Top Tips for Getting Ready for Your Wedding.

Today, I wanted to talk about some of my top tips for getting ready for your big day.

Drink more water - you hear this all the time, but this is a must for all up coming brides.  It helps flush out all the toxins, and helps keeps your skin hydrated.

Eat well - Most brides tend to go on what I call the "Bridal Diet" which is usually very restricted.  However, I suggest have a balance diet, lots of fresh, unprocessed foods.  Also, make sure your eating your good fats.  This will help keep your skin and hair nice and healthy for your big day.

Relax - Its easier said than done, especially when it comes to your wedding planning.  However, this stressful time will have some harmful effects on your body (including skin and hair).  Take time out to go for a walk, do something you love doing that will make you happy and relaxed.

Repair - Nows a great time to focus on the things you wanted to spend some time and money on.  Look at your skin, go get some professional advice, start using good products.  The same with your hair, invest in going to the hairdresser a little more, do weekly hair masks to help keep the hydration in your hair. 

All these things will help get you ready for the biggest day of your life.  Its an exciting time and there is a lot going on.  Make sure you take some time out for yourself.

10 Make-Up Tricks Every Woman Should know.

  1. Struggling to find where to start your blusher.  Smile at yourself in the mirror and start in the middle of the apple of your cheek.  This is the fleshy part of your cheek and is the high point of that fleshy part.

  2. Have you broken your favorite pressed power compact??  Don't need to throw it out.  Break up the balance of the powder, add a couple of drops of Isopropyl alcohol (you can get this at your local chemist) and then pat it all back down.  Allow time to dry and it will be as good as new.

  3. Always check your makeup application in different lights.  Its easy to over apply your makeup in the morning under bathroom lighting.  So always check it before you leave the house.

  4. If you have a mascara brush you love as it gives you that perfectly perfect lash.  Clean it off, I would use makeup remover, and you can reuse with a new mascara.

  5. Want to make your lipstick last longer?  After your application, take a tissue and place it over your lips, then dust translucent powder over the top.  This will set the lipstick and make it last twice as long as it used to.

  6. Are you tried of lipstick on your teeth?  Put your finger in your mouth and close your mouth.  Pull your finger out and this cleans the inside of your lips and you won't get any lippy on your teeth.

  7. If your skin colour changes a lot through summer and winter, then don't fret about having 2 different foundations.  Take your darker foundation, and add a little moisturizer to it, this will dilute the colour a fraction, and will still match the tone of your skin.

  8. When using bright colours on your eyelids, put white pencil down underneath.  This makes the colour pop on your eyelids.

  9. You can turn your pencil liner into a gel liner.  Hold the pencil tip over a flame for 1 second.  Let it cool down for 15 seconds and apply.  This will give you that gel liner look.

  10. If your lips are a bit dry and flaky, use a tooth brush to gently exfoliate off the dry skin and then apply your lippy.

Hope these little tricks helps, its always good to get a hair and makeup artists little beauty hacks.

Amber xx

Wedding Season Hair and Makeup Trends 2016/2017

Being in the hair and makeup industry (or beauty industry) for some years now, I defiantly see trends come and go, and this is the same with brides hair and makeup.

I am finding in the 2016 and into the 2017 wedding season we are going to be seeing more hair up rather than hair down.  Brides and bridesmaids are finding in the hot weather we have been having, getting your hair up off your neck really is helping keeping you cool.  

Braids are still very much in season, however, I am finding now its pulled out braids and a little more rustic and messy looking.  Low or off to the side messy buns are still in fashion, with the emphasis on casual.  Nothing is pulled back off the face, its soft and beautiful.  

Veils are still on trend, with more brides deciding to use beautiful clips alongside a veil as well.  Also, bridesmaids are tending to have clips for their hair as well.  Sometimes the same clips as the brides.

As for makeup, I am finding more and more brides are wanting soft, natural looks.  Neutral tones, mixed with nude or soft rose pink lipsticks.  Glowing skin is a big must for all brides, along with beautiful rosy cheeks.  Contouring is soft and subtle, and works with the glowing skin.

