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A showstopping look
Q. How can I care for my skin in the run-up to my wedding to ensure I look fabulous on the day?
A. Dianna Speedy says: Before you think about your make-up, you should focus on your skin. Start to think about your skincare routine at least six to nine months before the big day. If you have any major concerns, such as acne or scarring, you should schedule an appointment with a professional as early as possible. Great skin requires commitment, not only from monthly facials but in your daily routine. This means ditching those face wipes and investing in products that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. At the very least you need to invest in a good cleanser, toner, exfoliator and moisturiser to use twice daily.
Hair care hero
Q. I want to do something creative with my long, straight hair, but I'm not sure what style to go for. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Gemma Louise Smith says: Preparation is key. Heated rollers will add volume and bounce to your tresses. It will also make it easier to create a romantic up do, or if you'd prefer it down, you could add romantic waves. If you want an up do, but your hair is thick and straight, I would purchase bobby pins that are stronghold. These are more expensive and can be bought from most wholesale hairdressing stores. They hold your locks like scaffolding rather than bending and slipping like shop-bought ones. Once you're used to rollers, you'll find it much easier to get creative. For a more boho style, opt for a simple plait with flowers. These look great in long hair or a more formal ponytail. I'd always recommend having a few trial attempts either with your stylist or just having a play around with ideas at home before the day.
Gemma Louise Smith
A smooth complexion
Q. What tips can you suggest to get my make-up looking fabulous for my big day?
A. Daniella Ingle says: For me, looking fabulous starts with feeling fabulous. Here are a few of my top tips to ensure you look fabulous on your big day.
* Drink more water. Hydration is the most important factor when it comes to feeling and looking great. It will improve your complexion, reduce puffiness, cause fewer lines and wrinkles and make your pores smaller. If you're dehydrated, it will leave your face looking tired, dull and often sallow. Make an effort to drink at least three glasses of water a day on top of what you already do. Your whole body will thank you for it.
* Looking after your skin is often a priority that gets lost in our busy lives. Introducing a good routine can make the world of difference and is a great idea in the run-up to your big day. Remember, even the best foundation in the world will not give you fresh, flawless skin if a good base isn't there to start with. Start making changes nice and early in the planning process in case products don't agree with you. If you can, book in for a facial and seek advice on what products are suitable for you.
* Some of you may not have touched your brows, and others may have monthly maintenance. Don't write them off, it's amazing what a simple brow tint can do. Having a clear groomed eyebrow will make your look finished and precise. When you're ready to start make-up planning, book a trial with your chosen artist. Take images and inspiration of how you would love to look. Don't be afraid! Pinterest and Instagram are great for this. The trial is your chance to play with different styles and products. If you want to up the ante but aren't used to wearing lots of make-up, try wearing it more often. The more you wear it, the more comfortable you'll feel on the day.
Love is in the air
Q. I'm stuck in a rut with my make-up. What would you advise to turn heads on my big day?
A. Daniella Ingle says: Getting stuck in a routine with your make-up is more common than you might think. On your wedding day, you want to look and feel like the best version of yourself, but that doesn't mean you have to wear crazy colours that are totally out of your comfort zone. A good artist will ask what you like and dislike, the coverage you prefer, the style you're hoping to achieve and much more. My best advice is to book a trial and arrive with your normal look so your supplier can get an idea of your everyday style. Opt for hues that suit your skin tone. This will enhance your features and is the key to a beautiful bridal look. A defined eye, perfect brows, and flawless skin are sometimes all you need. If you want to up the ante, research and find your dream style. This can be a good reference for your supplier and is easier than trying to describe your vision. When you leave your trial, wear the make-up all day. Look in every mirror and window you see, take selfies and maybe even try on your dress. By the end of the day, you'll know whether you love or hate it. If it's the latter, book another trial and explain to your artist what it was you didn't like and go from there. Remember, you don't have to settle for less than perfect on your wedding day.
Under the mistletoe
Q. I'm having a Christmas-themed wedding and want to incorporate some of the season's colours into my make-up. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Mimi Lomax says: Winter is the perfect time of year to play with colours, glitter and go that little bit extra.
* Opt for a bold red lip. The Pat McGrath Labs Lust Mattetrance Lipstick in Elson is a cool-toned, Santa red with a satin finish that will stay on even after a mistletoe kiss.
* Apply environmentally-friendly glitter to the centre of your eyelid for a sparkly look. Look for festive colours, such as gold, red or emerald green and keep the rest of your make-up neutral.
Q. I'd like to add a wintry sparkle to my wedding look. What would you recommend for my make-up?
A. Daniella Ingle says: Winter weddings have a fantastic party feel to them and spirits are always high. After all, what celebration is bigger than a wedding?
* Perfecting the right amount of sparkle can be tricky, but with a good make-up artist on board, you'll be able to create an oh-so-chic look. Be sure to have a trial, make it clear exactly what you want and don't be afraid to try something new.
* Stay true to yourself and your style. You don't want to look back at your photographs in 10 years and not like what you see.
