Choose The Perfect Bridal Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

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With so much bridal hairstyle inspiration out there, from Pinterest to Instagram, most of you brides-to-be will have already done extensive research to find a look you love. Whilst getting ideas for you and your hairstylist to work with is great, selecting a bridal hair style on the basis of how it looks on someone else can be a huge mistake. Why? More often than not, it all comes down to face shape.

The shape of your face will largely dictate whether or not a style will look amazing or awful, so to find a style which will look great on you, it’s important to know which styles work with your face shape and which ones don’t.

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Find Your Face Shape

 

There are only a handful of standard face shapes that you are likely to have and it’s really pretty easy to find out what that is using this simple technique:

 

Scrape your hair back away from your face and lightly draw around the outline with an eye pencil. Take a step back and have a look from a short distance – you should be able to roughly see which category (see these below) that you fall into.

 Bridal Hairstylist Top Tip!

 

Don’t be shy about discussing your preferences with your bridal hairstylist. Communication is key to creating your perfect bridal hairstyle, so if you’re keen to cover up your ears or you’d love to flaunt your swan-like neck – speak up!

Putting together a bridal look that you love should be a team effort, with professional consultation from your hairstylist and back and forth between you. I know that some of my clients can be shy, so I always make a point of asking lots of questions and reading body language to make sure that they get what they really want.

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Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes

 

There are 7 different face shapes that you will most likely fall under and each has their own ‘pros and cons’ to make them more or less suited to certain hair styles.

Long

 

Key Traits: A prominent chin and large forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Sarah Jessica Parker

 

What Works: Create balance with width with side partings, up-styles around the mid-section or side buns

 

What Doesn’t: Middle partings are a no-no, as are very long, straight styles

 

 

Round

 

Key Traits: Soft, round edges and full cheeks

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Adele

 

What Works: Use height to elongate the face and use pieces around the face to draw out cheekbones and slim down

 

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles lacking in volume and height

 

 

Oval

 

Key Traits: The ‘perfect’ face shape! Features evenly proportioned and chin narrower than the forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Jessica Alba

 

What Works: Pretty much everything!

 

What Doesn’t: Show that face off – don’t cover it up

 

 

Square

 

Key Traits: Angular but short face with strong jawline

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Natalie Portman

 

What Works: Use waves and curls to soften the edges

 

What Doesn’t: Tight, pulled back styles

 

 

Triangle

 

Key Traits: Wide jawline with narrow cheekbones and forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Kate Hudson

 

What Works: Add width around the top with an off-centre or zig-zag parting or an up do with volume on top

 

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles with any focus around the chin

 

 

Heart (Inverted Triangle)

 

Key Traits: Wide forehead, narrow chin. Great cheekbones!

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Halle Berry

 

What Works: Create balance by drawing attention to the narrow chin area with curls or pieces falling forward

 

What Doesn’t: Steer clear of too much height or slicked back styles

 

 

Diamond

 

Key Traits: Narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Keira Knightly

 

What Works: Deep side partings and soft hairstyles

 

What Doesn’t: Flat styles, too much volume at the sides or crown

Knowing your wedding day schedule is crucial when it comes to making sure that your big day goes off without a hitch and one of the most important areas to get timings right is during the bridal party hair and makeup prep.

Many of my brides are shocked when I suggest how early I should arrive to start getting everyone ready for the important day that lies ahead, but from my 25+ years of experience working in the industry, you can trust me when I say that I know my wedding day schedule timings down to a tee!

There’s so much to factor in during those first few hours of the day and the absolutely last thing you want is to feel rushed or unprepared as you walk down the aisle, so making sure that there is plenty of time allotted in your wedding day schedule to get everything done (and still enjoy it too) is a must.

Wedding Day Schedule: Bridal Party Prep

During our trial run together, I’ll be making notes throughout so that I not only know exactly what we’ll be doing on your wedding day and which products I’ll be using, but also so I can work out just how much time it’s all going to take.

Regardless of whether I’ll just be doing the bride’s hair and makeup, or the whole bridal party (with the help of my talented assistants!), I always like to make sure that I allow plenty of time for everything to get done without any stress at all.

