Expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastmidlands.wedding

 

Looking your best

Looking your best

Q. My hair's not in good condition at the moment. Can you advise on the best routine to get the shine back ready for our big day?

A. Robyn Wood says: The earlier you can start improving your hair care routine for your wedding the better. Firstly, hair skin and nail supplements are great for improving hair quality and speeding-up growth but do take a few months to make a noticeable difference. It's also advisable to use a weekly treatment to help add moisture and protect hair. Invest in a good moisturising shampoo and conditioner to nourish hair in every wash, and add oil the ends of your hair before drying to allow for more moisturise and protection from heat. Moroccan oil does a great range of products to repair hair. Limit heat as much as possible when using a hairdryer, straighteners or tongs. Regular trims are also very important to keep split ends at bay and prevent hair from splitting further up the hair shaft. Even by just having half an inch cut off every three months or so will make the world of difference. On the big day, your stylist will be able to use a mix of smoothing and shine products on your hair to help you feel a million dollars!

Robyn Wood,Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing
www.perfectsilhouettehairdressing.com

 

A pop of colour

A pop of colour

Q. For my wedding make-up, I want to accentuate my big blue eyes. How can I achieve this?

A. Liz Bond says: Bronzes and copper eyeshadow tones make blue eyes pop! If you're looking for something a bit more muted and natural for your big day, consider a soft warm matte brown eyeshadow, such as the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in taupe, all across the lid for a budge-proof base. Then choose a warm brown or bronze shadow across the crease of your eyelid to add depth and warmth. Grey eyeshadow also works well with blue eyes if you want to try another colour option. Finish the look off with black gel eyeliner and black waterproof mascara.

Liz Bond,Liz Bond Makeup Artist
www.lizbondmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Bronzer vs contour

Bronzer vs contour

Q. I always get confused with the difference between bronzer and contour, what do they do and what products are the best to use? 

A. Hannah Finn says: Bronzing and contouring are two completely different things and you definitely don't have to do both. Using bronzer will warm up and add colour to any complexion whereas contouring can be used strategically to define the cheekbones, forehead, nose and jawline. For bronzing I'd highly recommend Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury, which both have great shades to choose from. For contouring Bobbi Brown has a foundation stick, which can be used for cream contour and also Anastasia Beverly Hills has some great contour palettes.

Image credit: https://www.janeharrison.photography/

Hannah Finn
www.hannahfinnmakeup.com

 

Vintage locks

Vintage locks

Q. For my wedding I would love my hair to beautifully match my vintage-themed day, how can I achieve my dream look?

A. Jemma Swinfield says: Vintage-themed weddings doesn't necessarily mean you have to automatically have hair in victory rolls – although they're pretty! There's multiple options available to style hair for this theme. Medium to long hair can be put up in a Gibson roll to add shine and fullness – another option is a Hollywood wave, which always looks beautiful. For shorter hair types a smaller version of these two looks can be created or French rolls can be achieved with teasing and added hair. Pin curls can be added into any style to give a vintage nod. Almost any vintage accessory, such as a hair comb, birdcage veil or ornamental headpiece, will make your hair in keeping with the theme. Gypsophila flowers, also known as baby's breath, will look amazing and are budget friendly too! The key thing to remember when choosing the hairstyle is involve a dry set (whole head of pin curls) and backcombing. It's important to not wash your hair on the day of having a vintage style as the hair will be too soft to hold a vintage-style involving setting the hair and or pinning.

Jemma Swinfield
bridalhairandmakeupleicestershire.com

 

Fluttering lashes

Fluttering lashes

Q. For my wedding, I would love to used false eyelashes to transform my natural lashes but I struggle to put them on. Do you have any tips on how to apply them?

A. Lauren Eaton says: First of all, its important to work out what style and length false eyelashes you want as there's quite a few on the market. I like the Ardell Wispies for brides as they look natural but add length and a little volume. Make sure to apply lashes after the rest of the eye makeup is finished, this includes mascara first. 

