridal hair and makeup focuses on enhancing true beauty and empowering confidence, whilst letting your story shine. By following a look that feels true to you, the modern bride, in my opinion, is effortless and timeless.

Hair and Makeup for the modern bride
The modern bride is effortless
Hair and makeup for the modern bride
The modern bride is timeless

What trends are we seeing with the modern bride makeup?

For the modern bride, the makeup should feel natural to the wearer. You want to follow your own story, which means you can where whatever you feel comfortable and confident in, be it an all natural look, or a pop of a red lip. However, if you are wanting some inspiration for your modern bridal makeup look, here is my first-hand experience of what ‘modern brides’ have been predominantly sporting for their big day:

  • Glowy complexions – lots of hydrating skincare and glow-enhancing primers to create a fresh and healthy base
  • Blush – blusher is back and it is here to stay with blush pink and peach tones being used to create a rejuvenated look
  • Glossy lips – the shine of a glossy lip always looks beautiful on camera and brings the whole makeup look together seamlessly (but be sure to bring a top-up)
  • Shimmer eyes – champagne, golds and bronzes are at the top of the list for shimmer eyes, making them sparkle and ‘pop’ on your big day
Makeup for the modern bride
Photography by @mollygeorgiaweddings

What about hair for the modern bride?

Hair for the modern bride is no longer about traditional up-do’s and sleeked back styles locked in with half a can of hairspray – yes, we all know that look! The modern bride is free and flowing and her hairstyles embody this. Whilst we do see the occasional sleek ponytail or low bun, the modern bride is all about the waves and relaxed, tousled up-do’s:

  • Texturised curls with plaits and twists create the perfect half-up-half down do
  • Low up-do’s are relaxed with face-framing waves and loose strands around the bun
  • High ponytails are popular, defined by their big waves and bohemian curls

One of the biggest changes I have found with the modern bride is that hair accessories are in and veils are out. Floral, pearl and beaded hair accessories compliment the modern bride perfectly and stand out so much on their own that a veil isn’t even needed. The hairstyle can shine through and allow the modern bride to tell her story.

hair for the modern bride
Modern Bridal Hair – Photography by @mollygeorgiaweddings

I’m a bride wanting the modern bridal look, what should I do?

If you are wanting the modern bridal look, firstly you need to find the right suppliers for you. Talk to a bridal hair and makeup artist and ask about their style. Do they match your vision? Will the hair and makeup look compliment you and your style? If they don’t, find someone who will.

I always have an initial consultation with my brides and a ‘vision call’ to give me an idea of their dream wedding look. If they don’t have any ideas I ask them questions about their every day routine and any celebrity inspirations they have and I try to provide them with the best suggestions possible to find a look they will feel confident in. To create the ultimate modern bridal look, I want my brides to look fresh, natural and true to themselves. So that is the best place to start.

If you like the modern bridal hair and makeup I created here, or any of my other timeless bridal looks, please get in touch and let us create your wedding dreams into a reality.

Hayley x

Photography by @mollygeorgiaweddings

Check out the incredible team who were involved in our bridal shoot:

Photography: @mollygeorgiaweddings, Dresses: @charlotte.elizabeth.bridal, @nicolemilanoofficial Venue: @fillongleyhall, Floristry: @palmandpeonyflowers, Cake: @lolliandbeancakes, Bridal accessories: @thebobbypinuk, Models: @isabellaposenato, @ariyalarker, @kelliestraw

View our feature in Belle Bridal Magazine here!

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