Bridal Beauty Trends For 2019

The Skin

ARE you a blushing bride or a bronzed beauty?

LUMINOUS complexions will be blinding us this year! We don’t mean the ye cheekbone highlight of olde, but a gorgeous, all-over glow. Think shimmery all the way from the moisturiser and primer to the choice of translucent powder. Skin should sparkle just as much as the engagement ring!

  • Exchange your matte foundation for one with a dewy, caught in the rain finish and you’re well on your way to nailing the trend.
  • Strobing is not a new technique, but choosing an ethereal silver highlighter will enhance the skin’s natural glow. For those who love no-make-up make-up, this moisture laden, light-reflecting look brings a gorgeous sheen to the visage.
  • An intense rose flushed cheek is a romantic, soft and timeless beauty look. When splashing cheeks with a punchy hue, add a creamy contour to make the cheekbones the focal point of a make-up look.
  • Bonus points if you match your blush to your lips or eyes.

The Bride’s Beauty Box

Angled Brush: R350, By Contour Cosmetics, Muse Beauty

Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup: R505, Elizabeth Arden

Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer: R299.95, NYX

Mattifying Compact Powder: R59,95, Essence

Kate Sculpting Palette: R154.95, Rimmel

The Hair

COMB through our choices of the prettiest celeb-inspired wedding appropriate styles.

EFFORTLESS hair is the epitome of chic. Just look at Meghan Markle’s mane at the royal wedding and you’d be sold. Whether your choice is a low ponytail, half-up half-down or natural waves with a hint of glam, get inspired by these simple, yet beautiful wedding hairstyles.

  • If a tiara is a tad OTT, a jewelled hair clip or two or an encrusted comb can both secure and upgrade your ‘do to matrimonial status. It’s the one day when all eyes are on you and you’re allowed a little sparkle, after all!
  • Use your natural texture to create a style that’s still true to who you are in real life.
  • Blame the nineties revival for this one! Face-framing tendrils curled away from the face, is all you need to make a basic upstyle suitable for a 2019 bride.
  • Need something a bit more glam for the wedding? Move away from the easy and breezy beachy look and have big curls reminiscent of Old Hollywood.

The Bride’s Beauty Box

Strong Volume Mousse: R495, Balmain

Pearl And Leaf Hair Pins (Set Of Two): R199, Accessorize

Natural Coconut & Monoi Coconut Water Curl Refresher: R224.95, By Design Essentials, Clicks Liss Control Plus Smoothing Serum: R325, L’Oréal Professionnel

Twirl Me Curl-Defining Cream-Gel: R399, Kardashian Beauty

Love Perpetua Shine Drops: R395, EVO

The Brows

HERE comes the brows.

EYEBROWS have become the single most important step in our make-up routines. And frankly, we can’t remember a time before this. Within the wedding trend arena brows are all about making a bold statement. Full, brushed-through brows are the new wedding make-up trend. These tips are tops for brows that flatter but don’t overpower.

  • One word: microblading. Consider leaving eyebrows to the professionals to ensure that your brows will be on-fleek for the nuptials (and straight through the honeymoon) without even lifting a finger.
  • Wedding day brows should be a slightly darker shade than you’d wear in day to day life, so that they look polished in photos.
  • A mistake that’s so often made with brows is to make them harsh and square shaped at the beginning. But this never goes off well in photographs – or real life to be honest.
  • Find your own personal eyebrow nirvana. Start testing out products a few months before the big day to make sure they frame your face and bring out your eyes and other features.

The Bride’s Beauty Box

Brow Gel: R69, BYS Cosmetics

Clear Brow Gel: R345, Billion Dollar Brows

High Brow: R325, By Benefit, Edgars

Eye Brow Stylist: R49.95, CATRICE

Ultra Brow Palette: R169.95, By Revolution, Clicks

Brow Master Stencil Kit: R80, By W7 Cosmetics, Superbalist

The Eyes

EYE-catching peepers for your ‘I do’ day.

ADDING depth to the eyes, whether as a sheer layer for the natural bride or a double dose for the daring soon to be Mrs, is often done by the expert. But if you want to try out some bridal looks before booking your professional, or simply want to do it yourself on the day, these are the looks you need to be focussing on.

  • Bronze is the new black if you still want sultry shadow. Softer tones of copper and bronze are easier to pull off during the day, more forgiving and almost impossible to botch.
  • Lids want to be indulged. What better way to do this than with a full dose of glitz and pure decadence? Iridescence hues and glimmer shades are having their moment in bridal beauty.
  • Think pink’s just for Instagram? Think again! donning soft, delicate pinks with a hint of shimmer is a trendy option for brides who want to look natural, but with a ‘lil bit extra.
  • One thing’s for sure: eyelashes are a must! Full strip false lashes, individual clusters or eyelash extensions: it’s up to you which look you want for your special day, but one of these are a necessity to help open and lift the eyes.
  • Brigitte Bardot-esque flirty winged liner was seen all over the bridal fashion week runways. So we bet we’ll be seeing this on a few brides in 2019.

The Bride’s Beauty Box

Matte ‘n Metal Eyeshadow Palette: R750, Stila

Cake Eyeliner: R270, MUD

Lash Sensational Curvitude Mascara: R165, Maybelline

Prismatic Eyeshadow In Golden Peach: R105.95, NYX

Ready To Wear Pre Glued Lashes: R69, Eylure

Kohl Kajal Eye Liner: R39.85, CATRICE

The Lips

A bridal pout is no longer limited to just the nudes.

THE lipstick you choose to wear on the day you get hitched should reflect your personality, as well as compliment your dress’ style and basically suit the whole mood of your bridal look and theme of the wedding. This is needless to say, easier said than done. Luckily, there’s a whole rainbow of colours to choose from nowadays. Here are some of our fave pout trends.

  • A glossy finish over satin and matte will be high up on 2019’s most-wanted list.
  • Having a few lip products in your clutch – or in the bag of one of your bridesmaids – will ensure your lips are picture perfect throughout the day.
  • Boring lipstick? We don’t know her. For the bride who wants to be adventurous, pair a rich and creamy lipstick with a similar shade blended across the cheeks.
  • Eyes of the iridescent variety aren’t the only ones displaying the magical hue. Metallic lips add whimsy to your bridal look. No need to go full-on metal mouth, a glossy nude loaded with ultra-fine golden shimmer will suffice.

The Bride’s Beauty Box

Gloss Prodige Intense Shine & Colour In Coral Tupil: R295, Clarins

Ultra HD Gel Lipstick In Lava: R195, Revlon

Lumi Lips Lip Gloss In Toy: R180, GOSH Cosmetics

Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine In Strike A Rose: R525, Bobbi Brown

Pure Color Love Lipstick In Blaise Buff: R340, Estée Lauder



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover