BRONZE WITH BARE ARMS
Go make-up shopping in a low-cut, sleeveless top, if possible. Our upper arms and decolletage tend to be the most naturally tanned areas of our bodies, so that’s the ideal colour for your bronzing powder (try 1; Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, ‚£28.50). Hold up palettes next to skin to judge. PERFECT-FIT FOUNDATION Getting the correct base colour is so important for your wedding, because you’re being photographed from all angles in various lights – if it’s too dark, light, pink or yellow, it will be very obvious. My trick is to judge it by the colour of the skin below the neck, so your face and body look uniform. Swipe two or three shades in short lines just under your collarbone (2; Foundation Sticks, ‚£29.50 each). he best one should disappear totally.
THE FOOLPROOF BLUSH TRICK he point of blusher is to enhance your natural rosiness. he easiest way to find your best colour is to match it to your naked lip tone. Facing a mirror, hold up several blushers to your face (3; Blusher in Nude Peach, ‚£19.50, and 4; Peony, ‚£19.50, are both top sellers for brides) and the one that’s closest to your lip colour will work perfectly on you. Foolproof! with Caroline Hirons, facialist, skincare expert, blogger and vlogger, with over two million hits on YouTube (carolinehirons.com)
DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE SHOPPING Search online for ‹“wedding skincare’, read reviews and watch tutorials. Recommendations are key when planning a wedding, and skincare advice is no different. If you can, go for a facial and get some independent advice before you shop; try Sarah Brown at Trevor Sorbie (020 7379 6901) or Una Brennan at her clinic (020 7313 9835). Don’t feel like you have to buy everything from one range. You absolutely don’t.
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW? Brands to look out for are Pixi, which has just launched an extension to its range that includes a Rose Oil Blend (6; ‚£26, pixibeauty.co.uk) to improve elasticity and radiance. Another is Tata Harper (from ‚£36; net-a-porter.com), a Canadian luxe organic line.
INVEST IN KEY ITEMS Ensure you buy a proper cleanser (try 7; Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, ‚£55, elemis.com). It doesn’t matter what you spend on your skincare or make-up, if your face is not clean, you won’t see any benefit. Get a good acid toner, like Pixi Glow Tonic (7; ‚£18), which is good for all skins.
Celebrities on the red carpet, and go to Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Avoid using bridal hashtags – there are too many ’90s prom styles and bad accessories out there! Use #modernhair #hairinspo and #hotd (‹“hair of the day’) instead, and check the Brides accounts, too. THE CONTINGENCY PLAN If something goes wrong and your hairdresser can’t make it (gah!), try this simple updo trick. Blow-dry hair upside down, then spray with a ‹“construction’ spray (such as 8; Show Beauty Premiere Working Texture Spray, ‚£30, lookfantastic.com), which coats each hair with a layer of texture and hold. Backcomb the crown.
For medium and long hair, scoop it all up into a ponytail, twist it as tight or as loose as you prefer, coil it up, then pin it with as many Kirby grips as feels safe and secure. he result is a soft, vintage-style bun that can be dressed up with a few accessories. For shorter hair, comb down the sides before tucking them behind your ears, slotting in a pin or two to secure. ‚ ‚