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2020 Bridal Hair and Makeup Trends
Radiant skin, hair accessories and more. These are the bridal hair and makeup trends to watch in 2020. Oh, and bonus, we’ve put some notes on manicures in here too.
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Words by Melany Mashman
28 January 2020

Getting hitched in 2020? Huge congrats. If you’re searching for some direction on the hair and makeup front, we’ve rounded up some of the looks and trends we’re expecting to see more of in the wedding space this year. Think effortless bridal hair and makeup, with a touch of individualism.

Scroll on to meet all of our talented hair and makeup artists, or search them here.

Featured photography by The Evoke Company.


  • Glowing skin is grabbing headlines

Skincare and glowing skin will certainly be on the forefront of couples’ minds in 2020. We’re talking about the kind of glow that will have your guests wearing sunglasses just to look your way. At the end of 2019, we chatted with Roslyn from Beauty by Design on all things skincare and facials, who noted that more and more brides are investing in skincare in the lead up to their wedding, with the goal of wearing more subtle and natural makeup for their day.

  • Barely there foundation

And to continue the point above, 2020 will see brides ditch heavy makeup bases for much lighter, luminous looks, showing off their natural skin underneath.

  • Subtle lip stains and glosses

We’re expecting natural, softer lips this year, with nude and pale pink stains and glosses replacing bold lips and colours.


  • Effortless, textured hair

If you’re not sure where to even begin with bridal hair (queue a quick Pinterest search and your brain might simultaneously explode when you see some seriously overly-coiffed hairstyles), then do consider a noticeably lighter touch when it comes to styling your hair. In recent years, we’ve noticed a lot of brides going for a much more natural, fuss-free and, timeless look. On that note, you certainly can’t go wrong with an unfussy updo. Especially if you’re beachside.

To summarise: nothing too crazy, and a style that is timeless and has movement.

  • Braided hairstyles

Not exactly new to the hair scene, we’re expecting to see a lot more braided hairstyles creep back onto the wedding radar in 2020, from beach half-up styles to low undone braids.

  • Headbands and accessories

Calling Blair Waldorf! You heard it here first, we’re putting money on the fact that the bridal headband will be a popular trend in 2020. We’re especially loving pearl embellishments to compliment an unmistakably cool hairstyle. Further to that point, we’re expecting to see a lot more other hair accessories creep through, including clips embellished to the max with pearls, rhinestones, and colourful jewels.


  • Nude or white nails

We recently spoke to Jocelyn Petroni, the official manicurist for Chanel and celebrity beautician, who said she’s hoping to see more nude and white nails continue throughout 2020. Having a classic, timeless and sophisticated look enhances the appearance of a healthy-looking nail plate, and always looks fresh.

  • Bold nails, influenced by styling

In saying the above, all of your styling can totally influence the shade of your nails. If you’ve chosen cool tones and colours, then Jocelyn Petroni recommends reflecting this in your polish or if your bouquet is red, you could opt for classic red nails which is bound to look strikingly beautiful against a stark white dress.


Searching for a hair and makeup artist for your wedding? We’ve brought together some ladies you might want to meet.  

Brides by Kristen Brett

Sydney, NSW.

Working with a bunch of world-known clients such as Vogue AU, Elle, Steller and Gritty Pretty, Brides by Kristen Brett is a renowned and talented mobile hair and makeup artist travelling around NSW and abroad. No location is too far, having travelled often to Europe, USA and Bali for her brides.

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Karina Prebble Makeup

Sydney + Hunter, NSW.

For an extra dash of radiance on your wedding day, do consider booking our girl Karina for your wedding. A bubbly and loving personality, she’s definitely a talented MUA to consider having on your dream team of vendors, focusing on fresh, luminous looks that enhance rather than hide your prettiest natural features.

Deelush Hair

Sydney, NSW.

Exhibit A of Dee‘s work can be seen here. A freelance hairstylist, she’s in love with creating beautiful and effortless bridal hair, and has been doing it for 20 years. Think soft waves all the way through to bohemian braids. Available on the Northern Beaches and beyond.

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Divine Makeup Artistry 

South Coast, NSW.

This lovely freelance makeup artist travels and services clients across the South Coast, Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra and Southern Highlands area and only uses the best of the best when it comes to products. Plus, she offers hairstyling and loves effortless looks for the modern bridal party.

Dollybird Deluxe Hair and Makeup

Melbourne, VIC.

Margo, the proud owner and head stylist at Dollybird Deluxe is a Melbourne-based hair and makeup artist, with over a decade of experience and has an amazing team supporting her. She’s worked on film, reality tv, editorial and fashion and of course, bridal. See more of her beautiful work, here.

BRUSHY – The Hair and Makeup Studio On Wheels

Sydney, NSW.

Pretty cute, huh? This glam makeup studio on wheels travels to your location for a full hair and makeup service for you and your bridal party. Inside this gorgeous little studio on wheels, you’ll find professional lighting, high chairs, and five makeup and hair stations. See more of their work here.

Jodie Day

South Coast, NSW.

With a whopping 20 years experience, Jodie’s main passion when working with brides is creating an unforgettable experience, while focusing on timeless beauty. Available on the south coast of NSW and surrounds, she’ll also travel to destination weddings around the world.

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Shelley Lia Hair and Makeup Artist

Sydney, NSW.

Originally from New Zealand, Shelley brings a wealth of experience to her bridal parties for the big day. She’s an all-rounder, covering both hair and makeup and has been exposed to beauty, bridal, editorial and fashion. Not to mention, she always uses high-quality products.

Makeup Maree

Byron Bay Region, NSW.

Maree comes with an impressive 17 years experience in the makeup industry. Having worked throughout Australasia and abroad, her work can be regularly seen in high-end fashion and bridal magazines. You’ll find her in Byron Bay, and on WedShed here.

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Georgina Mcbride Hair and Makeup

Sydney, NSW.

Passionate about bringing out the natural gorgeousness that all us ladies have, Georgina is a talented hair and makeup artist living in Sydney. The thing we love most about her? She’s really focused on making you feel your normal self, not like you’re about to step into a photoshoot.

Steff Matheson Makeup

Hunter, NSW.

Mixing bohemian influences, vintage styles, and modern techniques, Steff Matheson Makeup is talented at staying ahead of trends and always provides a high-end luxury experience for her bridal parties and clients. Her signature style? Fresh, luminous skin paired with smokey eyes.

Eternal Elegance

Sydney, NSW.

Based in Sydney and Paris, this team of Australian and European makeup artists and hairstylists service Australia and Europe. Plus, Eternal Elegance come with a tonne of experience. We’re talking film, television, editorial, advertising, fashion and bridal.

Veronika Moreira

Sydney, NSW.

A Sydney based makeup artist for 10 years, Veronika has been helping bridal parties get ready and glamorous for the last five years of her career. Her signature? Dewy skin and bronzed, smokey eyes.

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