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Finding your Perfect Hair and Makeup Style for a Beach Wedding

As a bridal hair and makeup specialist, I believe that a beach wedding offers an exquisite canvas for creating a vision of beauty that harmonizes with the natural elements. The sun-kissed shores, the gentle lapping of waves, and the caress of the sea breeze all serve as the backdrop for an unforgettable, beautiful moment. Just like a creative masterpiece, the perfect bridal hair and makeup style for a beach wedding should reflect your unique personality, enhance your natural beauty, and complement the scenic charm of the oceanic paradise. Let's embark on this artistic journey together, exploring the strokes of inspiration to uncover the ideal look for your special beach wedding!

A beautiful beach wedding
Beachy half-up-half-down bridal style

  1. Embrace the Breathtaking Setting: A beach wedding presents an opportunity to embrace a more relaxed and carefree atmosphere. Your hair and makeup should resonate with the laid-back elegance of the beach while adding a touch of ethereal charm. Consider soft, loose waves, and natural makeup tones that allow your radiant spirit to shine through effortlessly.

  2. Effortless Hair: The sun, sand, and sea can be unpredictable, but your hair doesn't have to be. Opt for hairstyles that complement the coastal ambiance, like bohemian braids, romantic updos adorned with subtle, sea-inspired accessories, or loosely cascading beach wave curls. These styles are not only breathtaking but also practical, ensuring you look fabulous throughout the entire day and night

  3. Sun-Kissed Glow: A sun-kissed complexion is a must for a beach wedding. However, sunbathing before the big day is not advisable. Instead, consult with your makeup artist to achieve the perfect sun-kissed glow with bronzer and blush. A golden glow on your cheeks and collarbones will evoke that dreamy seaside ambiance. Also consider a natural and dewy foundation, accentuated with subtle highlighters that will capture the light beautifully, giving you a luminous, youthful and radiant look.

  4. Eyes That Mesmerize: To ensure your eyes are the focal point of your beach wedding look, opt eyeshadows in earthy tones like sandy bronzy browns, and sunlit golds that will ensure your eyes pop. Add a pair of wispy, lightweight false lashes for a touch of enchantment.

  5. Harmonizing with Your Bridal Attire: Your chosen hair and makeup style should beautifully harmonize with your bridal attire. If your dress boasts intricate lacework, consider a loose and effortless updo that frames your face delicately. For bohemian dresses, flowing waves or a half-up-half-down with floral accessories can be an ethereal touch. Remember, the goal is to strike the perfect balance between chic and carefree.

A bride standing on a beach in Destin, Florida
Breathtaking bride on the beach

Just like an artist painting a masterpiece, the process of choosing the perfect bridal hair and makeup style for a beach wedding involves a delicate balance of creativity and harmony and a clear line of communication with your hair and makeup artist. I highly recommend scheduling a trial run prior to the big day to ensure you're 100% happy and comfortable with your overall style. Remember, it's your unique style and perspective that will make your beach wedding truly extraordinary, and with the perfect, beachy style, you are bound to awe your new hubby and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime


- Sara Jackson

(Owner, Lead Artist, Educator)

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