FAQs and expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


Bridal beauty

Bridal beauty

Q. I have problem skin but still want to look amazing on my big day. How can I get a flawless and natural look without being caked in make-up?

A. Caroline Swaffield says: Start a skin care routine six months before your wedding using natural products like tea tree oil to help minimise oil production and eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Use some rose hip oil at night to add radiance and clarity to the face.

For problem skin, I use the IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream, which offers a medium coverage to create a natural and soft look. The product is wonderful for sensitive skin as it covers redness without clogging pores and causing next-day breakouts.

For a flawless look, I use the old faithful Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation mixed with a little serum. I layer the products until the required look is achieved.

Caroline Swaffield, Amazing Face Bridal Makeup and Hair


Beat the chills

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.

Caroline Swaffield, Amazing Face