Brows are strong this wedding season, well groomed fuller, darker brows are on trend this wedding season.  

Brides are still wearing faux lashes, but are choosing to have 3/4 strip lashes rather than full lashes.

Always remember though, work with your amazing features to make sure they glow on your big day.


Amber xx

What to expect on your wedding day

Your wedding day is here, and your a mix of nerves, excitement and emotions.  Often I get asked what to expect on your wedding day, since I have been to a lot of brides wedding day.  So I thought I would put together a few things I tell my brides on their big day.

 

The night before can be exciting, and overwhelming.  All your friends and family are around, all your bridesmaids are in the same room (especially if they have come from overseas).  It’s often when you want to stay up late chatting, and drinking wine.  Here are my suggestions for the night before:

* Tell friends that you need some time with your bridesmaids (or alone if your that way inclined), so that your not bombarded with visitors, when all you need to do is relax.

* Don’t drink too much, you have a super long day ahead, and having a hang over isn’t going to make you feel any better.

* Have something of substance to eat.  You may not feel like eating, but do.  Your nerves will be all over the place, and your appetite is usually the first thing that will leave, but again, you have a long day ahead tomorrow and you need food.

* TRY and have an early night, even if you are just relaxing in bed, its better than nothing.

* Nows not the time to try any new facial treatment etc with your skin.  Also, your hair and makeup artist should have given you instructions for your hair and skin for the next day, if not ask.

On the day.

* Make sure you have breakfast, and even though you may want to, I suggest do start drinking till at least midday.  Alcohol and nerves don’t mix well, and I have had a case where the bride nearly toppled off my makeup chair due to drinking too much.

* Make sure you eat lunch, and have snacks and non alcoholic beverages around.

* Make sure you know what time your hair and makeup artist is coming, and have the space ready for them so they can get started.  Also, make sure that the people who are up first are with you, so the artist can get started asap.

* Its a good idea to keep the amount of people in your room at a minimum, having lots of people in there is distracting and can make you feel overwhelmed.  I usually suggest just having the morning with you and your bridesmaids.

* Its potentially going to get emotional, so make sure you have plenty of tissues around.

What to look for when choosing a Hair and Makeup Artist

Along side of choosing your photographer, venue and dress, just as important is who makes you look your best on your big day.  Here are a few tips with choosing your Hair and Makeup Artist that will make you look stunning.

 

  1.  Do you research.  There are loads of hair and makeup artists out there to choose from.  Spend some time, look at portfolios, ask around.  Make sure to check out there Facebook page as well (if they have one), I often post pictures of my work on my Facebook page (Verdo Hair and Makeup), rather than onto my website, as they have been taken with my mobile phone and not good quality enough for my website.
  2. Make sure the style you are going for matches whats in their portfolio.  Or if you are wanting something very different, then ask the artist if they are able to do this style for you.  If not, a good hair and makeup artist will refer you onto someone they know and trust.
  3. Communicate with your Hair and Makeup artist.  Ask questions, even if you feel your asking too much.  You have to feel comfortable with her or him.  Even though during peak season most hair and makeup artists are very busy, we will have the time to answer your questions.
  4.  Have a trial with your potential hair and makeup artist, this is so important, and well worth the money.  This gives both you and the artist a strong idea of what you are wanting on the day.  It will also show you what you can look like.  This is a great way to see if you are going to work well together on the day.  Your artist should carry out a consultation with you before he or she applies any makeup.
  5. But most of all a skilled Hair and Makeup artist should do the following:
    • Has the skills and professional products to keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless all day
    • Understands how flash photography affects the appearance of makeup, therefore selects and supplies appropriate cosmetics
    • Provides peace of mind and reassurance for those who lack confidence in their own appearance – they will put you at ease and assure you that you will look how you intend to
    • Saves you time and money in researching and sourcing your own cosmetics
    • Gives you professional one-to-one advice during your makeup trial, helping achieve the most from your beauty and skincare regime
    • Is great for calming last minute nerves and will put any concerns at ease
    • Provides an enjoyable pampering treatment so the bride can sit and relax