17 Steps to Flawless Bridal Beauty

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Image Courtesy of Linda Hallberg via THE KNOT

Waterproof It

Choose a mascara that’s waterproof; it lasts longer and withstands tears. If you really don’t like the look or feel, use one coat of regular mascara, then follow up with a light coat of waterproof mascara.

On the Line

Charcoal, navy, or mahogany are your best options for eyeliner. Black or brown may look too severe, especially if your wedding will be held during the daytime and/or outdoors.

Lighten Up

Use a white shadow as a highlighter on your brow bone if you have light skin; a warmer light peach or vanilla shade will suit deeper complexions.

 Give Them Shape

Do contour your eyes, but avoid using color that’s too dense (it can detract from your eyes themselves).

Shade Your Brows

Define your brows with a pencil or shadow that matches your hair color.

Get the Red Out

Pop an eye drop if your eyes look red or tired, but stick with a brand you’ve used before to avoid unwelcome surprises (irritation or worse!).

Sweet Cheeks

Don’t forget your blush! A pop of color on your cheeks is like an instant facelift. For fairer skin, a pink tone will work; those with deeper skin tones can choose a rosier hue.

Zap a Zit

If you have a blemish or breakout just before your wedding day, keep your hands away from your face — the spot will heal more neatly if you leave it alone. In the case of a sudden monstrous pimple, see your dermatologist and ask for an cortisone injection that will shrink it instantly.

Blend, Blend, Blend

Blend well all over, especially at the corners of your eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.

Get a Good View

For your makeup application, natural light is best. If possible, set up an application table near a window. If there’s no natural light available, use a superbright lamp — halogens work best.

Sit Up

If you’re getting ready at a hotel, ask for a high bar stool so you can be at eye level withyour makeup artist . If you can’t get a stool, simply prop yourself up on pillows.

Even It Out

Use bronzing powder on your chest and neck if you need to even out your skin tone — it will make your skin more luminous and ensure that your face doesn’t look too different from your body.

Watch That Gown

Don’t, however, use foundation on your decolletage — it can stain your dress.

Carry Protection

Use a moisturiser that includes SPF 30 or higher, especially if you are getting married outdoors! You may be getting more sun than you think you are, and you will definitely look pinker in pictures.

Brighten Up

Choose a lip colour that’s a bit bright. Pale nude or brown lip hues can make you appear washed out in photos, particularly since you’ll be wearing white. If you normally wear a neutral hue, wear it as your base with a pink or rose colour on top. If you normally wear dark lipstick, use that as your base and apply a lighter sheer pink on top to give you a lift.

Keep It With You

Even if you mix various lip colors when applying your makeup, be sure to have one great lipstick to carry with you for touchups.

Greet ‘Em With a Grin

You can have the softest lips and the perfect lipstick, but if your teeth are yellow, you won’t want to flash a smile. There are lots of safe, reliable over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems, which all whiten teeth by a few shades.

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I’m Featured on Style me Pretty

Taken From English Country Manor Shoot

“Everything about this shoot captured by Victoria Phipps and styled by Sarah Garrod is my dream. The Justin Alexander gown, the stunning florals from Emma Fawcett-Eustace, the elegant stationery from the Project Pretty – it’s all so perfectly elegant and timeless”

by Abby Capalbo for Style Me Pretty Destination

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But best of all the hair was styled by me! take a peek here at the rest of the photos and my claim to fame!

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…The theme was ‘early 20th century english glamour’ and we tried to create a bit of a story around two strangers coming together in marriage. The models had never met before, so they appreciated the irony!

   Victoria Phipps

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We shot at Iscoyd Park, which is a beautiful and intimate grade II listed country house in Shropshire, England. One of the main reasons we chose this location was because of the elegant reception rooms and finely decorated bedrooms, all with tall georgian windows giving an abundance of natural light. The perfect setting for an intimate wedding. The grounds of Iscoyd Park are delightful and fortunately the light was perfect!

We dressed a long slim table in the main reception room with a trio of tall floral centrepieces. The bright pink roses and red winter berries were coupled with wintry foliage resulting in a pleasing mix of warm and cool tones. The fabulous black and white wedding stationery was designed by Project Pretty.

