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2020 Trending Wedding Hair & Makeup Must-Do’s by Megan Glenn

Feeling confident on your wedding day is one of the most important parts of planning your special occasion that shouldn't be overlooked. Your hairstyle and makeup will be the most personal components of your overall image. As a bride to be, make sure to research trending looks that interest you and complete a trial run well in advance with hairstylists and makeup artists to make sure that your special day is a success. Creating a Pinterest page or inspiration board that consists of several hair and makeup styles is a great way to share specific ideas with your beauty team.

The Starting Line

As you compile looks for both makeup and hairstyles, it's critical to keep in mind that you know yourself better than anyone. Communicating your style vision and the look you are trying to achieve will help you to collaborate with your hairstylist and makeup artist, and will also help you to create a trending and customized look for your once in a lifetime moment. The first step in choosing styles that work for you is to research what seasonal wedding hair and makeup looks are currently trending to get an idea of possible options. Add anything that piques your interest to your inspiration board.

There are multiple types of hairstyles for brides to choose from that are popular for various reasons. Some considerations are natural styles, up-dos, curls, straight styles, waves, and braids. Be sure to visualize how your chosen styles could potentially work with accessories you are interested in, such as headbands, a veil, or wildflowers. When developing your potential wedding looks, you'll also want to consider your dress's neckline when deciding on certain hairstyles. If you have a higher neckline, then a clean up-do or vintage hairstyles will provide a better contrast. Long retro waves or a messy up-do works nicely with a sweetheart neckline, and if you have a halter style dress, styles that elongate your neck are highly flattering.

A hairstylist can help you make your vision a reality, but having a concept of what you are comfortable with will help your stylist execute your vision.

2020 Hair and Makeup Trends

Natural hairstyles are a popular trending wedding pick because this easy look helps brides feel comfortable in their wardrobe and doesn't take any attention away from the dress. It's also an excellent choice for brides that choose to use a veil or other hair accessories. Glamorous beaded or pearl laden headbands that are showing up on the runway is a charming addition if you decide to do a less complicated hairstyle. On the other hand, brides should feel free to go wild with flower arrangements weaved into braids, updos, or natural flowing hairstyles. Crown braids are making their appearance as a very whimsical and polished option for brides. These braids can be worn either loosely or in a more sleek fashion. Adding ribbons or bows to your hairdo is another trending style that adds timeless additions to hairstyles without being overbearing.

Bold is the new classic when it comes to 2020 makeup trends, and the purple lip is probably one of the most striking looks on the runway currently. Rose hues for the eyes and cheeks that are matte, shimmer, sparkle, or shine are all very much in this year. The spirit of glam is an underlying component of 2020 trends and retro style gems, white eyeliner, and green eyeshadow are all A-OK this year.

Yes, You Can Still Hire a Hairstylist and Makeup Artist in 2020

If your local municipality has approved the reopening of salons and are allowing other beauty services, you can work with a salon or freelancer if you choose to do so. Hairstylists and makeup artists are using masks, health checks, moving services outdoors, and putting up plastic barriers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Conducting consultations virtually before setting up any in-person appointments will limit the amount of contact that you have with potentially multiple beauty professionals. When in doubt, asking about testing and safety practices may be part of new vetting questions that freelancers have to become accustomed to.


Hair and makeup is becoming far more artistic and bold in the wedding space. Brides have more freedom than ever to have fun and be daring when making hair and makeup choices. Relaxing, collaborating, and enjoying the chance to be creative can make choosing your unique look one of the more relaxing parts of planning your big day.

Megan Glenn is a freelance writer with extensive expertise in a plethora of subjects, including: home decor, business, lifestyle, and more. She's been writing professionally for over a decade, and has had the pleasure of working with incredible publishers over the years. She believes in telling a story, not just finding information. She believes in finding a story, even among the most mundane. She's spent years writing for industrial giants and groundbreaking fashion brands alike. When she's not spending her time researching, writing, and making connections, you can find her on the yoga mat, in her favorite reading nook, or among family.

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