2017 Bridal Hair and Makeup Trends

Our beauty experts here at Utah Bride & Groom magazine, have teamed up with a local hair and make-up stylist to bring you the hottest hair and make-up trends for 2017.

Shar Mitchell, hair stylist, beauty educator and consultant, has worked in the hair and beauty industry for over 10 years. Mitchell has spent her time designing looks for a high end clientele including A-list celebrities who have visited Utah.  She has spent many of her days, years – in fact, ‘behind the chair,’ in places like Deer Valley’s renowned Stein Eriksen Lodge spa & salon. Mitchell’s looks have also donned the runway at Utah Fashion Week, various photo shoots, television commercials and several weddings throughout the Wasatch Front.


2017 is all About Loose, Romantic Waves


Image: Keri Michelle Photography | HMUA: Abigail Hill


“Loose, romantic, soft waves are requested [by brides] a lot,” says Mitchell.

Get the Look: Begin by applying a workable hairspray to freshly washed and dried hair. Next, add texturizing powder by sprinkling it on at the roots and work it in — this gives the hair a gritty hold while adding volume. For perfect Waves: Mitchell suggests a couple different techniques: 1. Curl hair with a low heat flatiron and brush through, OR 2. Wrap the hair around a wand or iron that’s designed specifically for beachy waves, polish the look with a shine spray and a strong hold hairspray.


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Loose, Twisty Fishtail Braids are Kind of a Big Deal


Image: Brushfire Photography | HMUA: Lesley Lind


Get the Look: Loose twisty fishtail braids are in high demand this wedding season. ICYMI: How to fishtail – begin wit a ponytail, split hair into two sections – clutching both sections of hair in each hand, weave 1/4 inch sections from the outside of each strand into the opposite section and continue braiding. Tug some of the pieces from the braid to loosen and voila! To create the look from the image above, end the braid halfway down, secure and curl remaining hair. For a little glitz and glamour, try adding a rhinestone ribbon.

“To keep hair from fraying out, I use a workable paste or wax,” says Mitchell.


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2017 is the Year of Throwing Out the Rules


Image: Adam Finkle | HMUA: Morgan Scheer


2017 is the year of no rules, there are less requests for conventional, traditional hairstyles and more demand for edgier, less constructive looks.

“Everyone I work on is a little bit different, in what look they’re after,” Mitchell says.”Soft up-do using a lot of loose waves and natural body,” she says. ” Hair requests [from brides] are a lot less constructive than previous year’s wedding hair styles.”

Make-up trends — Less is More


Image: D’Arcy Benincosa| HMUA: April Benincosa


“Any look that enhances the eye – winged eyes and false lashes…Eye brightening looks are popular, as well as matte nudes [eyeshadow and lipstick],” says Mitchell. “A lot of contouring and highlighting is really in right now. Brown and peach smokey eyes, more of a  natural look is requested often,” she says.

“Various cultures have different standards of beauty and it’s always fun and interesting to create a look that is cohesive with the different types and styles of their culture’s beauty.”


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Tips + Tricks for the Bride-to-be

When it comes to hiring the right HMUA for your wedding day, our advice is to try to sit down for a trial run of your look prior to your wedding. This will not only prevent any possible hair and make-up catastrophes that could happen on your wedding day, but also allows for your stylist to be prepared to make you look and feel your best.


Feature Image Credits: Mikki Platt| HMU: Enizio

Shar Mitchell Hair




Written by: Ashley Baker

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