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Q. My hubby-to-be and I want to start an at-home beauty and grooming regime ahead of our wedding later this year. Can you help?
A. Paula Pokora says: Meet the expert: Paula Pokora is the managing director of Nanshy, a leading Cheltenham-based cruelty-free and vegan skincare brand that's expanding its range of products to bring salon-quality treatments to the home.
Paula says: The team at Nanshy, which is known for its exquisite selection of make-up brushes, bags, sponges, and brush care items is launching a new line of skincare tools for both women and men that are easy to use in the comfort of your own home, to look after your skin with no salon visit required. Because the past year has seen us all resort to at-home beauty treatments, the demand for at-home skincare is growing at a rapid pace. These new skincare tools address underlying problems to create smooth, healthy, and radiant-looking skin while maximising the impact of day-to-day self-care routines, something that couples can enjoy together. The new line is being launched with two introductory products that can produce professional, salon-quality results without needles or chemicals, perfect for a pre-wedding pick-me-up after lockdown.
The first product launched in the new collection is the face roller, a metal device that's rolled across the skin to strengthen underlying tissue and muscles, working to sculpt the cheekbones, jawline, and brows. It also promotes oxygen distribution to help brighten the skin and stimulates drainage to minimise puffiness.
The second exciting new product is the 'gua sha' inspired by ancient Chinese massage therapy tools. Helping to relieve tension in the face, improve blood circulation, and promote drainage, it can soften fine lines and wrinkles to minimise early signs of ageing.
Mandatory mask-wearing is also sparking new interest in skincare. Long-term mask usage is believed to be closely connected to spots around the mouth and nose caused by contact dermatitis and wearers are naturally seeking effective solutions to improve the appearance of their skin. Recent research shows that, during the pandemic, make-up sales have dropped by around 55% while skincare sales have risen 300% year on year.
All made up
Q. I want to book a professional make-up artist. How long will it take to have my make-up applied on the wedding morning and will the final look last all day, or should I bring along any touch-up products with me?
A. Kamila Roberts says: Kamila says: Booking a professional make-up artist for your big day is a great way of making sure that your wedding morning is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. A bridal application can take from one hour to one hour and 30 minutes, depending on what sort of look is required. A soft and natural style usually takes less time than a more glamorous one. For bridesmaids and mothers, I would allow between 30 and 45 minutes per person. If your bridal party is bigger, it's worth considering booking two make-up artists to make sure that everybody is ready on time.
Professional artists use various products including primers, setting sprays and powders to ensure products last all day and night, no matter what the weather. However, there are a few things that you should include in your touch-up bag to make sure you say looking flawless until your last dance. Lipstick and lip liner, translucent powder, lash adhesive and tissues are essentials! Also, it's worth having a refreshing spray like a hydrating face mist to hand that won't disturb professionally applied, waterproof make-up but it will keep you feeling refreshed, especially on a hot day.
Kamila Roberts,Kamila Roberts Professional Hair & Makeup Artist
Looking for luscious locks
Q. How can I get my hair in great condition ready for my wedding?
A. Suzanne Hale says: Start preparing your hair with regular trims every eight to 12 weeks and treat yourself to some good quality professional products to get your hair in good shape. If you're having a colour applied, I would recommend having it done two weeks prior to the date of the wedding. If you aren't having a colour then consider a semi-gloss to give your locks extra shine. Once you have chosen your wedding dress, you can think about your hair trial and I would recommend having this three to four months before the wedding date. Remember to take any hair accessories and a veil with you (if you're wearing one) along with a photograph of your dress. It's important to leave the hair trial feeling confident that you have chosen the right style for you. If you're not sure then don't be afraid to ask for another trial – this is why it's a good idea to start the process a few months before. This meeting is also a good time to discuss hair styles for your bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride if needed, and make a timeline for the day. It's a good idea to request that you hair stylist contacts your make-up artist to help work out a schedule. Additional treatments that I would recommend depending on your hair type are clip-in extensions, tape extensions, and a semi-permanent Kerastraight treatment that helps to straighten and repair hair.