* Before applying, its important to measure the length of the lash band against your lash line, as it may need trimming down.
* Using false eyelash applicators, apply the lash glue to the band and wait until the glue goes tacky, which takes around one minute.
* Tilt your head back a little and use a handheld mirror to look down – this will allow you to see what you're doing and help get this product as close to the lash line as possible.
* Try and line up the start of the false eyelash with where your natural lashes start before allowing the glue to make contact with your lid. I always secure the start and middle of the band before moving down to the outer corner.
* If your lashes feel uncomfortable and like they're not on properly, the best thing to do is remove and reapply!

Lauren Eaton
www.instagram.com/laureneatonmua

 

Prime and shine

Prime and shine

Q. For our winter wedding, I want to wear eye make-up but I'm worried my eyes will become watery and get ruined from the harsh cold winds. What can I do to avoid this happening?

A. Hannah Finn says: You want to be able to enjoy your wedding day without worrying you resemble Lauren Conrad and her famous black tear. I would always suggest using long-wearing waterproof products and make sure you've primed your eyes ready for eyeshadow. I love to use Mac's Pro Longwear Paint Pot for a long-wearing base, Bobbi browns gel liners for an eyeliner that doesn't budge and for mascara Poni Cosmetic's White Knight Ultimate Mascara is completely waterproof. If anything does move, a great tip is to use a cotton bud and gently wipe away any unwanted marks without ruining the appearance of the makeup.

Hannah Finn
www.hannahfinnmakeup.com

 

Bright eyes for my wedding day

Bright eyes for my wedding day

Q. I never wear makeup, but for my wedding day I want to stand out. What colours would go best with my brown hair and blue eyes?

A. Liz Bond says: I recommend using a bit of eye shimmer to create some impact. Sweep a soft shimmer across the lid such as Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow stick in truffle which is a soft champagne colour that creates a long-wearing base. Then opt for colours such as warm browns and bronzes to complement blue eyes or a darker bronze matte shade in the crease. Highlight the inner corner of your eye with something like Nylon by Mac and finish with a black gel liner and lots of waterproof mascara. If you are fair-skinned, light pink blush and a nude pink lipstick such as Lancome Rouge in Love 240m or Bobbi Brown's pale pink lip colour will finish off the look beautifully.

Liz Bond
www.lizbondmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Here comes the curls

Here comes the curls

Q. I have very straight hair and would love to add curls that will stay in throughout my big day, how can I achieve this? 

A. Claire Salter says: With naturally very straight hair, there's many ways in which you can achieve long-lasting curls with multiple heated tools and products on the market, depending on the type of curl you're wanting. Firstly I'd advise not to style freshly washed hair, as this can be a little too soft and silky. Hair that has not been washed that day will hold a curl for much longer and if you feel your hair may be a little greasy, you can always use dry shampoo, or refresh spray. For this look, I was aiming to achieve a bohemian effect. I sectioned off the hair and sprayed each layer with Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Session Hairspray. I then took one-inch strands and curled them with a heated wand until all the hair was curled. Use a long pronged comb or your fingers to separate the curls and add Schwarzkopf Osis plus their Dust It Mattifying Volume Powder to give you a boost of volume. I worked this in with my fingers, complete this through every section until you reach the crown. Curls can be so much fun and show all the beautiful tones in your hair! I'd suggest at least one practice session/trial either by yourself or with your chosen stylist. This way you'll see how your hair performs whilst styling, and the longevity of the curls.
Image credit: https://www.phildrinkwaterphotography.co.uk

Claire Salter
www.clairesaltermakeup.co.uk

 

Healthy hair

Healthy hair

Q. My hair's not in a good condition at the moment. Can you advise on the best routine to get the shine back ready for our big day?

