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Bridal Makeup for Oily Skin

Be confident of long lasting bridal makeup on your wedding day, even if you have oily skin.

It might not seem like it, but oily skin is a blessing. . .once you get past the problems with breakouts and open pores. The one thing to remember is that you’ll stay younger looking for longer!

There are lots of skincare products out there to help you balance your skin. However, I’m not going to go into skincare on this page, as I like to leave that to beauticians and dermatologists.

My job as a wedding makeup artist is to work with your oily skin on the wedding day. I’ll be able to create bridal makeup that won’t look shiny or greasy. Plus I’ll make sure that your wedding makeup will last all day.

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On your wedding day, it is important that your makeup lasts all day.

My advice, unless you’re going to have a makeup artist with you all day, is to – avoid the dewy look, full stop.

Oily skin has a tendency to shine, particularly on the T-zone. And sometimes the eyelids, cheek and chin can also become oily over the length of the day.

Your best friend will be either a loose or compact powder to retouch your makeup or blotting sheets. We’ll get onto which powder to use later, but for now, as far as blotting papers are concerned there really is no need to spend a fortune, you can get them from Superdrug or Boots for under £5.

They’ll help to keep any shine at bay without any build-up of product – which you’ll be glad about if you get married on a hot sunny day.

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Bridal makeup – get ready – Get set – go!

Keeping your wedding makeup looking good all day starts at step one.

I usually recommend my brides to cleanse and moisturise as normal on the day of the wedding.

You want your skin to be perfect on the wedding day! So if you don’t have facials regularly – don’t have one the week before wedding – if there are any spots hiding under the skin –  best to leave them there.

Primers should be light and oil-free – your makeup artists will have her favourite product. However, I love Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer, this light, oil-free product will start the mattifying process. Rich, creamy products will make the foundation slip and slide.

Mattifying products – usually light gels, that smooth over the skin and absorb any excess oil. Best applied before you put your makeup on. I love matte miracle by a la carte, it is light and easy to apply and does the job.

Open pores : Benefit Porefessional is amazing, it’s easy to apply and does a great job when it comes to minimising pores and even fine lines. Apply just before the foundation.

Some of my favourite products are manufactured by a London based company, a la carte, they have a fabulous selection of products for oily skin.

  • Light coverage, combination/gently oily skin – Sheer Balancing Foundation
  • Buildable coverage, combination/oily skin – Velvet Tint Flawless Cream Foundation
  • Acne-prone skin/oily skin – Cover Tint Flawless Touch Mineral Foundation

Each of these products can be used in combination.e.g. Sheer Balancing all over, Velvet Tint on  the T zone and Cover Tint as touch up throughout the day.

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Bridal Makeup for oily skin – Finishing Touches

When thinking about foundation – you can choose between light. medium or full cover.

The key is to look for light, oil-free formulations or even mineral powder. Avoid foundations sticks –  as they tend to be oily in their nature – it’s just the way they are made.

One thing to remember about foundation – which ever one you use – is that generally speaking  the more expensive the base – the more pigment it will contain.

This means you will be able to use less product and yet still get a flawless finish.

The key with foundation is to make sure you set it. Don’t get me wrong, the foundation is important, but powder is the key to making your wedding makeup last all day.

I love MAC Prep & Prime, it is colourless and works on all skin tones. Avoid using under the eye – especially if you have mature skin, as fine lines can end up looking like full-on wrinkles.

Try applying with a large powder brush or a powder puff. If you have particularly oily skin apply generously and leave it to sit on the skin for a couple of minutes before brushing away any excess with a brush.

You actually want your bridal makeup to start off looking a bit powdery and possibly a bit too matte .

Don’t worry, it takes around 30 minutes to an hour for the makeup to settle on the skin. So by the time you’re ready to get dressed and have your photos taken your wedding makeup will look natural and flawless.

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Wedding Makeup Quick Fix

Mineral powders are a great option when it comes to creating flawless bridal makeup for oily skin e.g. matte mineral foundation by a la carte.

If you haven’t tried them before I would definitely recommend giving them a try. You can use them on their own or on top of your base if you want an exceptionally flawless finish.

They’re quick and easy to apply, and you can go for a light or full cover just by changing how much product you apply.

When you’re using your mineral powder on its own, just make sure to give your primer time to settle and dry on the face. So ensuring the mineral powder glides on effortlessly and doesn’t stick to the skin.

Alternatively, you can apply the mineral powder over your foundation. With this option you will need to set your foundation first with your translucent powder.

You can then apply the mineral powder with a big clean blush brush, using small, gentle, circular movement to almost ‘push’ the product into the skin.

Help is at hand even if you have any stubborn spots or blemishes that keep creeping through your makeup no matter what you do.

Try applying a touch of mineral powder as a finishing touch once you’ve finished your makeup. Then leave it to settle for a few minutes before brushing off any excess.

This is step is easy to repeat if needed throughout the day.

Avoid mineral powders with shimmer added as they will bring back the shine we’re working hard to get rid of.

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Dewy wedding makeup

Ok, if you want a dewy finish you can have one.

The key is to start matte. So definitely use a setting powder.

There are a couple of options when it comes to achieving a dewy finish when creating your perfect wedding day makeup.

Careful use of highlight. The last thing you want is to look greasy or sweaty in your photos, and this is definitely a risk if you opt for a ‘dewy all over’ finish.

I would advise using a powder highlighter applying it carefully in the areas you want to shine. Apply just above the cheekbone, and a touch below the brow, and that’s it.

Definitely not down the centre of the nose or on your forehead, or you will undo all the good work you’ve put in with your primer, Mattifying products, foundation and powder.

Setting sprays are great, personally I love the NYX product. But avoid the dewy finish setting spray.

You have your own natural dewy glow, as the day turns to night you might find your self using a touch more powder or a couple of the shine-free papers I mentioned earlier, to make sure your makeup takes you effortlessly from day to evening.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

Autumn Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Décor, Dress and More!

