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Kind to skin
Q. I have an outdoor job and my skin really suffers in the winter. How can I repair the ravages of the cold and wind in time for my spring wedding?
A. Emma Burgess says: Spring is here and the warmer weather means changes to your everyday beauty routines. Products that are used in the winter may not work as well during the warmer months, so now is a great time to spring clean your beauty bag and get ready for a lighter skincare regime. Switch the heavy rich moisturisers for creams, serums and oils to suit the milder weather. I love local Norwich brand Abbey Essentials My Favourite Face Serum, it's packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help restore the skin's elasticity; great for a radiant complexion and a base for your foundation too. Buff away the dry dead skin cells of winter to leave you feeling soft smooth and glowing. I highly recommend coffee scrub from Upcircle Beauty, rich in essential oils to leave your complexion truly refreshed. Spritzing your face throughout the day will help you stay hydrated and fresh and can also help your make-up look luminous and glowing. I particularly like Organic Pharmacy Rose facial Spritz.
Having regular facials will help to make your skin beautiful and glowing for your special day too.
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Q. What are the latest colours and hot looks for spring brides?
A. Sharron Wratten says: A natural glow is still very much in favour. Bridal make-up is more soft and natural; a timeless classic look rather than latest catwalk trends. Soft peach and pink shades look great with a hint of gold for subtle glamour. For hair, flowers continue to be popular whether woven into plaits or twists or as a statement flower crown. Updos are still relaxed and soft but with more texture. We're also finding loose curls worn down are in big demand at our hair and make-up bridal trials currently.
Less is more
Q. I want to be on-trend with my 2020 bridal look - what do you suggest?
A. Brooke Thompson says: The year ahead is set to be all about statement veils and understated hair and make-up. Get the look by teaming a textured bridal ponytail with natural flawless make-up. If you're worried about your complexion, think about seeing a skin specialist a year or so before to see what you can do to get it in tip-top condition for the big day! My favourite foundation for a glowing, sheer natural finish is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, teamed with a shade of their Eyes to Mesmerise for a subtle shimmer on the lid.
To get that all-important glow, use the brand's Beauty Light Wand to pat on to the high points of the face and any area you want to catch the light. Finish with a soft and smoky kohl liner and a lick of waterproof mascara to add definition to the eyes.
For an easy yet chic and modern hairstyle, team loose waves with texture spray. Pull into a loose ponytail leaving some tendrils free to frame the face and soften the look.
Finish by adding a small hairpiece such as the Elmley hairvine (pictured), hand-crafted by Eden B. Studio. Then find your statement veil – check out Crown and Glory for some super fun and quirky ones! Most importantly, be yourself on your big day.
Q. What are the key bridal looks in 2020?
A. Kirstie Barton-Grimley says: The 2020 bridal catwalks have never looked so fresh and effortless. Undone updos, hair entwined with flowers, jewelled headbands and make-up with splashes of colour. Here are a few pointers to get you started!
Half-up and half-down, with loose beachy waves is still very much a trend for 2020. Statement flowers in the hair, bejewelled vintage pieces or beaded headbands are popular, along with relaxed braids flattened out against the head. The bouffant, low pony tail with loose tendrils around the face looks very chilled and pretty. Add a ribbon tied low for hair that's fuss-free and out of the way so you can dance the night away.
The catwalks were full of dewy and glowing, hydrated, natural-looking skin. Colour was added with flushed cheeks and pink or berry-coloured lips to make more of a statement. Eyes were more nude with eyeliner in bolder colours for the brave.
Whatever style you like, here are my top tips to make sure you get the most out of your make-up trial:
DO research different bridal looks in wedding magazines and Pinterest and take pictures with you to the trial to make it easier for your make-up artist to visualise what you want. DO ask as many questions as you like, even if they seem silly, as it will help build a picture of exactly what you're looking for.
DO ask for advice on how to improve your skincare routine in the lead up to the big day. We can recommend products to tackle any problems and treatments that might be beneficial.
DO keep an open mind and consider ideas your make-up artist offers about what will suit you. We deal with hundreds of brides and different skin types and with the right consultation can help you look like the best version of you based on the right products, application and shades to suit your skin tone and eye colour.