The Bride

 

As a general rule, I like to allow at least 2 hours to do my bride’s hair and makeup. Although we will already know what look you are going for, I want to make sure that you really enjoy the process and look completely flawless as the end result!

I also factor in time for laughing and chatting, time for eating and sipping champagne and even around half an hour to actually put your dress on (it might seem like a lot, but you’ll need it).

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The Bridesmaids

 

Bridesmaid styles are usually not quite as complex as the bride’s and so for them I write up my wedding day schedule to include an hour per extra person. This is usually plenty of time to have your girls looking amazing!

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Mother of the Bride

 

If mum is getting her hair and makeup done too, I like to estimate slightly longer for this (around and hour and a half).

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Flower Girls

 

It’s not unusual for my brides to decide that they would like a few loose curls put into their flower girl’s hair at the last minute. This doesn’t take too long at all, but it all adds up and so still needs to be included in the wedding day schedule. Around half an hour for each girl.

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Photography

 

One thing that is often forgotten about by brides when they’re putting together their wedding day schedule is to allow extra time for photos.

Whilst it’s true that your photographer can get some amazing, candid snaps as you’re getting ready, it’s nice to have some posed portraits with your girls too. Each set up takes around 5 minutes.

This is also factored in the the time allotted for putting your dress on – half and hour may seem like a long time to get dressed when you already know what you’re wearing, but allowing time to really make the most of it and capture shots of your excitement and the emotions from your bridal party when they see you all dressed up for the first time is well worth it.

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Whatever the size of your bridal party, I’ll make sure that everything runs smoothly and that your wedding day schedule fits in all the little things that will make the morning of your wedding complete.

One of the perks of hiring a professional bridal hair and makeup artist is that it takes all the stress of getting ready on time off your shoulders – just sit back, relax and enjoying the pampering before you say ‘I do’!

Summer is always my busiest time of year, filled with fabulous weddings that go on long into the night with those extra hours of daylight (and warmth, if we’re lucky!) that always keeps everyone going; and that can only mean one thing – my brides need gorgeous hair and makeup that won’t budge.

 

If you’re a bride-to-be, the best hair and makeup inspiration you can get is that of real brides, so that’s why I like to do regular updates featuring the lovely ladies I have very recently had the pleasure of working with on my blog page, throughout the year.

 

Photo-shoots are fabulous of course, but as it is a photographer’s job to make everyone look their absolute best (sometimes with a little extra tweaking on the edit) and a model’s job to look gorgeous, it can be difficult to get a true representation of what a bridal hair and makeup artist really has to offer. I love sharing my real brides with you (no fancy photo shoots on these blogs, these are all just quick snaps taken by me on my I-pad!), as it allows you all to see how truly stunning my real brides are as they prepare themselves to walk down the aisle into newly wedded bliss!

Here is just a small selection of my beautiful real brides and some of their gorgeous bridesmaids and mothers of the brides too, over the last few months:

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Maneshka got married only last Saturday at an incredible venue in Weybridge. I adore her lovely tea dress wedding gown!

 

I met Maneshka earlier in the year for her trial day, as I do with all of my brides, and we decided up a simple but elegant half up half down hairstyle with fresh makeup and light smoky eyes.

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Maneshka’s bridesmaids all stood by her side looking beautiful in blue, all wearing matching tumbling over the shoulder Grecian hairstyles – one of my favourites!

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Lucy tied the knot in Berkhampstead, with her handsome prince arriving in style in a helicopter fly-by! What an incredible entrance that was!

 

She looked amazing in her long fishtail wedding dress with floor length veil which I fixed into her loose curls with braided vine detailing.

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Her bridesmaids all went for individual updos – braids, buns and chignons all round with flawless makeup.

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Lucy’s mum also looked absolutely incredible – have you ever seen such a glamourous mother of the bride?!

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Stephanie was a real classic beauty at her wedding in Syon Park, with a retro inspired silk wedding dress and a sleek Audrey Hepburn style to match.

 

Chic, sophisticated and totally timeless!

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I loved creating Inga’s summery look for her glorious July wedding!

 

That pop of pink of her cheeks brought out a gorgeous fresh and youthful appearance and the over the shoulder curls worked beautifully too.