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"What I wore"

As a bride-to-be, I’ve been prodding everyone for beauty advice: what works and more importantly, what doesn’t (like an updo that makes you taller than your groom - awkward), how to ensure your make-up will last from the “I Do” to the dancefloor and whether I should go Rapunzel for the reception (ie. let down my hair.) This section of the website is for beautiful brides - pros, pals and everyone in-between - who are happy to share their big day beauty secrets. Today, meet...

ceremony_Madeline

Madeline who married Dan
in Buxted Park Hotel in Ashdown Forest

https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/buxtedpark
‘Although from the Wuthering Heights weather you wouldn’t know it, the wedding was in May. White doesn’t suit me so, channelling Liz Hurley, I opted for a hot pink floor length Jenny Packham dress. The day before the wedding I’d done some prep: a spray tan using Garnier Ambre Solarie’s Body Mist, a mani and pedi at Aveda (with Jessica’s fuchsia Bikini Bottoms on my toes) and natural looking Lash Perfect eyelash extentions.

On the day itself, I suffered mild panic when session hair and make-up artist James McMahon http://jamesmcmahon.co.uk arrived an hour late (thanks to the weather and a major accident on the M25.) He got me (and my bridesmaid) wedding ready in 25 minutes whilst still wearing his motorbike leathers. I wanted understated glam so he simply pinned in small Babyliss wefts to give me extra volume then pulled the top section of my hair back and caught it in my “something borrowed” – a diamante Jenny Packham hair slide.

I didn’t want to wear loads of make-up so he used MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation over a primer then added subtly grey smokey eyes, a flick of mascara, pink cheeks and lipgloss.

My top tips for brides would be to carry MAC facial blotters to prevent a non photo- friendly shiny nose and to go for a lipstain rather than a gloss. Mine ended up all over Dan. There’s a pic of us both wiping our lips after the “kiss.”

the dress:
http://www.jennypackham.com

the tan:
http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Ambre-Solaire-Bronzer-Self-Tan-Body-Mist-
150ml_5409/

the lashes:
https://www.lashperfect.co.uk/cms/cms.jsp?menu_id=20585

the mani/pedi:
http://www.avedainstitute.co.uk

the foundation:
http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/158/32553/Products/Face/Foundation/
Studio-Face-and-Body-Foundation-50-ml/index.tmpl

the facial blotters:
http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/177/300/Products/Skincare/Fixers/Blot-Film/
index.tmpl


Comments

  • I don’t believe it! Liz Hurley is TOTALLY the look I’m going for. I absolutely adore her sense of style (when she’s not in those white jeans!)

    2 years ago : susieq
  • So I’m showing this post to my soon-to-be mother -in-law. I look awful in white. Madeleine looks happy and relaxed – and her husband doesn’t seem bothered about not having a traditional white dress next to him. My heart is set on blue – my dress would be my obviously something blue. Thanks for this

    2 years ago : Harriet-the-hen
    • Like it Harriet. And btw my sister got married in dark blue velvet. Abs stunning x

      2 years ago : Sarah Green
  • wonderful tips and hints and a beautiful bride, so glad its not ‘all white’ these days, I’m planning all warm summery colours. Absolutely adore this website, thankyou, please keep up the good work. Jen x

    2 years ago : jenny brown
    • Thanks Jen. Pink to make her boy wink x

      2 years ago : Sarah Green



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