April 21st, 2022
The catwalks were back in full effect for London Bridal Fashion Week as the top bridal gown designers showed off their latest fashions for the next wave of brides in 2023.
In the UK, there are two Bridal Fashion Weeks where designers present new collections of bridal gowns. Each designer has a specific vision for the way the collection will be presented and so the hair and makeup looks are different for each show. This year there was definitely more of a theme than usual though.
The hair was mostly pulled back in some fashion except for those who had specific types of hair textures or styles that were uniquely individual. Maggie Sottero had a loose and low curled romantic updo while Morilee had a high curly bun.
Hair was prepped using Indola UK styling products based on the individual’s hair texture. Some needed texture before curling so the #3 Texture Spray and #3 Texture Salt Spray added the necessary grit and volume for the styles. For those needing their natural curls to be smoothed, the Glamorous Oil and #3 Finish Smooth Serum were perfectly suited for the job.
We used Kent Salon round brushes for curls that needed more volume and for others, we used straightening irons or tongs to curl hair as needed for long-lasting curls and texture. The Indola Finish Flexible Spray was great for the catwalks because we were changing the hair for various shows and styles had to be reworked, recurled, and changed to accommodate the new style and also any headpieces, accessories or veils.
For the makeup, most of the eye looks were versions of warm browns, coppers, and golds. Maggie Sottero had a glittery gold look with chunky glitter on the temple above the cheekbone, while Ronald Joyce had a smoky copper brown eye look which made the side-part updo look more youthful.
The makeup looks were fresh and focused on flawless skin which was easily achieved using the new RCMA Makeup foundations, powders, cream blushes and highlighters. All are pigmented and work beautifully for a flawless look without tons of layers of product on the skin. They were wonderful for the lights of the catwalk, the long days of multiple shows and the quick makeup changes we had to do between shows. They are definitely great for bridal MUAs given the long days and tons of photos taken. Being able to both look great all day and feel comfortable with the makeup on your face is important for making sure brides are happy the whole wedding day through.
Generally brides are not necessarily going to want chunky glitter for their wedding however the light-reflecting quality of the glitter can be replicated for a fresh take on regular highlighter. Layering different types of highlighters like cream and powdered ones for different areas can give a subtle but important quality for the skin to look fresh and flawless. Make sure you start with a cream one that you can work into the foundation and blend well before adding the powdered highlighter though or you might end up with a clear line of where you placed (and didn’t place) the cream highlighter as the powder highlighter can start to set the product.
Using the right tools is also key – especially when blending cream products and layering powder on top. The brushes we used were Omnia brushes by Royal and Langnickel which were perfect because they were able to be used for cream, liquid and powder products while making the blending job a dream to complete. The bright lights are not forgiving if colours aren’t blended well so having the right tools and products help made that go much smoother allowing us to work smarter and not harder.
While false lashes are generally popular, the lashes for the catwalks were not over-the-top but more on the natural side. Lips were different shades of mauves, pinks and nudes again giving a youthful quality to the look. There wasn’t a lot of contouring either as the focus was a fresh-faced glowing skin look instead of a photoshopped one.
In general, bridal trends are moving away from the heavy contoured and dark smokey eyes and opting for more glowing skin, real skin colours like flushed pink cheeks, a bit of bronze and shimmer highlight, but nothing fake or plastic-looking — more Coachella and less Kardashian — and definitely part of the Gen Z acceptance of authentic and individual standards of beauty.
We are looking forward to the next Bridal Fashion Week in the UK in Harrogate September 10-13, 2022. If you are interested in being a part of the backstage beauty team, please email: email@example.com
Megan Garmers is the founder and director of MG Hair and Makeup, as well as The Bridal Masterclass. With 25+ years’ experience in the beauty industry alongside 20 years in weddings, she now offers her two decades of knowledge in the form of business coaching. Megan also started The Bridal Masterclass Experience to offer online courses for those eager to upgrade their businesses and technology through immersive education for a new generation of brides.
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