Today’s most stylish brides are no longer afraid to rock their natural curls, wear unconventional nail designs, or boldly display their cultural identity when strutting down the aisle. From prettiful pearl hair accents to remixed French manicures, the latest bridal trends are refreshing and even empowering when you consider how cookie-cutter the wedding industry once was, which could often be alienating for women of color.
We curated six can’t-miss beauty trends that any bride, regardless of her body type or budget, can rock for her cherished nuptials. By tapping into the can’t-forget looks from popular bridal dress designers, hairstylists, manicurists, and beauty innovators, we crafted a cheat sheet that both brides and their guests will appreciate this wedding season. The most important rule to remember on one’s wedding day is that there are none. Your day, your way!
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From updos and ponytails to twist outs and ringlets, brides are embracing their natural tresses in innovative ways. Check out this updated pony that hairstylist Shaylin Jones created for lifestyle influencer Tabitha Brown to celebrate Tabitha’s 20th wedding anniversary.
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Tap, Tap, Tap In
French manicures have been a reliable go-to bridal nail option for decades but women are now requesting a twist on the tried-and-true classic for their nuptials. This updated French manicure—a structured gel set with complex nail art—created by Tolani at The Laq Lab in Brooklyn, NY does the trick with lots of style.
The Brows Have It
This stunning Pantora bride is sporting a full, clean brow which helps create a smooth canvas for her entire wedding day face. Makeup artists are finding a sweet spot between the ultra-thin and often over-arched eyebrows popular in the 90s and the wild, super-thick brow trend that’s been on-trend these past few years. This bride’s brows pair perfectly with lush lashes for a subtle, yet sexy face.
The Sweetest Thing
Brides want to look and smell amazing on their wedding day. Thankfully there are a plethora of women of color-owned fragrances for brides to choose from. One fave is Casablanca from La Boticá with notes of galbanum and fig. Every La Boticá luxury fragrance is made with sustainable offerings centering on Indigenous ingredients from South America.
Pearls are all the rage for bridal at the moment. Brides are having fun incorporating them into every part of their wedding day looks from manicures to cornrows as beautifully displayed here. This stunning ‘do is the masterpiece of hairstylist Charlotte Mensah.
For the Culture
We are delighted to see more brides (and grooms) embrace their ancestral roots. This wedding season, we expect brides across the globe to be unapologetically bold about using beauty to display their culture. Be it in Nigeria or New Orleans, Latin America or Asia, brides are letting their ethnic roots shine. A gorgeous example of this is the South Asian makeup and jewels on display here courtesy of makeup artist @paintedbyspencer captured by @ivash_photography for @sjsevents.
What will you be rocking on your big day? Let us know in the comments below.