DO make sure you have some top-up products for the day. I usually tell my brides to get their own lipstick colour, usually the same we've used at the trial or one very similar. I also recommend buying a translucent powder to use later in the day and for the evening celebration.
Above all make sure you find a hair and make-up artist you can bond with. It's one of the most important days of your life so you want people around you that make you feel relaxed in order to enjoy your wedding morning. Have a chat before booking a trial and go from there!
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Ahead of the game
Q. When should I book up for my wedding hair and make-up in order to make sure my bridal look is bang up to date and on trend?
A. Amanda Steed says: Good hair and make-up artists have bookings at least a year in advance and are always looking ahead and researching the upcoming trends in order to help and advise brides-to-be. Many of our brides start growing their hair as soon as they've booked the venue to make sure they can get the style they want. Don't worry though if yours isn't long or thick enough for your chosen look as clip-in hair extensions can provide extra volume and length. Plaits, twists and texture are all still very much in favour for the coming season but possibly with slightly less structure to go with the amazing dresses hitting the rails for 2020. Ethereal floaty gowns suit hair with soft waves and texture more than the structured chignon of a few years ago. A beautiful natural bridal glow is still on point, with make-up to enhance the eyes, maybe with some lashes for that extra bit of wow! It's really helpful to have a moodboard to work from, so start gathering your ideas as soon as possible to take to your trial and consultation. It will really help your stylists understand what you want so you can look and feel amazing!
Taming your locks
Q. My fiancé and I would love to have an outdoor photo shoot to celebrate our engagement but want it to look as natural as possible. I have fine shoulder-length hair and would like to do something with it so it's not too fly-away and wispy, so I can look and feel confident, but not over done. What would you advise?
A. Becky Simpson says: If you haven't already embarked on a pre-wedding haircare regime, I'd suggest the following hero products before styling your hair for the shoot. First apply Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray for amazing volume and hold (great for stay-put curls too), followed by their new Feather Light Frizz Eaze Serum. Using these two combined, you'll have volume, hold and shine! Finish with the brand's Dehumidifier Spray to protect from any flyaway strands. As far as what style to choose for the big day, a lovely soft up do or half-up, half-down style will help you feel confident and keep your hair in place.
Beat the frizz
Q. We're getting married in the autumn because it's our favourite time of year. However, although I love the season, how can I weather-proof my hair if it's wet or misty on the day?
A. Sharron Wratten says: Making sure your locks are in tip-top condition before the big day will help. Over styling, especially using high heat, or washing your hair too much can strip out natural oils and dry it out, so use conditioners to strengthen, repair and add moisture. Hair serums, smoothing and shine products are great for a sleek effect and regular trims will reduce fine, wispy split ends. In the run-up to the big day, try using a leave-in conditioner to give your locks an added boost. And if you're planning to top up your tan pre-wedding, make sure to wear a hat and keep your hair covered to avoid damage from the sun, sea or pool. On the day, an updo will help keep the frizz at bay or try a style with texture, great for a stress-free, on-trend natural look.
Prepped and primed
Q. I use the same make-up all year round. How can I change it up for my autumn wedding?
A. Victoria Bradfield says: Don't be afraid to go heavier with your make-up for this time of year as the lighting is so different to a summer wedding and soft pink and neutral shades can get lost. If you're not someone who feels comfortable with a bold lip go for something more daring for your eyes. A smoky look with bronze and copper tones is on trend, so you don't have to go down the grey and black route. Try Pat McGrath Sublime Bronze Ambition eyeshadow palette for a rich gold, brown and burnt orange contour. Always use a good fixing spray to keep everything in place from day to night. I favour Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray. Don't forget your skincare routine either, most people are much better during the summer but forget to be as vigilant during the winter when central heating and the cold air outside can quickly dehydrate and dry your skin. Make-up will go on much better and last longer if it's properly prepped and hydrated. Try to exfoliate your whole body and face once a week and use moisturiser every day. Find a serum that suits your complexion to give it an extra boost and a cream to look after the delicate area around your eyes, especially if you want them to be the focus for your wedding make-up.
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Q. What type of colour palette would you suggest for my make-up to reflect the season for my October wedding?
