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Beat the chills
Q. We're getting married in December and I'm worried I'll look washed out in the photos if most of them have to be taken inside. What would you suggest for standout bridal glam, whatever the weather?
A. Caroline Swaffield says: Caroline says: First things first; get your skin in tip-top condition, as it's hungrier for moisture in the winter due to the drying effects of central heating and chilly winds. Keeping your complexion well hydrated is something I can't stress enough; try Trilogy Rosehip oil at night; perfect for overall skin health and radiance.
- Next avoid products with SPF which can make you look paler in photos taken indoors. Use a liquid cream foundation to keep your skin moist and to provide good coverage in case of flushed cheeks caused by temperature extremes going in and out.
- Work with the winter conditions, use light-reflecting foundation/concealer to counteract any bluish facial tone. Blue-toned lipsticks or blusher can be used though to maintain constant colour for photos inside or out.
- Give your make-up a colourful twist to create interest. A smoky eye with a red lip always works well, and a pop of pink cream blusher looks fabulously Snow White! These colours are also longer lasting than neutral shades which in winter can make you look washed out.
- Embrace your natural skin tone. Many brides try to go for a warmer look in winter when in fact if they're an English rose it's a huge mistake to pile on bronzer; instead a pink-toned pressed or loose powder will give you a lovely natural warmth.
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Get your glow on
Q. We're getting married in August and are hoping the weather will be gloriously sunny for the photos. I want to look my best but I'm worried as I've been neglecting my usual beauty regime during lockdown. What can I do to make sure my bridal makeover is on point?
A. Caroline Swaffield says: Caroline says: Good skin is the essence of great make-up and it needs to be in tip-top condition to get the best results. Here are a few pointers to help and remember, it's never too late to start looking after your complexion.
- The most important parts of any skincare routine are exfoliation and moisturising. Used regularly these two things will make a difference to everything, from absorption of your chosen products to the texture, tone and overall radiance of your skin. (Try Pixie Glow Tonic for great results!)
- Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, makes pores look smaller and thetexture of your skin feel smoother, taking it from dull to bright in seconds!
- Moisturiser boosts the oil and water levels to prevent flaky, dry, dull patches and provides protection from the elements, it can also help regulate different skin types.
- Choose a daytime cream with sunscreen but not a really high factor one or your face may look paler than you'd want in the photographs. (I love Estée Lauder Wake Up Balm.)
- Remember to take an emergency repair kit with you on the day including blotting paper, a big-day essential to keep the dreaded shine at bay. Take some bronzer as well to minimise any shine and for top-ups, pack a lipstick with a matte texture to give staying power and waterproof eyeliner.
Caroline Swaffield, Amazing Face
Q. What are the key bridal trends for 2020?
A. Mel Tilsed says: 2020 is about the romance; dresses will be more fitted with plunging necklines and softer materials like crepe and chiffon with veils, mostly one-tier or full-length. We'll be seeing more hair vines which can be twisted into tousled curled locks, half-up, half-down, twisted into a loose boho plait or just elegantly placed on an up do. Fresh flowers in the hair were massive on the autumn bridal catwalks; the bigger the better! Personally I love this look, whether it's a simple sprig of gypsophilia tucked into a plait or twist, the same flowers as your bouquet or ones to complement your wedding theme. Flowers are great for adding a matching or contrasting touch to your hairstyle. They not only look pretty but make your style personal to you; perfect for a low messy updo with soft tendrils curled around the face. Ribbons and bows are also making waves and can add an elegant touch to a simple low ponytail.
Q. Looking to 2020, what will be big in beauty this year?
A. Wendy Peart says: The year ahead will be full of boho and modern styles, think flowing beachy waves and colourful flower crowns, textured unstructured but neat updos with volume and sparkly accessories. Demand for vegan and cruelty-free make-up brands will continue, as well as naturally pretty shades with a colour pop on the lips. The emphasis will be on creating a more enhanced version of you, rather than masking your natural beauty with heavy make-up. Glamorous Hollywood waves and luscious red lips will still be going strong for that gorgeous classic look. Lashes are always important, nothing too heavy though, more natural clusters or strip ones to really make your eyes pop on camera!
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Q. I want to be on-trend with my bridal look what do you suggest?
