Bridal Beauty Prep: A Destination Wedding in Bali

Most of us assume a lot of planning goes into destination weddings. That’s kind of a no-brainer, right? But unbeknownst to most, just how much planning and careful consideration extends far beyond bookings and travel agendas. Thanks to varying climates, bridal beauty becomes a seldom foreseen destination wedding speed bump.  Yes, looks like you may need to check some extra boxes for your makeup test to avoid a day-of disaster or beauty blunder.

Today, we’re talking beauty abroad with Riley & Grey bride Rebecca Astrinakis, Bec for short. No stranger to killer aesthetics, Bec recently co-founded and launched Nathan + Jac, an online concept shop specializing in curated limited-edition interior design packs (pretty genius if you ask us). However, for her main gig she heads the eponymous Rebecca Ellie Studio, a full-service styling and design studio based in Melbourne and Hobart. The  Australian studio specializes in everything from interiors and fashion to events and, yes, even weddings. That’s not all though, Bec’s husband Adoni Astrinakis is a Melbourne based, self-taught artist as well. Needless to say,  leave it to these two to bring even more beauty to one of the most stunning places on the planet.  The creative couple celebrated their union with a breathtaking a week-long bash in Bali last fall. 

Bec and Adoni pretty much nailed their nuptials overall, down to the detail, but we were particularly smitten with the bride’s look for the big day. We picked Bec’s brain for hair, skin, and makeup wisdom for brides going abroad, and she definitely didn’t disappoint. She passed along some crucial tips from her makeup artist and provided pointers brides planning to stay put can benefit from as well. Read up below and click through the eye candy above for a behind-the-scenes peak at Bec’s big day preparation.

Top tip from my makeup artist for beating the heat…

Use a finishing spray! It’s very gentle, but super effective in beating the heat. It also helped that my gorgeous makeup artist is a great friend of mine and a guest at our wedding, so she pulled me away for regular touch ups during the night.

She also recommends a light weight oil controlling liquid foundation to combat humidity.

What served as inspiration for your beauty look on the big day? Any specific matrimonial muses/iconic brides in mind?

Bali itself served as inspiration for my beauty look. The beauty of “Island of the Gods” speaks for itself in so many ways and much like my approach to my wedding styling I wanted a ’natural’ look for my hair and make up too. I chose to wear my hair down in loose natural waves and a dewy, fresh face with a nude-pink gloss lip.

Time to brag. Favorite detail of your look…

My nails! I wanted a classic look, but I’m not really a French mani kind of girl, so I went classic with a twist. One of my gorgeous bridesmaids used Shellac in a natural/nude and hand painted little white triangles from the base of each nail.

I also loved my lipstick, it was a nude pink and left my lips feeling smooth and hydrated – Lip Chic in ‘Daphne’ by Chantecaille from Mecca Cosmetica

Did you do any skin or hair prep (treatments, facials etc.) in advance that you’d recommend (or deem overhyped)?

I think the whole wedding countdown is a little overhyped when it comes to skin and hair prep. I have fairly sensitive skin so I didn’t do too much out of the ordinary to it in the lead up. As I was going from Australian winter into the Bali heat I made sure my skin was constantly hydrated and moisturized, and always wore a mineral SPF sunscreen in the sun. As my hair is also prone to drying out in the heat I did some at home hair treatments to hydrate and treat my hair before flying out to Bali, and tried to keep it out of the chlorine as much as possible.

Any product you’d dub a bridal beauty must-have or life-saver for the big day itself?

Apart from the most practical – dry shampoo and a make-up finishing spray – my number one beauty must-have is a special perfume. To me, scent is so powerful in evoking memories, so I chose a new perfume (La Tulipe by Byredo) that I saved for my wedding day and wore throughout my honeymoon, so that when I go back to it in years to come it will always remind me of that time. I also burnt a scented candle (Bohemia by Byredo) as my bridesmaids and I were getting ready, on the wedding night and during our honeymoon takes me right back to Bali as soon as I burn it.

True, their wedding day was kind of incredible, but their nuptial journey had us at their homepage. Check out Adoni & Bec’s Riley & Grey wedding website below, and then head here for an even bigger picture of their big day.


Check it out!

Make up: Tanya Ahmed

Hair: Heidi Austin of Eve and Austin 

Colorist: Kate Wilcox of Audrey Hair 

Mani/Pedi: Phoenix Harrison 

Photography: Cherrie Eisemann of Acoma  

Wedding design: Rebecca Ellie Studio 

Venue: Semara Uluwatu, Bali 

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