A. Stephanie Alexandra says: As autumn and winter set in, the days get shorter, the sky's a little darker and the colours of nature change from bright and vibrant to burnt orange hues and various shades of red, dark green and brown. These factors can not only inspire the style of your big day, but also influence how you'd like your make-up to look. For example, the softer pink and nude colours of spring and summer are left behind and in come rich berry and red tones; perfect for adding an up-to-the-minute seasonal twist to your make-up. If you're feeling particularly daring, why not add an extra pop of colour, like forest green eyeshadow and smoke it out under the eye (as pictured) using a small blender brush? Green works particularly well for brown and hazel eyes, making them really stand out, pair this with a red lip and your look will be right on trend! Shadows with warmer red undertones are also amazing for green eyes and for blue-eyed brides, try a soft smoky look using neutral brown palette.
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Q. I never really bother much about my hair and usually wear it either down or scraped back in a ponytail, so I've no idea how to prep for my wedding or what styles are hot for summer brides. Can you help?
A. Lisa Catt says: If you're not used to having your hair styled regularly, the current trend for more relaxed bridal hair is ideal. The chilled hippy look is big right now with loose curls or waves, half pinned back or with a loose plait. What ever you choose, it's important to get your locks in tip top condition for the big day though, so start a regular routine as soon as possible.
* Have a regular trim every six to eight weeks.
* Use a good conditioning treatment once a week, such as TIGI Oatmeal & Honey or TIGI Urban Antidotes.
* Make sure you use the right shampoo for your roots and a conditioner that's best for the ends. If your hair is coloured regularly, a colour-protect shampoo will help enhance the shade and make it last longer.
* Arrange a hair trial to coincide with your dress fitting so you can see the whole effect and avoid any last-minute worries.
* Never be scared to try out a few different looks and take a few photos with you of styles you like; they're a great help for hairdressers.
Get the look
Q. I'm not very adventurous with my make-up and only use the bare minimum, including the same shade of lipstick I've had for years! I want to feel different and glamorous on my wedding day though, but still like look like me – what would you suggest?
A. Brooke Thompson says: This year's brides are loving the Meghan Markle effect. Think luminous natural skin, fluffy brows and a wash of colour over the eyes, cheeks and lips. The style is perfectly understated and it's easy to see why it's bang on trend. I mean, who doesn't want to look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day, right? Let's enhance natural features like freckles, not cover them! Here are a few of my go-to products to get the look: HBP For a beautiful glow and to help keep your make-up in place all day, apply Becca Backlight Primer all over the face. HBP Follow with a lightweight foundation, such as Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder so we can still see those freckles. HBP Use Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on any problem areas. I opt for just a shade lighter that the natural skin tone to brighten the under-eye area. HBP Highlight cheekbones with the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand for an effortless non-glittery glow. HBP For a wash of colour, I love NARS The Multiple, a versatile make-up stick that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. I'd recommend the shimmering rose peach shade to enhance that youthful glow and add a pretty pop of subtle colour. HBP Get those fluffy brows by using NYX Brow Mascara, filling in any gaps with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in your chosen shade. HBP Finish off with a lick of mascara; waterproof is always best for the big day!
Image credit: www.camillaandrea.com | Hair and make-up: bohobeautybox.co.uk
Q. We're having a relaxed, outdoor wedding and I want to look as natural as possible. What would you suggest that's still going to make me look glamorous and stand out in the photos?
A. Louise Doyle says: I'd suggest for this kind of look, focusing on one specific feature for extra glamour, whether it's breathtaking eyes or a striking bold lip.
Keep your skin as natural as possible with a light formula base and concealer for any blemishes or pigmentation. Remember to set with powder to make sure your look lasts all day, especially for an outdoor wedding. Add definition using a powder bronzer along the cheekbones and up around the temples, where the sun would naturally tan you.
A pink blusher will add a beautiful flush to the cheeks while a light layer of highlight on the high points of your features will give your skin a healthy, radiant glow.
For the eyes, I'd recommend keeping the shadows light and shimmery adding definition in the crease with a light, matte brown shade. Highlight the inner corners and browbone to lift and open up the eyes. Define the lashline with a black gel liner or shadow. Light, natural false lashes will add extra definition to the eyes as well. If you want to keep your lips natural, use a lipstick two shades darker then your actual lip colour as cameras and flash photography can wash out certain shades.
Last but not least, the eyebrows. They can make all the difference to your final look. With naturally full brows all that's needed is a sweep of clear brow gel to keep them tidy or if the hairs are sparse use a brow powder to subtly fill and define them.