An autumn wedding is always so magical. The crisp buzzing of the changing seasons in the air make everything even more exciting and that perfect blend of clear, sunny days and just the beginnings of a wintery chill allows for all your favourite aspects of summer and winter weddings combined. You can still get away with serving Pimms and a bright colour scheme, but at the same time a roaring fire, hot toddies and luxurious furry stole to top off your wedding dress in the evening is totally fitting.

Another wonderful thing about an autumn wedding is the choice of seasonal themes. You could tap into the spirit of harvest with huge sharing bowls of hearty food for your guests to tuck into and enjoy. You can bring the outside world in, and decorate with nature’s firey hues of reds, golds, oranges, hot pinks and earthy browns. Bonfire night is a lovely celebration to tie in and you could even give a nod to Halloween, with pumpkin displays and toffee apples in abundance!

There is so much to play with when planning an autumn wedding. If you’re searching for top tips and inspiration, look no further…

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Colour Schemes

Nature offers such a rich and vibrant array of colours in the autumn months and so it only makes sense to take our cues from this. But if the orange, red and brown tones aren’t for you, don’t make the mistake in thinking you’re all out of autumnal options. There’s far more to it than this.

Pantone is the authority of what’s hot in terms of colour schemes for pretty much everything: fashion, interiors, hair colour and of course, weddings. 2018 was all about ultra-violet, but autumn/winter 2018 heading in 2019 is welcoming an incredible range of striking shades that offer so much scope for a bang on-trend wedding colour palette.

Seen on the fashion week runways all over the world, the new hot-to-trot colours have been described as zesty, vigorous and romantic. Sounds pretty perfect for a bride’s big day!

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First up, ‘Red Pear’. This is a deep, wine toned red verging of burgundy which makes a wonderful grounding undertone to many colour schemes. Bright enough for a subtle pop, but subdued enough to create an accent without over-powering. ‘Valiant Poppy’ is the loud, red sister colour. An amazing lipstick shade too! Ideal for creating continuity between your look and your wedding décor. Feminine pinks and purples are all the rage too, for those of you wanting something really soft and girly instead.

Lending to the whole natural vibe ‘Martini Olive’ green is an amazing addition to many different palettes. Pair with peach, white and gold for something fresh; Deep purple, navy and gold for decadence or team up with a lighter sage, gold, ivory and rich brown for a combo that works year-round.

Yellow is another colour that is really coming into it’s own right now, particularly when put with an elegant grey or beige and a bold magenta.

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Autumnal Blooms

Just like food, seasonal is always best when it comes to wedding flowers, but of course everything is available! If you love the idea of crating floral displays that fit beautifully with the season, take a look at these gorgeous bouquet ideas from The Natural Wedding Company

Cosmos, blackberries and rosehips

Bright & fresh!

 

Zinnias, snapdragons and grasses

Vibrant purple hues

 

Leaves, scabious and cosmos

Delicate & girly

 

Delphiniums, ammi and verbena

Beautiful blues!

 

Dahlias, ammi and ivy

Elegant & ethereal

 

Japanese anemone, flowering mint and roses

Striking contrast

 

Amaranthus, dahlias and scabious

Explosive colours

 

Echinacea, acorns and rosehips

An alternative choice

 

Chocolate cosmos, grasses and dusty miller

Wild & leafy

 

Crab apples, autumn leaves and Chinese lantern

Seriously autumnal

 

Poppies, dahlias and lavender

Gorgeous & firey!

 

Feverfew, cosmos and lamb’s ear

Sweet & feminine

 

Mixed grasses, dahlias and golden amaranthus

Subdued & rustic

 

Delphiniums, scabious and eryngium thistle

Pops of colour

 

Elderberries, roses and dahlias

Muted pastels

 

Hydrangea, berries and old man’s beard

Mother nature’s bouquet

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Bridal Beauty

When it comes to bridal makeup, an autumn wedding makes way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold! There are so many fun ways to play with makeup to tie in seasonally.

 

Lips

During summer months we see a lot of fresh lip colours and barely there tints, but as we head into autumn and winter approaches, it’s time to start playing with some of those gorgeous deeper shades again!

A slightly sheer plum is a bridal favourite of A/W 18 going into 2019 and of course, the timeless Hollywood red pout always has its place. If you’ve got the right complexion for it (red heads and warm brunettes – this one’s for you!) play around with some orange undertones.

 

Eyes

Autumn eyes tend to go one of two ways – smoky or nude! This year’s smoky grey and smoky beige eyes are a big hit for autumn brides, but if you’re going for a really strong lip you could always try going lighter on the eyes – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

 

Cheeks

A healthy glow is a must! But whether you go for a fresh-faced pop or sculpted cheekbones (or maybe a bit of both) is up to you.

Pale skin looks fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day. For warmer skin tones, it’s all about the bronzed contouring – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

 

Brows

Autumn begs for a strong brow to frame the face, but eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what you love. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential!

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Amazing Photos

Autumn wedding photography has got to be some of the best out there and it’s all because of the natural light. Summer days can be so bright it’s hard to take a great photo. Winter can be a little grey. But autumn – autumn offers that exceptional, hazy, golden quality of light as the sun starts to set that is hard to beat. If you love those images of wedded couple in diffuse, warm light, you’ll be thrilled to read that you’re very likely to get that if your big day is during autumn months! Take a look at some expert tips on how to look amazing in your wedding photos on our blog, here.

 

Autumn Wedding Dress

When choosing your dress for your autumn wedding, remember that you’re likely going to need a little cover up on your arms for when it turns chilly. This doesn’t mean you have to go for a dress with sleeves (although this is the perfect opportunity to do that, if you find one you love!) – you can opt for an elegant stole, wrap or shrug to keep the cold at bay. Whatever you do, don’t only choose looks over comfort. You can have the best of both worlds and no brides wants to be shivering on her wedding day!

An autumn wedding also allows for wearing bigger, heavier dresses without running the risk of overheating, so if you love the idea of something really grand, go for it!

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The Perfect Venue

Most venues are able to be kitted out for all seasons, but it’s worth remembering that you might need to consider heating options if you’re going for an outdoor wedding or a really rustic castle. Old castles and churches can get very cold, so find out if you can get a roaring log fire going, adding warmth and ambiance or if there are other heating solutions available.

