Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rest and relaxation
Q. I'm set to wed in six months and have found the planning process very stressful, what can I do to ensure I'm completely relaxed in the run-up to the day?
A. Sarah Watkinson says: Wedding planning can be stressful, but there are ways to help you feel more relaxed. The main thing to remember is to make time for yourself in the lead up to the wedding. Whether it's a day to yourself, without any planning or a trip to a salon with some of your friends to take your mind off it all.
At Lottie Loves Beauty, we offer bespoke treatments that are tailor-made to suit your needs and can design a package that targets relaxation and stress relief before the big day. The great thing about treatments is that you can relax and unwind while the therapist takes care of the much needed bridal prep in a calm environment. Whether it's preparing your nails and giving them the attention they need or booking a course of facials to make your skin look it's absolute best, it's worth treating yourself.
Q. I'm looking for an on-trend outfit for my mum to wear at my wedding. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Dee Brain says: A lot depends on the time of year you're getting married and the venue you've chosen. Primarily, the first consideration should be that your mum looks fabulous and comfortable in whatever she wears. For a summer wedding, a gorgeous dress with a matching hat might be a good idea as soft styling is very much on-trend. A pashmina can be added if the day is not as warm as expected.
A gothic look
Q. We're having a black-themed wedding, and I'd like to incorporate the colour into my make-up without it looking too heavy. Do you have any ideas?
A. Amy Lacey says: Here are my top tips for creating a showstopping look.
* If you keep the style classic and timeless, you can't go wrong.
* Focus on your eyes. Make them pop and add a bright hue on the inner corners.
* Smoky, sultry and sexy are fabulous options.
* Remember, less is sometimes more, so don't choose an overpowering look.
* Focus on a pretty nude or soft pink lip and add a touch of shimmer on your cheeks.
A smooth finish
Q. I want to look amazing on my big day, but I'm useless when it comes to make-up. What's the difference between highlighter, bronzer and foundation and do I need them all? Help!
A. Jenny Ojo says: If make-up isn't your forte, then I suggest you hire a professional. We've learnt every trick in the book to help enhance your features and ensure you're camera ready. It relieves the stress of getting it right and allows you to have a little bit of pampering on your big day. That being said, if you do want to do it yourself, then invest in some quality products and practice as much as you can.
* Foundation, as the name suggests, is the base to build upon. It creates an even complexion and covers any imperfections. It comes in a variety of formulas and choosing the right one to suit your skin tone is essential.
* Once the foundation has been applied, you need to add some dimension back to your face, and this is where bronzer, highlighter and contour come into their own.
* Highlighter is one of my favourite aspects of make-up. Correctly placed it catches the light on the high points of your face, creating dimension and enhancing the sort after bridal glow.
* Bronzers, not to be confused with contouring, adds warmth and a sun-kissed look.
* Contour is used to create depth and sculpt the face. They tend to be matte cool-toned products that replicate shadows. Defining cheekbones, sharpening jawlines, and slimming noses are all illusions that can be achieved through this. Make-up artist
A showstopping look
Q. What tips can you suggest to get my make-up looking fabulous for my big day?
A. Amy Lacey says: Good skincare is key to creating a picture-perfect look. There are lots of routines and products you can use at home to keep your pours looking fabulous. If you do have any major concerns, seek advice from a salon or book a consultation. A good base and primer will provide longevity. A compact powder is ideal for last-minute touch-ups on your T-zone especially if you're prone to shiny skin. Finally, use a good finishing spray to seal the deal. MAC Prep & Prime Fix is one of my favourites and now comes in a 30ml bottle, ideal for your bridesmaids to carry around on the day.
Q. I'd like to add a wintry sparkle to my wedding look. What would you recommend for my make-up?
A. Amy Lacey says: * Go bold and opt for a smoky eye with a hint of shimmering gold or silver.
* Use a beautiful highlighter on your brow and cheekbones to add an extra pop.
* One of my favourite products is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. It's a multi-use investment for any make-up bag and comes in 10 different shades.
All night long
Q. I want my make-up to last from the start of my wedding to the end of the night. How can I ensure it stays in place?
A. Amy Lacey says: * A good base is key to ensuring your look lasts all day. Cleanse, moisturise and prime your skin every morning to ensure it's nice and smooth. Primers are essential. Not only do they seal in your skincare, but also create a barrier for prolonged wear.
