Expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales 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@yoursouthwales.wedding

 

A flawless appearance

A flawless appearance

Q. I'm a very emotional person, and I know I will probably end up crying on our big day. How can I stop this ruining my make-up?

A. Maya Jasinska says: Your nuptials will fill you with excitement, emotion, peacefulness and sometimes even melancholy. If you're an emotional bride and think that you will shed a tear or two on your big day, then it's a good idea to let your make-up artist know before the wedding. When your eyes start to get watery, simply fan them with your hand, have your bridesmaids ready with tissues and always pat the wet area on your face, never rub! Having a touch up after the ceremony is also a good way to ensure you look picture perfect.

Maya Jasinska
loxushairandmakeup.com

 

Luscious locks

Luscious locks

Q. I want a wow-factor hairstyle for my big day, but I'm not sure what to do with my curly locks. Any suggestions?

A. Alaw John says: Keep your naturally curly hair. You could wear it up with a statement hair accessory or keep it natural with the addition of a flower crown. It all depends on what makes you feel most comfortable.
The weather is also something you need to take into consideration when choosing a style. If it rains or is very windy, then it's best to wear it up.
There are so many options available, find something you like and book a trial before the big day to ensure you love it.

Alaw John
gowerbridalhair.com

 

Hair care hero

Hair care hero

Q. I want to do something creative with my long, straight hair, but I'm not sure what style to go for. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Lilly Evans says: Take advantage of your long hair. I suggest you opt for an edgy high or low ponytail. The key is texture, add waves and use some texturising products to create volume. You could weave a garland around the ponytail or add in an oversized hair slide to create an edgy romantic look. A wrapped bun is a classic look that you could make more creative by pulling pieces out with a texturising spray and adding in a cluster of floating pearls. Try braids and twists in a half up and half down look. Make the rest wavy with a large curling tong and add in some texturising products for a more undone bohemian look. Pull apart and dishevel the braid and incorporate star and moon hairpins. Glam waves are perfect for long hair. Curl all the sections in the same direction and comb it with a soft bristle brush before blending them. Tuck one side behind your ear, use a hair spray with a shine element and add in an oversized hair slide for an up-to-date look.

Lilly Evans
www.facebook.com/bohohairdesign

 

Baby, it’s cold outside

Baby, it’s cold outside

Q. We're having a winter wedding, and I'd love to incorporate the season into my make-up. Do you have any ideas of how I can achieve this?

A. Jodie Shires says: Go for a statement lip. This will help you tie in the festive season and looks fabulous in those all-important photographs. Look for deep reds or warm browns. Make sure you go for a lighter shade for your eyes and make them stand out with big, fluffy eyelashes.

Jodie Shires
www.minxiesbeauty.com

 

A smooth finish

A smooth finish

Q. I'm getting married this December and want my skin to look fabulous on the big day but don't want to undergo any invasive treatments. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Rosie Bates says: I would always advise any bride or groom-to-be to have a consultation before booking any treatments as everyone's skin is different. If you have a clear complexion, go for something like a dermaplane. This is a deep exfoliation that removes the outer layers of dead skin cells to reveal a brighter and healthier glow. Make sure you have the treatment at least a week before your big day. For those of you with more problematic skin, book an appointment with your chosen skincare specialist a few months before your nuptials to put together a bespoke treatment plan.

Rosie Bates
www.facebook.com/theskinlabb

 

Fall in love

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. Nicola Gordon-Jones says: Autumn is full of strong, rich colours, so why not let your make-up reflect that? If you opt for a bold hue on your lips, then complement it with a barely there foundation and a soft brown on your eyes. Alternatively, you could go for a stronger shade on your eyes and wear a softer palette on your lips.

Nicola Gordon-Jones
www.ngj-makeup.com

 

Absolutely flawless

Absolutely flawless

Q. What tips can you suggest to get my make-up looking fabulous for my big day?

A. Nicola Gordon-Jones says: This summer is all about natural beauty.
* Enhance your features with glowing skin and soft contouring.
* Add a soft blusher to your cheeks and a touch of highlighter.
* For your eyes, use neutral tones, including beiges and pinks. Use a dark brown or black liner to create definition, and finish the look with individual lashes.

Nicola Gordon-Jones
www.ngj-makeup.com

 

Summer breeze

Summer breeze

Q. We're having a summer wedding, and I'm worried about getting too hot and ruining my hair and make-up. Do you have any ideas to ensure I look fabulous all day?

A. Laura Glanville says: Here are my top tips:
* Sleep in dry shampoo the night before and don't wash your hair on the day.
* Consider having an up do to stop your locks getting sticky or dropping.
* Use an oil-free primer to prep your skin and avoid using heavy day creams.
* If you're wearing false lashes, use waterproof glue and finish the look with a few coats of waterproof mascara.
* Use products with a matte finish and avoid shiny highlighters, as these can make you look flustered in photographs.