Don’t be put off a barn wedding. Although you might imagine this to be better suited to a summer wedding, barn venues can often be really toasty and cosy! You’ll probably be choosing your venue in a different season to your autumn wedding, so when visiting to check it out, remember to ask about heating and how it might feel on your date. Many venues can sort out a fire for you (some even offer fire pits outside) and there are other alternatives too, like heating lamps, if need be.

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Little Extras 

Get inspired by different cultures around the world! Autumn is an important season in Japan and so many of their traditional food, clothes and décor give a nod to this. A little autumnal Japanese addition you might like to include in your meal (or perhaps as an unusual wedding favour) is a delicious red maple leaf fried with sugar and salt. Yum!

Having some ‘plan B’ solutions to hand is a good idea for month’s that can be a bit rainy (so, pretty much all year round in the UK!). Make sure you have some wellies and umbrellas for really cute outside photos, whatever the weather.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

Congratulations! You’re engaged! And your wedding planning is probably well underway. With venues to view, dresses to try, food to taste and parties to plan, you’ve got a busy stretch ahead of you but we all know that one of the things you’re looking forward to the most is deciding on that perfect wedding hair and makeup look.

All of us girls have fantasised about how we’ll look walking down the aisle and the hair and makeup is a huge part of that. It’s got to be your dream look – something that makes you look and feel like the very best version of you, so that you’re brimming with confidence when you say your ‘I dos’ and looking flawless in those wedding photographs.

Finding a wedding hair and makeup look that works for you can take time, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Flick through magazines, create Pinterest boards and get inspired by the pros (check out my wedding hair and makeup gallery here) but most of all, enjoy it! Play around with ideas, but ultimately, try to focus on looks that you know aren’t too far out of your comfort zone – just because it’s a big deal doesn’t mean it needs to be a ‘big’ look. Effortless, glowy and natural is beautiful, if that’s your thing, or equally if you love wearing heavy makeup with smoky eyes and a vibrant lip, go for it! Gather images of styles that work for you – it is YOUR day after all.

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Book Your Trial Run

When you’ve got the big day booked in at your venue and you’ve found a gorgeous dress, it’s time to book in your trial hair and makeup run. Yes, you do get to luxuriate in bridal pampering not once, but twice!

The trial run is an incredibly important part of your wedding planning as it gives you the chance to not only try out all of these looks you’ve been obsessing over, but to also get professional guidance and figure out a style that you absolutely love. But to make sure that you get the most out of your trial run and know with complete certainty by the end of it that you’re over the moon, there are a few things you can do in advance and bear in mind on the day.

I love working with brides on trial runs – it’s always so exciting and it is usually the first opportunity we get to meet face to face and have some fun! Working with your ideas and creating a look that makes you feel amazing is all part of this wonderful job, but if you feel totally clueless as to what you want, don’t worry – together, we’ll work it out. I am an expert, after all!

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What is a wedding hair and makeup trial run like?

Some brides are a little nervous about their trial run and, although understandable given the importance, there is really no need to worry. Your trial run is a day of pampering and you are going to love it!

I’ll come to you and we’ll spend at least a few hours together, getting to know each other and trying out lots of gorgeous styles – but our session won’t be over until you’re 100% happy. If that takes a little longer, that’s fine, there’s no pressure and no time limit.

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I’ll encourage you to share your thoughts – looks you love, looks you hate(!), features you want to show off and maybe certain aspect you’d like to conceal. We’ll discuss all the details of your wedding: your dress, the venue, the theme, the colour scheme and even your husband! All of this will tie in to choosing a hair and makeup style that works exactly right for your big day.

I’ll offer my expert opinion and advice too, suggestion styles I think you would rock and colour palettes that will really flatter your skin tone. I might ask if we can try a style I can imagine you in that you haven’t thought of, just to see what you think, but I’ll never be pushy. Many of my brides end up going for something they hadn’t considered before, once they try it out, but at the end of the day it’s what you want that really matters. If you’re happy, I’m happy.

During the trial, I’ll make notes so that when the day comes around, I know precisely how you want things done, just as we worked out before. This means there won’t be any surprises when it comes to your wedding hair and makeup – just a flawless look and a process that runs like clockwork, meaning you can enjoy every minute without stress.

A wedding hair and makeup trial is an absolutely essential part of getting it right before you walk down the aisle and any bridal hair and makeup artist who doesn’t insist on it is not doing their job properly! Your wedding day itself is not the time to be figuring out how you want to look and working out any kinks – every last detail should be sorted well in advance to ensure you have a fun, relaxed wedding morning.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

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Come Prepared

It’s great to be prepared for your trial run, both by having had a look at hair and makeup inspiration to get a feel of what you might like to try and also, by prepping your hair and skin for styling and makeup application.

Lots of brides-to-be think that freshly washed hair is the way to go, but actually, when it comes to styling second day hair allows for the best results. Just washed hair tends to be a little bit fluffy, too soft and too silky if conditioner has been used and this makes it harder to get your hair to stay in place. Of course, if you know that second day hair doesn’t work for you, this is easily remedied with the right texturising products to add grip and securing techniques, but if you are happy to wash your hair the night before rather than in the morning, that is ideal.

It is also important to not use any product or serum in your hair before the trial run (or your wedding day!) as this can lead to product build up and weighed down, oily roots. I want to see you with your natural hair! No products and no styling beforehand – straightened hair does not like to curl, so leave the styling to me.

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Wear White

Wearing white (or whatever the colour of your wedding dress) at your trial run is a great idea, as this will give you a little more insight into how you will look on the day. You’d be amazed at what a difference the colour of your clothes can make to an overall makeup look – it could completely change your perspective on lip, cheek and eye colour.

 

Take Photos

All brides love a selfie and your trial run is not a time to be shy about it. Snap away! You’ll be the centre of attention on your wedding day and you’ll be getting lots of photos taken of you, from all angles, so it’s important that you love how your hair and makeup looks on camera as much as you do in real life.

