Wedding Jewellery Advice

3 ways to match your wedding jewellery to your bridal makeup and hair

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, but how do you know you’re choosing the right accessories? In this article, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery offers his insight into co-ordinating jewellery with the rest of your bridal look.

There’s so much to consider when planning a wedding that it can be easy to forget about the finer details. However, it’s often the little things that have the biggest impact on your special day, including adding the finishing touches to your bridal look. The wrong colour, size, or style of jewellery can ruin an otherwise well put-together outfit, which is why it’s important to make sure you’re giving your wedding jewellery the attention it deserves. 

Below are some of my top tips for co-ordinating your jewellery with your makeup, hairstyle, and dress to help you achieve a picture-perfect bridal look.

Co-ordinating with your wedding dress

Your wedding dress can have a big influence on your choice of bridal hairstyle, makeup, and jewellery. While many brides choose white for their big day, there are still plenty of different shades within this category and not all of them will suit the same accessories. For example, cream, champagne, or pale gold wedding dresses are still considered white but have a warmer undertone than brilliant or ivory whites. That means they’ll tend to suit gold jewellery more than silver.

If you’re planning on wearing a coloured dress for you wedding, such as red or green, I would recommend looking for complementary coloured gemstones for your bridal jewellery rather than matching. This can give your wedding look depth and prevent it from seeming too one-dimensional.

Colour-matching with your make-up 

Many brides choose a natural makeup look for their wedding day featuring plenty of nudes and subtle contouring. As a result, they may wish to select soft pastel coloured accessories to complete the romantic look. If you want to stand out, however, as many modern brides do, choose one bold makeup signature such as a red lip or blue eyeshadow, then continue the theme with matching jewellery. This helps to achieve an impactful yet co-ordinated look.

Your makeup can also influence which style of jewellery you may choose. Delicate makeup will suit fine or layered jewellery more than chunky accessories, so ask your makeup artist for a bolder face if you know you want to go big with your jewellery. This includes large hoop earrings as well as statement necklaces.

Choosing earrings based on your hairstyle

Your hairstyle can affect which kinds of jewellery are more suitable for completing your bridal look. Earrings are arguably among the most important pieces of jewellery you’ll wear on your wedding day, as they are worn the closest to your face and will be present in all your wedding photos. So, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’ve chosen the right pair.

A loose or messy hairstyle such as a chignon, for example, can cause issues if you’d like to wear complicated statement earrings, so you may want to consider studs or small hoops if this is your chosen hairstyle. Alternatively, updos can give you plenty more freedom when choosing earrings for your wedding day, but if you’ll be wearing a lot of decorative slides or clips, then a more modest earring will help balance out the look better.

These are some of the most important aspects of your bridal look to consider when choosing the right jewellery for your wedding day. By looking for jewellery that complements your makeup, hair, and dress, you’ll be sure to look your best when you say, “I do.”

The 2020 Wedding Industry Awards

So my entry is in, and hopefully my 2019 Brides have been voting.

Last year I came highly commended for the North West Makeup category missing out on the top spot, and in 2018 and 2017 was a regional finalist.

Can I win this year? Well I’ve sent over some photos, filled in some forms. I’m rubbish at writing about myself, so all I can do now is sit back and cross everything!

Kim K Vibes….

So how stunning does my client look here?

She was bridesmaid at two weddings I was lucky enough to be the makeup artist at this Summer.

For this look she asked for Kim Kardashian vibes…

When people say Kim K, what do they mean?

I interpret it to be a soft smokey eye in gorgeous warm browns, lots of contour but done so fantastically it just looks like an amazing bone structure (which she has anyway) and I think the main thing Kim K’s makeup artist always achieves is incredible skin. I think good skin is so important, and to a certain extent a good makeup artist can fake it for you with the right products.

Get your glam

Vintage Makeup Artist

In previous posts I have said your wedding day is NOT the day to make a bold statement and that a natural classic look is best.

Ok so here’s where I go back on that!

If you always wear a red lip and/or a smokey eye or have another signature makeup statement, you would probably feel totally naked on your wedding day without it – so, don’t!

If you love makeup and are used to wearing it, there is not certain way you need to look or your wedding day,

“You need to feel the best version of yourself.”

So if you are like my bride in this pic who loves to get her full glam on, then go for it.

My only advice would be is to make sure you look flawless. Heavy makeup is fine, but it should not looked caked on, it needs to be elegant, glamorous and sleek.

What is highlighter?

What is highlighter

So, what is highlighter? Lots of you may know the answer, but I get lots of brides who are not massive wearers and want to know what each product does and how to use it. One of these products I get quizzed on is highlighter.

Where to put it?

The best places to apply highlighter is on the upper cheekbone, underneath the eyes, the cupids bow on your upper lip and on the inside corner of the eye.

What does it do?

The name highlighter is the clue, it highlights that part of your face.

Best highlighters?

This is down to personal opinion. I love ‘Soft and Gentle’ by Mac Cosmetics, which is what I have used in this image.

What’s in my bridal makeup kit?

Bridal Makeup

My bridal makeup kit is a massive mix of high end brands. I don’t buy from one brand exclusively but I do have my fav brands for certain things:


I blooming love Nars Sheer Glow for bridal work, it suits so many skin types


I love Nars creamy concealer – although in my personal kit I have just trialled the new maybelline one and it’s awesome so save your pennies and get that one.


I have so many eye palettes, it’s almost a bit of an addiction. I love Urban Decay palettes, I have quite a few Charlotte Tilbury, the pillow talk eye set has been especially popular this year. I love the Huda nude, and the new Illamasqua nude palette. I’m basically sold if I like the colours and they stay on your face. I never use cheap palettes as I just don’t think the pigment is as good or has the staying power you need for a wedding day.

Eye Liner

So this is where I can save you some pennies. I’ve tried every eye liner on the market (well almost) and NOTHING compares to the Maybelline 24hr Gel Liner – it’s awesome and is definitely tear and sweat proof, so you don’t need to worry about any wobbles as you walk down the isle, or getting hot and bothered on the dance floor.

If you want a chat about your bridal makeup drop me an email to

Biggest Bridal Makeup Mistakes

  • Trying Something New – Your wedding day is not the day to experiment with a whole new look. You need to still feel like you just a more polished version, otherwise you will feel uncomfortable, and trust me you will regret it.
  • Getting Caught Up in Beauty Trends Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this kind of heavy manipulation can look too harsh during the daytime and is going to date.
  • Skipping a Trial
    It’s an extra cost but a worthy one if you are particular about your makeup. If you aren’t happy with your trial, you then have a chance to seek another MUA.
  • Wearing a Foundation With SPF Many formulas now include sun protection, which is wonderful for your everyday look. But on your wedding day, stick to a traditional foundation as some ingredients in the SPF formulas can cause the face to look white in flash photography
  • Poor skin prep Some people expect me to work magic on their big day, I will do by best but I can’t say strongly enough how you really need to look after your skin in the run up. A proper skincare routine will make all the difference to your makeup.

Is a Natural Bridal Makeup look for you?

Natural Bridal Makeup

My 2019 brides have definitely been influenced by Megan Markle’s bridal makeup, more and more are letting their natural beauty shine through, with a lightweight foundation, and choosing a natural bridal makeup look.

As a makeup artist this is such a relief. Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this sort of look doesn’t always work during the daytime in natural light. In natural light it’s best to go for a more natural and fresh look.

Another reason to keep it simple and fresh is your wedding photos. Your pics will be on display for years to come and you will want them to look timeless.

So consider this when deciding on your bridal makeup look.