We created two different looks for the bride, with two beautiful Justin Alexander dresses and different headpieces & hairstyles. The groom wore classic black tie.

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Photographer: Victoria Phipps | Florist: Emma Fawcett-Eustace | Wedding Dresses: Justin Alexander | Cake: Cake Chester | Stationery: Project Pretty | Make Up: Nicola Cannock-Edwards | Hair: Gillian Roslan | Groom’s Attire Supplier: Groom Hire | Iscoyd Park: Iscoyd Park | Model Bride: Stephanie Edwards | Model Groom: Tom Elford | Stylist: Sarah Garrod | Wedding Dress Supplier: Brides Of Chester

5 Steps To Perfect Wedding Hair

Bridal Beauty: Working With a Wedding Hairstylist

Taken from THE KNOT

A bad hair day on your wedding day is simply not an option, so seek professional help.

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You may be lucky enough to have a hairstylist who you trust completely, who knows your hair better than anyone else and can create your dream wedding hairstyle. If you don’t, well, you’ll simply need do some research. Ask other brides whose hairstyles you’ve admired. Check with your bridal salon. Once you’ve garnered a list of options, it’s time to set up consultations: the only way to determine if a hair stylist is right for you. Skip this step and your wedding look may be more hair-raising than head-turning.

 Come Prepared

When you’re meeting with your wedding hair stylist for the first time, keep in mind that since he or she doesn’t know your personal tastes, you’ll need to show as well as tell. The best way is to gather photos from magazines that feature hairstyles you like and search wedding hairstyles online. You can even bring pictures of yourself that show the way you want your locks to look, or photos from a friend’s wedding — anything that will give him a hint about what kind of style you’re seeking.

Another smart idea: Wear white to your consultation — even a white T-shirt — so that your hair color will be showcased atop the right hue. You should also choose a shirt with a neckline similar to your gown — different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Once your headpiece is in place, it will make your hairstyle look different, so it’s important to bring it along for the consultations. If it hasn’t arrived yet, ask your bridal salon to loan you a sample. Or bring along a photo, so at least the stylist knows what to expect.

Document It

Speaking of photos, you’ll want to bring a camera. Once the stylist starts manipulating your mane, ask her to photograph each finished look from four different angles — front, back, and both sides. That way, you’ll be able to see how you look from all views, and you’ll get an idea of how the stylist’s work translates to photographs. If there’s one particular style you like, ask her to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since a wedding consultation can take place months before your actual event, it’s important to keep notes and take pictures so you can both remember what worked.

Know How to Hire

Before you hire a stylist you need to decide a few things: Do you want her to come to you on your wedding day or would you rather go to the salon? Will she only do you hair or the bridal party’s as well? Do you want her to come and stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and the ceremony? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depend on your budget and her time limitations.

Once you’ve made the decision to hire, hand over a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. Another option is to have the stylist sign a formal contract, detailing everything you expect on the big day. It may seem overly obsessive, but this is not an ordinary hair appointment, so formalize the agreement — it’s totally reasonable to want to.

Clock It

Ensuring a great hair day on your wedding day will all come down to timing — which means you’ll need to schedule your hair appointment at precisely the right moment. Do it too early and your coif could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but if you start hair styling too late you’ll feel rushed. During your hair trial run, time how long it takes to get your mane perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half an hour of leeway, and schedule your hair appointment for as late as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled to begin at 4, and your hair takes an hour, schedule it for 2:30.

Do the Do

When the wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-front shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress when your hair is done and your headpiece and veil are in place. If your stylist is coming to you, make a place for him next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so he will have easy access to your head. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy.

If you begin to become alarmed about the way the stylist is handling your tresses, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help — that is why you hired a professional — but that expert must be willing to help you achieve your objective. She should also give you tips for keeping those luscious locks in place throughout the reception. Also, if your veil needs to be removed after the ceremony, ask for a lesson on how to do it. After all, you want to show off that wonderful mane, don’t you?