Suzanne Hale ,Suzanne Hale Hairdressing
Q. Can you inspire me with some skincare tips and tricks ahead of my summer wedding?
A. Heather Card says: Good skincare ensures easy make-up application with staying power so I can't stress enough the importance of caring for your skin all year round, but especially in the months leading up to the big day. Wearing a product containing an SPF is an essential step to help prevent premature ageing. Don't wear this on your actual wedding day though, because it can it can cause a flashback effect in the professional photographs.
If your skin is dry then choose products containing natural oils that will help replenish the natural moisture seal. For oily skin, use a moisturiser made with natural oils because it will hydrate the skin making it less likely to produce excess oil. It's always best to apply a moisturiser straight after showering when skin is already hydrated. Skin that's prone to acne will benefit from products that don't contain alcohol or fragrances because this can irritate it, stripping it of its natural oil. Don't expect overnight miracles – it will take a month or two in order to start seeing the benefits, and your skin will need that time to adjust.
Heather Card ,Heather Card Makeup Artistry
Q. I want to wear my long hair down for my outdoor garden party celebration - what styles and accessories do you recommend?
A. Nadezhda Hardiman says: I highly recommend having a trial to see what your chosen specialist can suggest for your hair type and cut. For example, Hollywood waves and 3D curls and waves are very popular now because they look glamorous and stylish. However, creating a proper Hollywood wave is time consuming (it can take up to two hours) and it isn't suitable for all types of hair condition and length.
If you want to wear a veil, some styles aren't possible to hold it in place, especially the Cathedral-length type. Also, you need to consider the weather - will your chosen look stay in place? Your stylist will help you identify any potential pros and cons.
I always advise to try a few different hair styles, one of them should be an up do, just incase of bad weather conditions because these are easier to manage.
The choice of hair accessories is pretty much dependent on the final style and hair type. I recommend to check with your stylist which variety of accessories will be beneficial for your hair. I often see people buying heavy embellished hair combs that are too heavy and pull the strands down. If your hair is fine then try something not too large, for example, some decorated pins. Fresh and faux flowers also look stunning.
Nadezhda Hardiman is a professional hair and make-up artist and skincare specialist. Her style is to create naturally beautiful, sophisticated make-up using a wide range of application techniques including air brushing and aqua colour.
Nadezhda Hardiman,Make up and Hair styling by Nadezhda
Q. Having never used a professional hair and make-up service before, what top tips do you have for sourcing the right artist for my wedding?
A. Marie Kelly says: This can be a daunting prospect because it's almost as important as finding the right dress but it can be a fun and enjoyable task! Firstly, ask around to get recommendations from friends and family members who have had their hair and make-up done recently for a special occasion. Look at their photographs and if you think they looked fab then take a look at the artist's website and social media pages for examples of their work. This way, you can see if their style suits the look that you want to achieve on the day. Examine the quality of their work and enquire whether they have any professional photographs to show of their real life brides and not just snaps taken on an iPhone.
Research their previous experience, where they have trained, what products and brands they use and whether they have the relevant insurance. It's so important that you hire a professional who can handle whatever is asked of them on the day so remember to read their reviews. Secondly, get in touch with them and request a face-to-face meeting. A good way of doing this is to see whether they are attending any local wedding shows in the area and ask to meet them there. This way, you'll see whether you both get along, and have a better understanding of what they can offer you. I have many brides visit me at wedding shows to discuss their ideas, it's a great chance for us to get to know each other. Remember that you're not just hiring a service, you're hiring a personality and you'll want somebody who is confident, calm and friendly, especially if they are also styling your bridal party.
Finally, book in for a wedding trial with them to sample the style(s) you have in mind. You'll get to know how they work and see the results for yourself. If you're happy, make sure you book them well in advance. Talented and popular hair and make-up artists can get booked up anything between one and two years in advance so to avoid disappointment, make sure you secure your date with them.
