With wedding season well and truly upon us, Beauty Belle Hayley Sparkes shares her top tips and product recommendations to ensure you look like a true wedding belle on the big day. Whether you're a bride-to-be or a guest on someone else's big day, try these ideas to look fabulous all day long.
For brides to be the first thing to think about is whether or not you want a professional to do your make-up on the big day. Even though I'm a make-up artist myself, I still opted for a trusted friend and colleague to do mine on my wedding day, knowing that it would be less stressful and more relaxing - and I thought it would be nice to be pampered for a change! It was certainly the right decision for me: had I been left to my own devices, I would have been so busy helping everyone else with their make-up, I wouldn't have had time to do my own.
Always have a make-up trial before the day of the wedding so you can be sure you're happy with the finished look. Show your make-up artist magazine cuttings of the sort of styles you like so they have a clear idea of the look you are trying to achieve. As a general rule don’t go for anything that is too daring, just stick to what you know ensuring you enhance the beauty of your natural features. Opt for a classic look that is timeless so your wedding photos never look dated, and don’t be put off if you feel your make-up artist has applied more make-up than you are used to, it's necessary to ensure your make-up looks great in your photographs as the camera lenses can dilute some of the colour and you won’t want to look washed out. Planning to go DIY? Try these products:
If you decide to do your own make-up for a wedding, make-up boxes from Front Cover Cosmetics can be a great choice as they contain all the products you need to create a new look.
The To Go Macroons set makes it easy to achieve beautiful soft macaroon-inspired make-up- just ideal for weddings. Choose from mouth-watering shades including pistachio, lavender and buttermilk. This lovely set also includes an primer to ensure your eye make-up will stay in place all day and an eye liner for added definition.
Mineral make-up can often be the perfect choice for brides as it's long lasting, helps to prevent shine and is quick and easy to freshen up the make-up later in the day if required. Mineral make-up can also be much kinder if you suffer with any sort of skin sensitivity and offers surprisingly great coverage for blemished skin.
My latest discovery is Lily Lolo – a family run make-up company who make all their products in the UK using the finest ingredients, they do not test on animals and do not contain any nasty chemicals which can be found in other products. I have fallen in love with their mineral foundation. It contains SPF so has the luxury of protecting the skin whilst it covers. To add a natural and beautiful flush of colour to the cheeks check out the Lilylolo mineral blush. My favourite shade is Clementine.
Top tip: Just smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks, and build up the colour slowly so you don’t overdo it.
Good quality make-up brushes are essential if you want to create outstanding make-up, always dispose of the cheap make-up applicators that often come free with make-up products, as they are not the best tools for the job. Applying make-up with good quality brushes will ensure that your make-up stays on longer and has a more seamless finish. Quality make-up brushes are really worth the investment as they will last you for years if you look after them.
I recommend the Louise Young brush set LY32. This quality brush set contains 8 full sized brushes: a powder/blusher, shadow, blender, liner, angled brow, concealer, and a retractable lip brush.
For brides-to-be on the quest for radiant skin worthy of rivalling Angelina's glowing and gorgeous complexion, I am delighted to report I've found the secret to your wedding day skin success!
Top LA dermatologist Dr. Murad, best known for his anti-ageing, blemish-fighting and radiance-boosting skincare wonders has created the Vitamin C Infusion Facial which is perfect for big day skin prep! Not only will the facial relax you, taking you away from your stressful planning for an hour or so, but it will give you the most hydrated, firm, even, radiant complexion to dazzle your Mr Right.
There is no skincare product which can provide pure vitamin C directly to the skin as it's so unstable - however in this Murad facial your facialist will mix the treatment up there and then so the vitamin C is freshly made and applied immediately to the skin. You can expect to see pigmentation fade, lines and wrinkles will be plumped up, skin evened out and over all your skin will glow. This luxurious facial also includes a relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage; a little bit of heaven! Celebrity fans of Murad products include Fearne Cotton, Nicole Scherzinger and Lisa Snowdon.
My top tip for brides to be: Start a course of facials approx 6-8 weeks before your wedding day for optimum results.
If you want to work on improving your skin from the inside out you may wish to try a course of Colladeen® Viasage tablets. Colladeen® Visage is a revolutionary approach to skin care backed by scientific research. A potent mix of anthocyanidins and natural plant extracts rich in lutein, it is recommended as an aid to maintaining skin which looks healthy and youthful. Research has found that this unique supplement offers a host of beneficial properties from internal sun protection, firmer skin, reduction in wrinkles and a decrease in spider veins to literally nourishing the skin from within.
After 12 weeks of use you can expect your skin to have an average minimum SPF of 10. I wouldn’t advise taking the tablets in replace of sun-screen but as an additional measure they will help to protect your skin in the sun, ideal if you are heading off somewhere exotic on your honeymoon.
If you struggle to apply false eyelashes or you find them a bit uncomfortable to wear, why not treat yourself to some professional lash extensions? I opted for Lash Perfect extensions when I got married and I absolutely loved them. They really opened up my eyes and looked very pretty. I am lucky that I have long eye lashes naturally, but this treatment took them to another level whilst still looking natural - I didn’t even need to wear any mascara, so I had no worries about my make-up running if I cried (which I did!) They lasted for about 6 weeks so were brilliant whilst I was away on honeymoon. You can shower, swim, spa and sleep problem-free in Lash Perfect lashes as they're waterproof and durable. Your therapist can adapt the treatment to suit you so you can decide on the length and thickness required.