A. Caroline Swaffield says: Make-up wise 2020 gives us a slightly fresher look than the barely there or no make-up look. Instead of the sparkly oily looking highlighters, brides are loving a fresh rosy glow, using a cream blush for a pop of colour rather than powder for that fresh bridal radiance. Eyes are bright and barely there again with bronzed pinky neutral undertones which really complement any eye. Gently brushed fluffy brows are here to stay, giving a softer more modern boho vibe to frame the face. When it comes to the hair, from the trials we've done so far, we're seeing still more of the messy easy-care, minimal-maintenance, low back bun, with soft twists, long sweeping tendrils loosely unstructured, just carelessly tossed up in a very modern way!
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Q. I tend to use the same make-up all year round but want to change it up for my winter wedding. What would you suggest for the season ahead?
A. Laura Crowther says: Choosing a winter wedding often means adapting bridal make-up slightly. There's also the risk of cold weather, which can result in drier skin. To help you get big-day ready, here are my top tips for the perfect winter bridal look.
* Exfoliate and moisturise your skin well in the weeks leading up to your big day to ensure the best base possible for your make-up.
* As skin naturally dries out in colder weather, using a hydrating primer will help to prevent dry and flaky patches.
* A silicone-based foundation is ideal for the winter months. Not only great for mattifying skin and controlling shine, it should endure the elements better.
* Most people are prone to red blotches when the weather's really chilly, so be prepared by using a higher coverage foundation than usual.
* Avoid chapped lips by using a balm, beeswax ones are ideal as they soak in well and leave a protective coating. On the big day, a liner will help to define your pout and if your lips are particularly dry, use a primer and lustre lipstick, as opposed to a matte one, which can have a drying effect.
* Use an eye primer and waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Also, when choosing eyeshadows, it's worth looking into a waterproof cream for extra staying power.
* A liquid highlighter will add a natural-looking glow.
* Set your make-up with a finishing or setting spray. Look for one with hydrating qualities, as this will help your glow.
* Experiment – sometimes a pop of colour can offset paler skin. A plum or red lip works particularly well for this.
Q. We're jetting off for a fortnight in the sun in the new year. How can I prolong my tan to maintain a natural bridal glow for my wedding in February?
A. Melinda Hollis says: Firstly, make sure you build it up slowly, without burning and be careful to avoid any tan lines that will show in your wedding dress. Use a sun cream with the right level of protection for the time of day and strength of the rays. Always use an after-sun product to rehydrate your skin after being outside and a nourishing lotion or body butter inbetween. Exfoliate with a body scrub a few times a week to remove dead and dry skin cells. I'd recommend a Factor 50 suncream for your face to prevent damage and premature ageing. A moisturiser with SPF 30 is great for daily all-year-round protection. Make sure you use a facial scrub a couple of times a week, moisturise morning and night and drink plenty of water. By nurturing your skin you should have a healthy glow on your wedding day. You may find you don't need too much foundation and can just use a simple CC cream with a light dusting of translucent powder and some bronzer for that sun-kissed look.
Banish the frizz
Q. I've always wanted a winter wedding but I'm worried about my unruly locks turning into a frizz ball if the weather's bad on the day.
A. Christiana Cridland says: Unfortunately winter weather can give rise to the dreaded frizz. Through years of experience with various products my go-to flyaway tamer is the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. It smooths and protects against humidity and it's lightweight so can be applied to wet locks before drying and again for styling out when dry. To finish Osis hairspray by Schwarzkopf is great and there are varying strengths available depending on how much hold you need. If your mane is extremely unruly and needs more than just a serum, then a Keratin blow dry may well be the answer. The instant benefit is smooth hair for up to four months and it will massively reduce the amount of heat you need to style your hair too. This in turn reduces damage and subsequent frizz caused by dry ends, breaking the circle of dry frizzy hair needing heat for control ‒ bring on shiny, enviously smooth locks!
You glow girl!
Q. How can I perk up my dull, dry skin and add a touch of drama to my bridal look for my November wedding?
A. Olivia Todd says: Clean, pared down make-up is a surefire way to achieve effortless beauty through subtle enhancements and without interfering too much. A healthy glow is all about moisture and to achieve a dewy look, you really need to focus on skin preparation. I love coconut oil as a face mask at night and a hydrating moisturiser such as Dynamic Defence Moisturiser by Sarah Chapman will give you the extra hydration that your skin needs after the summer. When applying your moisturiser, press rather than rub it in, working from the centre to the outer edges of the face for a radiant and glowing complexion, providing the perfect canvas for your base.
