6 TOP TIPS FOR HAVING PERFECT SKIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY!

I don’t know a single bride that wouldn’t want their skin to be the best it could possibly be on their wedding day and believe me there are plenty of ways to give your skin a helping hand in getting into tip top shape! We asked our good friend Georgina from GG Beaty & Bridal…

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7 COOL WEDDING IDEAS USING PANTONES COLOUR OF THE YEAR

Images by ohsprinkles.com (Left) & Anneli Marinovich via B.Loved

Ok so the Pantone colour of the year was announced ages ago, but that hasn’t stopped me putting together some of my favourite ideas for this super cute colour palette.

Done wrong and there is a chance you could end with something looking much more akin to a baby shower, but done right and you could have yourself a pretty funky, retro kitsch theme going on.

1. Pantone Inspired Wedding Cake. As always, let’s start with cake, because that’s how all good stories start, right? Rose quartz and Serenity are two of the sweetest colours when paired together so why not make them even sweeter and add them to your wedding cake.

Dress from Federica Bruno & Shoes from Modcloth

2. Pantone Inspired Bridal Wear. If you’re looking for way to wear this years favourite colour then why not add a pretty pink tulle skirt underneath your wedding dress and pair with these gorgeous blue shoes. Swoon!

Kate Spade Earrings for Nordstrom & Glitter Bow with Birdcage Veil by Crown & Glory

3. Pantone Inspired Accessories. If you would rather a more subtle way to add colour, match these cute heart earrings with a bold veil.

Image (Left) via The Coveteur

4. Pantone Inspired Makeup. This really is one of those things you have to get right otherwise you could end up looking more like Barbie. Use barely there pink lipstick and just a strike of blue on the eyes, to create this fabulous bridal look.

Image (Right) by Jeff Mindell via Studio DIY

5. Pantone Inspired Nails. Alright so this might be more for everyday than wedding day but I just had to include this manicure in here. This will definitely make your nails pop!

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HOW TO DIY YOUR OWN WEDDING DAY MAKEUP!

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So how many of you are doing your own makeup for your wedding? Well, whilst some of you might remain sceptical, DIY wedding makeup is becoming increasingly popular, so we thought now would be a good time to invite professional makeup artist Mel England to share her top tips for DIY’ing your way to natural and radiant beauty on your wedding day.

“Doing your own make-up on your wedding day can feel a bit daunting but with just a few subtle changes to your normal makeup routine, you can enhance your natural beauty and look truly radiant on your wedding day. Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with make-up, so if you never wear a smoky eye, this wouldn’t be the day to wear one. You should look like the best version of yourself, simply enhanced with make-up, so that your groom recognizes you when you’re walking down the aisle.”

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1. For Your Photos

Avoid wearing a foundation with an SPF if you are going to be having flash photography as this can create a white ghostly ‘flashback’ on the photos. Opt for a modern but still classic makeup that will look timelessly beautiful in your wedding photos to enjoy for years to come.

2. Prep & Prime 

Exfoliate your skin often in the run up to your big day as this will remove any dead skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter and fresher and your foundation will blend better. Pay particular attention to the sides of the nose, as this area can often get dry and flaky.

Apply lots of lip balm (my favourite is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm) beforehand and on the morning of the wedding (remember to wipe your lip balm off before you apply lip colour though so that they don’t interfere with each other).

Applying a primer under your foundation will help your makeup stay put all day and can improve the texture of your skin so that it looks more flawless.  If you tend to get an oily T-Zone, choose an oil free primer such as the Award Winning Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

3. Blend Your Foundation 

Apply your foundation with a foundation brush and blend blend blend… Avoid using too much foundation, as contrary to what you may think, it won’t give you long lasting power, it will sit on the surface of the skin and eventually slide off.  Take your foundation down onto your neck slightly and even onto your ears as the colour difference could be noticeable in photos (even if the contrast isn’t noticeable in your mirror).

4. When To Apply Concealer 

Always apply your concealer after your foundation so that you can see where you need more coverage.  Use a tiny brush to conceal any blemishes and conceal well under the eye area (after you’ve applied your eye makeup to create a clean, fresh under eye area).

p.s. Lots of brides have skin breakouts on the day of their weddings, so don’t despair, concealer is your best friend so utilise it!

5. Set with Powder

It’s a good idea to brush a light dusting of powder over the face to set your foundation, but if you have very dry skin skip this step and if you are using a cream textured blush, bronzer or highlighter, beware as the powder will interfere with these creamy products and you won’t get a flawless finish.

6. Contouring 

Add definition to your cheekbones by sweeping bronzer into and just above the hollow of your cheekbones and warm up your skin tone by applying some onto the hairline and temples.  Then apply a highlighter (Benefit High Beam is a good one) onto the top of the cheekbones, down the nose and on the cupids bow, just above the lip area. This combination of bronzer and highlighter will be really flattering and look stunning on your photos.

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DIY FLOWER NAIL ART TO FLAUNT THIS SPRING

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Most of you lovely lot will remember last year me and Em attended the Cosmo Blog Awards and it was seriously epic! The room was filled with bloggers, cocktails and fun stalls to try out but one of the highlights for me was seeing a familiar face there, not from any previous industry events but from school! The beautiful Sammy from The Nailasaurus had been nominated for best beauty blog and it was a mere 6/7 years ago that we were both at sixth form together! It really is a small world and I was so pleased that her awesome blog is getting so much recognition! I just know that you guys are going to love her nail tutorials as much as we do and so we felt it only right to ask Sammy to dream up a design for us to share with you! Low and behold these DIY flower nails to flaunt this spring…

YOU WILL NEED:

A selection of nail polish colours // A quick-drying top coat // A nail art brush // A pencil // Chevron stencils or scotch tape // Glitter (optional)

STEP1:

Paint on your base colour and wait until it’s dry to the touch.

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STEP 2:

Using the rounded end of a pencil (or a paintbrush, or anything else similar that you have laying around) to create some circles on your nails. Take a blob of nail polish out onto a sheet of plastic and dip the end of the pencil into it, then dot it in one downwards movement on to your nail to create a perfect circle.

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