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Q. What are the latest trends for bridal and occasion hair worn up?
A. Samantha Cowell says: A ballerina bun with a few loose tendrils at the front to soften it is a classic look that's always in fashion. A high bun is an alternative way to wear it and adds a special twist. A high ponytail with strands falling into a loose, natural curl at the bottom is a boho-inspired style that never dates. It looks set to be a popular choice throughout 2020 with the rise in outdoor, festival-style weddings. Try decorating it with coloured ribbons in different widths to add a soft, romantic feel. A satin or velvet bow will also finish it nicely. If you prefer to keep things natural then leave a few strands of hair loose in any style that you choose, or wear it down and scoop a section halfway up at the back, secured with a piece of lace or small decorative clips or flowers.
Flush of colour
Q. I wear make-up on a daily basis but I'm not overly confident at applying it. I usually stick to neutral colours, such as brown and cream, but it always seems to look the same. How can I change up my look for my wedding to be a bit more modern and glamorous without venturing too far out of my comfort zone?
A. Kimberly Holland says: The mistake that any brides make is applying their eye make-up darker or heavier in order to make it appear more glamorous when in fact, this isn't the case. This spring, pretty pink shades are popular because they add a fresh look without looking too dark, and they work very well with rose gold that's a very popular colour choice because it adds a subtle glow and tends to suit most skin tones. Rose gold also complements brown so brides can team it with their regular colours.
By wearing pink eye make-up, you can repeat it in your blusher and lip colour. Whether it be a rosy shade or a rose gold tone, a subtle dusting on the cheeks looks really pretty and is easy to achieve. Start with a small amount on a fluffy make-up brush and apply it, building up to the desired colour that you like. This will give it a modern edge rather than the heavily contoured look that isn't as popular anymore. A soft rosy lip will also appear very current, especially when worn without lip liner. Most importantly, have fun with your make-up. Buy a couple of shades and experiment by mixing them with your usual colours. You'll be surprised at the difference that just a little change can make.
Q. Can you give me some hair inspiration for my spring wedding? I have long, blonde locks.
A. Liane Williams at Formerly Vaughans of Tavistock says: Heated rollers are a great way to prepare your hair for any style because they give it body. Using hair spray and products will make it easier to work with than when it's freshly washed. A trend at the moment for long hair is for soft, loose curls to be worn down, or to be casually pinned up with a few tendrils framing the face. Adding plaits and subtle twists to the hair is an elegant way of wearing it off your face. A pretty look for a spring wedding is to dot gypsophila throughout the plaits. Alternatively, accessories such as hair vines and individual pins can be worn at the side of the hair, while flower crowns are always a popular choice and look best worn with longer locks.
Liane Williams at Formerly Vaughans of Tavistock
Q. I will be going on a two-week honeymoon abroad and will be spending plenty of time in the sun. I have coloured hair that often feels dry so how can I best prepare it for the sun, sea and chlorine?
A. Lisa Vercoe says: Preparing your hair for your honeymoon is often overlooked with the emphasis being on the wedding day itself so here are a few basic tips:
*Invest in a quality hair mask like the Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 60 SEC Treatment that's a luxury yet affordable product that will build protein into the strands. Apply it weekly in the months leading up to your honeymoon.
*Using a wide-tooth comb to apply product will help cover all of the hair with the treatment, from the root to the ends. Leave product on hair for as long as possible for deeper nourishment and to help strengthen it.
*Letting your hair air dry as much as possible so that less heat is used on it will result in less damage to your locks.
*When heading to sunnier climes, using hair products that help protect it from the rays and keep it hydrated are a must. I recommend Goldwell Dualsenses Sun Reflects UV Protect Spray which is a honeymoon must-have and works best when applied to hair prior to sun or chlorine exposure.
All made up
Q. My wedding takes place this winter and I need some seasonal ideas for make-up shades. I have blonde hair and fair skin so what products and colours would you recommend?