* Remember less is more. Purchase a beauty blender, and lightly dampen and squeeze out any excess water.
* Use a HD powder to set your make-up. Keep a compact with you to touch up your T-zone during the day – especially if you're prone to shiny areas.
* Opt for a waterproof mascara and kohl eyeliner pencil to ensure it doesn't smudge.
* Finally, use a setting spray. It seals all your work and is quite refreshing.
Q. I want a wow-factor hair style for my big day but I'm not sure what to do with my curly locks. Any suggestions?
A. Teresa Weller says: Embrace your natural curls and don't forget it's your day to shine and showcase your natural beauty.
* A good hairstylist will control your locks with products and provide advice in preparation for the big day.
* I personally love up dos, especially with unruly curls. This look will ensure your hair is frizz free and weatherproof come rain or shine.
Fall in love
Q. I'm getting married this autumn and I'm not sure how to wear my make-up. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Amy Lacey says: Autumn is a wonderful time of year and one of my favourite seasons, here's my top tips on how to create the perfect big-day look.
* Play around with colours. Look for earthy browns, khakis, rich ambers and golden tones.
* If you have a tan from the summer months, embrace it and start a good skincare routine to keep your skin glowing.
* Once you've decided on a theme, create a moodboard and share your ideas with your make-up artist.
A dazzling complexion
Q. I have very dry skin, which tends to make my foundation look like its been caked on rather than smoothly applied. How can I ensure my wedding look is flawless?
A. Jana Jurakova says: Here are my top tips:
* The most important thing you can do is drink plenty of water.
* Coconut oil is great for dry skin and improves hydration. I also use it as a natural make-up remover.
*Make a mask out of avocado and a table spoon of olive oil. For extreme cases, you could also add a bit of honey. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
* If you're tight on time, you could opt for a moisturising cream. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream is rich, silky and full of antioxidants. Alternatively, Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturiser is ideal for more sensitive skin.
* Bobby Brown offer a primer for smooth application that has a rich feel but isn't greasy.
* One of my favourite foundations is Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. It contains turmeric extract, which is good for acne prone complexions.
* Finish your look with Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder. Make-up artist
The wow factor
Q. We're having a Hollywood-themed wedding and I want my hair and make-up to look amazing. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Rosie Scott says: Hollywood is the epitome of glamour. It's a style that has been adapted throughout the years, from vintage right through to the present day.
* Make a list of celebrities that inspire you and create a vision board. This will help you decide what you do and don't like.
* Talk to your supplier about your dress and theme, as both can influence your hair and make-up. When I was the stylist for Elin Manahan Thomas, the soprano who sang at Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, I knew every detail of her outfit to ensure she looked fabulous. * Book a trial beforehand to make sure you're happy with everything.
* Accessories can transform your whole look and add a bit of extra sparkle to your day. Make-up specialist
Hair of the future
Q. I've spent my whole life trying to tame my uncontrollable curls. Do you have any tips on how I can turn my messy hair into glossy locks?
A. Teresa Weller says: on't be afraid to embrace your curls! I have lots of clients with eccentric hair, including my own daughter.
* Opt for a KeraStraight Brazilian Blow Dry to help reduce frizz. This can last up to six months when you follow the correct after-care regime. It's also great in the heat and humidity. I finish the look with a Hot Tools CurlBar, which is my favourite product at the moment.
* Get into a good routine before the big day. I recommend you shampoo less and use more conditioner.
* There are lots of Instagram influencers that offer advice on how to achieve and maintain curly hair. Of course everyone's different but it will help give you some ideas. Wedding hair specialist
Q. I would love to wear a headpiece for my boho-style wedding but didn't want to opt for the typical flower crown. What do you suggest?
A. Sally Greenwood says: As an effortless, free spirited, romantic style a boho bride can easily reflect this in her hair by allowing it to flow freely and loosely scoop up a small section with a special bespoke pin or comb.
This would look amazing if dreamily beaded with classic pearls, crystals, ribbon or flowers or a combination to reflect your individual style. Some meaningful personal touches can be discretely woven in such as tiny crystal Swarovski butterflies or hearts, or you could pick out favourite elements of your dress which could be reflected in the hair decoration.
I like to take time to chat with the bride to find out her preferences and what is important to her so she can feel completely happy about the overall decorative effect she wishes to achieve on her special day. The bride can keep these special combs, pins and jewellery items for memories of her perfect day!