Q. Can you suggest some beauty treatments that I can book before my wedding to make me feel fantastic on the day?
A. Rebecca Pattenden says: I would recommend having either a gel manicure or pedicure applied because it offers a stronger, long-lasting finish and shouldn't chip like regular nail polish can. Don't keep it on for a long time before having it re-applied because in the long term it will soften your nails as the air isn't reaching them. It's an excellent idea for a special occasion like a wedding but I would recommend removing it after your honeymoon and leave your nails to breathe. Having a spray tan is another way to feel great on your wedding day. Sienna X spray tan provides a natural finish which is good for both the wedding and honeymoon. I always recommend having a patch test done first because this way you can see the colour that it will be on you before committing to the final procedure. It's best to have it applied a couple of days before the wedding because it looks more natural a few hours after. Another pre-wedding beauty investment is a Dermalift non-surgical face or body treatment that helps to tighten the skin and tone up key areas.
Q. What's your top tips and advice for my bridal look for our Christmas wedding?
A. Nadezhda Hardiman says: There are a few things to consider when booking your hair and make-up artist for a wedding at this festive time. While having a professional with you on the morning of your wedding is essential, bad weather conditions can often make it difficult for them to travel to the venue (or sometimes impossible), so check the weather forecast regularly and consider accommodating them the night before. Maybe they could stay over at the venue?
It's essential that you have your make-up bag with you in the event that they are unable to make it. Traditional Christmas colours are gold, silver, red and berry shades. When it comes to make-up, winter allows you to apply more dramatic shades than during the summer months. However, a good balance is essential so for example, shiny eyes contrasted with matte skin and berry red lips will look great at this time of the year. A winter wedding allows you to create a more complicated hairdo. Why not add ribbons or even micro fairylights braided into your locks?
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Q. What's your top tips on winter make-up for our seasonal wedding?
A. Leah Toomey says: The most important step before applying any make-up is preparing your skin. During winter, it tends to be dryer, so it's very important to keep it hydrated. Don't overload it with products, simply add an item to your daily regime that's more hydrating. You might think that waterproof products are only for use in the summer but they are just as important in the colder months. A harsh wind can make your eyes watery so using waterproof mascara is recommended. It's important that your eyes and lips complement one another. A strong red or mauve lipstick can look stunning. It works well with a white bridal dress and a potential snowy backdrop. If you don't usually wear bold colours then experiment with your chosen shade a week or two ahead of the wedding. A stronger lipstick will need some maintenance throughout the day. Add a subtle shimmer or a very light dusting of glitter to your eyelids. If you aren't brave enough to try a bold lip then stick to a neutral shade and select a soft rose or gold eye shadow. Try a variety of lip colours to find the one that suits you. Why not opt for a subtle shade for the ceremony and a bolder one for the evening reception?
Q. I am looking for some natural remedies that will work well for my skin and body – can you help?
A. Heather Card says: It's important to start using new products or remedies, however natural, a couple of months before your wedding and not the night before the big day in case of any adverse reactions to the ingredients. I would recommend choosing a soap-free cleanser, either unscented or naturally scented, because these are a lot kinder to your skin and less likely to strip it of essential oils. Make sure that you pat your skin dry, and don't scrub it because this can damage the top layer and cause flakiness. For your body, add a few drops of essential oil to your bath – it will help you relax as well as keep your skin soft.
Here are some natural products that you can make at home:
*Avocado and olive oil – squash an avocado and mix with a sprinkle of olive oil for a moisturising face mask.
*Mix oatmeal with honey and a splash of warm water to gently exfoliate the skin, or leave it on for 15 minutes as a soothing mask.
*Mix sugar with a little olive oil to create an exfoliating scrub.
Get the glow
Q. Please can you give me some make-up tips for my winter wedding?
A. Roxie says: I love the idea of winter weddings and the ability to use warm make-up colours, but with the colder months affecting our complexions, this season can have drawback when it comes to our skin. I recommend a couple of steps before and after your make-up application to ensure it lasts all day and night:
Prep your skin
Our skin can feel dryer during the winter, so it's really important to keep it hydrated. Start with exfoliating and moisturising regularly during the weeks leading up to your wedding to enhance your complexion. Good skincare is the key to great-looking make-up. Using a hydrating primer as a base for your foundation can help prevent dry and flaky skin and stop it being absorbed, giving the colour more lasting power, as well as enhancing your natural glow.
