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Always a Bridesmaid: Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles & Makeup Looks for Any Wedding
  • Bohemian: For a boho bridesmaid look, makeup artist Luc Bouchard suggests "cool girl eye," going with a soft
    copper shadow for our model Tiri. He notes that your lashes should serve as a good guide for the width of where to apply the shadow—this will help you achieve a rounded shape. Complete the look with a lot of mascara and a pale lip using MAC Cosmetics' Dreaminess Mineralized Lip Color.

    (Gypsy Junkies Alexandria The Cut Out Maxi, $98, gypsyjunkies.com; Jennifer Behr Filligree Diadem, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Bohemian: For our boho bridesmaid, we topped off a half-up braided hairstyle with a playful hair accessory. Hairstylist Gina pulled back a
    section of hair from each side of model Tiri's head and braided it into a three-strand braid, pinning it to secure. She then wrapped large sections of her hair around a barrel curling iron to give the hair more texture.

    (Gypsy Junkies Alexandria The Cut Out Maxi, $98, gypsyjunkies.com; Jennifer Behr Filligree Diadem, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Vintage: For the perfect wedding twist on a retro look, Luc played up our model Aine's eyes using Penultimate liner in black, and then added a thin layer of gold shadow swept up over the crease. Luc notes that you should make sure to add liner in between each lash to give the look a bit more drama.

    (BHLDN Sorbetto Dress, $260, bhldn.com; Jennifer Behr Primrose Bobbypin, $142, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Vintage: If you're in the wedding party and plan on doing your own hair, it's easy to make a fun, retro hairstyle work. Gina advises to make a pin set easier by pulling your hair into a low ponytail, leaving the front section out. (We opted to part the hair on the side.) With this side-parted section, wrap curls loosely around a curling iron and pin to set. Wrap the remainder of the hair into a tight bun and add a fun retro-inspired clip for some flair. 

    (BHLDN Sorbetto Dress, $260, bhldn.com; Jennifer Behr Primrose Bobbypin, $142, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Classic: For a classic wedding, most brides want their bridesmaids to style their hair pulled up off their shoulders—but this doesn't mean the look needs to be slicked back and boring. Opt for a messy updo with a soft and elegant vibe. Gina got this look by pulling hair back into a ponytail, leaving the first inch of hair out. After twisting into a low chignon, she softly curled and pinned back the top half for a beautifully disheveled look. 

    (BHLDN Niceties Dress, $350, bhldn.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Scallop Headwrap, $182, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Classic: To play off of the gray bridesmaid dress, Luc blended a lavender shadow onto the eyes, complete with a glossy, pink lip—MAC Cosmetics in Heroine. Luc notes that you should always blend a bit of pink into the cheeks to round out the look and help balance the daring combination of purple and pink.

    (BHLDN Niceties Dress, $350, bhldn.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Scallop Headwrap, $182, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Beach: Beach weddings are always gorgeous, but you have to be careful not to go overboard with your hair and makeup. The key is to look great but not too over-done—you are in the sand, after all! A bridesmaid solution is beach waves (obviously!) and Gina suggests using a bigger curling wand and curling various sections of your hair in several direction for that haphazard look. Spritz your hair with Ted Gibson Beautiful Hairspray before curling each section to help battle frizz, and make sure to leave the ends out to keep the look from being too polished.

    (Pink Basis Hi-Low Dress, $26, pinkbasis.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Lace on Chiffon Belt, jenniferbehr.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Scallop Headwrap, $182, jenniferbehr.com)

  • Beach: To get that natural, beachy makeup look, the key is bronzer. Luc used MAC Cosmetics' Refined Golden, recommending using a product that is a touch darker than your skin tone to contour your cheek bones. The rest of your look can be a mix of pinks and peaches, playing around with neutral shades. 

    (Pink Basis Hi-Low Dress, $26, pinkbasis.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Lace on Chiffon Belt, jenniferbehr.com; Jennifer Behr Crystal Scallop Headwrap, $182, jenniferbehr.com)

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Always a Bridesmaid: Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles & Makeup Looks for Any Wedding


Always a Bridesmaid: Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles & Makeup Looks for Any Wedding

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Wedding season not only means spending quality time with your friends and loved ones; it also means attending a slew of events—many with different themes—and looking your best while doing so. All eyes may be on the bride, but a perfectly-crafted hairstyle and makeup look are essential when you’re going to a big social event—especially one that has a professional photographer involved.

If you’re lucky enough to be chosen to be a bridesmaid or a part of the larger wedding party, you’ll be expected to both support the bride through thick and thin and look extra gorgeous for the official wedding photos. These days, it’s not unusual for weddings to have any number of themes—from laid-back bohemian to retro vintage—and you’ll need the perfect bridesmaid hair and makeup look to match each one.

We asked some of our favorite hair and makeup experts to teach us how to get the best bridesmaid hairstyles and makeup looks for any wedding—whether you’ll be doing your makeup and hair yourself or you’re simply supplying the professionals with some great inspiration. Now, when you hear the phrase “Always a Bridesmaid,” you’ll be happy to know you’re the best one for the job.

Credits:
Photographer: Ally Lindsay
Hairstylist: Gina Kleinschmidt, Ted Gibson
Makeup Artist: Luc Bouchard,  MAC Cosmetics
Models: Aine Campbell and Tiri K for Q Management Inc.
Graphic Designer: Candace Napier

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