Laura Glanville
www.wishboneandcomb.com

 

Bright and bold

Bright and bold

Q. We're having a bright colour scheme for our June wedding, and I'm worried about my nails. Should I go for a standout hue or keep it natural? Do you have any suggestions?

A. Charlotte Edwards says: When it comes to your nails, I suggest you avoid bright shades. Opt for a style that suits your skin tone and that you feel comfortable with. If you're unsure, go for a neutral tone that complements your colour scheme.

Charlotte Edwards
www.trevordennis.co.uk

 

A passion for fashion

A passion for fashion

Q. We're having a summer wedding and want my bridesmaids to wear something on-trend. What styles are popular right now?

A. Patricia Turner says: Summer weddings are full of wonderful colours and styles, giving you an abundance of choice when it comes to picking your bridesmaids' dresses. The trends for 2019 are:
* Floral prints in soft, muted tones and flowing chiffons.
* Cold shoulders, Bardot necklines, split-bell and flutter sleeves.
* Multi-way gowns. These are perfect for maids with differing body shapes.
* One-shoulder gowns have made a big comeback.
* High-low designs and top and skirt combinations are versatile and will stand out in your big-day photographs. Whatever you choose, I'm sure your best girls will look gorgeous, so go shopping and have fun!

Patricia Turner
dressedtoimpressonline.co.uk

 

Colour pop

Colour pop

Q. I love the oh-so popular coral colour and want to incorporate it into my make-up. Do you have any ideas?

A. Nicola Gordon-Jones says: * Coral is a fun, fresh and chirpy hue. It can be worn by all skin tones and is very flattering.
* There are lots of shades available – opt for one that mirrors your skin's undertone.
* If you choose a strong lip colour, it's important you keep your eyes soft. The last thing you want is to look caked in make-up. Warm browns are perfect for this. Just sweep it over your eyelids and finish with a liner.

Nicola Gordon-Jones
www.ngj-makeup.com

 

Bright and beautiful

Bright and beautiful

Q. We're having a spring wedding with lots of bright colours. I want to incorporate our theme into my make-up without overdoing it. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Leanne Taylor says: * Create a solid base that looks dewy and fresh.
* Use a strong hue on your lips.
* If you opt for pale tones, you may look washed out in your photographs. To avoid this, choose bright colours for your eyelids.
* Another option is to keep your make-up subtle and chose an eye-catching varnish for your nails.
* Whatever look you go for, make sure you talk it through at your consultation. Sometimes a second trial is worth the money to ensure you're happy with your look.

Leanne Taylor
www.puckerupwithleanne.com

 

Relaxed romance

Relaxed romance

Q. What beauty treatments would you suggest I book in the run up to my wedding?

A. Alex Heavens says: * Book a facial to ensure your skin is glowing and looks radiant.
* Treat yourself to gel nails or extensions.
* Opt for fake eyelashes or a lash lift.
* Have a fake tan a few weeks before the wedding to ensure you look your big day best.

Alex Heavens
www.swanseasunlounge.co.uk

 

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. We're getting married this Valentine's Day, and I wanted to incorporate the theme into my make-up. Do you have any ideas?

A. Nicola Gordon-Jones says: Valentine's Day is all about romance, and your make-up should reflect that.
* Think smouldering eyes and red passionate lips. To achieve this, you should define your features. Start with your eyes. Black liquid eyeliner will create an elegant and polished look. Add this to your top lid and a few coats of mascara.
* Don't underestimate blusher, as it can transform any look. Use a cream blush that's easy to blend. Find your perfect shade by gently pinching your cheeks and looking for a colour that matches.
* Make sure your lips are soft by exfoliating them. Add lip balm to a toothbrush and run it across your mouth. Finish the look with a red lip pencil followed by a luscious lipstick.

Nicola Gordon-Jones
www.ngj-makeup.com

 

The wings of love

The wings of love

Q. I'm getting married this February, and I'm not sure how to wear my make-up. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Hannah Williams says: When it comes to your make-up, it's important you create a look that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
* Start moving away from wintry hues and introduce spring colours.
* Create a solid skincare routine in the months leading up to your big day to ensure a flawless finish.
* Use an illuminating primer on your cheekbones and nose to create a gorgeous glow. Apply a matte primer on your T-zone to avoid any oils throughout the day. This will also ensure your make-up lasts.
* There are endless possibilities when it comes to your eyes. Opt for a classic wing eyeliner and add bronzer in the creases for some definition. Finish off your look with wispy lashes that complement the liner.

Hannah Williams
www.facebook.com/MakeupbyHWx

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