The Haute List: Bridal Hair and Makeup Trends for 2018

written by Ashley Baker


Salon Manager and hair phenom Whitney Rigler of The Grand Spa gives us the exclusive on bridal hair and makeup trends for 2018 as well as tips on how to book your initial consultation.


What’s Haute: Hair


Twisted Updos

Photo: Chris Austin White Haute Photography


“We have a lot of brides asking for twisted styles. We twist the hair into place, versus curling it or pulling it into an updo. It’s really in right now, but still looks classic,” Rigler says.


Pair the Hair with the Gown

Photo: Chris Austin White Haute Photography

“We determine hairstyles with the bride based the gown’s style. If the dress has a high neckline, we usually pull the hair up because we don’t want our brides to lose their neck and that can happen as a result of the high-cut dress and hair-down combination.

On the other hand, if the neckline is low or the dress is strapless, we apply a less formal style and we may sweep the hair to one side creating a look that is romantic and soft.”


Product we love: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo.


Why we love it: Dry shampoo helps hold the hair in place. It also gives the hair more volume and grit for updos.



What’s Haute: Bridal Makeup

Photo: Chris Austin White Haute Photography

“Brides are going for more of a natural look, so soft, glowing makeup is trending this season,” Rigler says. 

Stick to natural tones, but deepen the colors just a little bit. “If it’s not a part of your typical beauty regime, it’s not the best option for your wedding day.”


Lip Service

Photo: Chris Austin White Haute Photography

Simplify your wedding day by replacing your lipstick with a lip stain. “Lip stains last all day and are less likely to smudge or rub off.”


Expert tip:  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Lip stains can dry your lips out, Rigler recommends beginning lip treatments about a week prior to your wedding day.


Wedding day must-have: Lip fixation in matte– Jane Iredale.  


Why we love it: Jane Iredale is a high-end makeup line made with quality ingredients designed to nourish the skin. The color line is soft and romantic, which is great for wedding day styles.


Photo op: Stick to matte colors. Wearing shimmery glosses can reflect light and become distracting in photos, and can take away from your overall wedding day look.



The Eyes Have it

Photo: Chris Austin White Haute Photography

Smokey eyes are really hot right now, but you don’t necessarily need to use dark grays or blacks to achieve it. Those dark colors may not work for everyone, so Rigler suggests using warmer tones like deep plum or brown.

Photo op: Avoid glitter or sparkly shadows because they stand out in photographs, and not in a good way.  


When to book your initial consultation?

“The best thing for brides to do is to book their hair and makeup consultation together and about a month before your wedding to get a feel for what you really want. Afterwards, go home and take pictures of yourself and see if you like what you look like on camera,” Rigler says. 


Wedding day timeline for getting ready

Photo: David Meredith

“At the Grand, we typically start with the hair, and then go into the makeup portion. Be prepared to spend at least two hours with your stylist because, each service usually takes about an hour. Make sure you have enough time to get ready, and wear a button down shirt or a robe, so you don’t mess up your hair and makeup after your appointment.” The Grand Spa provides guests with a robe upon check-in. 


“The Grand Spa is not only an ideal setting to ensure your hair and makeup is perfect, but also a great place to make your wedding a memorable experience,” says Spa Director, Tony Fountain. “Think pedicures and relaxing at the serene indoor pool for your bridal party or pamper your partner and yourself with The Grand Spa’s signature couple’s massage.”


Contact The Grand Spa and Salon at 801.258.6568 to learn more about bridal services and group packages. Call 801.258.6770 to learn more about weddings and events at The Grand America Hotel.



Dress Gateway Bridal

Hair and Makeup The Grand Spa

Floral The Grand America Hotel Floral

Venue The Grand America Hotel

For more expert beauty and skincare tips from The Grand Spa, see: Skin Care Tips for the Winter Bride

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