Set your make-up
One of the most important steps to long-lasting make-up is by setting it. Use a hydrating setting spray because they leave a more natural and dewy finish. If you find that you get oily skin throughout the day, use a dusting of lightweight powder on the T-zone and centre of the face to absorb it. A setting spray is also a great product to use intermittently throughout your wedding day to give your make-up a little refresh.
Glow for it!
Q. Can you help me plan a skincare regime in the lead up to my big day?
A. Nadezhda Hardiman says: Following a strict skincare regime delivers fantastic results. It's scientifically proven that cleansing your face twice a day with a cleanser selected for your skin type, followed by the application of a good quality moisturiser is key. Gentle exfoliation twice a week is also a must. Starting with cleanser, make sure the product is recommended for your skin type. If it feels very dry straight after using it then that's an indication of the product being too harsh for you. The feeling after using a quality cleanser must be comfortable with skin looking refreshed and glowing. Always use a toner after cleansing which lots of people think isn't necessary. It regulates the PH of your skin and is important if you're battling with dry or oily skin or spots. Follow with a moisturiser. I recommend making sure it contains an SPF and is oil-free. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub and use a face mask once a week containing clay, but make sure you wash it off as soon as it's getting dry. You might want to consider a face peel but apply it before bed to avoid being in the sun directly afterwards. Finally, if you battle with pigmentation, spots or other skin conditions, you might need a serum that works on particular areas of concern.
Q. How can I prevent my hair from becoming frizzy in the heat during my late-summer wedding?
A. Shen Hassan says: Your hair should be in perfect condition to achieve the desired style so looking after it in the lead up to your wedding day is key. Working closely with your stylist will help as they can advise you on the best preparation for your hair. If you have curly or frizzy locks, this can prove challenging. The three main causes of frizz are genetic, damage and humidity. It's caused when the strands are dry and lack moisture. The cuticles are rough so when the weather is humid, the outer layer of the hair absorbs moisture from the air causing it to swell and frizz. Some simple tips on managing frizz are:
* Be kind to your tresses – use sulphate and paraben-free shampoos, I highly recommend the Alterna brand.
* Use serums and oils – apply them to damp hair to add a protective layer against the frizz.
* Avoid using sprays that contain alcohol because these absorb moisture from the hair.
* Use a micro fibre towel – they are softer and gentler on hair.
* Use silk scrunchies if you tie your hair back.
* Stop constantly touching your hair – this can worsen the frizzy texture.
* Use good quality products and make sure you're using the correct recommended amounts and applying them as directed.
* During the summer months, consider having an in-salon hair mask applied followed by a blow dry that will give it a much-needed moisture boost resulting in smoother, shinier locks. It's worth considering a Keratin blow-dry treatment which is an in-salon hair-smoothing treatment that temporarily coats the outer layer of each strand to conquer frizz and deliver shine.
Alternatively, the Nano Smooth Pure Treatment is free of chemical gases and works by smoothing the internal structure of the hair instead of coating its surface. These treatments can last up 12 weeks – perfect for your wedding day and honeymoon!
Flutter your lashes
Q. I'm considering having LVL lash lift before my wedding. How exactly does it work and how long before the special day should I have it? Is there any aftercare needed?
A. Elaine Morane says: An LVL lash lift is the perfect treatment to have before your big day. It works by lifting and tinting your lashes from the root, resulting in them appearing longer and fuller for six to eight weeks. Having this treatment done two to three days prior to your ceremony is the ideal time to achieve stunning lashes for both your wedding and honeymoon, if you're jetting off soon after. The aftercare is low maintenance. You'll need to allow 24 hours before getting the lashes wet following the treatment, and then I'd recommend using a conditioning lash and brow serum to both nourish and strengthen them in between the treatments.
Q. I'm considering having my teeth whitened for my special day. What does the procedure involve, how far in advance should I have it done and what's the after care process like?