To complement the season rich berry shades are great for luscious lips and work well with all skin tones. What's more they have a cool undertone which helps make your teeth look pearly white, so it's no wonder they're a popular choice for autumn brides.
Gorgeous, rich burgundy shades can look dark and gothic, or for a softer look, apply to the centre of your lips and smudge outwards, using your fingertips to create a more subtle just-kissed effect.
This autumn it's all about sparkle and glitter which looks flattering and regal applied around the eyes, on the centre of the eyelid or the inner corner for added drama. There's no reason why you can't add a touch of sparkle to your lips either. Gloss Bomb Diamond Milk by Fenty is a beautiful shimmering pearl lip gloss that looks beautiful over every colour, giving added moisture and a whole new dimension to your lips.
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Get the look
Q. We're having an autumn-themed wedding and I want to reflect the season in my bridal make-up too. I've no idea where to start though, what would you suggest?
A. Mel Tilsed says: One of the most important things to help you feel relaxed and confident about your bridal make-up is to make sure you book a trial well in advance. I usually do this about two months before the big day. When I met bride Charli for her trial we chatted about what make-up she usually wears and how she wanted to look for her October wedding. To recreate her radiant autumn glow, here's my step-by-step guide:
* Always apply a primer first to help keep your foundation in place.
* I used MAC Waterweight Foundation as it's lightweight but has great coverage which is perfect for an autumn wedding.
* Set with a light dusting of finishing powder.
* To make her amazing eyes the focal point we opted for a champagne eyeshadow, to complement her wedding flowers, and bronze tones from the Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette which has the perfect mix of matte and sparkly pigments for an autumnal smoky effect.
* Apply the light sparkly tone on the lid and add definition with a bronze shade to smoke it out on the outer.
* Add definition with a fine slick of black mineral Mii Luxurious Liquid Liner along the lash line.
* Charlie had lash extensions done before the big day so they'd last for the honeymoon; a great idea if you're jetting off straight after the wedding.
* Brush through eyebrows with some clear gel to keep them in place; I love the Anastasia Beverley Hills one.
* For some light shaping to the face, I used the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit and a touch of Charlotte Tilbury blusher on the apples of the cheeks to add warmth.
* Complete the look with MAC Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick; the warm tones are perfect for autumn.
* To create a controlled, voluminous style for Charli's naturally curly hair I used ghd straighteners to pin curl it. Autumn weather is unpredictable so you need to be prepared and make sure you chat to your stylist about your hair type, how it reacts in different conditions and discuss what will work for you, your locks and your big day!
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Hair raising issues
Q. Help! Where do I start when it comes to sorting out my wedding hair and make-up, I've no idea what it entails?
A. Sally Malcolm says: Here are my top tips to help you prepare and find the right stylist to suit you:
* Ask around for recommendations and then check for yourself. A reputable hair and make-up artist should only have their own work showcased on their website or social media. Read reviews, ask questions about their qualifications, experience, what make-up brands they use and if they're insured.
* Show your stylist pictures of how you'd like to look but also keep an open mind. You may be convinced you want an up do but fall in love with tumbling curls instead!
* Ideally have a trial around eight to 12 weeks before the big day and take your hair accessories and veil along too.
* Wear something light, white or ivory as bridal hair and make-up looks very different with a bright red stripy top!
* Try to coincide your trial with a dress fitting. That way you'll get a good idea of the overall effect.
* Have a regular trim, even if you're growing your locks, with a trusted hairdresser that won't get scissor happy three weeks before the big day!
*Start a regular skincare routine and be sure to cleanse your skin twice a day, particularly when removing make-up and followed by a good quality moisturiser. Drink plenty of water and try to get as much beauty sleep as you can!
* An experienced stylist will know exactly how much time's needed on the wedding morning to make sure your bridal prep flows smoothly. After all, no bride wants to feel rushed!
* Last but not least, make sure your chosen stylist has your wedding date in their diary as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Many get booked up months or even years in advance, particularly during the busy wedding season.