I’m more than happy to take photos from the back, front and side to give you a 360 degree view!

Be Open Minded

As mentioned earlier, many of my brides end up going for a look they hadn’t originally thought of because of a suggestion I made at their trial run and while it is a good idea to stick to a look that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable or unlike ‘you’, it’s all part of the fun to experiment, so try to be a little bit open minded.

We will try out loads of looks on your trial run until we create ‘the one’, so giving something a bit different a go won’t hurt and in fact, you may find that you love it!

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Relax & Enjoy!

Above all else, I want you to enjoy your trial run. This is a time for you to sit back, relax, get pampered and feel excited about your amazing wedding day! Even if you’re feeling a little nervous, you’ll soon find that I’m friendly and laid back and there to be your friend just as much as your hair and makeup artist.

I consider it to be part of my job to help you stay happy and calm on the wedding day itself and the same applies for your trial run. Expect lots of laughs, girly chat, enthusiasm and excitement. I love what I do and I love all of my brides, so I absolutely cannot wait to meet you and create your dream look!

Summer Wedding Hair and Make-Up for Beautiful Brides-to-be

Summer is almost here, which means wedding season is upon us!

For any bride, when thinking about your summer wedding hair and make-up you want to feel comfortable, whilst still feeling super confident. You want to find hair and make-up true to your natural style and that fits the vibe of your wedding, but you also want to feel like a goddess! If you’re feeling confident, it’ll shine through and make you look and feel even more beautiful.

It’s always fun to experiment, but leave that to the pros at your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run! This way, you’re sure to find the perfect look (maybe one you would never have originally thought of!) that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and that will work in those all-important wedding photos too.

There’s all sorts to take into consideration when choosing your summer wedding hair and makeup, aside from your personal preference. You need to think about where you’re getting married, details of the dress you want to show off, features your want to flaunt and those you don’t. Remember, all eyes will be on you!

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Boho Braids

A wedding classic! Boho braids are perfect for a summer wedding. They’ll keep you feeling cool on a warm wedding day whilst looking effortlessly chic.

Braids suit all hair types – long, short, straight or curly. You can keep them loose and romantic or give them slightly more structure and edge.

Deconstructed plaits are a popular choice with summer brides this year and adding flowers and other adornments can really give a seemingly simple style that extra something. The added bonus of braids is that when you take them out the end of the day, you’re left with gorgeous waves for the day after! Spritz with a salt spray like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and you’ll be good to go.

High Buns & Top Knots

If you’re getting married in the midst of summer and are worried about overheating, a top knot or high bun is the perfect solution. You can choose something elegant and neat, or relaxed and messy – whatever fits in with how you want to look on your big day.

Top knots high on your head are an excellent choice if you have a backless dress or back detail you want to show off. They can also add height and can help lengthen your neck, making them super flattering. Add plaits or flowers for something extra or keep it simple and let the dress do all the talking!

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Relaxed Up-do

For a hazy, summer wedding, a relaxed up-do is a great choice. Despite it’s easy appearance, finding a highly skilled hairstylist is essential for this sort of style, as the loose, effortless look can fall down very easily if not secured correctly! Just like Meghan Markle on her wedding day, if you love the idea of a few delicate pieces falling for added charm throughout the day, a pro will know how to do this deliberately rather than by accident!

Keep your loose up-do all natural or add real flowers for a sumptuous, summery touch.

This sort of bridal style is so versatile, with the option to go for true messy or a slightly neater version, whilst maintaining the relaxed feel.

If you’re planning a bohemian inspired wedding, this is the style for you. Curly, straight, short, long – a few cleverly placed pins will have you looking effortlessly elegant.

Curls & Waves

If you love wearing your hair down, you’re probably not going to feel comfortable with all your hair styled into an up-do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a beautiful wedding hairstyle.

Loose curls keep you looking natural and romantic – the ideal look for a relaxed summer wedding. Or how about defined Hollywood waves for a dreamy polished look fit for the red carpet?

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Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are a great way to add colour and texture to your summer wedding hairstyle – it can totally transform your up do!

There are so many different options to choose from. Go for an understated floral chain or a big and bold wreath style.

Choosing flowers that match your bouquets and decor is a wonderful way to tie your whole theme together. You could even pick a few wild flowers and make your own for a sentimental touch.

Half Up/Half Down

This is a great style for keeping your hair away from your face but still maintaining a hair down look.

Keep it simple and chilled with discretely placed pins or get intricate with the addition of plaits – a great look for a festival wedding.

The half up half down look is also a great choice if you can’t decide on up or down as you can un-pin and change it up when it’s time to hit the dance floor – it’s essentially a 2-4-1 style!

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Crown Braid

Another wedding classic is the crown braid. It’ll last all day and keeps your hair off your face and neck.

Like the other styles we’ve discussed, you can keep it super neat or use deconstructed plaits for a more relaxed look. Add accessories or keep it simple. The choice is yours!

If you want to go for a combination of this fab style and a half up half down look, a crown braid paired with cascading curls at the back looks incredible. There are so many options but all make for stunning wedding hair!

That’s summer wedding hair covered…now for the make-up!

Natural Radiance

Summer is all about that natural glow.

If you’re worried about a face full of make up on a hot summers day, a tinted moisturiser is a lovely, light alternative that is breathable yet buildable. It is possible to achieve great coverage while still looking natural, so don’t fret if you want both! You can let those freckles shine through and keep the look organic, but flawless all the same.

If full foundation is your thing, that’s still very doable in keeping with a light and effortless look – it just takes skill!

Match flawless, glowing skin with a flower crowned up do for the perfect wedding combo!

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Bright Lip

Summer is all about colour and a bright lip can add that perfect pop without going overboard.

If you’re keen to go for a vibrant lip, keep the rest of your face pared back and natural and choose your colour with caution! It must suit your skin tone or the result will be less than flattering.

You can be as brave as you want and don’t be put off by age! If you’re a mature bride who loves the idea of a bright lip, go for it! Be true to you.

