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Hair and Makeup Inspiration for Gold Coast Brides

Gold Coast Bridal Hair and Makeup

The Gold Coast is a beautiful region of Australia, combining the most amazing beaches with the crisp, cool air of the Hinterland, making it the ideal area from which to draw inspiration for your wedding day. With these beautiful settings to choose from it makes sense to use nature’s backyard to gain inspiration for your look and theme for the day.

Glorious Beaches

The beaches along the Gold Coast are among the best in the world and there is much to inspire a bride when it comes to hair styles and makeup.

The pristine fine sand and stunning turquoise water set the backdrop for a fantastic ceremony and in this natural setting of rocks, sand and driftwood comes the inspiration for beautiful, natural makeup and hair.

With such a dream setting for photographs your makeup must look natural and soft, using only a few products to accentuate your features using warm tones to give that sun kissed look. Preparation is key to achieving a natural look without looking pale and washed out in the strong sunshine or having your foundation run off your face.

Beach Bride MakeupUse light, matte makeup to enhance and freshen your natural glow and stay away from shimmer which may cause unwanted shine or dots in photographs.


Beach Bride HairstleHair should be left long in a half up half down style or loosely braided and falling over one shoulder. Accessories such as small flower heads or a small shell necklace entwined through the hair will add style and the right amount of sparkle.

Strong breeze can ruin hairstyles so if you go for an up style use plenty of pins and have someone bring along a touch up kit to use when you get indoors.



The Gold Coast hinterland is said to be the “green to the beaches gold” and with that in mind your wedding day inspiration can come from lush, dense rainforest, manicured vineyards or colourful blooms in the botanic gardens.

Rainforest retreats with stone bridges and pathways and private manicured lawns can hold an intimate wedding ceremony with the beautiful sounds of birds singing amongst the trees. Whilst many hinterland hotels take in wonderful views of the Gold Coast skyline.

Temperatures in the hinterland can be hot and sticky in the summer and mild to cool in the winter so remember this when planning your makeup. Humidity can be an issue so use an oil free moisturiser and humidity proof foundation, keeping a small compact in your purse for touch ups.

Forest Bridal MakeupAlthough you will be outside, you may be under a tree or in the shade of a beautiful gazebo and not in the glaring hot sun so makeup needs to be more prominent to catch the light for photographs. A romantic palette which is soft and rosy or peach toned will match the surroundings and bring out your best features.


Forest Hairstyle for the BrideIn these settings where wind is not such an issue your hair can be more formal – an up style with small birdcage veil or a long cascading style using greenery and vibrant flowers from the surrounding gardens.


Whether you plan to exchange your vows on a secluded beach, tasting the salty air or in the rainforest surrounded by birdsong your inspiration will come from the beautiful setting around you. If you are looking for hair stylists or makeup artists on the Gold Coast take a look at our national directory for someone local to make your vision a reality.

About The Author

Jodie Terzis

Jodie Terzis has worked in the Events and Wedding Industry for many years helping brides achieve their dream wedding and is based on the Gold Coast.

Jodie is also passionate about Everything Chocolate, making her own delicious chocolate creations and blogging about her journey. Chocoholics can find her at The Chocolate Mixing Bowl.