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Planned to perfection
Q. I would love my bridal party to all be treated to having their hair and make-up done - how much time should we allow for this on the morning of the wedding?
A. Laura Timms Mowinski says: I have been doing bridal hair and make-up for more than 15 years now and I tend to do all hair first then make-up if I'm booked for both services. I allow around an hour per person for hair and make-up application, a little longer for the bride. I also plan the morning so all bridal party members are ready hair and make-up a hour before you're due to leave, this gives that additional hour if needed and some spare time for any changes or touch ups required.
Laura Timms Mowinski
The face has it
Q. What's trending in make-up this season?
A. Kelly Andrews says: Fluffy brows – gone are the days of super slick and perfectly penciled brows. The latest trend has a more relaxed feel and is easily achieved by brushing the hairs upwards before setting with a clear or tinted gel. For a longer term solution, check out brow lamination treatments at your local salon.
Au naturel – still by far the hottest make-up trend is the understated natural look. Think wedding-day Duchess of Sussex with radiant glowing skin, lightly flushed cheeks and doe eyes with a smoked-out liner.
Berry nice – a classic red lip is a great way to amp up the glam, but it's not a shade everyone will feel confident with. Try a gorgeous berry hue on your lips after the first kiss to take your look from day to night.
Kelly Andrews, Beauty editor
Get the look
Q. Our experts tell you how to recreate this stunning bridal look....
A. says: …the hair!
To create this hairstyle yourself...
Step 1. Curl your hair using tongs/straighteners/curling irons, (always remember to use heat protector products prior to using any heated equipment).
Step 2. Backcomb the roots slightly to give height, leaving out a 1 centimetre section round the hairline.
Step 3. Using your fingers, pull all your hair back into a low ponytail and fasten with a hairband.
Step 4. Tie the ponytail into a knot, a simple loop and pull through the knot, and use hair grips to secure it in place, leaving the ends loose.
Step 5. Once the knot is fixed, tuck the loose ends into the knot and grip into place.
Step 6. Using your thumb and forefinger, gently pull loose a few strands throughout the hair, (making sure not to fully pull out of the style), to give texture. You may also want to pull a few strands totally out around the face, to give a softer look.
Step 7. Spray with a strong hold hairspray.
Contact: Sally Thomas Hair | https://sallythomashair.com
This year in particular, brides are starting to move towards soft and glamorous looks. Opting for flawlessly polished skin, naturally contoured and highlighted cheekbones, sultry eyes, and soft pops of colour on the lips and cheeks; radiance is back for 2020. Let's take a look at what products, tools and tips will help the 2020 bride to recreate this stunning look!
Start by priming the skin using Charlotte Tilbury's 'Wonderglow' skin primer, designed to blur imperfections and keep the skin looking radiant all-night long. The perfect way to prep for the application of foundation and or concealer.
For flawless coverage to the skin, use a 'Beauty Blender' to apply Illamasqua 'Skin Base' foundation which is light weight and buildable. A sponge application delivers a soft veil of product, perfect for an opulent glow and will create a flawless finish to the skin.
Apply the following products by MAC Cosmetics for a sultry eye focus. Groom the brows with Prolongwear brow gel to frame the face. Then apply 'Mulch' eyeshadow all over the eye lid and buff under the eye. Apply 'Coffee' Pencil under the lower lash line for depth and 'Engraved' pencil smudged as a top liner; kohl products are easy to use and blend beautifully. To finish soften the application with a MORPHE 507 brush to blend and shape the eyes.
To contour the cheeks apply Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Contour Kit' with an MORPHE E4 angled contour brush to create definition to the cheeks. Then apply Loreal 'Lifes' a Peach' blusher to the apples of the cheeks for warmth, smile while applying as it will ensure the placement is perfect. Finish with a sweep of MUA Cosmetics Highlighter in Golden Scintillation on top of the cheek bones for a gorgeous glow.
Couple NYX lip liner in 'Nude Pink' with Bobbi Brown's Crushed Liquid Lip Lipstick in 'Peach & Quiet' to give a pop of colour to the lips; perfecting your pout morning until night.