A. Emily Virtue says: Foundation is the best place to start and the type of foundation that you choose will depend on your skin type and the overall finish that you're hoping to achieve. GOSH #Foundation Drops is a product with a lightweight formula containing Argan oil that helps skin appear healthy and hydrated, even in the cold weather. Blusher is also very important for the winter months, helping skin glow. A cream blusher is ideal for keeping that fresh-faced look. Set it with a translucent powder and then apply a bronzer. Layer this very lightly over the cheekbones, temples and jaw line. Invest in the All Nighter long-lasting setting spray by Urban Decay that will keep your make-up in place. Waterproof eye make-up products are a must for a winter wedding. Apply an eye shadow primer and then prep the lid with a neutral colour to act as a base, followed by the desired shade. Having fair skin and blonde hair, I would recommend a mix of neutral and light brown tones. It's worth considering lash extensions which are very popular at the moment. If you're prone to sensitive eyes, these will be better than strip lashes. I would advise to get a set done prior to the wedding to make sure that you feel comfortable with them. A red or berry lip is a great way to add a pop of colour. These shades will suit your skin tone but if you're not brave enough to go bold, then a colour close to your natural lip will work well. Remember to blot them to make the product last longer.
Q. I'm getting married at 40 and have a few fine lines and wrinkles. How can I best conceal these on my wedding day without looking caked in make-up?
A. Ella Butler says: he most important thing to consider is skin health because your make-up follows a targeted skincare regime. I would highly recommend three things to consider using a few months before your wedding:
*Healthy Skin Within - a vegan supplement by Arbonne that you drink. It stimulates collagen production that depletes with age.
*Free-from products such as Arbonne's RE9 Advanced range used in conjunction with the Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra device. This helps to smooth out wrinkles.
*Cosmetics that don't contain mineral oil. This is a petroleum-based product and is commonly found in many skincare and make-up formulas.
The correct make-up application is also extremely important. Remember that coverage doesn't need to be thick, simply pay attention to problem areas, and do invest in an experienced make-up artist who will know how to conceal fine lines and wrinkles.
Q. My four bridesmaids and I have different hairstyles and are a mix of blondes and brunettes. Could you suggest some ways that we can all look coordinated on my wedding day?
A. Emma Carlyle says: The key here is to find a few hairstyles that you all like. Search on Instagram and Pinterest and once you have narrowed down the desired images, talk about the things you like most about each style. I would then create a bespoke look to coordinate you all. For example, if you all like braids then your final choice can include these. If you all like strands framing your face, or half-up, half-down styles, or even certain bridal hair accessories, then you can include those, too. Popular looks include loose waves, corkscrew curls and ringlets, large braids scattered with small flowers, twisted knots, an unstructured bun (that looks great with a veil inserted from underneath) and side partings.
Q. I want to make sure that my big-day hair and make-up choices complement each other, and also look suited to the style of my dress. Do you have any advice on how to achieve this?
A. Mandy Kaur says: Some brides don't realise that not all hairstyles or make-up looks work with every type of dress. For example, if you've chosen a high neck bridal gown then wearing long, flowing hair down does not always look flattering because it shortens your neck.
You need to ensure that you apply the correct style of make-up for your features as well as your dress. For example, if you have strong facial features then you may not want contoured make-up that sculptures the structure of your face, and if you have softer features, we can advise you on how to make your best ones pop, which colours work best, and how to complement your dress. We advise finding a good make-up artist who engages with you and talks you through the different styling options available.
There's nothing worse than finding your perfect dress but your makeover doesn't work with it, and this is often something that's overlooked. It's important to have a thorough bridal experience taking everything into account, from advising on skincare and make-up to the styling of your dress and veil.
Ways with coral
Q. I want to wear coral make-up to my wedding. Do you have any tips?
A. Anya Louise says: As Living Coral is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019, you may feel like you want to incorporate it into your make-up for your special day. It's definitely better suited for the spring and summer season, so keep in mind the date of your wedding. Due to Living Coral being a warmer variation of the colour, it's best suited to olive skin tones. If you have more porcelain skin, try a cooler variation of the shade which contains a touch more pink.
