Expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youryorkshire.wedding

 

Get the look

Get the look

Q. I love the hairstyle of the model in your shoot last issue. How was this achieved?

A. Sarah Lawrence says: For this style, I wanted to maintain the model's hair length and give a soft look. I used: * ghd Root Lift Spray
* ghd Curl Hold Spray
* ghd Hairdryer
* ghd Platinum+ Styler

I applied both spray products, which have heat protection built in, before the initial blow dry. I twisted sections of hair working up and down to the root until all the hair was dry. Next up, I sectioned the hair and placed the styler at the root at a diagonal. With one full turn I then glided it down the piece. Changing direction with alternating sections gave the hair texture and movement for a touchable look.
Next up, I went back over the ends for a straighter feel and to add length. We then tipped the head upside down and massaged the roots.
To finish off, I gently took the hair away from the face at the front and secured with bobby pins, allowing strands to fall out naturally. The curls at the back were then teased, creating a great base for a veil and accessories to sit securely in.

Image credit: https://baildonweddings.co.uk

Sarah Lawrence
www.facebook.com/sarahlawrencehairdressing

 

Rise and shine

Rise and shine

Q. How do I add some glitz and sparkle to my beauty look without going over the top?

A. Toni Neylon Walker says: To add some sparkle to your look, I'd always opt for a finely milled shimmer pigment. These have so much more dimension than regular chunky glitter, which can also be uncomfortable to wear. You'll also find lots more shades with iridescent and two-tone options. I particularly like Peaches and Cream products.
Stick to a neutral-coloured eyeshadow to create a base. Then, pat the shimmer pigment into the centre of the lid with a flat brush or fingertip and gently blend into the inner lid to avoid any harsh lines. Using a black or brown powder, line the lid to accentuate the eyes followed by layers of mascara or some wispy lashes for a soft, yet glamorous look.
Remember to highlight your cheekbones with an illuminating powder. This will give a healthy glow as well as balancing out the eyes. Finish the look off with a nude glossy lip, or even a red lip to make a statement.

Toni Neylon Walker
www.tonineylonmakeup.co.uk

 

A little romance

A little romance

Q. What's a classic beauty look for my Valentine's Day wedding?

A. Brittany Jae says: Perfect make-up is always important on a wedding day – particularly when it falls on the most romantic day of the year! But don't worry, getting a timeless look isn't as complicated as you might think. Nothing would look more stunning on Valentine's Day than a beautiful loose up do. This will give a soft, touchable frame to the face, while retaining a simple and elegant feel at the back. A textured bun would be my go-to.
When it comes to make-up, you'll want to look flawless. Soft neutral tones with brown hues around the eyes will make them pop and accentuate the shape. If you're feeling daring, slick on a warm red lipstick to complete the look.

Brittany Jae
brittanyjae.com

 

Boho-chic

Boho-chic

Q. I don't want anything too formal for my big day. We're having a bohemian theme so what hairstyle would suit?

A. Amiee Grant says: This is one of my favourite wedding themes with its romantic, whimsical feel; remember simplicity is the key here. Think soft twists, textured waves and plaits for creating an effortless hairstyle. I'd recommend incorporating a hairpiece or fresh flowers for the finishing touch. Gypsophila is a great bloom to choose as it adds delicate colour and would look amazing if also used throughout the venue styling.
Think about the overall look rather than intricate details. Imagine long flowing hair, an elegantly floaty dress, soothing pastel colours and plenty of natural elements for a breathtaking look.

Image credit: https://www.bethanyclarkeweddingphotography.com/

Amiee Grant
www.facebook.com/amieegranthair

 

Red carpet style

Red carpet style

Q. We're having a glamorous black tie wedding on New Year's Eve. What hairstyles would suit this?

A. Lottie Haigh says: I love this theme because it gives you the licence to sparkle and shine! It makes me think of red carpet hairstyles and there's nothing more glamorous than Hollywood waves. If you have long hair, I'd recommend this timeless look. Jewellery plays a big part too. You can maximise the impact with statement earrings and I love the trend for star-shaped hair accessories. With a winter wedding it's worth thinking about the weather. If you'll be spending time outside and the weather is unpredictable, then an up do is a great option. A black tie theme also lends itself well to a dramatic veil, so perhaps go for a look that would complement this. I love a sophisticated chignon, which you can wear in a natural, textured way or a smoother, smarter look. If you want something more fashion-led, then a low voluminous ponytail would look incredible.

Lottie Haigh
www.lottiehaigh.com

 

Let it glow

Let it glow

Q. We're having a cosy December wedding. How do I create a radiant look on the day and how should I prep my winter skin?

A. Brittany Jae Lamb says: I have put together my suggested skincare routine and daily essentials to keep your skin glowing all year long - even when the sun isn't shining!