A. Emma Weguelin says: I tell all my brides your body needs sleep, a healthy diet and you must keep hydrated for your hair and skin to look it's very best. To revive your hair for the big day, I recommend using a deep moisturising water-based hair mask treatment once a week. Curly hair needs a bit more effort taking small sections, twisting and gripping them to your head to control those luscious curls. For flaky scalps use a hair mask with an anti-fungal ingredient which exfoliates away the dead skin and soothes inflammation. For dull hair a clarifying shampoo is a great choice as it includes a tea tree ingredient to cleanse your hair. After washing with shampoo and conditioner follow up with a leave-in conditioner which will seal in the moisture with shea butter. I would always recommend working it two inches from the root. Don't wash your hair every day, let the natural oils work their magic. I'd recommend you change your pillow to a satin-based cover this will help reduce any frizz and helps prolong the moisture for shiny-looking locks. Don't go to bed with wet hair or allow hair to air dry, as hair is at its weakest when wet, breakage and frizz can be a long term correction. Always spritz on the heat protection spray before styling irons or blow-drying, I cannot stress this enough, be kind to your hair! Lastly, have regular trims at the salon every six to eight weeks will help your hair look it's very best.

Image credit: https://emilylittle.co.uk

Emma Weguelin
www.enchantedtreatments.co.uk

 

Gorgeous brights

Gorgeous brights

Q. I'm going to be brave and use colour in my make-up but don't want to look like an '80s disco diva! Can you suggest ideas for bright eyes and lips?

A. Natalie Kate says: The best place to start would be to pick one or the other; opting for a bright eye and lip together can be risky. Choose a colour you love, feel comfortable in, or that matches your theme. Flowers are a good place to draw inspiration from. At this time of year oranges, corals, and pinks are gorgeous. On the eyes I'd opt for a matte bright through the crease then a pop of shimmer on the lid, or if you choose a lip definitely invest in the matching lip liner to avoid bleeding and smudging. Above all be brave and have a practice run. Some of my favourite bright products are MAC Relentlessly Red Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura Lipstick, and MAC Rule Eyeshadow. 

Image credit: www.kazooieloki.co.uk

Natalie Kate
www.nataliekatemakeupartist.com

 

Short style

Short style

Q. I really want an up do for my big day but I'm not sure my hair is long enough. What style can I opt for?

A. Moira Borg says: A beautiful updo is an ideal look for a bride and if it's different to your daily style it'll feel all the more special. Unless your hair's shorter than chin length there's no reason not to wear it up.  Ask your stylist to colour match your hair and use clip in extensions to create the look you desire – it's completely possible. If this isn't for you there are other options. You can braid up or twist the sides and clip parts back to create a half up look. This gives you the beauty of an updo style but with the natural feel of wearing it down.

Moira Borg
www.moiraborg.com

 

Bridal bronze

Bridal bronze

Q. I've opted for an off the shoulder gown and would like a bronzed look on our big day – what tips do you have for the perfect all over tan?

A. Liz Bond says: There are some great fake tans out there that you can apply yourself if you're comfortable in doing this. St Tropez and Xen Tan are two of my favourites. Always exfoliate beforehand then moisturise any dry areas such as elbows, heels and knees and apply with a mitt for an even coverage. You could also consider going to a salon for a spray tan but just make sure you test this well before your big day so you know how it wears. 
I'd also invest in a good matte bronzer that you can use on your face and bring down onto your neck and chest. It's also good to use on any bits of your tan that might have gone a bit patchy, so don't worry if this happens. Some great bronzers to try are Benefit Hoola, Bobbi Brown and Guerlain. Apply with a large, soft brush and build up slowly.

Liz Bond
www.lizbondmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Hollywood glamour

Hollywood glamour

Q. My hair's poker straight but I'd love a Hollywood-glam bridal look. How can I add the movie star wave?

A. Moira Borg says: This is a beautiful style and it's becoming more popular. My favourite tool for creating this look is a hot roller – nothing beats the old-school methods. If your hair's quite stubborn I'd suggest adding extensions to the mix as they hold curls very well. Having the style clipped in place until the very last minute also helps to make it hold for longer.
Everyone's hair acts differently so be sure to book a trial with your stylist in advance. I'd recommend scheduling this in for the morning so you can see how long it holds.

