The latest Netflix obsession we’ve all been bingeing? Oh yes, it’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
After the second season of Bridgerton ended we were all left pretty bereft, and then with the arrival of Queen Charlotte the timing was just right for the world to fall back in love with regency looks this Spring. And the six-part series has really got the world swooning.
But if you’ve binged the entire series (just like us!) don’t be disappointed that it’s over, because we’ve created this guide to achieve the signature Bridgerton beauty look.
6 Bridgerton hair and makeup looks good enough for a grand ball! Now, we’re just waiting for the invites to come rolling in…
Charlotte’s natural yet bold makeup look
Great makeup artists always enhance their clients’ natural qualities. So naturally, the head of the hair and makeup department on the show, Nic Collins, worked to make the bold lead character Charlotte as natural yet striking as possible.
How to achieve it for yourself? The team suggests starting with a very fine foundation or tinted moisturiser. This creates a natural, dewy freshness that looks effortless. Pair this with a strong brow and slightly brighter lip and you’ll have the whole town talking.
And the final golden rule of TV? A very fine powder to set the makeup. Meaning all the angsty hijinks and dramatic horse riding won’t ruin your fresh-faced look.
Lady Danbury’s Brows
As well as a wonderful palette of glowing skin, there were some fierce turns in the eyebrow department too. Most notably, Lady Danbury’s beautifully sculpted brows offered viewers an insight into her commanding presence. When one was raised, you certainly knew about it.
Lady Danbury sports a thick, natural effect that’s the perfect partner to a daytime power-suit or cute cocktail evening look. Or hell a full-blown ball gown – you decide!
To achieve a similar look, start with a dual combination of pencil and powder. Work towards a strong, full shape in a natural shade.
Or even better, use lamination. A skilled procedure that sets those pesky hairs in place, for that long term, Netflix soft-focus finish. Sure to keep Lady Whistledown scribbling.
New to lamination? Learn all about this trailblazing technique on our expertly run course. Giving your clients the brows they’ve always dreamed of.
Violet’s period drama perfect blush
Reddened cheeks and lips have been traced back to the 18th century, where things were (even then) pretty intense. But by Bridgerton times, women had crafted a much more subtle look.
Violet, later known as the Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton, is a shining example of blush that really works. Contrasting with her on-point dark curls, she’s got the ultimate demure, debutant flush down.
To recreate this Bridgerton makeup look, work with a cream blusher. A non-greasy option that melts into the skin effortlessly is the way to go. Blend onto the apples of the cheeks, softening the edges with a buffing brush. Top tip? You can add it to your lips as well so you’ve got a perfectly matching look, for that fresh-faced flush.
Grecian Inspired Locks
Some interesting inspirations were found for the Bridgerton hair aesthetic, based around the shapes of ancient Greece. This New Romantic style has us head over heels – and you can be too!
Curls are key here, so play with tong sizes to find a width that’s soft yet defined. Capture the curls with a strong hairspray, before loosening with a high-quality hair oil, running it through your fingers and through the curls. Break them up just enough that they have a natural, soft texture, then play with layering braids to create updo’s worthy of the gods.
Another Grecian influence that stopped many a suitor’s eye – embellishments. While you can go for a full ostrich feather if that’s your thing, a delicate ribbon can offer a modern and demure take on the new trend.
Try a high shine silver for a flirty nighttime look, or a bright pop of colour to brighten up a daytime stroll. Weave through your plaits, or into your updo. And if a Duke is nearby, don’t be afraid to reach for the all-time classic – the tiara. A signature Bridgerton look.
Big, beautiful hair
If there’s one look that says Queen Charlotte style more than anything, it is her iconic big, bold hairstyles. These show-stopping looks give off such an air of regal elegance it is impossible not to bow when she comes on screen!
Queen Charlotte celebrates the beautiful textures of natural and curly hair, from intricate up-dos to free-flowing locks; there is no end of queen-worthy styles to try at home.
Whatever look you want to achieve, be sure to keep your skill glowing with new embellishments. Try our range of exquisite online courses, to keep your clients coming back for more dewy freshness.