The bride tribe
Q. I really want to relax and enjoy getting reading on my wedding morning, but with six bridesmaids and two flowergirls, how is everyone going to get their hair and make-up done without it ending up in chaos?
A. Amelia Garwood says: Firstly, don't worry! Hopefully your hair stylist and make-up artist will have backup to cope with your bumper bridal party. Personally, in these circumstances I'd bring a colleague along to help, although I always do the bride's hair and make-up and work out a rough idea of timings myself. It's best to err on the generous for each stage in order to keep everything on track. Although not set in stone, the timetable should also allow for getting dressed, putting on your jewellery, veil and shoes. Don't forget all those important special details too, like admiring the flowers when they arrive, the getting-ready photos and, of course, a quiet five minutes with your dad before you leave. Once you've got a plan and taken everything into account you can then sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding morning, knowing that everything is in hand.
Here comes the sun
Q. My bridesmaids have arrranged a week away in the sun for my hen party. I'm looking forward to getting a healthy tan but don't want to get sunburnt or damage my skin. What would you advise to make sure I'm looking my big-day best?
A. Samantha Eaton says: I'm a total sun seeker myself and I love the bronzed look as much as anyone but I just choose to do it safely. It's a common misconception that using a sunbed will prepare or protect your skin ‒ it won't! It just increases cumulative damage and risk. Sunbeds can also cause premature ageing, sagging, wrinkling and blotching. Another long-standing myth that often baffles me is that you can't get a good tan using sunscreen. Some of my most even tans have been from wearing factor 50 and sitting in the shade. Crispy shoulders and unsightly strap marks are not a good look for your wedding, so it's best to control the way you tan and regularly apply the SPF.
Prevention is better than cure, so slip something on to keep your shoulders covered if you're out in it for long and use a sunscreen with SPF30 or above. Make sure it has a UVA symbol (ideally labelled minimum 4 star), store in a cool place and remember to check the expiry date. Don't forget to protect your lips as well with a SPF 30+ lip balm.
Wear a sun hat with a wide brim to shade your face, neck and ears, not only great for protection but a fashion statement too. Solar UV radiation can be damaging to the eyes, so invest in some good quality sunglasses. Overall protection depends on the quality of the lens as well as the design, so look for the European CE mark, which indicates a safe level of protection. As tempting as it is to lay out in the sun for ages, find some shade particularly during peak UV hours from 11am to 3pm. Never rely on shade alone though, always combine it with other protection measures.
Q. I love the on-trend braided look for brides, but I'm not sure it would work for my spring wedding with my thick curly hair. What would you advise?
A. Lisa Frost says: There's no need to worry, in fact the natural texture of curly hair is really well suited for the on-trend big braided and twisted styles. Look after your locks in the lead up to your day by using a professional brand, curl-enhancing shampoo and detangling conditioner, and a moisturising curl cream for styling. Always comb through with your fingers or a really wide toothed comb; to keep frizz under control and give thicker, healthy looking waves.
Loose curls can be easily transformed into beautiful braids or twists without too much prep. For tighter tendrils or afro hair getting a professional blow-dry on the morning of your wedding or the day before will help control frizz, add shine and make it easier to style. No matter how tempting it is don't use straighteners! This will create lines and make the shorter hairs stand up at funny angles and look unnatural. I like to use a curling wand on a middle heat to carefully stroke stray strands to the desired shape.
If, at your trial, you feel your curls are making the braids look untidy or you're worried they'll spring back throughout the day, I'd suggest twists instead.This will allow your hair to behave more naturally. Your stylist should be able to manipulate your natural or blow-dried curls into the same direction of the twists. And they look just as stunning!
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Get the look
Q. I have fair skin and don't tan easily but want a healthy bridal glow for my big day. How can I achieve this without looking unnatural or over made-up?