Moira Borg
www.moiraborg.com

 

All about the base

All about the base

Q. Can you advise on the best way to prep my skin and hide my shine if it's warm on our big day?

A. Liz Bond says: You need to look for long-wear products that provide a more matte finish, especially if you have a combination or oily skin type. I start by prepping the skin with Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, as it's a moisturiser and primer in one, so it'll really help with longevity. I also apply a bit of Benefit Professional on the T-zone to help smooth the skin before applying a foundation such as Estée Lauder Double Wear Light or Mac Pro Longwear – both of which will withstand a hot and humid day. Remember to prep the eyes too with an eye shadow primer such as Urban Decay's Primer Potion or Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick, so your eye make-up won't budge. Finish with powder and setting spray such as Ben Nye's Final Seal and remember to take a few blotting sheets in your touch-up kit, just in case. 

Liz Bond
www.lizbondmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Staying power

Staying power

Q. I don't usually wear my hair up because it's too thick but I'd love it off my neck so I'm not too hot. Any tips for making sure it stays put?

A. Harriet Harvey says: I'd recommend that you texturise and stiffen the root using crimpers and a volumising powder. This will help the grips to stick in your hair and stay for the duration. Depending on the style and look you want to achieve you can secure sections with clear elastics rather than needing to use too many pins.
Summer weddings lend themselves to loose boho styles, which is perfect for you as plaits and twists will also help to hold it in place. You could wave the hair and create a style for the day without too much spray and then for the evening shake it out for a relaxed look. When putting hair up a good stylist can twist and pin in a certain way to create a gorgeous wave later on.

Harriet Harvey
www.instagram.com/harrietharveyhair

 

Bright eyes

Bright eyes

Q. I want to wear an eye shadow that'll make my blue eyes pop. I always opt for a smoky look so what can I do that's a little different?

A. Adele Coxon says: To make blue eyes really pop, pink tones work well for a subtle natural look. They define the eye really well and help to give that wide-awake look that many brides want. Alternatively if you love a smoky eye and want this on your day, use brown rather than black. Gold and orange really help to make blue eyes stand out. However, with this look your eyes will look a little smaller so if you want them to look bigger, opt for shades of pink.

Adele Coxon
www.adelecoxonmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Perfect pout

Perfect pout

Q. I usually wear a nude lip colour but I want something brighter for my bridal look. What shades would you suggest?

A. Ali Gunn says: There are so many different shades of nude that are super flattering. I find it's a bit like sunglasses – you have to try them all on! Charlotte Tilbury and MAC do a wonderful selection. Also remember that everything looks softer on a photo. I always advise to go a touch deeper than your usual colour if you feel comfortable doing so. If you're feeling bold opt for a coral pink – Fanfare by MAC is one of my favourites. Also a suntan can really alter your lip shade, so it's essential to try lipsticks when you're the skin colour you'll be on the day. Use a self tan before your make-up trial if necessary.

Ali Gunn
makeupbyali.co.uk

 

W-day highlights

W-day highlights

Q. I'm currently a brunette and fancy a colour change. What ideas do you have that won't feel too drastic?

A. Katie Attwood says: If you want something different for your big day I'd recommend opting for a caramel balayage so it's not too much of a change. I'd frame the face with some caramel baby lights and then freehand some colour through the mid-lengths and ends to give it an overall sun kissed look.  The gorgeous thing about this colour is that you'll see the detail of your chosen style. When the hair's really dark it's hard to see intricacy of your curls, plaits or twists, especially on a photograph.

Katie Attwood
www.katieattwood.co.uk

 

Style it

Style it

Q. I have shoulder-length hair and can't do much with it so I'm not sure what style to opt for. Can you advise?

A. Tina Donovan says: You could opt for hair extensions to make your locks appear thicker and you can colour them to match your natural shade. To create the illusion of fullness, you could also have hair pieces pinned into your up do or pin your curls into a bun ring. A professional stylist will be able to work with your hair to get the best results, no matter what the length. I'd recommend booking a trial before the big day so you and your pro know just the look you're going for.

