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Q. How can I make sure my bridesmaids' make-up is the best complement to mind without being upstaged?
A. Toni Todd says: Hiring a make-up artist for your wedding day is a sure fire way to ensure the girls are beautifully made up, without upstaging your bridal look. You'll meet with your make-up artist for a trial prior to the wedding day. At this time, your artist will design a make-up look for you, taking into account your colours, theme or vibe of your big day.
Your beauty professional will also be able to expertly suggest a look for your best girls to complement your own. Whether the look you're going for is natural or bold, your professional will with able to take components of your look and tone them down for your bridesmaids if you so wish.
Remember, this is your wedding and you have the final say at all stages.
Q. What are your hot bridal hair trend tips for 2020?
A. Alison J. Smith says: With the continuing preference for a less formal, casual wedding vibe with more rustic themes, it makes sense for this to be reflected in bridal hair too. My clients frequently describe their ideal wedding hair as “not too neat and bridal, and not too messy.” Some of the things to consider when choosing how to wear your hair are…
* Style of your dress – does it have detail or a decorative neckline that may be hidden if hair is worn down?
* Hair colour – braids and twists look fabulous in blonde and lightened hair, but get lost in dark hair with no colour dimension. Dark hair shines in smoother styles and jewelled accessories add brilliant contrast.
Unstructured, textured and casual-looking hair will stay for 2020, both hair up and down. High buns, low twisted buns, chignons, twisted halo braids and waves, both textured and Hollywood-style waves: making a style look effortless is all about the preparation. Your hair should be comfortable to wear and there's longevity to consider too.
Collect pictures of styles you like ahead of your trial, so your stylist can get an idea of what you're thinking, and advise whether it's suitable for your hair type. Think about hair accessories, and whether you'll be wearing a veil. Personally, I love beautifully effortless hair with a simple accessory or my favourite fresh flowers.
Alison J. Smith
Q. How do I pick the perfect lipstick for my wedding day?
A. Danielle Lury says: Go for a lipstick hue that complements your skin tone and possibly even your day's colour palette. Blush pinks are always a firm favourite with brides-to-be, such as Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury.
If you're considering a something brighter, like a red, I'd advise you to opt for one with a blue undertone as this will make your teeth look whiter. Reds with orange undertones tend to have the opposite effect.
Q. I've heard that perfectly painted brows are out and fluffy brows are in. How can I achieve this on-trend look?
A. Claire Reed says: Brow lamination is a game changer! In this salon treatment, brows are brushed upwards with a gentle adhesive then a lifting lotion is applied, which moulds the hair into its new position. Once that's removed, a fixing lotion sets them into shape, a tint can then be applied for added definition. The whole treatment takes around an hour and you can maintain your day-to-day look by brushing through a little brow wax. If you prefer to try some alternatives at home, Soap Brow is a great option. Simply spritz a little MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ spray into the tin and use a clean mascara wand to brush the product through. You can also give the illusion of added thickness by drawing hairs in using something like NYX Micro Brow.
Q. I'd like to make my eyes look bigger so that they really stand out. What can you suggest?
A. Danielle Lury says: To make eyes look bigger and brighter use a skin tone pencil along the waterline rather than a black. Begin by defining the area around the eyes with a dark eyeshadow shade, followed by a lighter hue on the inner corners. Finish by blending into an ombre to really make the peepers pop!
Q. I'm not a huge fan of glitter by want a glam look for my new year nuptials. What can you suggest?
A. Alison J. Smith says: Much of your day will take place under artificial light, so I usually encourage my winter brides to opt for a more glamorous look. Red or purple roses and vibrant berries often feature in bouquets at this time of year so I love to use red, plum and berry lip colours. New York Apple and Lustering, both by MAC are two of my favourites.
Eyes can still shimmer without the need for glitter. A touch of gold or silver eyeshadow in the centre of the eyelid can really make your eyes pop. Try Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette of Pops in Celestial Eyes. A slick of black gel liner along the top lash line, such as Bobbi Brown Black In Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, gives a touch of Hollywood glamour when paired with a gold lid. Alternatively, you may prefer to create a smoky eye using a pencil liner smudged along the upper lash and winged to elongate the eye. Finally, add a few false lashes for a wide-eyed flutter.
Brush a pop of blush to the apples of your cheeks, then sculpt with bronzer, and a touch of highlight to finish for perfect candlelit skin.
Alison J. Smith
Q. We're having an autumn-themed woodland wedding. How can I wear my make-up to subtly complement this?
A. Danielle Kitter says: Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to have a wedding, and choosing autumnal make-up colours like subtle burnt orange tones, golds and light browns on your eyes with a subtle natural lip in a cult colour like MAC velvety teddy would look great. Alternatively, you could add a pop of colour to the lips using a deep red or burgundy tone lipstick.
Q. I'm not sure how to wear my hair for the wedding. Are there particular styles to suit particular face shapes?
A. Janey Campbell says: There's no right or wrong, and you shouldn't rule out a style because you think it won't suit your face shape. It's true, a style may suit one face shape better than another. However, it's all about finding a style you like and working with your hairstylist to tweak it until you love it. This may mean making the style looser or curlier, or perhaps adding more volume or playing with how much hair frames your face. Never be afraid to let your stylist know what you do and don't like. It's going to help them to create a bespoke style for you that isn't just going to suit your face shape and make you feel comfortable but also make you feel better than you ever have before.
Q. I'd love to book a professional to do my make-up for my big day, but I have extremely sensitive skin, and I'm worried products I've not used to will cause breakouts. What would you advise?
A. Alison J. Smith says: When choosing your make-up artist, first and foremost, look for someone whose style of work you like. Contact them to explain your sensitivity concerns and ask which products they use. All professional make-up artists will recommend a trial for your bridal make-up, and many will offer a free consultation if you'd just like to meet them before booking. In recent years, there's been a shift towards more natural, vegan and organic beauty brands. Without the harsh chemicals and over-the-top fragrances, products are less likely to cause breakouts. Book your make-up trial well in advance of your wedding date in case you react to any products used. At your trial, your artist will ask about any sensitivities you have so that they can avoid using anything that may cause a problem.Tell them which products you usually use, and they can advise on any changes that may be beneficial. If you do have any reactions after your trial, it's important to let your make-up artist know so that they can find an alternative. You may require a second trial to be sure your skin is happy for your big day.
Alison J. Smith
Q. Q How can I make sure my hair is in its best condition for my wedding day?
A. Alison J. Smith says: Achieving perfectly conditioned hair for your wedding is dependent on a number of factors.
* Are you trying to grow your hair? A trim every 3-4 months should allow you to gain length whilst keeping split ends in check. At your hair trial, your stylist can recommend when best to have your hair cut prior to your wedding, for both condition and to achieve your perfect bridal style.
* What products do you use on your hair? Using a good shampoo and conditioner can make a huge difference to the appearance of hair, so go with your hairdresser's recommendations. * Do you colour your hair? For coloured hair, a colour protecting shampoo is essential. If your hair is bleached, or coloured and in poor condition, ask your hairdresser about adding a bond builder such as Olaplex, to your colour. This prevents breakage and improves condition. Semi-permanent colour and glossing are perfect for adding shine to natural hair without commitment to regular colouring.
* Do you use heated styling tools? Heat protector is a must if you use straighteners or curling irons. Spritz each section before straightening or curling. It can also be used before blow-drying.
Alison J. Smith
Q. I'm a huge fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood and would love to capture this in my wedding day look. What can you recommend?
A. Toni Todd says: This era was the most glamorous and sensational for fashion, hair and make-up. To achieve this look for your very own wedding, the top elements to take you from everyday bridal to Hollywood glamour are perfectly groomed brows, soft nudes on the eyes paired with a subtle kitten winged liner and a strong matte red lipstick.
Be sure to choose a make-up artist who is confident in vintage-style hair as well as make-up. After all, you can't channel this look without beautiful curls and waves, think Veronica Lake or Marilyn Monroe.
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Q. I love the make-up look from last issue's 'La vie en rose' shoot. Can you tell me how you created it?
A. Lucy Meyer says: I took inspiration from my own make-up routine for this shoot. As a working mum my own look has to be super quick to achieve, so I'll gravitate toward multitasking products like NARS Cosmetics' The Multiple stick, which create a monochromatic or tonal look. This means matching the shade you wear on your lips to your eyes and cheeks, which looks great on anyone. Set against gorgeous glowing skin your natural beauty really shines, perfect for any bride wanting to achieve a fresher more modern look for their bridal make-up. As always, I began with a thorough skin prep, and used MAC Cosmetics' Studio Fix Fluid, a medium buildable coverage that goes the distance on long days and performs brilliantly on camera. I then moved on to the lips. A great tip, when you can't decide how you want your make-up to be, is to get some colour on the lips first allowing you to judge how strong your cheeks and eyes need to be and what direction your look will take. I used two lipsticks throughout the shoot, alternating as we moved from studio light to natural light. MAC Cosmetics' Lovelorn is a true pink, neither cool nor warm in tone and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk created a vintage rose hue, which I also used on the cheeks to finish the look. A wash of colour from the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk eye palette was applied over the entire eyelid area and mascara was kept to a minimum since I didn't want a lash-heavy look and kept the focus on the shade running throughout. Brows were kept natural and I used Soapbrows to lift and brush the hairs in an upward placement to look fuller and have a romantic finish.
