Each season brings the opportunity to change, overcome new challenges, and grow stronger. The changing seasons also bring about a beautiful array of colours unique to that time of the year. From the vibrant hues of flowers in spring, to the warm tones of falling leaves in autumn, every bride should embrace the natural beauty within and around them.
When choosing your bridal make up look, consider the season your wedding will be in. By becoming one with nature, and using these colours to inspire your overall look, your wedding photos and overall look will be elevated to the max.
Be it a blissful summer wedding with a dewy fresh glow, or a winter bash that has you rocking a bold red lip, beauty editor Lavinia Maties has created the perfect guide to bring mother nature to the fore and have you looking fabulous. Enjoy!
The Spring Bride
Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings. The pastel shades of pink, green, minty blue, and peach associated with this season reflect just that. Spring hues also represent innocence and purity, making them a popular choice for weddings and other celebrations.
Spring bridal makeup is all about freshness. As the weather is mild enough to wear lighter makeup without worrying about melting in the sun, spring weddings are an excellent time to experiment with new makeup techniques and colours. Keep your base natural and fresh by opting for a light coverage foundation that has a dewy finish. We are loving Nars’s Light Reflecting foundation at the moment. It instantly blurs imperfections, smoothes the look of textured skin, and gives you a natural dewy look that’s perfect for a spring wedding. For the base, we recommend using the Hollywood Flawless Filter from Charlotte Tilbury to give your complexion that extra glow.
As the colour palette for spring is so versatile, it also consists of bolder hues like plums and teals, which brides can wear. You can experiment with some spring-appropriate eye styles, such as
soft brightly coloured smokey eyes or coloured winged liners. To tie in the makeup look, opt for a delicate pink or peach blush on your cheekbones and lips. A spring wedding is also a great time to rock a bold lipstick colour like hot pink or peach, which will pair well with a neutral eye. The choices are endless!
The Summer Bride
Summer is all about warmth and vibrancy. Colours that are associated with this season include bright shades of red, orange, and yellow which represent the sun, while colours like cool blues and greens represent the ocean and sky. Bold colours such as fuchsia and turquoise are also popular in the summer months, adding a fun and playful element to makeup palettes.
Summer is all about glowy skin, but brides also need to choose a long-lasting foundation that won’t melt off in the heat. Opt for a warm-toned blush and highlighter and pair it with a peachy coloured lip gloss. For the eyes, a gold or bronze smokey eye will add some glamour to your summer bridal look and the eyes will sparkle in the sunlight.
Apply a glowy bronzer to your cheekbones, forehead, nose bridge, chin and décolletage area to achieve that bronzed goddess look for your big day. Bronzers add colour to your skin and balance out your overall complexion. Our top pick for a glowy bronzer that is perfect for a summer bridal makeup look, is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer. This beauty gives an instant glow to your skin and has a soft-focus finish.
The Autumn Bride
Fall is a season of change, and the colours associated with this time of year reflect the changing of the leaves. Warm red, orange, and yellow hues are complemented by deeper shades of brown, burgundy, and navy. Rich jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst purple also add colour to this season’s palette.
Fall is all about rich, warm tones, and you can incorporate these hues into your eye makeup or your lipstick shade. In the autumn, you can also choose a more high coverage, matte finish foundation and add some warmth to your cheeks with a matte bronzer and cinnamon-toned blush. For the lips, a bold red or berry shade will complement the season. For the eyes, a warm smokey eye with shades of burgundy and plum will complete your fall bridal look. However, if you go bold on the eyes, it’s best to go for a more neutral lip and if you go bold on the lips a simple eye makeup look is advised to balance the look.
To create the perfect autumnal makeup look, we recommend using Natasha Denona’s Zendo palette. This palette includes nearly all of autumn’s colour schemes and is ideal for creating a rich molten metallic look or ravishing smokey eye on your wedding day.
The Winter Bride
Winter is a time of cold, dark weather and warm clothes, and the colours associated with this season reflect that. Cool tones of blue and silver represent the snow and ice, while warm tones of red, green, and gold represent the holiday season. Darker shades such as charcoal grey, navy blue, and burgundy are also popular in the winter months, adding a touch of glitter and drama to your bridal look.
Winter brides can opt for a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish, and add some dimension to their cheeks by using a cool-toned contouring powder. For the lips, a deep berry or burgundy shade will complement the dark toned of the season. For the eyes, a smoky eye with shades of grey and black will add some drama to your winter bridal look.
During this season, brides can also play with metallics on the eyes, as these shades pair well with the colour palette for winter and also accentuate the eyes.
Another classic makeup look for brides in the winter time is a simple winged eyeliner paired with a bold red lip. To have you looking winter ready, we recommend the Rouge Pur Couture by Yves Saint Laurent in the shade 01 – Le rouge.
Whatever the season, it’s important to choose makeup products that suit your skin tone and personal style. Make an appointment with a professional makeup artist to go over your choices and find the ideal wedding make up look for your big day.
Remember to do a practice run ahead of time to ensure you adore your look and are confident on your wedding day!