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Q. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to faux lashes; what tips do you have?
A. Aimee Purser says: Lashes will make such a difference to your make-up look on your big day. There are a few options out there depending on what your preference is and what kind of look you are hoping to achieve.
Firstly you have the lash lift. This would be perfect for a bride who has long and thick natural lashes as it will give them a lovely lift and tint without having extensions. The results from LVL lashes can be amazing, this is a quick lash treatment taking just over an hour and will last six to eight weeks with no maintenance so it will last throughout your honeymoon too. Then you have eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions will give you a more full and dramatic look.
There are three types of lash extensions you can choose from.
* Classic lashes – this method means applying individual lash extensions to every natural lash, giving a more natural look. This 1:1 method is great for ladies who have healthy lashes but want to add a bit of length and volume but still keep a natural look. This treatment takes around 2 hours and you will need regular infills every 2-3 weeks.
* Russian volume lashes – Russian volume is a more advanced technique using lash fans instead of individual lashes. They can have anything from 2 to 10 lashes per fan. By applying fans to your natural lashes you will achieve a much more full and voluminous look. These lashes take around 3 hours for a full set and will need regular infills to keep them looking full. * Hybrid lashes – hybrid lashes are a perfect in between for someone who wants something in between classic lashes and Russian volume lashes. This method means applying a combination of individual lashes and fans. This technique takes around 2.5 hours and you will need to have regular infills if you want to keep them looking full.
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Q. I have quite thin eyebrows and was wondering how I can work with my make-up artist to get them picture-perfect for the big day?
A. Sian McCauley says: Brows are one of the most important parts of the makeup as they frame the face and really bring out your eyes. Everyone has different expectations with their brows and it can be quite daunting to some.
So, make sure you discuss this thoroughly with your make-up artist so she or he knows how much definition you want and that they choose the correct shade for you.
To make your brows appear thicker or fuller there are several different products you can use to achieve this with. I love using a matte eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown cosmetics, along with its brow angled brush for application and brow setting gel.
Using the angled brush, I always start at the arch of the brow, filling in the end first as this will be the darkest and most pronounced part. Looking at the brow I always look for any gaps needing filled and connect any gaps in the edges. This will immediately make your brows appear fuller and defined.
When I get to the inner brow, I use the edge of my angled brush and placing it along the bottom edge, I brush upwards. This will give a much softer and graduated approach.
After this I then use a clear or tinted brow gel (close to the natural colour of your brow) and fix the brow hairs in place by brushing them up from the inner brow and then across as you work your way across to the arch and the outer brow.
You can easily adapt this approach by adding more product if you wanted a more intense brow or using a lighter concealer along the bottom edge mainly to give a more slick look, but also to give a lovely clean finish.
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Q. Looking to 2020 beauty trends, what can I be inspired by for my big day?
A. Kelly Andrews says: Fluffy brows – gone are the days of super slick and perfectly penciled brows. The latest trend has a more relaxed feel and is easily achieved by brushing the hairs upwards before setting with a clear or tinted gel. For a longer term solution, check out brow lamination treatments at your local salon.
Au naturel – still by far the hottest make-up trend is the understated natural look. Think wedding-day Duchess of Sussex with radiant glowing skin, lightly flushed cheeks and doe eyes with a smoked-out liner.
Berry nice – a classic red lip is a great way to amp up the glam, but it's not a shade everyone will feel confident with. Try a gorgeous berry hue on your lips after the first kiss to take your look from day to night.
Q. What are the 2020 trends for bridal hairstyling?
A. Hannah Addis says: I feel when choosing a hairstyle for yourself/bridal party, it should be complementary to your dress, face shape, hair texture and length. I still feel for 2020 the reigning champion for bridal hairstyles are still a quintessential bohemian look. Whether it's a low soft up do or down with loose waves, these styles are so versatile and can be dressed up or down using a different bridal hair accessories, whether it's a flower crown or a more vintage style embellished head piece or vine to add more of a chic look, each style looking effortlessly exquisite. The options are vast, but this trend I feel is one to stick around.
Q. I've always done my own make-up, but I'm thinking of getting a professional for the big day. Can you take me through what to expect?
A. Rosie Scott says: By hiring a professional hair and make-up artist you can relax and get ready to enjoy your big day, looking your absolute best. Your artist must ensure that your look enhances and complements your personal style, wedding dress, flowers, colours and overall theme. It's very important to find an artist who will share your vision and turn it into a reality. Rapport is vital. Once you have chosen your dress and wedding theme and found the right artist, you will need to arrange a hair and make up trial, which usually happens 6-12 months before the wedding.
Think about your preferred hair and make up styles and share these ideas using a moodboard. Your hair and make-up trial is incredibly important as your artist will create the style as if it is your wedding day, discussing the options, including accessories, and advising on skincare and hair treatments. To achieve red carpet bridal hair your stylist may recommend temporary hair extensions for the day to create the illusion of volume and length. Skincare and pre-wedding prep is essential. Drink lots of water for a clear complexion and have a few facials on the run up to the wedding. If your skin is in great condition your make-up will look even better. Other top tips include maintaining essential beauty staples such as regular hair trims, eyebrow grooming and nail treatments.
Trial all of these a few months before the wedding.Your artist will be at hand in the run up to the wedding for any last-minute questions and will provide a timetable for you and your bridal party to ensure a smooth running and stress free wedding morning. Be prepared for an early start and get lots of sleep as you need to be in tip-top health to look and feel like an A-lister.
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Q. I'm worried about how my teeth are going to look in our wedding photographs, but I don't want to have any kind of invasive surgery, like braces, for example – have you got any suggestions?