Contact: Nicky Foster Make Up Artist | https://www.facebook.com/Nickyfostermua
A crying shame
Q. I'm concerned that the cold weather will cause my eyes to water and ruin my eye make-up. How do I stop this happening?
A. Rachel Savine says: Cold, windy weather irritates our eyes, this is why it's so important to select the right cosmetics to avoid smudged and running make-up.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a 24-hour long-wearing foundation that has staying power and provides flawless coverage. It's perfect for Bridal make-up and will create the perfect base for your look and ensures make-up will stay in place all day. A great waterproof eyeshadow primer is NYX Proof It! as it's an excellent way to keep eyeshadow in place. Simply smooth it on to lids with your ring finger before applying powder and eyeshadows. Consider choosing colours that aren't too dark in shade, layering on matte nude colours can help make-up look and appear perfect, even if your eyes are watering. A tip is to spray your brush with a small amount of setting spray, then gently pat over your eyeshadow to keep the pigment lasting longer. Define your lashline with Smashbox Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner then apply plenty of waterproof mascara to thicken your lashes. Finish with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray to encourage a long-lasting wear. On the day, mention concerns to your photographer so they can take your photos in a more sheltered place if you're outside, or take you indoors to avoid the cold weather.
Image credit: https://www.lyricweddings.co.uk
Baby it's cold outside
Q. As my winter wedding is quickly approaching, I'm worried the cold weather will damage my hair and cause a dry scalp and frizzy hair. What can I do to stop this happening?
A. Callie Tanner says: It's not uncommon for us to neglect hair during the winter months; here's some of my top tips for keeping hair looking at its best!
* As the temperature drops, the first thing most people do is turn the heating up but don't realise the adverse effect that the dry air has on our lovely locks. To prevent this, use a humidifier at night to keep hair moisturised.
* Use a deep conditioning treatment twice-a-week which is suitable for your hair type to keep your scalp and hair moisturised.
* Add a few drops of oil to towel-dried hair or shampoo to ensure a glossy finish – Moroccan oil is my personal favourite.
* Make sure to have regular trims so that your hair is as healthy as it can be and to minimise damage.
* During the cold winter months we must protect our hair from the elements, ensuring that the hat of choice is satin lined because that will prevent frizz caused by static electricity.
Image credit: https://stilllightphotography.co.uk
Q. I struggle with acne and want to cover the spots and scars on my wedding day without my face looking cakey. How can I achieve this?
A. Gemma Howard-Masters says: When it comes to wedding make-up, the first thing to do is focus on having a good skincare regime and drink plenty of water to keep the skin as clear as possible. When covering spots or acne on the day I use a yellow colour corrector first to mute any redness followed by a good concealer. My preference is Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector and I use a slightly lighter shade than the foundation. Let this set for a moment and then apply a foundation such as Armani Luminous Silk foundation with its buildable coverage and excellent finish. Set the make-up with powder to finish off the look and a good option is MAC Mineralise Powder. These steps should hide all acne or spots for your special day.
Glow for it!
Q. I want beautiful glowy skin for my wedding day but I'm worried about the cold weather making my skin dry and flaky. What would you suggest I do?
A. Leanne Bayliss says: One of the most important things is making sure your skin is properly prepared for the make-up application. I recommend keeping with your normal skincare routine but adding in a few hydrating masks or serums in the last few weeks leading up to your big day. A hydrating primer such as Bobbi Brown Face Base or MAC Prep & Prime will create a glowing natural base. If you want an extra glow try mixing an illuminator in with your foundation, or if you are concerned about losing coverage then add it as a step between primer and foundation. I use MAC Strobe Cream on all of my brides, if you have a pink undertone you should go for shade PinkLite and if you have a warm undertone I recommend GoldLite. Finish your look off with plenty of setting spray to melt the powders into your skin, this will keep your make-up looking fresh all day and stop the skin looking dry.
Q. I want my hair as healthy as possible for my wedding but it's not in the best condition. What can I do to bring back my shiny and healthy hair?