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Q. I love a fresh, glowing face. How do I create this without looking shiny?
A. Lucy Meyer says: To create fresh, glowing skin without the shine, I always begin with thorough skin prep. Begin with a light cleanse and gentle exfoliation using Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant that sloughs off any dead skin cells to reveal smooth polished skin. Once cleansed and polished, assessing the areas of your skin that may be prone to oiliness allows you to control those areas and add radiance so that they'll glow. I can't be without Kat Burki Complete B Illume Brightening Serum in my kit. This wonder product not only hydrates and absorbs quickly, but it also leaves skin looking luminous, creating a brighter, more even, skin tone. Next, use MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream on the upper parts of the cheekbones and any areas that catch the light – great for those dramatic black and white shots.
Your wedding day make-up will need to be set in place with powder since it's working super hard to stand the test of time, and ensuring the skin underneath is radiant will give you confidence.
It's best to avoid heavy highlighters to maintain a natural finish, but if you can't let go, opt for cream textures that sit more naturally on the skin. Try MAC Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Shell or Hush and apply using a flat synthetic brush to add high points for added glow.
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Q. I really want a dress that no one else has and am considering going bespoke. Can you tell me what would be involved?
A. Jennie West says: At the initial consultation, you'll start by discussing your ideas with your seamstress, looking at any pictures you've brought along and working out your likes and dislikes, from the bodice and styles to sleeves and the train. Next would be taking a look at the fabric samples. The world is your oyster here, as there are so many to choose from! Together, you'd come up with a design that is as unique and special as you are while keeping within your budget. At your first fitting, you'll try on the toile (trial run) to check the fit and make sure you're happy with the design. It's at the next fitting you'll get to slip into your actual gown. At this point, your seamstress will be making final adjustments, such as pinning the hem to the correct length. Finally, at the last appointment, we make the final checks to make sure everything's perfect, and then you get to take your dream dress home with you. The whole process takes a minimum of five months from start to finish. You may also find that your seamstress offers a wedding day dressing service to help the morning run stress-free.
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Q. I'm excited to start dress shopping! What can I expect from my appointment, and how can I make sure I get the best out of it? Is there anything I need to prepare?
A. Lou Slaughter says: Go with an open mind. It's great to have a style or fabric in mind, but it's also good to try on gowns that are outside of your comfort zone, as you never know.
At your first appointment, you just need to bring yourself and your guests to be ready to enjoy the whole process. It should be the best time and the most fun! Try on as many different styles in as many fabrics as possible – this way, you'll know with certainty that you're choosing the right design for you. Never be pressured into making a decision. Trust your instinct. You'll know if it's the one.
Q. I quite like the idea of a veil but don't know where to start. How do I pick the best one for me?
A. Emily Cumming says: When buying a veil, take into account how it's going to work with your dress. For example, if your gown is heavily embellished, show off the detail with a sheer veil, for a lace dress, choose one with complementary lace edging or for an on-trend simple frock, add extra detail by pairing with something more elaborate embellished with beads or pearls. Think also about the overall look you want to achieve. A single-tier veil suits a sophisticated look, whereas multiple layers give a romantic feel to a fuller dress. Would you like to go traditional and cover your face as you walk the aisle? If so, you'll need a blusher. We don't mean rosy cheeks here, but in this case, it's the part of the veil you can pull forward over your visage.
You can also give your body shape a boost with your veil. Mid-length versions will draw attention to delicate features, suiting a pear shape perfectly. If you're tall or blessed with a bust, you'll be able to rock a long veil. Petite ladies out there, you'll be looking for waist-length or shorter. Finally, bear in mind how you'll wear your hair, which will determine where the veil sits. For up dos, a long, heavy veil pinned to the back of your head is showstopping, and with short hair, the veil will usually be best placed towards the front of your head because there'll be less support for it.