Your first thought about wearing coral at your wedding might be to wear a lipstick or gloss but try using a coral blusher or a highlighter. Either of these can also be used as an eyeshadow. Champagne and gold shades plus warm brown ones pair well with this statement colour. When searching for your perfect shade of coral lipstick, check which variation of the shade is best going to suit your colouring. Think about what sort of lipstick you want when it comes to the finish as well. I'd recommend a satin finish nude lipstick. This is understated yet refrains from looking flat or boring.
To achieve a softer appearance, try and focus the colour on to fewer features. For a brighter look, feel free to extend it throughout your make-up products. Don't forget that you can also add the shade to your big-day look by using coral nail polish, accessories, hairpieces and flowers.
Q. How do I prepare my hair for my trial and wedding day?
A. April Benson says: If you want soft, healthy and shiny locks for your wedding day, put down those heated styling tools and let your hair go natural for a few months. If you do end up having to use the heated stylers, make sure that you use a heat protector spray beforehand. Allowing time off from the heat will be extremely beneficial to its structure, regaining moisture and allowing you to get creative with your styling, for example with braids, messy buns or natural beach-inspired waves.
It's worth starting a weekly moisture or repair treatment in the lead up to your wedding and I'd suggest Moroccan oil products. The benefits of these come from the main ingredient of argan oil. Naturally occurring with a high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil has become known as liquid gold for its ability to naturally boost and moisturise. Having healthy hair will massively help the look of your chosen wedding style. To prepare it for your trial you can either wash it on the day or the day before which might make it slightly easier to manage.
Finally, gather those Pinterest inspiration pictures together for your hair stylist and be open to options they might suggest that you wouldn't usually go for because you might be pleasantly surprised.
Q. Will having regular massages in the lead up to my wedding help both my health and wellbeing? If so, which type should I choose and why?
A. Cathy Procter says: There are many different decisions and choices to make leading up to the big day and this can often leave you feeling a bit frazzled. During the wedding planning, it's important to remember your health and wellbeing and how important it is to plan in some much needed 'me time'.
Bridal beauty isn't just about skincare, make-up and hair – if you're feeling good from within, it will radiate out of you.
Finding a local masseuse who you like and trust is key because regular massage will not only reduce stress and anxiety, it will boost circulation and improve the quality of your sleep whilst promoting relaxation throughout your entire body. The increased circulation will give your skin a natural glow as the cells are nourished.
There are many different types of massages to choose from. A deep tissue one is great for alleviating tension in the neck and shoulders whilst an aromatherapy one using a blend of different oils to suit your mood and skin type is perfect for keeping you relaxed throughout the wedding preparations. Sports massage is good for more athletic, sporty brides and finally, Indian head massage is soothing and helps with tension headaches.
Q. Should my bridesmaids wear the same hair style as me for my wedding, or should they differ slightly? If they are to differ, how can we still complement one another?
A. April Wagner says: It's your wedding day and the focus is on you, so once you've had a hair trial and chosen your desired look, styles can be selected for your bridesmaids. I usually advise my clients that their bridal party should contrast with their own hairstyle, for example, if you choose to wear an elegant chignon, you may want to have your bridesmaids wearing their hair down finished with a neat, elegant curl. Or, if you're creating a theme, for example the 1920s, you could choose a sleek finger wave with a rolled fringe for yourself and a subtle deco-inspired up do for your bridesmaids that incorporates a hint of the same style, for example the finger wave, to tie them together. Achieving the exact same look for all of the bridesmaids isn't always possible when taking into consideration different hair colours, textures and lengths, so hair accessories can be useful in achieving this. You could incorporate the same accessory throughout so they all look coordinated.
Q. With a wide variety of styles available, how do I choose the right hair and make-up for my big day?
A. Sachelle Ward says: Like anything in the world of weddings, much of the inspiration comes from celebrities. Last year was most definitely the reign of the royals! With the Duchess of Sussex choosing a showstopping silk dress and simple styling, it proved that showing less is more. We saw a resurrection of understated classical styles in both wedding dresses and bridal hair and make-up. As a wedding hair and make-up artist and beauty specialist, my ultimate goal is to have the bride and her bridal party all feeling glamorous. When a bride first contacts me, I get a brief of her wedding and what it is exactly that she wants in order to make this come to life. Here are a couple of simple steps to help you choose the right styles for you.