Bold Eyes

The smoky eye is a classic wedding look but for a summer wedding, you might want to mix it up a little. There are two ways to add colour to your eyes. You can go all out and choose a bright and bold eyeshadow, super modern, daring and fun. But, if that is a little intimidating then opt for a coloured eye-liner for that pop without over-doing it.

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Dewy

You want to look like you’re glowing from within on your wedding day. You want to shine! You want to look like the best version of yourself and by choosing a dewy make up look you can go for fresh-faced and glorious without looking like you’ve tried to hard. Speak to your make up artist for tips for keeping you glowing all day.

Barely There

If you don’t usually wear much make up or are worried about feeling ‘heavy’ then go for the barely there look. This is ideal for a casual wedding or if you’ve opted for a more detailed hairstyle.

Concentrate on your skin: you want a beautiful base and natural shadow colours to compliment your eye colour. You can still use false lashes to make your eyes pop as individual lashes look very real!

This makeup style is all about looking like you’re wearing barely any make-up and instead just looking like the most beautiful version of you. You want people to think you’re radiating love and nothing more!

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Sun-kissed

Summer is all about looking sun-kissed and ‘glowy’ and this can be achieved with careful bronzer application in all the places you would naturally catch the sun. Highlighting and contouring can also help with this, but in both cases, less is more and blending is key!

Pair this with the top knot to really show off that warm, summer radiance, an elegant and beautiful combo!

Ethereal

Nothing says summer wedding better than a light, ethereal make up look. Light pinks, barely-there nudes and rosy cheeks for beautifully uncomplicated make-up.

If you’ve chosen the boho-braids then there is no better match! Adding a little highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes can really make the look pop.

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Prep: Sparkle Like Markle on your Wedding Day

Want to sparkle like Markle on your wedding day? It’s totally doable – if you’re willing to put the effort in. It will come as no great shock to hear that Meghan Markle’s wedding preparations are pretty intense (fit for a princess, no less!) but as we’ll soon find out, the results are almost certainly going to be worth it.

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It’s the final countdown to the Big Day now and Meghan and Harry have both been busy ticking items off their ‘to-do’ list. From quitting drinking and getting fit to having facial massages and regular manicures, Meghan is undoubtedly going to look flawless as she walks down the aisle.

Aside from booking in for her bridal hair and makeup, rumoured to be with celebrity stylist Miguel Perez who is famous for his big, bouncy curls, there are plenty of other appointments Meghan is sticking to. Here are a handful of the most essential, that you might want to consider adding to your pre-wedding regime…

The Facials

Meghan opts for facials that go one step further than your average, for that winning wedding photo smile! Rather than purely focusing on the skin, these extra-special facials work on the muscles of the face by massaging inside the mouth to strengthen and tone. Going to a pro is always going to get the best results, but at £260 a session with ‘skin guru’ Nichola Joss, it doesn’t hurt to know how to DIY at home!

In an interview with Marie Claire, Nichola explained:

“If you have troublesome skin and you need some corrective work, like if you have acne or scarring, you need to start working on a routine at least four or five months before the big day, seeing your facialist every two weeks to get your skin in the best condition you can. You can eventually cut it down to every three weeks, but you should still be getting regular massages between those appointments.”

Follow Nichola’s ‘five minute fix’ guide for more a full DIY routine

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The Manicures

Perfect nails are a must on your wedding day – the last thing you want are scruffy hands for those ring close-ups.

Meghan gets regular manicures to keep her fingers looking their best, so naturally she has her manicurist booked to visit her the day before her wedding. My advice is that you do the same! If your hands and nails needs a little TLC, treat yourself to a series of manicures leading up to your wedding to get them into the best condition possible. If they’re not in bad shape, still book your wedding day nail appointment in advance so you know you’ve got that. Book it for the day before, if possible. Failing that, in the week running up.

The Workout

Exercising before your wedding is not necessarily about losing weight or squeezing into a particular dress size – it’s also a fantastic stress buster for when all the planning gets on top of you and it can help to improve your posture for walking down the aisle.

Meghan Markle has purportedly been getting wedding fit using Heartcore Pilates, taught by her friend and pro instructor Heather Dorak, but she’s also been ensuring a healthy mind with her regular meditation. Apparently she attended a four-day initiation class with mindful coach Light Watkins and came away with her own, personal mantra to help ‘calm and centre’ her mind. Lovely!

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Pilates is a brilliant pre-wedding exercise as it will help you stand up straight and really look your best as you walk down the aisle. Here’s an easy posture improving pilates  exercise you can try, from Marguerite Ogle at VeryFitWell:

Posture and Alignment Exercise

  1. Begin standing. Stand with your feet and legs directly under your hips. Your legs and feet are parallel, and your knees are pointing forward, straight but not locked.​ Get details on good leg alignment.
  1. Balance Your Weight. Adjust your body so that your weight feels like it is falling directly through the middle of the foot. A good way to do this is to rock slightly forward and back on your feet, making the movement smaller and smaller until you feel your weight is balanced over the center of your foot.
  1. Activate your core muscles. Lightly pull your abdominal muscles in and up. As you do so you engage the pelvic floor muscles as well. You are going for a feeling of aliveness in the core. Just this move is usually enough to improve one’s posture significantly.
  2. Drop the tailbone. Activating the core will allow you to drop your tailbone down toward the floor. This is a neutral spine position, where the natural curves of the spine are present without tucking or hyper-extending(sway back) the pelvis. A popular image is that the pelvis is a bowl of water and you don’t want the water to spill out to the front or the back.
  3. Relax and open your chest. The chest is not caved in and not thrust out, just resting easily. There is a small point at the bottom of your sternum, and that, like the tail bone, should be pointing straight down.
  4. Shoulders down, broad back. Allow your chest to drop and open as your back expands. As this happens and you feel the support from your core, your shoulders drop away from your ears and your shoulder blades slide down your back. Cultivate a posture whereby your core is holding you up, not your shoulders!
  5. Ears reach for the sky. Your head and neck are completely supported by your core and easily float above your shoulders. Imagine that the tops of your ears are reaching for the sky. Your gaze is straight forward, with your throat open and chin resting naturally.

