Whether you’re a wedding guest or a bride-to-be, make getting ready for the big day stress-free with these savvy make-up tips and hairstyling tricks
Practice makes perfect: Take photographs of your make-up in different lights at different times of day to ensure you look picture perfect, day to night. Primers will help your foundation go the distance – and don’t forget one for eyelids, as they produce oil just like the rest of your face.
Classic colours: Avoid dramatic smokey eyes – think timeless nude hues with a touch of shimmer that will illuminate your eye area and won’t date in photos. Blusher is the ultimate brightening tool – but too much can look doll-like. Opt for gel and cream textures – tap two or three dots along your cheekbones and blend.
Touch-up kit: During the inevitable tears, toasts and dancing, you’ll need some quick fixes on standby. Think translucent powder to control shine, lip gloss to perk up faded lips and mascara (waterproof, of course).
Style head start: Healthy hair is manageable hair. Start prepping with deep conditioning treatments at least three months before the big day – we love Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer. Trial your style for an evening out to see how it holds up and take pictures at all angles to see how it looks in photos. Hair serum is key in fighting flyaways, but don’t be heavy handed. Pop a drop into your palm, then use a large fluffy make-up brush to sweep the perfect amount over hair.
Wearing your hair up? Don’t lather up! Second-day hair grips onto clips more easily if you’re having an up-do and holds styles that need backcombing. You can always spritz dry shampoo, such as Percy & Reed’s Invisible Dry Shampoo, into roots for extra volume.
Or down? Bouncy hair never goes out of fashion. Rinse hair for three minutes after washing, as residue from shampoo and conditioner can weigh down and dampen your style.
Watch our video: It might look like you need to be a hair genius to master a fishtail braid – but don’t be deceived. Our video proves this pretty wedding-worthy plait is deceptively simple to do on yourself, no hairstylist required.
Make it easy: If you have trouble starting a braid, gathering your hair into a ponytail first will make it easier to manipulate (just cut the tie off at the end and you’ll still have a secure braid).
Size is everything: Mind the size of your sections (no more than half an inch from each side) for a neat plait to be proud of.