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Q. I've always had dark circles underneath my eyes, and nothing seems to hide them. Is there anything you can suggest to get rid of them or even keep them well-concealed so my eyes look bright on my wedding day?
A. Jess Austin says: Dark circles can be a real pain, but there is a great trick you can use to hide them for your big day – or any other, for that matter. You need something called colour correct. This is where you use the colour wheel to cancel out what you don't want there. So for example, pink/peach shades cancel out dark circles on light skin. Yellow will cancel out dark circles on olive skin, and orange/red will do it for darker skin. You can buy palettes from the high street containing all of these. It's a good option, as sometimes you need a mixture of one or two. Sleek do a great one that you can get from Tesco or Superdrug. Once you've colour-corrected, go straight in with your foundation, followed by a concealer that's just one or two shades lighter right under your eye. Set it with a little powder, and this will last all day.
Q. I'd like to make my eyes look bigger so that they really stand out. What can you suggest?
A. Georgie Hegarty says: Your eyes are often your most distinguishing feature and the first to be noticed by others. As well as perfectly applied make-up, a set of elegant individual eyelash extensions can emphasise the shape and natural beauty of your eyes.
It's important on your wedding day not to go overboard with the beauty treatments, though. You want to feel like your best self and look back at the photos knowing it was the best you have ever felt and looked, not look like someone else. So making your eyes pop with natural lash extensions could make all the difference. A lash specialist will create the shape and style that suits your bridal look, from cat eye to dewy round eyes. If extensions aren't for you, a great treatment is a lash lift and tint, perming the lashes to create a natural eye opening effect. Adding mascara to lifted lashes produces some quite staggering results. And don't forget that both lash treatments will still be doing their jobs the next morning, when you wake up a newlywed, as well as throughout the honeymoon.
Q. I've heard that certain colours suit certain skin undertones. How do I tell what undertone I have, and can you advise on what colours would complement my skin?
A. Alison Smith says: Skin undertone is the hidden colour that lies beneath the skin, as opposed to skin tone (fair, light, medium and dark) – also know as complexion. Skin tone can change with the seasons from pale to tanned, but the undertone remains the same. There are three categories of undertone: warm, cool and neutral. And there are several ways to find out which one you have…
* The vein test: Look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. They appear green for warm undertones, bluish or purple for cool undertones and if you can't tell or they appear a mix of blue and green, you may be neutral.
* The white test: With clean, make-up-free skin, stand in front of a mirror, ideally near a window with lots of natural light, and hold a piece of white paper or a white towel up to your face. Look to see how your skin appears in contrast to the paper. Warm undertones can look dull and may appear yellowish. Cool undertones appear rosy or pink. If you can't tell or your skin appears greyish, you may be neutral.
* The jewellery test: Lay pieces of gold and silver jewellery over your wrist and see which looks better. Gold works with warm undertones, silver with cool undertones and both look good with neutral. Once you know which you have, choosing colours to suit you becomes easier.
* Warm undertones suit reds, oranges, amber, gold yellow, olive, taupe and chocolate.
* Cool undertones suit blues, purples, emerald greens, rosy reds, pale yellow, grey and navy. * Neutral undertones suit most colours.
For foundation, it's always best to test on the jawline, and some foundations specify which undertones they are for. If not, beige, golden and caramel are likely to have warm undertones; porcelain, rose and sable, cool undertones; and Ivory and nude, neutral undertones.
Q. I have very fine hair. How would you suggest that I style it to make sure it doesn't look flat and lifeless?
A. Amy Maughan says: Make sure you're using the correct shampoo and conditioning products to suit your hair. Something that's a gentle cleanser with a light moisturiser is ideal. Regular maintenance haircuts are a must to keep it in the best condition possible, especially if you regularly swim or colour your hair. To achieve maximum volume, apply your chosen product and blow dry about 70 per cent of the moisture out first, particularly at the roots, before brushing. Then, taking medium-sized sections of hair, style using a brush or heated rollers. The latter are great if you struggle with using a hairdryer and a brush at the same time.
It's so important that your hair is completely dry before using any finishing products to ensure your style lasts all day. I love Paul Mitchell Extra Body Styling Mousse, Lemon & Sage Thickening Spray, Tigi After Party Smoothing Cream and Tigi Full Of It Hairspray. Plus, I'd never be without my GHD hairdryer and GHD medium round brush.