A. Affinity Dental Care says: Having your teeth whitened ahead of, and ready for, your wedding day is a big decision and the process will differ at the various practices. At Affinity Dental Care the procedure involves having approximately three appointments after the initial complimentary consultation. The first appointment is an introduction with one of our dentists, who will talk to you about how the process will work and take impressions of your teeth. A week later, you'll come back in and meet with them again to have the whitening trays fitted and be given instructions on how to use it to whiten your teeth. We'd like to see you for a review approximately two weeks after that to monitor how things are progressing, and we recommend that you visit the hygienist too, although this is not included in the price.
Once you reach the desired shade for your smile, you can stop using the whitening kit. We recommend that you start this process a minimum of four weeks prior to the big day to ensure that you have enough time to reach your desired shade.
Affinity Dental Care
Q. I want my skin to look flawless on my special day. Can you advise me how to achieve this?
A. Heather Card says: First, I would recommend a good skincare regime during the months leading up to your wedding day to ensure that your skin is in prime condition. Make sure that you're moisturising and removing make-up to prevent your pores from clogging. Second, consider having your make-up airbrushed on your wedding day to allow for a healthy, flawless glow. This will leave you looking refreshed and radiant at your wedding. I use Airbase make-up, which is kind to the skin with added vitamin A and E, which improves the elasticity, reduces the signs of fine lines and is a moisturising antioxidant.
There's the option of having silicone airbrush make-up that gives a dewy finish and is suitable for all skin types. The airbrush can be used to apply foundation, contour and blusher for a stunning, flawless finish. Airbrush make-up boasts longevity and durability, and because it's HD-ready, it's ideal for wedding photographs and videography.
Q. How can I wear coral make-up for my wedding?
A. Diana Blakeman says: The Pantone Colour Institute has announced its colour of 2019 is living coral, a warm, vibrant shade. As with many different colours, it won't suit all skin tones. Coral is a warm, yellow-based pink shade so will best suit brides with yellow pigment, known as a warm skin tone. Those with blue pigment (known as a cool skin tone) will need to consider a different colour. Wearing the correct shade for your skin is essential to looking brighter, fresher and younger. Coral lipstick looks fantastic, especially in the summer, and can be worn glossy or matte. Coral blusher is a great way to add a hint of the shade, and for those a little less adventurous, a bright coral nail colour is a great way to incorporate it in to your big-day look. Coral can work beautifully for members of the bridal party too because it doesn't dominate, making it the perfect hue to accentuate other colours. It teams well with all warm neutrals, including Dulux colour of the year spiced honey, grey, beige, khaki, dark olive and brown.
Q. I'm looking for some make-up inspiration for my spring wedding for me and also my two bridesmaids. I have olive skin, one of my bridesmaids is very fair and the other is Indian. Can you help?
A. Leah Toomey says: With your wedding set to take place in spring, you have a wide variety of colour options that are ideal for differing skin tones. Unlike old traditions, your bridesmaids don't need to match. Wedding make-up is based on having dewy skin, and as long as you can all create that, the rest can be a mix of colours and styles. The idea is to flatter each of you individually and complement one another. Here are my top tips:
* Vary the colours to complement each skin tone. Rose gold and soft pink hues work well on fair skin, whereas a burned orange or peach shade looks great on olive and Indian skin. These are within the same palette but offer a variation on the intensity of the colour and work well for eyes and lips.
* Always enhance your bridesmaids' best features. Creating a winged look with eyeliner or using a different shade of lip colour to their usual choice can totally transform their look. Lashes always add definition to any make-up style and come in different types to suit all eye shapes.
* Make sure everyone feels comfortable. Ask your bridesmaids what's essential for them to feel happy and like themselves on your wedding day. For example, they might feel uncomfortable without their usual eyeliner, defined eyebrows or blusher. You want them to be comfortable so that they look relaxed and confident in the photographs. Therefore, it's important to communicate with them before the big day.
* Don't forget: You're the bride. A good make-up artist will always make sure that your bridesmaids are happy but, most importantly, that your make-up stands out the most. Most professional make-up artists offer bridesmaid trials as well as those for the bride, so don't be afraid to ask them.
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