LIPSTICK.  Your makeup artist will have an array of lipsticks to choose from but I always think, for any wedding or special occasion, its best to buy your own…. the  shade will be perfect and you can touch up with it through the evening. What if I can’t decide on a shade (I hear you ask…..? ) chat to your makeup artist, often you can make a choice at the trial and then go and purchase it, or recently,  I met with my brides and bridesmaid on a specific lipstick shopping excursion !

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TIP 8 : BOBBY friend or fiend ?

If a pin hurts now, it will feel like a jackhammer at the end of the night! Don’t be brave, if you’re having an updo for your wedding day and a pin feels uncomfortable, let your stylist  know straight away. It’s easy to change as we’re putting the hair up,but not so easy when it’s all finished.


SILICA is a vitamin for hair, skin and nails and in my salon days particularly, I would be asked what additional measures one could take to get that extra healthy hair and skin.  I always recommend Silica. I’ve proven this to work (to myself) so many times – weeks/ months later I would ask my client (having forgotten that I had recommended it) what have you been doing, your hair/skin looks amazing!” And I would be reminded at just how great this supplement is!! In your planning phase, WORK OUT WHETHER THIS PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR YOU but keep in mind that it takes at least 3 months to start seeing improvements from my experience . The “lit-from-within glow” starts with happy healthy hair and skin.


SPRAY TANS.  If you go ahead with a trial and you plan to have a spray tan for your wedding, have one for your trial. The colour of your makeup is chosen partly due to your skin tone and depth. Also, wear a similar colour to your wedding dress -light colours vs dark colours can change the way we choose colours and the way you view colours.


Foundation, quite possibly may have the biggest job on your wedding day. Ideally we want a base that feels comfortable, lasts, impervious to tears, looks like a “second skin” and not a mask, takes great photos and looks movie star quality in videos.  Not too much to ask right? Now over many years I have had different foundations in my kit and tried a bunch myself and what I would find is that different foundations ticked some of the box’s but not all.  I’ve narrowed my search down to two professional foundations – RCMA and Face Atelier simply put, are the most amazing foundations I’ve ever used!  Crazy staying power and perfect for matt or dewy looks. The “Lit-from-within” glow is definitely achieved with these buildable, flexible, comfortable “second skin” foundations. For those who are foundation wearers you will appreciate the flawlessness and for those of you who usually wear little to no makeup, you’ll forget your even wearing it.  It feels great on – more to the point you won’t feel it! 

TIP 4 : YO! Go Pro

This deserves a point all to itself. Unfortunately with hair care products there is no substitute for a professional range. I believe that with some makeup and skincare products it is absolutely possible to get great results from “drugstore” options. (For the record I should be a spokesperson for Cetaphil cleansers and moisturisers.)
Get your hairdresser to recommend at least one product that he/she thinks will make the most impact on your hair for a jumping off point…and then work up to a home hair care routine. Another very important point DO NOT USE supermarket products with large amounts of “silicone”.  It can cause problems with colouring your hair as the silicone creates a barrier around the hair shaft – but for your big day, this same barrier can make it hard to curl your hair and/or the curls are limp lifeless and drop out quickly.  Pass this tip onto your bridesmaids as well – there is no room for lifeless hair with the “lit- from-within “philosophy!!
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