* Stick to a colour palette that flatters your skin tone and eye colour.
* If you normally wear very soft make-up, then opt for a pale frosted eyeshadow and a shimmering lip gloss. Pair this with fresh glowing skin, soft rosy cheeks and wispy lashes.
* Alternatively, if you want to rock a smoky eye, apply loose glitter on top of your eyeshadow. Finish the look with a demi-matte foundation, a nude lip and spiked lashes.
* I offer a Platinum Package, which includes a second make-up look for the evening. If you don't fancy the idea of incorporating glitter into your ceremony look, then this is a fantastic way of transforming for the evening celebration.
Q. I've never worn much make-up, but I want to look glamorous on my big day. How can I achieve this while still looking like me?
A. Donna Myers says: * You can still look and feel glamorous on your big day without overdoing it. If you're used to a more natural look, then don't feel the need to change that.
* Prep your skin and use a quality primer. This will help to minimise pores and keep your make-up in place throughout the day.
* A good foundation is key. There are lots of versions available that offer decent coverage without being too heavy. My particular favourites are Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. If you would like an extra glow, try mixing in an illuminator.
* To contour, use a powder that is two or three shades darker than your natural skin tone. Purchase a small round fluffy brush, and tap off any excess before applying it to the hollow of your cheeks and forehead.
* Apply a liquid or powder blusher to the apples of your cheeks, and brush a highlighter across your cheekbones. To avoid any unwanted shine, use a translucent fixing powder on your T-zone and any areas you feel are too shiny.
* Finish with a smoky or natural eye and false lashes.
Q. What make-up styles work best for a rustic wedding theme?
A. Donna Myers says: * Keep your make-up soft and light. Use a decent primer and foundation for maximum coverage. At the moment, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is one of my favourites. * A liquid blusher and highlighter applied to the apples of your cheeks will create a natural shine without looking overdone.
* Place a translucent powder over your T-zone; this will help your make-up stay in place throughout the day.
* If you want to contour, choose a powder product that is two or three shades darker than your natural skin tone. Use a small round fluffy brush, and tap off any excess before applying it to the hollow of your cheeks and forehead.
* I find a natural or soft smoky look works best for rustic weddings. Sweep a copper eyeshadow over your eyelids and apply a brown version on to the centre of your lids. Ensure it's mixed well, otherwise it may look too harsh. Use a brown pencil on top of your lash line, and finish with some mascara.
* Add colour to your lips by using a pencil and a soft pink gloss.
* If you fancy a deeper hue, then why not opt for a red or maroon? Blot your lipstick several times and reapply it. MAC does a lovely shade called Ruby Woo, and Charlotte Tilbury also does an amazing range called Matte Revolution.
Glitz and glamorous
Q. I'm stuck in a rut with my make-up. What would you advise to turn heads on my big day?
A. Megan Rose says: Turn heads with a super-enhanced look. Opt for shimmery eye pigments or gold eyeshadow. This will reflect the light and draw attention to your eyes. Finish with false eyelashes, I recommend Ardell Demi Wispies.
* For your face, book a lesson with a professional make-up artist, who will teach you to contour and sculpt your features.
* If you have an open décolletage, apply shimmery body oil and highlight your collar bones.
Strut your stuff
Q. I have very dry skin, which tends to make my foundation look like its been caked on rather than smoothly applied. How can I ensure my wedding look is flawless?
A. Lauren Poole says: You're not alone. Lots of brides worry about how their dry skin will affect their wedding day look. Thankfully, there are tricks we can use to improve your complexion.
* Drink plenty of water. It sounds obvious, but drinking more will benefit your overall appearance and help flush out any toxins that might cause spots or blemishes.
* Find a moisturiser that you love and use it at least twice a day – in the morning and evening. A company that offer products for dry skin is The Ordinary (https://theordinary.deciem.com).
* Look for a foundation that complements your complexion. Have a good browse around the make-up aisles, and don't be afraid to try different things. Take a look at Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.
* A liquid highlighter will make your face glow. Mix it in with your foundation before applying. My favourite is NARS Cosmetics Illuminator in Copacabana.
Glitz and glam
Q. We're having a Hollywood-themed wedding, and I want my make-up to look amazing. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Keseme Goodwin says: * Go for a strong lip colour. Red is my favourite, and it's super classy.
* To ensure your make-up stays put throughout the day, choose a primer that complements your complexion.
* Use a black liner above your lashes to really open up your eyes.
* Try different lip textures, such as velvet, matte and gloss, until you find one that suits you. Take your time, and enjoy experimenting!
* Create a skincare routine in the months leading up to your nuptials and stick to it.
* If you're going to have individual lashes applied, book a trial beforehand to make sure you're comfortable wearing them.
* Marilyn Monroe used five different shades of lipstick at once to perfect her pout. Take your time, and don't settle for anything you're not completely happy with.
* A blue-toned red will flatter your smile and give the illusion of brighter and whiter teeth.
* If you want a softer look, use a bronze shimmer on your eyelids.
* Always line your lips before applying any products. This will hold the hue and prevent it smudging.