A. Lydia Sharples says: You will be smiling ear to ear on your wedding day, so it's important that you are happy and confident with your smile. Innovation in dentistry in recent years has been astounding. There are now more ways than ever before to enhance your smile using minimally invasive techniques. If you are worried about the colour of your teeth, teeth whitening is the simplest way of enhancing your natural smile to achieve a brighter look – especially important when you are wearing a white dress! Whitening can be done at the clinic in an hour or at home using whitening gels and personalised trays. It is important you see a dental professional for your whitening to ensure it is done safely.
If you are worried about the shape or size of your teeth, I would consider composite bonding or super thin veneers. The simplest way to explain bonding and veneers is shellac for teeth. These treatments are minimally invasive and will improve the proportion, symmetry and harmony of your smile. If you are worried about the position of your teeth, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment. You said you didn't want braces, but did you know we can now move teeth with clear trays that are removable and discreet?
Q. Perhaps it's because I'm the first of my friends to get married, but I'm wondering what to expect with regards to wedding morning preparations. I feel like everyone is much more clued up on what to expect on their big day than I am!
A. Rosie Scott says: Your wedding morning is the time for you to relax, be pampered and prepare for the big day ahead. My top tip would be to work out a schedule for yourself and everyone in your bridal party. I always plan an itinerary for my brides for their hair and make-up so that we all know my arrival and setup time and then a timetable for the bride, bridesmaids, mums, etc. This way, everyone knows what time they need to arrive and you will not have too many people in the bridal suite at the same time.
The more people that you have in the room, the more stressed you may become, so keep this to a minimum until the last half hour or so. Your schedule will also include timings for the arrival of the photographer and flowers, how long you need to get into your wedding dress and the time that you need to leave the bridal suite, plus any additional time for photographs before the ceremony.
Most of your final planning will happen one-two weeks before the big day, and having a wedding morning schedule will help to ease any last-minute worries. Try to relax a few days before the day, have your nails done, create a wedding morning checklist, including dress, shoes and jewellery, and also try to have a good night's sleep before the wedding. Then all you need to do is let the wedding professionals take over and you can have a glass of champagne and relax with your bride squad.
Q. We're having a Hollywood-themed wedding and I want my hair and make-up to look amazing. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Rosie Scott says: Hollywood is the epitome of glamour. It's a style that has been adapted throughout the years right through to the present day. My top tips would be...
- Make a list of celebrities that inspire you and create a moodboard. This will help you decide what you do and don't like.
- Talk to your supplier about your dress and theme, as both can influence your hair and make-up. When I was the stylist for Elin Manahan Thomas, the soprano who sang at Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, I knew every detail of her outfit to ensure she looked fabulous. - Book a trial beforehand to make sure you're happy with everything.
- Accessories can transform your whole look and add a bit of extra sparkle to your day.
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Q. I want my wedding to be sunny, but how can I protect my skin without looking all shiny in the photographs?
A. Zoe Heathers says: Begin with a moisturiser that has a high skin protection factor (SPF), so that from the very start of your skin preparation, you're ensuring you are protected from the sun. Then I would use a mattifying primer. This will help control any areas that could be prone to shininess. I recommend The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics, which is amazing for this. Ensure that any areas that are more likely to become shiny – such as the forehead, nose, chin and sometimes cheeks – are set with a good powder after the foundation. If you then finish things off with a good setting spray, this should help keep the shininess at bay. For an added reassurance why not asl one of your bridesmaids to have a pack of make-up blotting paper handy? Then you should be good to go.
Q. I'd like a really dramatic look for my big day – what can you suggest that will surprise everyone… in a good way?!
A. Anne Veck says: It's great that you're looking for a dramatic look for your big day. Go for it! Depending on what your hair is like now, you could either go for a dramatic, sharp bob or fringe, but you also want to make sure you don't make any rash decisions in the moment that you're not happy with later. Why not try experimenting with colour instead? You can create a dramatic look that isn't as permanent as a cut but will still get heads turning. Corals and pinks are very in this year, but so are blues and greens if you want something very different. If you have short hair and have always fancied Rapunzelesque lengths, then extensions can add instant length or even colour. Or you could try a completely different style – does your dress have a vintage vibe? Embrace this and go for a rockabilly look, finger waves, a beehive… not something you wear every day! Just with a bridal hairstyle, it is important to bear in mind the style of your dress. If you're going for something Grecian, a half-up or half-down do that looks more relaxed is best. Likewise, a high neck or long-sleeved dress will look stunning with simple hair up that shows off any intricate detailing.
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Q. I find that my skin gets very dry and dull-looking over winter. What can I do to make myself as fresh-faced as possible for my spring wedding?
A. Kirsty Rodziewicz says: Regular facials will inject your skin with radiance and moisture again; this is important all year but especially during winter – and even more so in the run up to your wedding. I would suggest visiting your beauty therapist every two or three weeks in the two months before your big day. This gives your skin a chance to react to the treatments and transform in time. It is also important to maintain a steady skincare routine at home. Your beauty therapist will be able to advise you on this in relation to your own skin type, but in my experience, Aveda products work best because they are predominantly natural ingredients.
Q. I'm worried about wind and rain ruining my hair. What styles or products do you think would help?
A. Kaycie Pearson says: First, you need to make sure that your hair stylist fully preps your hair. This will give your style structural integrity and support to last all day. If the forecast is for windy or wet weather, a classic or even a messy styled up do will help to avoid any windswept photographs on your big day – and make sure someone in your bridal party keeps an umbrella to hand. It's also handy to keep a small hairspray nearby to make your hair less fly away. But my best advice would be to keep your hair as dry as possible and to not let the weather ruin your magical day.
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