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Imogen Sandy is a Berkshire-based make-up artist. We catch up with her to ask about new-season colours that are trending for brides and bridesmaids. She tells us, "With spring approaching, adding subtle pops of colour to your bridal make-up is an excellent way to welcome the season and celebrate your bridal party's individuality. Colour can be intimidating, but introducing muted tones can elevate a bridal make-up look. When researching your make-up inspiration, consider looking at the colour wheel. Colours on the opposite sides of the wheel create flattering contrasts that look phenomenal in photographs, for example, pops of green teamed with auburn hair."
Posted: 17 February 2022
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly love a spa day! Perfect for some true R&R on your own, with friends or loved ones, and spa break is a must during the wedding planning; perfect for a day with your best pals pre-wedding, or a post-wedding indulgent getaway as a newly married couple.
Mira Showers have looked at TripAdvisor to create the ultimate guide of spas across the UK so that you can find the perfect spa break in your area. Whether you want to keep the cost low or are after a touch of luxury, there is something to suit every budget.
Posted: 27 January 2022
Sophie Casey is a professional make-up artist and hair stylist specialising in weddings. Her career has seen her work in fashion, film and television including on Downton Abbey. We caught up with her to ask what's trending in the world of bridal hair. She tells us, "I'm seeing a shift from boho-chic ooks to simpler yet textured styles. The tousled ponytail is trending at the moment and is simple to create with the volume on top and a soft curl or wave throughout. It looks great pinned into a low, seamless ponytail with loosely curled strands left at the front to frame the face. This style looks effortless finished with a wire hair accessory worn at the side and a veil can also be added."
Posted: 14 September 2021
Katie Robotham is the owner of Say Yes Bridal Stylist, a cruelty free and vegan-friendly bridal and event hair styling service in and around the Cotswolds. We catch up with her about making sustainable choices when it comes to big-day beauty. She tells us, "If sustainability is important to you, there are many bridal hair and make-up businesses who, like myself, have chosen to try and reduce their environmental impact. By making simple changes like using disposable and biodegradable towels, recyclable products including face masks and recycled packaging, it's the small things that have a bigger impact."
Posted: 10 September 2021
Now that weddings are back and the sun is out, we catch up with hair and make-up artist Sarah White about the trends for summer weddings. Sarah has more than 17 years' experience working in weddings, tv, film and fashion. Some of her most memorable jobs include working on the set of Pride & Prejudice and Casanova. She tells us, "Many beauty industry experts predict that 2021 will focus on lightweight foundations after months of being relatively make-up free during the lockdown period and having to wear face coverings. It will have inspired many brides-to-be to adopt a more natural look without the desire or need for heavy foundation coverage."
Posted: 16 July 2021
It's almost a universal fact that many of us just feel better when the sun is shining. Whether it's because we can forgo our winter coats, or because we love sitting in a pub garden after work and can just relax, we all seem to feel calmer when the sun in shining. Here, Health Practitioner and Skin Specialist, Tammy Richards at Pure Optical explains the science behind why the sun makes us feel happier and how it can even improve our physical health and wellbeing...
Posted: 14 June 2021
Oxfordshire-based hairdresser Anne Veck took her seat at the (virtual) table for her first Cabinet office meeting earlier this month to discuss the state of play in the world of hairdressing and apprenticeships. The roundtable was led by Boris Johnson, senior Cabinet Ministers and other business leaders. Each participant was invited in turn to speak, and the topic given was what can Government learn from their experience in skills and training to help us Build Back Better from the pandemic? Anne tells us, "Organised by the Prime Minister's business team, this was an honour to participate in, an opening given to me by the British Beauty Council to represent the hairdressing voice on this topic."
Posted: 30 March 2021
Paige Mary is a qualified make-up artist based in Berkshire specialising in natural make-up, enhancing clients' features creating a flawless, fresh glow. She is also a talented wedding photographer. We catch up with her to talk big-day beauty for summer brides after lockdown. She tells us, "When getting married during any season, there are a few insider tips that I must let you know about! When it comes to achieving an Insta-worthy base, apply powder frequently, using a brush for application to sweep away any unwanted shine and oil. This is especially important on a hot summer's day when it's easy for skin to look shiny.
Posted: 18 March 2021
Katy Pheiffer is a multi-award-winning international make-up artist based in Wiltshire, covering weddings throughout Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and nationwide. We catch up with her for inspiration about big-day beauty for spring weddings. She tells us, "Spring is all about new beginnings when the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer, meaning that your big-day make-up needs to be suitable for the daytime and hopefully some sunny weather!I always recommend a dewy, light coverage for a spring wedding to achieve glowing, healthy-looking skin. I use Light Wonder foundation by Charlotte Tilbury mixed with the Super Radiant Booster by NARS to add luminosity. I set the skin with Sublime Perfection Blurring Under-Eye Powder by Pat McGrath which adds to the glow without mattifying it. For gorgeous glowing cheeks, I use Cheek to Chic Love Glow blusher by Charlotte Tilbury and the Glow Face Palette by Dior Backstage to highlight the cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes and the cupid's bow."
Posted: 11 March 2021
Oxford-based hair salon Anne Veck debunks those hair myths popping up on social media throughout lockdown. Hair stylist Anne tells us, "In the throws of yet another lock down, and unable to get to the salon, you may have some hair questions that are going unanswered! Some persistent myths you see popping up in the media, social or otherwise, might be playing on your mind. I've been spotting them too so I decided to explain what truth, if any, lies behind some of them.Our hair, as well as being our best fashion accessory, is also vital because it protects our brain and is an accurate barometer of our overall health (if your hair thins, or changes, it's probably a sign of something else to do with your health.
Posted: 9 February 2021