A. Heather Victoria says: We've all dreamt of having luscious locks but it's hard to create the style or colours we desire without using heat or bleaching products. Heat and bleach can dry your hair causing breakage and dullness. On the build-up to your wedding, I recommend having a break from the straighteners or hairdryers and start using deep conditioning masks and treatments to keep your hair moisturised. It's best to stay on top of your hairdressing appointments to get rid of any straggly ends. What helps create healthy hair is having a good diet and staying hydrated. Foods such as fish, vegetables and beans will give your hair a healthy shine while the right vitamins, protein and iron in your diet will make your hair grow faster.
The eyes have it
Q. For our big day in winter, I want to wear eye make-up but I'm worried my eyes will become watery and get ruined from the harsh cold winds. What can I do to avoid this happening?
A. Maria Knight says: My number one way to prevent eye make-up from melting and smudging in the cold winter months is by applying an eyeshadow primer. This miracle lightweight creamy product should be used as a base layer to prepare eyelids for the eyeshadow application. It's usually a neutral colour or invisible on the skin which creates a barrier and seals the oils of your skin away from the eyeshadow. This will ensure long-lasting wear and provides protection against creasing and fading of your make-up. It can also help to make eyeshadow easier to blend – a huge bonus if you ask me! Simply apply your powder or cream-based eyeshadow on top, follow with a slick of waterproof mascara, a spritz of setting spray and voila, budge-proof eye make-up to survive anything mother nature has in store.
Q. I really want to create two different looks on my wedding day so you can clearly see the change from day to night - what do you suggest?
A. Victoria Moore says: You could choose two dresses just like Meghan which were plain but oozed elegance. For the evening I would suggest opting for a manageable dress which is lightweight and has a shorter train ideal to dance the night away. Or you could choose completely contrasting dresses and make a statement.
One of our designers Elbeth Gillis creates bridal separates which are a great option for brides who would like to change their top or skirt for the evening of the wedding. You would never know that they are separates so could really surprise your guests and wow them with another bridal look.
Another alternative could be to wear the same dress for the entire wedding but change the overall appearance. For example our Olivia gown designed by Lazaro has a detachable skirt created with the same beautiful petal embellishment as the dress. The full skirt could be worn during the day and then in the evening the silhouette of the dress revealed.
Image: JLM Couture/Lazaro
Q. I wanted to change my make-up look from day to night - what do you suggest?
A. Maria Kight says: As a multi-award-winning hair and make-up artist, I'm often asked by my brides how to effortlessly switch up their look from soft and natural understated beauty, to glamorous goddess. Here are my tips for creating a seamless transition, to a fresh and glowing restyle for your evening celebrations, whatever your skin tone, face shape, or daytime make-up style. * Enhance a “go-to” light smoky eye by adding a soft rose gold eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye, take the shade onto the socket and blend to brighten and illuminate. * Add eyeliner to the lower lash line to define and enhance, and a slick of mascara. Also consider fluffy false lashes to open and elongate the eye. * Finish by swapping your perfect nude pink lip, for a bold pop of colour. I promise you will feel refreshed, confident and radiant. Oh and don't forget the setting spray, a must have to keep your look absolutely flawless late into the night!
Q. What are your top tips for a flawless summer bridal look?
A. Gemma Howard-Masters says: 1) Look after your skin. Start a good skincare regime a minimum four-months before your wedding exfoliating twice a week and use a nourishing face mask. Cleanse, tone and moisturise and use a nourishing eye cream morning and night plus drink plenty of water get plenty of sleep and an exercise routine if you can. All of these factors make a massive difference to how fresh your face will look on the day. I love Estée Lauder skincare products also Decléor.
2) Decide on your hair length and colour in plenty of time for the wedding making drastic changes a few weeks before the big day is not advisable. Also, prep your hair with hair treatments either Moroccanoil or Olaplex treatments to make your hair look super glossy and healthy.
3) Have your make-up and hair trial a minimum of three months before the wedding so you have plenty of time to make any changes.
4) Glowing skin is a must! I adore foundation airbrushing for a stunning finish with all of my brides.
5) Lastly, I recommend pastel shades for a summer bridal make-up look, with fresh flowers delicately dotted through the hair.
Q. I want to look fitting to the time of year we're tying the knot; our nuptials are in August - what do you suggest?
A. Millie Butler says: When it comes to summer bridal hair you can't go wrong with bouncy loose curls. If you was looking for a hair-up style, each loose curl can be pinned up and simply adorned with flowers for a boho-vibe.
