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Winter Bridal Makeup and Hair Trends for 2024 in South Africa

By Tris Alves Makeup

Winter weddings have a special charm, offering a unique canvas for breathtaking bridal looks. As a seasoned makeup artist and hair stylist with over 13 years of experience in the bridal industry, I’ve seen trends come and go. For Winter 2024, brides in South Africa can look forward to a blend of classic elegance and modern flair. Here’s a deep dive into the trends that will define the season.

Makeup Trends

1. Radiant Skin with a Dewy Finish

Winter can be harsh on the skin, making hydration crucial. This season, the focus is on creating a luminous complexion that exudes a natural glow. Start with a hydrating primer and follow with a dewy foundation. Finish with a light-reflecting highlighter on the cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of the nose.

2. Soft Smokey Eyes

The classic smokey eye gets a softer, more romantic update for winter weddings. Think shades of taupe, mauve, and soft brown, which create a smoldering look without being too harsh. Use a blend of matte and shimmer shadows to add depth and dimension. Finish with a volumizing mascara and a hint of eyeliner smudged along the lash line.

3. Bold Lips

Winter is the perfect time to embrace bold lip colors. Deep berry, classic red, and rich plum shades will be the go-to choices for 2024. Pair bold lips with understated eye makeup to balance the look. Ensure your lips are well-prepped and moisturized to avoid any cracking or dryness.

4. Blush Draping

This technique, reminiscent of the ’80s, is making a comeback. Blush draping involves using blush not just on the apples of the cheeks but also sweeping it up towards the temples, creating a sculpted and lifted effect. Opt for warm tones like peach or rose to complement the wintery palette.

Hair Trends

1. Elegant Updos with a Twist

Classic updos are evolving with creative twists and braids. Expect to see chignons and buns adorned with intricate braids, twists, and delicate accessories like pearls and crystals. This adds texture and interest while keeping the hair neatly in place.

2. Hollywood Waves

Timeless Hollywood waves remain a popular choice, exuding glamour and sophistication. These soft, cascading waves frame the face beautifully and work well with various bridal styles. They can be worn with a side part or a middle part, depending on the bride’s preference.

3. Textured Ponytails

Ponytails are no longer just for casual occasions. Textured, voluminous ponytails are making their way into bridal fashion, offering a chic yet relaxed look. These ponytails often feature soft curls or waves and can be enhanced with a touch of sparkle through hairpins or combs.

4. Floral Accents

Winter brides are incorporating nature into their hairstyles with the use of floral accents. Think winter blooms like white roses, eucalyptus, and even frosted greenery. These elements can be woven into braids, pinned into updos, or used as a delicate crown.

Final Touches

Personalization is key in 2024. Brides are encouraged to blend these trends with their unique style and personality. Whether it’s a family heirloom hairpiece, a signature lip color, or a specific type of flower that has sentimental value, make sure your bridal look feels authentically you.

Skin Prep and Hair Care are essential. Winter can be tough on the skin and hair, so invest in hydrating skincare and nourishing hair treatments in the months leading up to your wedding. This will ensure your skin and hair are in optimal condition, making the final look even more stunning.

As we step into the enchanting winter wedding season of 2024, embrace these trends to create a bridal look that is both timeless and contemporary. Here’s to beautiful, memorable winter weddings!

For personalized consultations and bookings, feel free to reach out to me at Tris Alves Makeup, where your dream bridal look comes to life.

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