Top ten tips for bridal hair & makeup

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Bridal hair and make up is one of the most important considerations for any woman planning her wedding.

Picture yourself at 80 years old looking at the photographs of the happiest day of your life. You want make sure you look your best.

With this is mind, we asked Laurie McLauchlan at Backstage Studios in Glasgow’s BloDry, who often styles brides on their wedding day, for her top ten tips for brides to be.

Laurie also created a bridal hair and make up tutorial of this look which you can watch in the videos below.


The hair and makeup look created by BloDry, Glasgow


Here’s Laurie’s tips.

Laurie’s bridal makeup tips

1) Do your makeup trial well in advance

“Have your makeup trial at least three weeks before the wedding,” Laurie said. “This gives you enough time to see if you like it, suggest changes to your makeup artist, and perfect your look.”


2) Match your fake tan to your wedding makeup

“If you’re planning to wear fake tan on your wedding day wear the exact one to the makeup trial. You don’t want to create a makeup look only to find it’s too light or dark or doesn’t quite look right with your fake tan.”

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3) Wear white to your wedding trial

“Wear a white shirt to your makeup trial to make sure the makeup looks good against white. Take the trial pictures in daylight as that is when your wedding pictures will be taken.”


4) Take your own powder and lipstick to your wedding

“I recommend buying the same powder and lipstick your makeup artists uses during the trial so you can top it up during the day.”

5) Consider individual lashes

 “I think individual eyelashes are ideal for brides; a one to one lash technique glued on by a trained professional with medical grade glue that looks like your real lashes (although different styles and thickness can be achieved). They last up to 45-90 days so they will last throughout your wedding and honeymoon.”

Laurie’s bridal hair tips

1) Always get a bridal hair trial

“Always get a hair trial before your wedding day.  Try different looks, bring in pictures and suggest ideas so the stylist can help put together your perfect hair style.”

2) Get your hair coloured at least one month before your wedding

“If you are having your hair coloured before your wedding have it done at least one month before so it softens and looks more natural. Also give enough time for potential disasters.”

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3) Wear your hair down to the trial and wash the night before

“If you’re wearing your hair up on your wedding day wear it down when you come into the salon as if you have it in a tight updo all day you may get a headache. Wash it the night before so it isn’t as soft and will stay in the updo longer.”


4) Get a hair trim before your wedding day

 “Before the big day get a trim to get rid of the split ends.”

5) Consider hair extensions

“Consider hair extensions for more volume or thickness.”

Thanks Laurie for all these helpful tips. As you can guess, Laura is an expert in bridal hair and make up so Glasgow brides will be safe in her hands. Check her 5pm hair and makeup offers at BloDry, Glasgow’s .


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