Team Glam are already planning wedding hair and beauty looks for 2017 – working with both brides and leading wedding designers. Here, they share key bridal trends for next year to inspire you
Team Glam are wedding hair and make-up specialists who create looks for both brides and bridal designers. Make-up director Carla Brooks and hair director Tara Cox say that 2017 will continue to be the year of the relaxed bride – with natural hair and low-key but radiant make-up. Here are Team Glam’s top trends for the year ahead.
Fresh, glowing skin
For the brides and designers we work with, 2017 is all about fresh, luminous skin. The days of full-coverage matte-finish foundations are over, and the natural complexion continues to be the most important starting point of the bridal look. And, of course, everyone wants to look their most radiant on their wedding day. The secret of achieving this look is to focus on skin tone, creating a radiant and healthy glow that is fresh and bright. Using a ‘less is more’ approach with bases, and adding subtle blushers and highlighters, helps to build colour and radiance into the skin. This trend works well with all bridal styles and, while the finished effect is subtle and low-key, it relies on the right base products and precision approaches to application for a flawless and natural finish.
Matte and neutral eyes
The ‘no make-up’ trend is still huge for brides. A key element of this is using a matte finish and neutral shades for eyeshadows. This also works perfectly with the fresh complexion bases. Subtle shadows give the perfect tone and add enough definition to the eyes to make them the focus of the face. Another key benefit with using matte neutrals is that they are not overpowering for daytime – working well with both strong light and photography – and can easily be built up to create a stronger and more smoky look for the evening. Matte neutrals work well for those brides who don’t regularly wear a lot of make-up as they subtly enhance rather than change your appearance. They also work well with all bridal styles – offering the flexibility to build up strength of colour to match the gown, formality of the occasion and time of day.
Relaxed, undone hair
Most brides are opting for very natural hair – nothing too structured or perfectly in place. While relaxed ‘up dos’ are still popular and look very effective, a key trend we are noticing is a move towards hair down. Many brides we’re working with now are requesting their hair long and natural and embracing those centre partings that have become such a feature of designer runway shows. Waves are also very popular for 2017, and we’re also seeing a more relaxed curl. Braids remain popular, but the look is relaxed, with styles such as the fishtail. While brides always have to consider the structure and neckline of the dress, the relaxed hair look works with the current trend for simpler and two-piece dresses and always works brilliantly with more boho styles.
Statement hair accessories
With the hallmark of 2017 being simple elegance, we are seeing a bit of drama introduced through a statement headpiece or hair accessory. With so many styles available – from flower headpieces to crystal combs or pins – these elements can work with all styles of wedding gown. We’ve incorporated several ideas into our 2017 lookbooks to show brides the many different looks that can be achieved. We think they are a great way to add interest to an ultra-simple dress or add a glamorous point of focus at the hairline to complement an intricate lace or textured gown.