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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!

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.