A. Stephanie Alexandra says: This make-up look is what I consider to be the perfect summer make-up, combining traditional bridal aspects such as a champagne eye colour, a natural complexion and a soft vintage pink lip. However, we took it to the next level by adding more texture and a smoky eyeliner to add subtle glam and really enhance the eye shape to make them pop for the camera. One of my favourite liners at the moment is Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner which is waterproof; perfect for those teary big-day moments! It's super important to me to achieve a healthy, flawless look without it looking unnatural or heavy. We used Hoola Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics to create definition and naturally enhance the cheekbones and nose. Next is where the best part comes in; giving the skin that all important radiance. To create a dewy effect, I used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter mixed with foundation (bareMinerals BAREPRO is one of my go-to products for brides) and finished the look by popping it along the high points of the face, giving that supermodel glow.
Q. I need to introduce some lifestyle changes before my wedding as my hectic schedule is taking its toll on my health and wellness. Can you suggest some easy steps to follow to get me on track?
A. Samantha Eaton says: Every bride wants to look and feel totally flawless on their wedding-day. Of course a make-up artist with a kit full of concealer and colour corrector can hide just about anything, but what about the getting-ready photos? If the thought of being photographed au naturel leaves you in a cold sweat, it's probably time to start that pre-wedding beauty routine. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you're ready for those #nofilter moments.
Staying hydrated is a great way to flush out toxins. Set yourself a daily goal and for added motivation why not treat yourself to an infuser water bottle? Add cucumber, lemon, lime, blueberries or raspberries and your skin will love you for it.
* Get those zzzs in
Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look dull and lifeless. Check out the This Works range for some award-winning sleep remedies.
* Treat your skin
Make an upfront investment in professional facials, it could mean you'll need to wear less make-up on your big day. Beauty therapists love to make people feel more confident and can advise on the best products to suit you and your goals.
* Clean eating
What you eat directly affects your hormones and can inflame acne, eczema and psoriasis. Keep a food diary and note any changes to your complexion, good or bad. Boost your immunity with things like ginger, turmeric and echinacea.
* Perfect peepers
Good lashes and brows can make a huge difference to your wedding make-up. Lash lifts are great for brides and last up to 12 weeks and I usually advise having it done a week before your wedding. For your brows there's everything from microblading to HD brows. A regular visit to a salon offering a tailored brow service will ensure any gaps are filled in and your therapist can remove any unwanted hairs and start to design the shape that best suits you.
Q. My skin suffers from dry patches during the winter and breakouts from eating too much comfort food and not exercising enough. What should I do to repair the damage in order to achieve a flawless glow for my wedding?
A. Stephanie Alexandra says: Although make-up can cover all manor of sins, it's still essential to look after your complexion in order to look and feel your absolute best on your special day. I recommend starting a skincare routine six months prior to your wedding. Not cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising regularly is something many of us are guilty of, however it will make a huge difference to the feel and appearance of your skin. One of the top resolutions for many people is 'healthy eating', after all you are what you eat right? Well this couldn't be more true when it comes to your skin, cutting out the junk and eating foods containing plenty of vitamins such as collagen-boosting vitamin C and antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E will help to give you that all important smooth bridal glow you're looking for.
Q. My hair is in desperate need of some TLC before my summer wedding. What would you suggest to help get it in tip-top condition in time for the big day?
A. Lisa Frost says: The best thing you can do is start looking after it now by using good professional products. Although they might be more expensive, they're highly concentrated, so should actually last longer than a supermarket or high street brand and do a far better job.
* Don't guess your hair type, speak to your regular hairstylist (or wedding stylist) about the products they use and they'll be able to advise you about the right shampoo and conditioner to suit you, how to use it correctly and whether you need any special treatments too.
* Always use a salon heat-protection product when styling and don't have the temperature too high, about 185°C is perfect, otherwise it can break the bonds in your hair making it dry, weak and prone to breakage. Believe it or not using a hairdryer at the right temperature is actually better than drying your hair naturally as leaving it wet for a long time makes it more likely to stretch and break before it has completely dried.
* If you're thinking of having a colour, always have it done professionally! Do your homework on the salons near you and the brands they use. Look for products that are kind to your locks. We use Organic Colour Systems which are fantastic. There's no harsh chemicals, vegan friendly and with no harsh chemicals; so gentle on the hair it doesn't feel coloured!
* When choosing a shade, think about your wedding dress and the overall look you're aiming for. Blonde and highlighted hair is great for showing off detail in braids and textured styles. This often gets lost with dark hair which can make it look messy. So, I usually advise brides to have highlights or lowlights (they can be as subtle as you like) just to add depth and definition and help show off a gorgeous style.
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