Bethnal Green’s specialist beauty and events agency, Serenity & Grace, offers its tips and tricks for the big day with a reminder that “the most successful bridal makeup will still looks like you but the most beautiful version, subtly highlighting your strongest features”.
•Always book a trial for your wedding hair and makeup and if having a spray tan. Try out your makeup after your tan has developed so the artist can get your colouring planned perfectly for the day.
• Book your trial for no later than 3-4 weeks prior to your wedding day in case you need to make any changes or need another trial.
• Bring accessories – veil, tiara, jewellery and a picture of the dress with you to the trial along with references of look you like as a good starting point as hair styles will vary depending on neckline of the dress and hair accessories.
•During the trial check your make up in natural light and with a white garment or towel draped over chest and shoulders as white will reflect the light differently.
•Do not rush the trial. You need to be 100% happy with your look before your artist leaves. It will alleviate any unnecessary stress on the morning of the wedding.
• Prepare your skin and hair in the run up to your wedding day. Many MUA will say the biggest struggle is concealing breakouts when working on an allday wedding makeup as concealers and foundations may cake or dry into blemishes.
• Book a course of facials that focus on your problem areas. If a breakout does happen all is not lost! Use oil free products to minimise their appearance and mineral powder is great to top up during the day.
• Book an intensive hair conditioning treatment a week before for your locks to glimmer. Do not leave any later to ensure hair is not too soft to hold style.
•Don’t forget your nails as they will be featured in many photos with your rings. Do them before the day to avoid any last minuet rush.
• Try natural look false eyelashes at the trial, they will enhance your eyes and will not have to worry about smudging mascara. If you are wearing mascara opt for a heat sensitive product like Clinique lash power or L’Oreal beauty tubes that are none soluble in oils and wont smudge with make up.
•Don’t overdo the contouring as radiant beauty should be the aim,opt for a very natural contour to subtly enhance the bone structure. Both creams and powders are equally as good.
• Applying a lip pencil all over the lips before you apply your lip colour will help your lipstick last all day. Remember you will be kissing a lot of guests on the day so look for a longwearing, none transferrable option!
•Ask your bridesmaid to carry some touch up products that will not cake in to your skin – touch-up powder / mineral powder, blotting sheets, lip colour, blusher and tissues!
Stylists’ tips for big day
Fermanagh sisters Nicola and Arlene Curran, aka Curran Creatives, have worked on London Fashion Week and Miss World, and are now moving to larger premises in Hanwell in West London.
Here are their tips to achieving the perfect hair on your big day: Rebecca says: “If your thinking of an up style get a professional blowdry the day before, this will help the hair look healthier, encourage shine and body and will help he hair to stay in place.”
Arlene says: “Keep it timeless. Fads come and go, don’t over think it. Stay true to yourself.”
Nicola says: “Start to think of your target colour/cut al least nine months before so that its achievable. Taking vitamins and eating plenty of vegetables will ensure your hair grows well and stays healthy.
“All of us agree that you should get a hair trail the same day as your dress fitting to help get a better idea of you want.
“We cater for all brides we go on location where ever you are. We have travelled to different places from Ireland to Portugal to Glastonbury.