Q. We're having a chilled summer festival-style wedding. What would you suggest for my bridal look that's natural, easy to wear yet still different and beautiful?
A. Fiona Clark says: Weddings are taking on a more relaxed vibe, gaining inspiration from the wild and romantic vibes of nature. When looking to incorporate this into your bridal hair and make-up, it should always be personal to you in order to look the very best version of yourself.
This is echoed in the natural skin theme we've been seeing over the past year. Barely-there make- up, with soft hues on the eyes to emphasise their natural colour, teamed with luxurious realistic lashes, work wonders for most brides.
Don't be afraid of using colour on your lids; soft mauve and pink shades make blue eyes really pop, while champagne and touches of plum or burgundy are great for brown eyes! Pair with a bold lip colour, such as deep berry for added drama to break the rules, or soft peach pink for those who prefer a more daytime look. With the latest boho hair trends there really are no restrictions, so be daring, bold and original with your look. Plaits have always been in style but this year we're seeing multiple braids or even statement plaited hair crowns! Texture is the buzzword and can come in all sorts of forms including plaits, knots, twists, what's more even fine locks can have great texture!
Perfectly imperfect curled hair is another hot look this summer, a style that looks really natural yet requires a lot of preparation behind the scenes – great teamed with a flower or foliage crown! When it comes to flower crowns the size really just depends on how bold and brave you want to be!
Flowers and foliage can also be woven into hairstyles for totally bespoke designs! Hair vines are going to be huge again too and working them into a loose plaited do, when done well, looks relaxed and beautiful!
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In need of a boost
Q. I want to look as natural as possible on my big day but my skin needs a bit of a boost. What would you suggest that's pain-free and non-invasive?
A. Leanne Hawkins says: I often work with brides-to-be months and sometimes years in advance of the wedding day to get their skin in tip-top condition. If time isn't a luxury and a quick instant boost is needed, my go-to solution would be a HydraTight combination treatment. With HydraFacial Skin Health For Life and an Exilis Elite Radio Frequency skin-tightening facial, you can expect immediate results. The benefits include improvement of fine lines and wrinkles and tighter-looking skin, with all the advantages of a HydraFacial for a cleaner, plumper and super glossy complexion. A course of four weekly HydraTight treatments, provides the best outcome, however a one-off session can still deliver a beautiful result. There's no downtime, irritation or pain involved either.
Q. I'd like to have a natural looking bridal glow for my big day but I'm not great at sticking to a regular skincare routine so my complexion can sometimes look a bit tired and neglected. What would you suggest to give it a boost?
A. Leanne Hawkins says: A HydraFacial is the ideal treatment. It's a great confidence booster and can be personally tailored to address specific issues such as fine lines, superficial acne or sun spots. Afterwards you can expect a more even complexion and a radiant glow, leaving you camera-ready for your big day! The six-step process involves lymphatic drainage, deep cleansing and exfoliation, a chemical peel, extraction and hydration, finished off with LED light therapy. It's non-invasive and the skin is detoxified, rejuvenated and protected to help you look and feel great instantly. It's suitable for all skin types and we recommend a course of six treatments, one month apart, for the best results. However, as it doesn't cause any downtime or irritation, you can have a HydraFacial any time up to a couple of days before the wedding without worrying that your skin will need time to recover and still achieve great results.
Q. I'm planning to start the new year with a new beauty regime to get my hair in tip-top condition for my summer wedding. What would you advise?
A. Melissa George says: This is a great idea as the more time you have before the big day the better the results are likely to be, rather than leaving it to the last minute. It also gives you greater options if you want to consider a change of colour or longer styles and need to grow your hair. Whatever look you choose, you'll want your locks to look and feel as healthy and manageable as possible.
Here's my six-month plan to help get you wedding ready:
* Use as little heat as possible, better still let your hair dry naturally as high temperatures dry it out and cause it to break.
* Only wash your hair twice a week and use nourishing and conditioning treatments every time.
* Have a trim every six weeks to remove split ends and keep your locks strong and healthy.
* If you're thinking of changing the colour, do it six months beforehand to get the right shade. This is particularly important if you want to go lighter as you'll need to do it gradually in order to maintain good condition.