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...
‘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.”