Hair raising issues
Q. I adore plaits and braids but I'm worried about them looking too structured and them lacking volume for a bridal do? What hair style do you suggest?
A. Amy Lacey says: There are lots of bridal hairstyles that would complement this look. I love braids and plaits and there's so many variations so you can have a really fun time playing around. One obvious style or theme that would lend itself well for braids is the boho look. Anything from a loose, side fishtail maybe with some fresh flowers woven through or a halo braid would work wonders in long hair – it's going to be massive for Spring/Summer 2019!! For mid-length or shorter hair, soft waves with a one or two-side French plait secured with a beautiful hairpiece or clip can look really classy. Once a braid has been structured you can tease it out and fan it with your fingers. Products for these kind of styles are key. One of my go-to products for texture is a dry shampoo or Schwarzkopf Osis Texture Dust It, a really versatile product. Lightly dust this product or anything similar from the roots and rub your fingers through to the ends. Salt spray is also another really underrated product that's fabulous for creating volume and texture on a number of styles.
Q. I have quite thin lips but would love the appearance of a fuller pout on the big day, what natural ways can this be achieved?
A. Amy Lacey says: There are quite a few tricks that you can use to obtain a fuller pout without having to go to the lengths of having lip fillers. One option is enhancing your lips with a plumping or collagen balm. Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip, the health and beauty world's first vegan collagen lip treatment is infused with active plant collagen, beads of microalgae oil and botanic lip enhancers, the treatment works to soothe, smooth and redefine the lips. This is an investment item at £39 from SpaceNK, and should be used 10 days prior to the wedding for you to see any noticeable effects. But it's a little bit of luxury! An everyday trick you can practice is to pat concealer onto your lips, spreading it a little over your lip line. Exaggerate your shape ever so slightly just to create a fuller effect. Use a lip liner that matches your lipstick, and trace just slightly outside your natural lip line.
Q. I hate wearing false eyelashes, but understand the importance of making my make-up stand out on the day. What other alternatives are there for the perfect lashes?
A. Tania Claire says: Lots of brides don't like the thought of wearing false eyelashes on their wedding day, however, there are a number of ways to make eyelashes look longer and thicker. The process many of my brides choose is a Lash Lift which is a beauty treatment I can offer which involves lifting the lashes onto a rod or a shield and using a lash lifting serum to make the lashes lift up giving a wider, more awake-looking eye. I also tint the lashes at the same time which makes the lashes look thicker. It's a great procedure and takes just over an hour to do the treatment and immediately you can see the results of bigger, thicker-looking lashes. The treatment lasts around eight to 10 weeks as well, so will last through the honeymoon too! The other alternative is before applying my brides' mascara I use a heated lash curler. It's a much more gentle, less scary tool than a traditional lash curler. I gently use it to push the lashes up to give a more curled looking position then apply the mascara and the lashes then look longer and more defined.
Q. I wanted a change and thought a new hairstyle would be the way to go; so I've cut off my long brown hair into a choppy chin-length bob. I love it, but I'm now worried about my wedding-day style next year. What would my options be?
A. Teresa Weller says: This image as an example, is where the lovely girl's hair had been cut off to about a jaw-length bob with a sharpe fringe. So with my curl bar, I sectioned off the back and curled everything before I pinned all up backcombing the top then added the flowers and everyone was wowed as it made her look like she had lots of hair pinned up. I quiffed the fringe and sprayed that in the length at the front thats left down, which is in fact the longest part of her hair – just goes to show short hair can be put up.
Q. I'm never really sure how to incorporate my eyebrows in to my make-up routine. What is the best way to define them on my wedding day?
A. Mehwish Saqib says: Eyebrows play a very vital role in your overall make-up look or just your look in general. If you're very new to eyebrow routine and there's still time before your big day, the best way to start is a brow pencil two shades lighter than your hair colour. Once you have bought the right shade, make small strokes with the pencil starting from the beginning of your eyebrow going towards the arch – and then from arch to all the way till the end of it.
Once the bottom line of the brows is in place then you need to start the top and follow the same method. Fill in any spots in your eyebrows where there isn't much hair, you want them to look fuller. You need to start light and build up as you go.
Then brush them upwards and in place. See yourself in day light, take a picture and ask any family members without telling them that you have done something new, see what they say and take it from there. Try doing it everyday and if you think you're not doing it right then seek expert advice.
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