Tina Donovan
donovanhairandbeauty.co.uk

 

Cheeky tips

Cheeky tips

Q. My cheekbones are my best facial feature. How can I make the most of them when it comes to my big-day make-up?

A. Natalie Kate says: Emphasising your cheekbones for your big day is something that looks so flattering and youthful and is so easy to do! I use three key products for this. Firstly, after foundation's applied use a contouring product. Cream or powder works best and opt for a shade that's two hues darker than your skin tone to give a shadow effect. Place this just under the cheekbone and blend. Next, a pop of colour adds a healthy glow. I love coral and peach as these give you that flushed look. NARS Orgasm blusher's perfect. Concentrate this around the apple of your cheeks and take up towards your temple for a lifting effect. Finally, add highlighter. I love Becca Cosmetics products as they're so radiant. Sweep along your upper cheekbones, brow bone, and inner corner of your eyes for a gorgeous glow.

Natalie Kate
www.nataliekatemakeupartist.com

 

Wash and go

Wash and go

Q. I've been advised not to wash my hair on my wedding morning so it goes up easier but I'm worried it'll go greasy. Help!

A. Harriet Harvey says: The last thing you want on your big day is to feel awful because you haven't washed your hair so use shampoo and conditioner but avoid using additional products such as serums. A good stylist should be able to create the look you choose no matter what.

Your stylist can use different techniques to make the style hold. Root crimping adds texture and firmness and volumising powder stiffens your hair to prevent grips slipping out. Using lots of firm-hold hairspray will also help to keep your do in place all day and into the evening. I find that styling greasy hair is actually quite difficult as it makes it very slippery. You know your hair and how you feel so go with your instinct and your stylist will work with you.

Harriet Harvey
www.instagram.com/harrietharveyhair

 

Accessories and shine

Accessories and shine

Q. When you start choosing hair accessories for a vintage wedding, my first tip would be to decide which decade you would like to take inspiration from – think the '20s to '70s. The '20s to '30s are most popular and can both be blended together.

A. Amanda O'Brien says: Having a bespoke piece made is ideal as you can choose how you would like your piece to look.

Next step would be choosing the hairstyle, which is essential when deciding what to wear in your hair, why not opt for a nice wavy simple look?

Think about what materials and colours you want such as lace, feathers and lovely touches such as pearls.

Feathers look great in a headband and embossed lace embroidered with pearls, crystals and a hint of colour looks very stylish for a headpiece.

Overall, when picking jewellery, it's really improtant to pick an item you feel comfortable wearing as you'll probably wear it all day.

Don't choose an item that's uncomfortable just because it's vintage and goes with the theme, focus on what you like and feel good wearing.

Amanda O'Brien ,Angel Whispers Tiaras

 

Bridal glow

Bridal glow

Q. During the colder months my cheeks go blotchy and red. How can I achieve a flawless complexion?

A. Adele Coxon says: A change in temperature can really take its toll on our skin. To keep it looking great be sure to exfoliate to remove the top dull layer of skin and then opt for a skincare oil to add moisture. I'd choose Elemis Superfood Facial Oil for under-30s or the pro-collagen marine oil for more mature skin, followed by a light moisturising cream to lock in the oil.

Alternatively, if you wanted to go for a salon treatment I recommend dermaplaning to take the dry layer away in one swoop revealing fresh glowing skin beneath.

If you don't have time for skincare well in advance of your big day, chose a thick moisturiser like Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream to really nourish the skin before applying make-up, followed by a liquid foundation such as Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, which gives a semi-matte finish. For blusher and highlighter use cream or liquid products to help moisturise. Finally, set your make-up with a dewy setting spray. I love GlamGlow Glowsetter, which you can also get in a travel size so it's great for a refresh throughout the day too!

Adele Coxon
www.adelecoxonmakeupartist.co.uk

 

Makeover SOS

Makeover SOS

Q. We can't park directly outside the church so there's a short walk. I'm so worried that it'll rain, which will ruin my hair and make-up. Do you have any advice?

A. Adele Coxon says: There's no need to worry about hair and make-up in the winter weather. A good quality hairspray like L'Oréal Infinium will hold any style through rain or shine. For your make-up I'd suggest that you opt for a matte base and finish with a setting spray. Urban Decay All Nighter is brilliant for this – your products won't budge! Don't forget your umbrella to help to protect you against the elements too – you can never be too prepared.

Adele Coxon
www.adelecoxonmakeupartist.co.uk