* Hydrate. You can detox and cleanse simply by drinking lots of water! Upping your fluid intake improves the skin's elasticity and helps to keep fine lines away.
* Cleanse. If your skin is left feeling tight after you've cleansed, you're probably using the wrong cleanser! It's likely the product is too strong for your skin type and is making your moisture levels too low. Try my favourite product: Charlotte Tilbury's Multi Miracle Glow.
* Moisturise. Moisturising gives your skin the help it needs to stay hydrated all day. It also protects it from daily pollution and sunlight, which helps to reduce wrinkles and keeps the skin supple. I love Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream – it really does work wonders!
Following these three steps will ensure your skin is flawless and prepped for your big-day make-up.

Brittany Jae Lamb
brittanyjae.com

 

Luscious locks

Luscious locks

Q. What's a classic bridal hairstyle that will look good in my country house venue?

A. Deborah Chalmers says: Simple, elegant and chic are all words I associate with a country house venue. I'd use this as inspiration when advising on how to maximise the beauty of my bride for her special day. The hairstyle is intended to complement your personality, hair type and face shape. This is hugely important so we'd try looks to make sure each of these requirements is met. I'd suggest a soft bun for the type of wedding you're having. Tousled edges and a side sweep would work well to incorporate the simplicity and elegance of the setting and to bring a timeless quality to the look.

Image credit: http://www.clairebasiuk.co.uk

Deborah Chalmers
www.lovehairandbeautyboutique.com

 

Let it glow

Let it glow

Q. How do I achieve a flawless complexion for my special day?

A. Hayley Young says: First things first, drink plenty of water. Hydration is really important for the skin as it plumps it up, helps with dark circles under the eyes and smooths fine lines. A great complexion comes from the inside out, so look at your diet too. Next, you'll need a good skincare regime. Using products that are right for you is a must and not just a few days before the wedding. Your skin has a six to eight week cycle so consistency in the months leading up to your wedding will leave your skin looking fab. Last-minute changes in your routine can cause breakouts so try to avoid this. I offer skincare consultations to all my brides because your make-up will never look its best if you're not nailing this.
Make sure you have a make-up trial; it takes away so much stress if you know exactly what you'll look like. Professional artists know about photography and lighting too as you need a balance of beauty and photographic application to look your best on the day and in your photos. Don't feel pressured into wearing a lot of make-up, false lashes or any colours you're not comfortable with. You want to be an enhanced, radiant version of yourself.

Image credit: https://www.joannegowerphotography.co.uk

Hayley Young
www.hayleyyoung.co.uk

 

Boho beauty

Boho beauty

Q. I want a relaxed, natural vibe for my big-day hairstyle. What do you suggest?

A. Lottie Haigh says: Start by thinking about your overall look. If you have a detailed dress, then you may want to try a hairstyle that keeps focus on your outfit. Also, if you're set on wearing a veil, then a style that'll keep it in place is essential. Even with a relaxed aesthetic, good hair preparation and a strong foundation will ensure it lasts all day. Many of the inspirational images you see have been created for studio shoots and invariably use extensions to create the style.
I'd suggest braids and twists in wavy or curly hair. All these techniques work for your theme while still looking polished. There are loads of options with braids and they work for both up and down dos. Speak to your stylist about trying some different ones, such as a fishtail braid, which works brilliantly on long hair, or a Dutch braid to add dimension and depth. If you have fine or short tresses, you may need some extensions for a fuller effect.
I love using flowers and accessories to finish a look off. Ask your florist about having some stems you can work through your hair. Alternatively, a hair vine will complement a bohemian vibe.

Image credit: https://themalynedit.com

Lottie Haigh
www.lottiehaigh.com

 

Colour pop

Colour pop

Q. I love Living Coral the Pantone Colour of the Year, but will it suit all of my wedding party?

A. Karina Leacock says: We associate coral with the sun-kissed seas of honeymoon destinations such as Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines – but the gorgeous hue will not suit everyone. Some of us have warm yellow-based pigment in our skin, while others have a blue-based cool pigment. When you wear the right colours for your skin you'll look brighter, fresher and younger. Coral is a yellow-based pink so will suit those with warm complexions.
Compared to the bold Ultra Violet from 2018, Living Coral is an effortless, mellow shade that doesn't overpower, so it works brilliantly to accentuate other colours. Think of warm neutrals and the trendy '70s-inspired palette of brown, coffee, beige and olive.
Another way to rock this shade is in a lipstick, blusher or on the nails – just try not to go too orange as it doesn't work for everyone. Or if you don't want to wear it, why not add it to your table decorations with coral blooms, chair sashes or napkins?