Review the lineup. If you were seen from the side your body part line up will look like this:

  • ankles
  • knees
  • hips
  • shoulders
  • ears

Marguerite suggests going through this posture checklist as many times as you can during the day and says “it is an especially good exercise to do once you are warmed up, or even after a workout when your awareness is heightened and core well engaged.”

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The Brows

Meghan Markle apparently goes for a brow shape called ‘The Audrey’ at Riley’s Mayfair salon, clearly, after the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn.

This style is allegedly designed to instantly lift the face with tinting, threading and tweezing will make all the difference to her overall look. The brows are so important as they are the frame of the face!

When getting your eyebrows done before your wedding day, make sure that you leave a few days before you’re actually walking down the aisle, just in case you get any irritation.

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The Health-Kick

The Markle Sparkle secret weapon? Well, it’s been said that she has two, actually: Matcha tea and Manuka honey.

Both of these are packed with skin-clearing, health-boosting anti-oxidants making them the perfect health kick before your wedding day. You can eat/drink them both and wear them as a face mask too!

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Here’s how to make your own Matcha and Manuka honey face mask, with a wonderful recipe from Anna Marie Gianni:

Matcha Green Tea Mask

If you’d like to see what green tea can do for you when you put it on your skin, we have a simple way for you to try it.

First, start with a quality matcha green tea product. Matcha is a good option for skin care because it is naturally more potent than regular green tea.

Next, mix a tablespoon or two of your powder with one or more of the following ingredients, depending on what effects you’re looking for:

  • Few drops of lemongrass (for cleansing and purifying)
  • Tablespoon of rosewater and several drops lavender oil (to soothe sensitive skin and minimize the appearance of large pores)
  • A tablespoon of manuka honey and yogurt (for deep moisturization)
  • One egg (to absorb excess oil, tighten, and tone)
  • Water or aloe vera gel (for simple anti-aging effects)
  • One-half to one teaspoon coconut oil(to create smooth, soft, radiant skin)

You can always add a few drops water to any of the above to create your preferred consistency.

Apply the mixture to your face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing and following with your favourite moisturiser.

Bridal Prep

Whatever your bridal prep schedule before your wedding day, the most important thing is that you stay calm and happy! It’s so easy to get swept up in the organisation that you don’t leave enough ‘me time’. Meghan’s bridal prep largely focuses on her mental and physical wellbeing and this is what is going to give you that gorgeous glow more than anything else. Apart from some strategic highlighting and contouring, of course!

Wedding Hair & Skin Prep for Winter Brides

Christmas Day is one of the most popular times of the year for ‘the big question’ to get popped, so if you’re one of the lucky ladies preparing to say your I Dos in 2018 you’re probably going to be facing the new year wondering where on earth to start with your wedding preparations…

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There’s going to be plenty to keep you busy during your wedding planning from finding that dream wedding dress to booking your hair and makeup trial run (and everything else inbetween!), but in amongst all of this it’s also important to remember to take some time for yourself, stay calm amidst the excitement and start to take care of your hair and skin at a whole new level so that you look and feel your very best on your wedding day.

A great hair and makeup artist can of course be quite transformative in the work they do, but you’ll always feel more confident and comfortable if you’ve invested a bit of ‘me time’ into pampering yourself in advance. The best things you can do for your hair and skin change throughout the year, depending on the weather and what you are faced with on a daily basis, so whatever time of year you’re planning on getting married – whether you’re a summer bride or a winter wonderland bride – I’ve got you covered with some top tips on what you can do to get your hair and skin in the best shape possible.

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To get you started, today’s blog is focusing on what you can do to promote gorgeous hair and skin during these cold winter months and this should be adhered to for brides right up until April, when we start to see the back of this dreary weather…

Tips for Beautiful Hair & Skin at Your Winter Wedding

The winter months are often the most drying for hair and skin, thanks to the blasts of hot central heating and cold air and the chill leading many of us to stop drinking as much water as perhaps we should be.

Because of this, hydration is key to keeping your hair lustrous and your skin soft, smooth and supple – the perfect base for making the most of makeup.

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  • Treat yourself to an over-night hair oil treatment once or twice a week on the run up to your wedding for locks that are super shiny and frizz-free. Spend at least 10 minutes applying the oil of your choice with a luxurious scalp massage to really stimulate the blood flow to your scalp for optimal hair growth and balanced sebum production.

 

  • Your skin is going to be pretty thirsty too, so whatever you do – don’t skip the moisturiser! A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful, healthy skin.

 

  • Avoid really hot showers. It can be tempting to crank up the heat when you’re showering on a cold day, but that hot water is as damaging to your hair as heat styling and it will also strip your scalp of much-needed moisture which can lead to a flaky appearance, so keep it cool whenever possible.

 

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  • If you suffer from frizzy, flyaway hair, a silk turban for sleeping in might be what you need. You’ve got that ring on your finger so your other half can’t leave you now, even if you do look a bit mad at bedtime! Despite the funky appearance, it’s totally worth it. Wrapping your hair in silk helps to retain moisture in each strand as well as depositing some of that luxurious silk, whilst also avoiding excess static-causing friction as you sleep. Check out SILKE London for some ready to wear turbans that actually look pretty glam…

 

  • Dry skin isn’t as good as hydrated skin at shedding dead skin cells, so exfoliation during winter months in preparation for your wedding day is a must! Buy yourself a lovely exfoliator and add this important step into your skincare routine each night before bed. Gently does it! You don’t need to scrub (this will do more harm than good!) just light, circular motions will do the trick. Exfoliate before you go to bed so that your skin doesn’t have to content with UV rays afterwards and slather on that moisturiser when you’re done.

My Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Makeup

The last thing you want on your wedding day is wedding makeup that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Whether that’s because it’s not applied as well as it could be or it’s just not the look you were imagining, it’s important that you figure out how to get the wedding makeup of your dreams long before your big day, whether that’s with the help of a professional wedding makeup artist like me or going it alone.

