A-Z of Bridal Beauty

26 bridal beauty must-haves


Every bride wants to look completely stunning on her wedding day so we’ve compiled a complete A-Z of bridal beauty, punctuated with tips and advice from makeup artists with years of experience in the bridal industry...

Read on to revolutionise your bridal beauty routine!


A is for... Argan Oil

Argan oil is a miracle product that will nourish your skin, hair and nails! Comb through damp hair to revive it and make it feel silky smooth, or rub into your nails to strengthen them. It also moisturises skin and reduces uneven skin tone. We love Pure Organic Argan Oil.


B is for... Blushing Bride

It’s your wedding day, so you’ll be glowing with excitement, but if you want to add to it you can enhance your glow with bronzer or blusher. Makeup artist Madeleine Botha from Makeup by MB offers tips for perfect application: “There are 4 different ways to apply blusher according to your face shape, but for a natural looking glow apply the blush directly onto the apple of the cheek and softly blend outward to you hairline”.


Madeleine Botha Expert Advice


C is for... Concealing

The run up to the wedding is a stressful time, and can result in dark under-eye circles and stress related break outs. Invest in a good concealer to keep anything you don’t want seen well-disguised! Zoe Gruss, beauty editor of BeautySouthAfrica.com, recommends YSL Touche Eclat: “This is a hero product that you will definitely want on your wedding day to illuminate your eyes and help reveal radiance.”


Touche Eclat


D is for... Drama

You want to avoid drama when it comes to wedding planning, but not when it comes to your makeup. Zoe of BeautySouthAfrica.com recommends investing in Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Lash Enhancing Mascara: “You won't need false lashes. Apply two to three coats of this mascara and you will have perfect lashes!”



E is for... Emergency Bride Kit

Every bride should have an emergency bridal kit on hand for makeup touch ups! Sara from Tickle Pink recommends you include “lipstick for touch-ups, blotting sheets if you struggle with oily skin and deodorant. Safety pins and a needle and thread might come in handy too.”


Emergency Kit


F is for... Fresh Faced

If you don’t wear a lot of makeup in your everyday life, don’t feel like you have to just because it’s your wedding day. Explain to your makeup artist how you typically do your own makeup and they’ll be able to create a look that suits you.


G is for... Glitz

Shimmery shadows, glittery gloss and pearly polish can all add some glitz to your wedding look. Consider makeup with a touch of sparkle to catch the light, or a pearlescent moisturiser for an illuminating glow.


H is for... Health

Late nights working on your table plan and lots of cake tasting can take its toll. Make sure you look after yourself so you’re in the best physical condition with plenty of exercise, water and healthy eating.


I is for... Inspiration

The best way to get the look you want on your wedding day is to find images that inspire you, and share them with your beauty stylists. We have a wedding hair inspiration gallery filled with ideas here on hitched.co.za and you can save these ideas into your hitched.co.za wedding scrapbook, to show your suppliers.


J is for... Jewellery

A pretty tiara, headpiece or necklace will add sparkle to your wedding day look. Pick your jewellery last so you know it will work with your outfit, and consider your hairstyle when choosing your bridal headwear.


K is for... Kissable

The kiss is one of the most exciting parts of a wedding, so you need to make sure your lips are in perfect condition. Adele from Makeover Mayhem recommends Revlon ColourStay Overtime Lip Colour, as it is a long-lasting lip stain “with a gloss with chamomile and soy extract for added moisture and softness”.


Kissable Lips


L is for... Lips and Lashes

Can you do both, or should one be more understated? Makeup artist Madeleine Botha advises: “You can most definitely emphasise both as long as the eye shadow is not too dramatic”.


M is for... Mane

Keep your hair in top condition by going for regular trims, applying conditioning treatments once a week and avoiding hot styling tools. Always apply a protecting product when styling your hair to reduce damage.


N is for... Nails

Your hands will feature a lot in your wedding photos, as you flash your new ring and carry your bouquet, so it’s important to make sure your nails are at their best. Zoe from BeautySouthAfrica.com suggests using Waltz by Essie, as it is a ‘perfect wedding polish that will finish off your hands and make them look immaculate for your wedding day’.



O is for... Outfit

It’s not just about the dress...your shoes, bag and accessories all need to be perfect too! Try your dress on with your wedding shoes so you know it’s the right length and that they go together. Practise walking in your wedding shoes ahead of the big day too to break them in!


P is for... Primer

Adele from Makeover Mayhem recommends using a primer: “A face primer is a cream/lotion applied to a clean face, and is the first step to ensure beautifully applied flawless makeup that will last all day. Primer act as the base for your makeup, improve coverage and lengthen the amount of time makeup lasts on the face”.


Q is for... Quench

It’s really important to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will make your skin look amazing, whilst green tea is full of health boosting anti-oxidants.


R is for... Relax

Planning a wedding can be so stressful, so make sure you take time out. Go see a movie with your man, or get a massage with one of your bridesmaids, and forget the wedding chat for a while.


S is for... Scent

Your scent will evoke so many memories in years come. BeautySouthAfrica.com editor Zoe Gruss recommends La Vie Est Belle from Lancôme, one of her favourite scents, as it is ‘happy and beautiful’ and ‘will accompany you down the aisle perfectly’.




T is for... Treat

Splash out! You only have one wedding, so treat yourself to the products that will make you feel amazing on your wedding day…just don’t go overboard!


U is for... Underwear

When you buy your wedding dress, ask the store assistants what underwear they’d recommend with the dress. Some dresses require a lot of support, whilst others require hardly anything. Try your underwear on with your dress so you can be sure you feel comfortable.


V is for... Virtual

The virtual world is your best friend when it comes to wedding beauty. You can find makeup artists and hairstylists online, browse Youtube for beauty how-to videos and read reviews of products before you invest and remember to browse our suppliers directory for local makeup artists.


W is for... Waxing

Waxing is an effective method of hair removal. If you’ve never done it before, trial it a few months before your wedding so you can see how your body reacts to it. Then get it done the week of the wedding to be hair free for your wedding and honeymoon!


X is for... X-foliate

Exfoliating removes dead skin and boosts circulation, giving you glowing, fresh looking skin. Exfoliate your body and face once a week to keep your skin in excellent condition.


Y is for... Youthful

Drinking plenty of fluid, cutting out smoking and always applying sunscreen are great ways to make sure your skin remains youthful looking!


Z is for... Zzz

It’s not called ‘beauty sleep’ for no reason! Make sure you get enough sleep so your body has time to repair itself and you feel refreshed. Avoid stress before bedtime by switching off your phone, computer and TV, and add a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow or bath to relax you before you drift off.


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