Karina Leacock
www.houseofcolour.co.uk

 

Bold and the beautiful

Bold and the beautiful

Q. How can I introduce a pop of colour to my beauty look without it being over the top?

A. Deborah Chalmers says: We think of colourful make-up as being bright, but if you really want to wow your partner and guests, then line your lips to the max and apply a matte berry-red lipstick for a sultry pout. When worn with a nude eye and base this looks absolutely stunning, giving you instant catwalk-model vibes.
This year, more subtle hues are also on the agenda. Try asking your make-up artist to use a lovely deep vintage pink on your lips, teamed with rose gold on your eyes. Flawless and glowing skin is important with this style. Delicately define the cheeks and add a hint of radiance too.

Image credit: http://www.woodenhillimages.co.uk

Deborah Chalmers
www.lovehairandbeautyboutique.com

 

Cool classics

Cool classics

Q. What is a classic bridal beauty look that photographs well?

A. Kate Howard says: A bride exudes natural radiance and therefore will always look great on camera. Go light on the base using something like Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder. It gives great coverage, melts beautifully into the skin and also allows dimensions of your complexion to show through. Your eyes should be kept soft. Beige and brown tones are striking with a pop of champagne or cream tones. These colours highlight your eyes without being too out there. Use a soft liner or a dark shadow to smudge through your lash line and upper water line to open up the eye. Apply a dusting of warm bronzer and a dusky pink blush for that glowing look. Match your lips to your cheeks in a pinky-rose hue to leave them plump and fresh.

Image credit: www.woodenhillimages.co.uk

Kate Howard
www.khmakeupartistry.com

 

A little R&R

A little R&R

Q. My partner and I are feeling the pressure of wedding planning. What can we do to help us relax?

A. Natalie Hart says: Heading to a spa together is the perfect opportunity to take time out of everyday life and reconnect. I'd recommend visiting our naturally decadent mud chamber together, where you can enjoy the cosy steam-filled room while spending time away from planning. Inside, you can coat yourself in rich, organic mud, which deeply nourishes your skin. It helps slough away dead skin cells to reveal a bright, glowing surface underneath – perfect for helping you look your big-day best. Culminating in a tropical rain shower to wash away the mud, you'll soon feel renewed and ready to get back to the organising!

Natalie Hart
www.titanicspa.com

 

Natural beauty

Natural beauty

Q. What hair and make-up works best for a rustic wedding theme?

A. Lisa Addley says: You'll want to create something really romantic and effortlessly pretty. Try loose curls softly pinned up and add a few flowers through the back of the hair or, for the bolder bride, a statement flower crown. For your make-up, keep your base flawless, fresh and glowing. Apply a warm brown smoky eyeliner with a subtle lash to open the eyes. A touch of highlighter in the inner eye reflects the light and looks gorgeous. I can't get enough of Elle Ferguson – her style works perfectly for this look.

Lisa Addley
www.lisaaddley.com

 

Window to the soul

Window to the soul

Q. How do I make my eyes stand out in our photographs?

A. Kate Howard says: Your eyes are the key feature of your face, so you want to define them for your big day. Start by picking shades that complement your iris colour and make it pop. I love pressing a champagne-coloured shimmer into the centre of the eyelid with my right finger. This really opens up the eye and gives a boost of light. Add a little definition with a soft liner or a dark shadow and make sure everything is blended well for a naturally beautiful look.

Image credit http://kloewilkinsonphotography.co.uk

Kate Howard
www.khmakeupartistry.com

 

Fancy feet

Fancy feet

Q. I'm wearing a tea-length dress with sandals for my wedding. I very rarely show my feet so what are your top tips for getting them looking their best?

A. Margaret Dabbs says: Starting a course of treatment around two months before the big day will transform your feet and give them a look to be proud of for your nuptials and honeymoon.

Nearlyweds can book in for our Medical Pedicure eight weeks before their wedding; this transforming treatment gives instant, long-lasting results. We then recommend the Supreme Pedicure and massage four weeks later to keep your feet looking great. Indulge yourself the week before your special day with the Ultimate Luxury Foot Therapy. This treatment gives 70 minutes of pure indulgence enabling you to relax while we perfect your feet.

A dedicated routine of home treatments will prolong the results. Use a foot file twice a week on dry skin and apply an intensive hydrating foot lotion every day.

Don't forget to break in new shoes before the big day by wearing them around the house. Finish off your look with a gorgeous, natural nail colour.

Margaret Dabbs
www.margaretdabbs.co.uk

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