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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.
Caroline Swaffield, Amazing Face
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
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