This wavy boho style can also be created in a half-up half-down design giving flexibility to the bride to remove the pins at the reception for a more glamorous evening look.
For summer accessory looks, flower crowns on bridesmaids are perfect, while brides can wear fresh blooms in their hair. My top tip is to not pre-buy flowers on hair combs; this is actually quite limiting for a stylist, and a professional can hide the stems of the flowers and grips far better than the comb.
Summer bridal looks
Q. How can I be inspired for my summer hair and make-up bridal style?
A. Zoe Bywater says: When my clients ask for a summer bridal look I take into consideration their wedding theme, colour scheme and their normal make-up style. I like to complement the bride and tie her look in beautifully with the bouquet and bridesmaids' dresses. When I think of a summer bride I think fresh, light hues with a wash of colour on the cheeks and lips such as a peach or pink. As always, make sure the make-up is long lasting.
Image credit: https://garethnewsteadphotography.com
Q. I keep hearing about people having their make-up airbrushed on. I'm wondering how this compares to other methods and would it be the best option for me on my wedding day?
A. Gemma Howard-Masters says: I absolutely love airbrushing my brides as the finished result is immaculate! A light diffusion of foundation on the skin leaves a flawless finish and the beauty of this is the coverage can be made as sheer or as heavy as you wish.
Other base applications look lovely, and a good make-up artist will use high-quality products for your nuptials, if you don't have the airbrushing equipment. I've listened to feedback from photographers I've worked with and they always complement the cosmetics finish when editing the wedding images.
Image credit: https://roseandrainbowphotography.com
Q. I'd love to be able to rock a bold statement lip on our wedding day, but I'm worried this might be a bit too heavy our relaxed vibe. How can I achieve my dream look without going overboard?
A. Bryony Dalton says: This is a great look for any bride wanting to make a statement. If, however, you're worried a daring tone may be being too heavy for a more relaxed ceremony, try applying the desired hue as a stain, pat gently on to your lips using your ring finger to create a soft pop of colour. Your hubby-to-be will love this too as it's less likely to transfer on to his mouth during that kiss! Then, post service when you're ready to party, apply this same shade directly from the lipstick for a richer, opaque finish that'll wow your guests.
Image credit: http://www.katieingram.co.uk
Flowers are a girl’s best friend
Q. I'm set to tie the knot in March and would love to incorporate fresh flowers into my wedding-day hair do. What style would you recommend for my thick locks?
A. Gemma Howard-Masters says: Depending on the thickness of your hair, there are a few options you could try such as chic braids or plaits, which are very on-trend. Blooms can be woven in a way to create texture, lifted and twisted into chignons of all shapes and sizes. Here at the salon we do a princess braid, in which hair is wrapped around the head to create a crown-like shape. It's also great for holding your locks in place without the use of a lot of hairpins, which are needed to support thicker tresses. Another option would be a '40s style roll kept low to the nape of the neck. Flowers can be placed along the top to create a crescent shape, or a full circle of flowers can also be used. Alternatively, you could also try a high ponytail curled and pinned into place or one neatly tucked under like Nicole Kidman's look as Grace Kelly.
Q. I've just gone from blonde to brunette in preparation for my wedding. However, years of bleaching have made my hair brittle and dry, what treatments would you recommend to get my locks looking their best for my big day?
A. Millie Butler says: I know just the thing for you, Kérastase Chronologiste Revitalising – I like to describe this as a miraculous elixir from the gods! When it comes to restorative treatments for the hair, I'd go as far to say that it's probably one of the finest products ever created, plus it works on all hair types. Its caviar pearls will protect, renew and strengthen your locks and the rich crème masque will soothe and hydrate the hair fibres leaving your tresses soft, supple and intensely nourished with an incredible shine. This is a treatment that's only available in salons and I'd recommend a course in the run-up to your wedding. I'd also suggest a follow-up three-step treatment plan at home using the following Kérastase products; Bain Chroma Captive Colour Radiance Protecting Shampoo, Fondant Chroma Captive for shine and intense care and Chroma Thermique Thermo Protecting Milk to help prevent dehydration and colour fade from all heated styling appliances.
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