The new year is almost upon us. (Exciting news for all the 2016 brides and grooms!)

So, over the next two weeks, we'll be wrapping up 2015 with round-ups of our very favourite posts from the last 12 months.

The real weddings brimming with inspiration, the styled shoots laden down with ideas, and the wedding dress collections that still take our breath away, every single time.

But today, it's all about wedding day beauty, for brides AND grooms…


Photo by Claire Loves Love via Bridal Musings

Whether you've got your glam squad on speed dial, or you're keeping it natural on your big day, this year, our hair and make-up posts had something for everyone.

Gorgeous upstyles, awesome skincare advice, stunning make-up looks, and expert grooming tips, we've covered it all.

So stick a face mask on, sit back, and peruse our round-up of the Best of Beauty on Bridal Musings in 2015…

1. Beautiful Bridal Braids


Photo by Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty

Braids always get the most love on our Instagram and Pinterest, so it was only fair that a whole post on plaits made it onto the blog too in 2015.

Whether you're having a relaxed summer bash, or an elegant festive affair, fall hard for fishtails, French plaits, and soft side braids, with something every bride will adore.

2. The Beauty Vloggers To Follow Before Your Wedding


Photo by Yann Audic, Life Stories Wedding Photography via Bridal Musings

2015 was the year we officially became obsessed with beauty vlogs. From watching endless product reviews, to learning how to perfect our pouts, beauty vloggers have become our in-house gurus on all things beauty.

But it's hard to know who to follow.

So check out our guide to 10 awesome beauty vloggers, you're going to want to tune into.

3. Expert Guide to Pre-Wedding Skincare


Photo by Erica B Photography via Bridal Musings

Earlier this year, the amazing Dr. Whitney Bowe stopped by the blog to share her expert tips on perfecting your complexion, ahead of your big day.

And we couldn't be more grateful to her for sharing her wisdom on upping our Omega 3s, and lashing on the sunscreen! Essential pre-wedding reading.

4. Pre-Wedding Meditation for Beginners


Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography via Bridal Musings

Not one post, but three, we loved this series on finding peace in your wedding planning, and uncovering your inner zen bride or groom.

From beating stress in the lead up to your big day to chasing off anxieties on your wedding morning, the lovely Lucie Lincoln guides us every step of the way, with her top tips for meditation.

5. Gorgeous Gibson Rolls


Photo by Heather Hawkins via Once Wed

A classic upstyle that has had something of a modern make-over, we've been falling hard for Gibson rolls all year.

Not sure how to tuck your tresses? Check out our guide to 20 gorgeous ways to nail this trend.

6. The Hair Accessory Designers You Need to Know About


Photo by Laura Gordon Photography for Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart

Luxurious head bands and pretty hair pins, we've run down the accessory designers you need to know about, for the perfect crowning glory on your wedding day look.

Before you pick your wedding hair accessories, make sure you read this post!

7. Groom's Guide To Grooming


Photo by Pierre Atalier via Le Journal Du Marie

Pre-wedding beauty regimes aren't all about the bride. Guys deserve a little, nay, a lot, of wedding day pampering too.

As part of Groom's Week earlier in the year, we talked beard oils, hot towel shaves, and how to put the man in mani-pedi, with our Groom's Guide to Grooming.

8. Oscar Looks to Inspire Your Wedding Day Hair & Make-up

Penelope Cruz, 2009 Academy Awards

If we're ever struggling for hair or make-up inspiration, the best place to look, is to the stars.

Hollywood starlets always pull out all the stops with red carpet beauty, but there's no night quite like the Oscars for chic, timeless, show-stopping looks, worthy of your wedding day.

Check out our guide to the most iconic Oscar beauty looks of all time.

9. Top of the Knots


Photo by Margherita Calati via Bridal Musings

We loved this year's biggest wedding hair trend because it wasn't just about the girls.

Brides and grooms the world over, were rocking cool, effortless top knots in 2015, and we brought you a few of our favourites. And this awesome look is certainly set to continue into 2016 too

10. Low Bun Love


Photo by SugarLove Weddings via The Wedding Chicks

If there's one bridal hair look that's more enduring than all others, it simply has to be the low bun.

Romantic, classic and effortlessly chic, we'll never tire of these beautiful upstyles. Check out all of our favourite ways to style this versatile ‘do.


Photo by Patrice de Guigné via Bridal Musings

Phew! So many helpful posts, but I think the ones I like the most are those everyone can use, like the skin care tips and meditation guide.

Which was your favourite?

Keep your eyes peeled for more of our end of year round-ups over the next few weeks!

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