Choosing your big-day look is almost certainly the next step after choosing your dress. Let your dress lead the way so for example, gowns with high necklines work well with an up do. To create the vintage look, opt for a more structured style. Those loving a relaxed boho style might prefer either a messy bun or a loose style worn down. When you're shopping for your dress, try on a veil, hair comb, tiara or faux flower headband. Feel free to take anything with you to try on with the gown because it's all part of the experience. Another thing to factor in is will your chosen hair and make-up styles suit your venue?
Whether you have one supplier doing both your make-up and hair, or two separate suppliers working together, your dream look is achievable! In the same way as for your hair, factor in your dress, venue and even your theme that creates the overall look you're going for. Make-up is a very personal choice. Do you want to look completely different on your big day? Or do you just want to look like an enhanced version of you? Whichever you choose, you need to make sure you're feeling confident and at your best. Always opt for a trial – this is a great opportunity to try different looks and get some advice about what works best for you, your desired look, and your skin tone. Finally, remember that this is all part of the build up so have fun and experiment. Whichever you choose, go for the style that leaves you feeling confident.
Q. What hairstyles would you recommend to complement the natural look that I want to achieve on my wedding day and how can I best prepare my hair beforehand?
A. April Wagner says: It's your wedding day and the focus is on you so once you have had a hair trial and chosen your desired look, styles can be selected for your bridesmaids. I usually advise my clients that their bridal party should contrast with their own hairstyle, for example, if you choose to wear an elegant chignon, you may want to have your bridesmaids wearing their hair down finished with a neat, elegant curl.
Or, if you're creating a theme, for example the 1920s, you could choose a sleek finger wave with a rolled fringe for yourself and a subtle deco-inspired up do for your bridesmaids that incorporates a hint of the same style, for example the finger wave, to tie them together. Achieving the exact same look for all of the bridesmaids isn't always possible when taking into consideration different hair colours, textures and lengths so hair accessories can be useful in achieving this. You could incorporate the same accessory throughout so that they all look coordinated.
For a more relaxed and natural look, fresh flowers look beautiful styled in the hair and are very on-trend at the moment. You can choose anything from a small spray of gypsophila to a large flower crown and it's nice to match these to the flower varieties that you're having in your bouquet.
Q. I rarely wear any make-up so would like a natural look for my wedding, how can I achieve this and get my skin looking its best?
A. Gem Ryder says: A natural, no make-up look is very on-trend for 2019. We've seen this on the bridal catwalks and I believe that we will see a lot more brides choosing this look following Meghan Markle's bridal look. Natural make-up is all about showing beautiful, glowing skin so preparing it in the months leading up to the big day is essential to help you achieve a flawless look.
A good skincare routine is key, especially if you're changing your regime in any way because this can take a while to see results from. I always recommend a good cleanser, exfoliator, toner and moisturiser, like those by Dermalogica – their Daily Microfoliant is magic in a bottle! Don't skip the exfoliation stage because it's this that will help to buff your skin creating a good base for your make-up. Creating the natural look is all about choosing colours that work well for your skin tone with taupe, bronze and champagne shades being the most flattering.
The spring 2019 catwalks showed models with dewy, luminous skin wearing a sweep of colour on their eyelids as well as a gentle metallic finish giving a pop of sparkle. A flush of colour on the cheeks courtesy of a cream blusher completed the look. As for lipstick, there are a lot of red and berry shades that give a muted wash of colour rather then a strong matte finish that makes them subtle and long-lasting for a wedding.
Q. I have always invested in good skincare but am not seeing the results. What can you recommend?
A. Aesthetic Solutions says: Becci says: Starting a professional skincare regime at home teamed with in-clinic treatments using environmentally friendly products with an emphasis on sustainability is key prior to the wedding date.
Results based on the concerns that each bride-to-be has can be achieved by investing in the correct programme. Depending on the level of skin concerns, an amount of down time may need to be factored in.
There's a big difference between products you can buy compared with brands sold through specialist skincare clinics. Aesthetic Solutions uses NeoStrata, AlumierMD, iS Clinical and Obagi products and invite brides for a consultation in order to put together an in-clinic and home-care programme.
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