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Give your makeup some staying power!

On your wedding day, it is vital that your make-up stays looking fresh all day long. Well applied bridal make-up should only need a bit of powder and a lipstick touch up throughout the day – the rest should stay picture perfect all day long!

Skincare has an important part to play in long lasting make-up. A good quality moisturiser is key for a good skin base. Your moisturiser should hydrate your skin without being too greasy. My favourite moisturiser to use for brides with dry or sensitive skin is Embryolisse Lait-crème Concentrate Nourishing Moisturiser – It leaves the skin supple, smoothed, plumped and incredibly soft. For oily skin types I opt for Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel.

Primer is a must for make-up longevity. Primer creates the perfect base to apply makeup to. Not only will a primer help make you make-up last longer, but it will also smooth over fine lines and open pores. There are different primers for each skin type. I personally like the Smashbox Primer range, which includes primers that are oil free, colour correcting, illuminating and hydrating.

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Bridal Hair and Make-up Trends 2016


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Marchesa Bridal Fall 2016             Kelly Faetanini Bridal 2016

Bridal hairstyles featuring braids are some of my favourite. Braids are very versatile; they can add texture to a hairstyle, make a simple hairstyle more interesting, add structure and create intricacy. Delicate braids can be used in romantic, soft styles or you can add layers of messy, textured braids to create a really beautiful look. Braids look especially fantastic in the summer as they have an instantly fresh feel to them. There is also an abundance of different braids to choose from such as plaits, fishtail braids, French braids, dutch braids….the list goes on!

I personally like to use braids in a messy boho style updo. Using a great salt spray such as L’oreal’s Matt and Messy on ready tonged tousled curls will create great texture to the hair. Random plaits, twists and fishtails braids can then be created. Rubbing some mattifying volumising powder such as Schwarzkopf Got2be Powder’ful into the braids and pulling bit out and loosening them up can create even more fabulous texture. The hair can then be pinned up to create an amazingly intricate but effortlessly chic bohemian updo. Adding a few sprigs of baby’s breath into the hair can really finish off this kind of style and looks great for a summer wedding.

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