Need Bridal Makeup Inspiration?

The makeup you decide on for your wedding day needs to make you feel like ‘the very best version of you’, but that doesn’t mean that just your every day makeup will suffice!

There are certain things you need to take into account when putting together that perfect wedding makeup, with your makeup artist or on your own, to make sure that you get the look of your dreams on camera and off.

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Why Hire a Pro for Your Wedding Day?

Hiring a bridal hair and makeup artist can help enormously with easing the overall stress on the morning of your wedding day, meaning that you’ll be left feeling happy and confident when it matters most.

Your wedding day can be quite full-on and this is just one of the reasons why even if you’re fairly nifty when it comes to applying your own makeup on a daily basis, getting a helping hand from a pro really takes the pressure off.

A great wedding makeup artist will get your look just right, so that you feel amazing walking down that aisle.

Regardless of whether you’re hiring a pro or going it alone, here are my top tips for achieving the perfect wedding makeup:

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Your Trial Run 

If you choose to hire a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, the trial run is the time when you decide on the all-important look, so it’s key to get the most out of it that you can.

Book your trial run in 3-6 months before your big day (read more about what to expect on your Trial Run here).

Whilst the outcome of the trial will largely come down to the skill of your makeup artist, there are some things that you can do to make the most of it:

  • Wear a white top so that you can see how your makeup will look against your dress (button up, if you’re having your hair done too!)
  • Take photos to see the look on camera, from all angles
  • Stock up on inspiration images and bring them with you
  • If you’re planning on having a fake tan on your wedding day, have it for the trial too.
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Naturally Gorgeous Lashes 

Even if you’re going for a very natural look, false lashes are an absolute must for making those peepers picture perfect.

Strip lashes look a little fake and full on, so I tend to avoid these and instead, I use individual lashes for gorgeous length and volume that looks really natural.

Picture Perfect Products

The type of makeup used can have a big impact, especially when it comes to flash photography.

Any makeup that contains SPF, zinc oxide or are marketed as ‘illuminating’ can have what is known as a ‘masking effect’ in photos, meaning that you’ll might look white as a sheet! You can either avoid these and instead look for makeup that is HD, long-lasting or designed for camera.

Don’t worry if your favourite base contains one of these products – your makeup artist can apply a light dusting of one of Dior’s Nude Air Glow Powders – they are fabulous for adding a touch of warmth and gorgeousness, so your base will look fab in all your photos!

My favourite foundation brand is Cosmetics A La Carte, for their huge range of shades that suit every skin tone, long wear and flawless finish on and off camera.

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Use Bright, Natural Lighting

Always apply your makeup in bright, natural light! Make sure that you have this for the trial (or if you’re practicing your own makeup) and on the day itself too.

If you’re getting ready in a hotel room or similar, think about where you can sit on the day to have your makeup done that has plenty of natural light.

 

Steer Clear of Lip Gloss

Unless you absolutely love it – it might be best to avoid super-shiny lip gloss – it can be super sticky and more likely to come off at the first kiss!

No gloss doesn’t mean that you have to wear a matte lip:  I often use a lipstick with a satin or shimmer finish instead rather than a full-on mirror gleam for a beautiful, longer lasting alternative.

Bridal Makeup for Mature Brides

My Top Tips & Product Recommendations

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WEDDING HAIR FOR MATURE BRIDES AND MOTHERS

Beautiful Bridal Makeup isn’t just for the youngsters getting hitched, it’s for all of you gorgeous mature brides too!

So many of my older clients write to me before their big day to express their concern over whether or nor it is possible for them to really love the way they look on their wedding day, but these worries are totally unfounded.

Many of my most stunning clients have been mature brides – age just doesn’t play a part when it comes to me helping you look totally gorgeous as you walk down the aisle.

It is true though, the hair and makeup for mature brides is a specialised skill – one that I am very proud to possess! Not because age makes you any less lovely but because it’s an undeniable fact that as we get older, our hair and skin changes and as a Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist it is essential to have the right knowledge and techniques to know how to get the best results.

From selecting the right products to showing you the most flattering styles, I know just how to make my mature brides look and feel amazing!

Bridal Makeup for Mature Brides

Pick your primer

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As we approach the menopause and beyond, our skin can become dryer and more delicate and so it is important that makeup products and application be adjusted to address that.

I love using Rose Dew by Cosmetics a la carte on my mature brides as it is a lovely, moisturising base layer for dry skin which leaves your skin feeling plump, fresh and hydrated, ready for some flawless foundation!

if your skin is still a bit oily, lucky you! Oily skin tends to form fewer wrinkles and tell-tale signs of ageing. This does, however, mean that you’ll need a different primer to suit your skin type: Laura Mercier oil free primer is a great product for oily skin and helps to keep the oil at bay whilst diminishing open pores.

Cosmetics a la carte Matte Miracle is another fab option: A beautifully light, oil absorbing gel that you can use on the t-zone – an essential to avoid looking shiny on camera.

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Bridal Makeup for Mature Brides

No more wrinkles!

 

Worried about wrinkles getting in the way of you and you ideal wedding day look?

Benefit Porefessional is one of my favourite products to use on my mature brides as it makes enlarged pores and fine lines vanish, by literally filling them in and making them disappear.

Wrinkles around the eyes can be some of the trickiest to deal with, but a great eye primer can go a long way it smoothing out and preventing eyeshadow creases. I find that Inglot Eyeshadow Keeper is the best eye primer for mature skin as it is light and colourless, yet effective – perfect for very delicate skin.

Troublesome under eye area Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer is one of those low cost items that really works. It’s light in texture and is super easy to apply.

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All about the base

 

Everything goes to pot if you don’t get the foundation right on mature skin. I always keep application smooth and light with a product that is lightweight yet buildable so that is can provide great coverage where it’s needed. Many Bridal Makeup Artists get this wrong by being way to heavy handed in an attempt to cover up signs of ageing, but this only ever makes things worse!

I love Firm & Glow by Cosmetics a la carte it comes in a wide range of shades, it’s light weight and anti-ageing whilst having good coverage – all at the same time!

