Headmasters Blow-dry Collection

Headmasters Blow-dry Collection

Every season the brilliant nationwide hair salon company Headmasters brings out a collection of blow-dry styles, so if you can't find the words to express your desired style to your hairdresser, you can simply point and pick the one you like the look of.
This summer, there are eight styles to choose from including the very bridal 'Vintage Double Knot', 'Pretty in Plaits' and 'Rock Candy'.
The 'Vintage Double Knot' is a polished up 'do that involves tying the hair into a pony and securing the 'tail' into a neat, smooth and fairly large knot. It would look gorgeous at a traditional formal wedding with a tiara or brooch pinned onto the knot, or even a wedding abroad to keep the hair off the face during hot weather.
'Pretty in Plaits' is an ethereal and modern half-up half-down, where a section of hair above one ear has been plaited around the head. To me it says 'barefoot in a meadow picking flowers wearing a floaty Alice Temperley number'.
'Rock Candy' meanwhile is the sexy big sister of the half-up half-down. It's a Bardot back-combed blow-out with a central parting, heaving lash-skimming fringe and gently pulled back sides. I see this with a tiara for a very glamorous city hotel wedding followed by decadent evening cocktails. It's also a perfect choice for hen parties because it's fun, fierce and fabulous if worn with an LBD and loads of mascara.
The joy of it all is that these hairstyles don't cost a fortune (£24 each) and the speedy stylists will get the job done pronto (45 mins).
I love the idea of having a style menu and I'm definitely going to be trying these out next time I'm there seeing my favourite stylist Jonathan. Which is probably quite soon actually! Now that the Royal Wedding is approaching, all the TV stations are banging down our doors so Headmasters' will be my second home for the next few weeks. If you spot me on the box try to guess which style I'm wearing!

The blow-dry collection is available from March 2011.
See the full range at www.hmhair.co.uk  

Get The Cover Look!

Get The Cover Look!

Love our new cover? So do we! Here's how to get the gorgeous make-up look created by bridal make-up artist Sarah Brock (www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk), using Daniel Sandler cosmetics:

To prepare the skin I used Lancôme skincare products, including the Hydra Intense Mask, left on for five minutes to leave the skin moisturised and glowing, and Hydra Zen Neurocalm Eye Contour cream.

1) Use Daniel Sandler Re-texturising Primer to help your makeup stay perfect all day. Next, using the Base Brush, I applied the Catwalk Compact Foundation all over the skin, concentrating on the centre panel of the face and blended outwards towards the hairline. Then, using the Hide It Under Eye Concealer, I covered under-eye circles using the Concealer Brush. To 'set' your foundation, use the Contour/Powder Brush and apply the new Invisible Veil Loose Powder, which provides excellent oil control and helps skin look flawless.

2) To get a beautiful glow on the cheeks, I applied the new Watercolour Creme Rouge blusher in shade Soft Pink. Apply to the apple of your cheek with your finger (smile in the mirror for perfect placement), and blend upwards and outwards towards the hairline.

3) To create this eye look, first apply the Matte Shadow in shade Toast from lash to brow for the perfect eye base. Repeat the same application with the Polychromatic Eyeshadow in shade Spun Sugar. Contour with the Matte Shadow in shade Tornado and using the Smudger Brush, applied first to the contour of the eye and along the lower lashline.

4) To recreate the striking eyeliner look, use the Eye Love Aqua Pearl Eyeshadow in Rock Chick - apply a tiny amount to the back of your hand and using the Eyeliner Brush, swipe the brush into the product and pull your brow up so your eyelid is smooth. Apply to your top lash line - thinner at the inner corner and thicker towards the outer corner. Then smudge the Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in shade Black Velvet into the lower lash line. Take a cotton bud and go over the top of the pencil liner to soften the look - it is very important to not use as much on the bottom lashline, as too much black below the eye will look too heavy.

5) I used the Jumbo Jet Black Mascara after curling the lashes, to get a thick, glossy look to the lashes.

6) For Brows, I used the Matte Eyeshadow in shade Dark Brown (which complimented the models hair colour perfectly) - I used the Brow Filler Brush (tap any excess off the brush before you apply) and gently apply the products in small strokes, as if you are 'brushing in extra hairs'.

7) For lips I applied the High Impact Lipstick in shade Peony in several coats (blotting in between with a tissue) and applied Super Gloss in shade Super Copper, which gives the colour dimension and the tiny hints of gold in this gloss compliment the eyeshadow perfectly.

Find out more about the Daniel Sandler Cosmetics range at www.danielsandler.com

Brow Wow

Brow Wow

Want to brush up on your brow-shaping skills in time for your big day? Then head to Butterfly Boutique in London (www.butterfly-london.com), which runs free beauty clinics at 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Each clinic focuses on a different beauty topic and the next one - on Tuesday April 5 - is a Brow Clinic, where you'll be able to learn from the pros and pick up hints and tips for creating the perfect arch. If you fancy popping along, email team@butterfly-london.com.

Finding Mr Bright

Finding Mr Bright

This week's beauty blog is brought to you by the letters G, L, O and W.

Literally.

It's an ongoing mission of mine to find the perfect dewy and radiant make-up products that aren't all 'showgirl sparkle' but lustrous enough to make your skin look gleamy and generally more alive than usual. But there are issues: anything too shiny and it looks like sweat in photos; anything too bronzy and it looks a bit Barbie; anything too pink and it looks a bit Care Bear. Also, you can't have cheekbone gleam without a pop of blush or you'll look gaunt, and you can't fake a youthful gleam without attending to one's under-eye baggage either. It's a case of product pick'n'mix to get the perfect balance and, finally, I think I've hit the jackpot.

Welcome Benefit's Finding Mr Bright! Where have you been all my life?
This genius kit contains four mini sizes of best-selling items that, if used together, create the perfect luminous 'base' upon which to add mascara and lips.

First up there's Erase Paste; a stiff concealer that goes on very sheer and doesn't have that awful clumpy dryness to it. Use it under-eyes, on the inner corners and anywhere that needs deleting.

Next is Girl Meets Pearl; a golden face cream that can be used alone or mixed into foundation. The texture is thin and slide-y, and it produces a barely-there but healthy gleam.

Then it's Posie Tint; a fresh pink gel-fluid that you dot onto the apples of your cheeks and blend in.

Finally, High Beam; which every beauty editor in the land adores. The ballet-slipper pink cream isn't glittery as such, it's more frosty/pearlescent and looks amazing on the tops of cheekbones and round the outer orbital bone. Try a tiny dot rubbed into the inner corners of the eyes for extra WOW too (and the tiniest sweep down the nose to lengthen a round face).

At £28.50 it's a great little investment not only for your wedding day but for your honeymoon too as all the products are teeny tiny thus ideal for in-flight and post-beach touch-ups.

Buy it online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or in department stores nationwide.