A very light dusting of powder will help to set the foundation – making sure every thing stays in place – particularly important if you have oily skin. MAC Prep & Prime loose powder has a lovely fine texture so it works beautifully on mature brides. It is colourless and so works on all skin tones.

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Contouring

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Stay looking young & gorgeous.

Mature brides should avoid heavy contouring – as seen on YouTube! A gentle touch goes a long way.

I’ve found a lovely product Bare Cheek by one of my favourite makeup houses – Cosmetics a la carte.

Bare Cheek is a translucent gel that gives an ultra-natural bronze tint, smooths and perfects skin texture, and a radiant glow. Preservative-and perfume-free so ideal for sensitive skins.

Apply under the cheek bones and jaw for a fabulous sheer contour effect.

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Blushing bride

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When it comes to blusher, I aim for a subtle, dewy flush and I achieve this with a cream blush rather than a powder, which can sometimes look a bit cakey and dry. Just a touch on the apples of your cheeks or along your cheekbones in all you need. There’s so much choice out there – have a browse around at MAC, Bobby Brown and Inglot – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Highlighter should be subtle – not harsh. When correctly positioned it should sit on the upper edge of your cheek bones. It can look lovely – but it is dangerously close to the fine laughter lines around our eyes – and too much shimmer here will accentuate those lines and pile on the years – so go easy with the highlighter.

MAC Soft & Gentle is a powder shimmer that is definitely one of my new favorites.

If you prefer a cream highlighter try Shine Illuminator for a fabulous gentle, dewy finish.

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The Eyes Have It

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The way that eye makeup is applied might be the thing that requires the closest attention to change on mature skin, as anything too heavy or harsh will really accentuate signs of ageing.

Liquid and pencil eyeliners create a line that is way too harsh for mature brides, so instead, I like the add definition with a well blended, dark eyeshadow applied with a small, angled brush, for a soft sultry look that never smudges.

I keep eyelids looking youthful by steering clear of shadows that contain too much glitter and shimmer, instead opting for matte or very light shimmer products.

Eyelashes are usually a little thinner on my mature brides, so it’s really important to use an incredible mascara that creates impressive volume without clumping. I stick to my favourite, Clinique Lash Power Mascara, and finish the look off with a few individual false lashes.

I go easy on the brows, making sure that they are beautifully defined with a brow powder or wax, but never overdone or heavy.  Powders and waxes are easier to control than a pencil – bit if you find pencils easier to use – find one that is not too soft – so you can control the amount of product you’re applying. Once it is on it’s hard to get off and remember less is more!

Apply just enough to create a flattering frame is what I aim for. Try this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills

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last but not least . . . have a wonderful day and enjoy every minute!

You can’t beat having your hair and makeup done by a pro for your wedding day! Beautiful bridal makeup needs to be flawless, perfectly suited and long-lasting and for all of that, you not only need expert skills but incredible products too.

With over 20 years in the business, award-winning bridal makeup artist and hair stylist Pam Wrigley has discovered the very best makeup products to create totally gorgeous wedding looks.

From the dream mascara that won’t budge (even when the tears are flowing!) to the perfect blusher for a natural, dewy glow, here are Pam’s top bridal makeup products that she cannot live without:

8 Bridal Makeup Products You Can’t Live Without

Bridal Inspiration: Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Hair & Makeup

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Classic Hollywood glamour still stands the test of time – this is one look that will never go out of fashion, both on the red carpet and walking down the aisle.

Emma Roberts demonstrated how to wear this elegant (yet supremely sexy and sassy!) look at this year’s Oscars, with that incredible hair colour that is set to be one of the hottest trends for this summer, for true Jessica Rabbit style.

An easy to wear style that would work beautifully with all sorts of bridal gowns, but if you’re going for that peachy rose gold colour, it is so important that you get the right makeup to match.

Emma’s red lipstick and subtly gilded eye-shadow looks totally fabulous, but if the shades were slightly off, this could have been a clashing disaster!

This is where hiring a professional hair and makeup artist for your big day becomes essential.

Halle Berry

 

Embrace your natural beauty! When it comes to looking absolutely gorgeous for your wedding day, the best thing you can do is to work with the natural shape and style of your hair, rather than fighting against it.

So many brides-to-be with big, beautiful curls are in such a hurry to reach for the straighteners, but as Halle Berry showed on The Oscars red carpet, natural (or an amped up version of it) is totally fab!

If you’re a curly haired bride, count yourself lucky and try out some styles that really shows off those locks. Think perfect, smooth spirals without a hint of frizz and masses of volume!

If you love the idea of going for a look like this one, there’s no need to go overboard with makeup as the hair is without a doubt going to be centre of attention! Halle’s light smoky eye is the ideal addition and one of the top bridal makeup looks for 2017.

Give your curls an extra dimension by getting some multi-tonal highlights added in ahead of the big day.

Scarlett Johansson

 

Many brides go on a mission to grow their hair as long as possible before their wedding day to achieve that dream style, but as Scarlett Johnasson proved at The Oscars, short hair is equally awesome!

Scarlett’s short crop is a surprisingly versatile cut and with a gentle curl and some added oomph at the roots, she’s gone from androgynous to distinctly feminine. This volume lift works particularly well with the visible root trend that we’re now seeing so much of.

The choice of shimmering gold eye-shadow and pink rose lipstick is all you need to create a fresh but undeniably glamorous overall look.

Sofia Carson

 

Sofia Carson has leant firmly away from a natural, relaxed look and instead, gone for a beautifully structured, sleek fishtail bun with flawless makeup. This is a wonderful look for more traditional brides opting for a really decadent wedding dress and venue.

The key to winning at a look like this is perfection is all areas – not a hair can afford to be out of place! High gloss and a perfectly straight parting is a must, as are meticulously groomed brows and well defined lips.

Sofia has chosen a stunning hair accessory to adorn this chic style, which would certainly work a treat for brides too. Top the whole thing off with a tumbling, cathedral veil flowing out of the bottom of the bun.