New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

I'm back from a spirit-lifting skiing holiday in the Alps and this year, I promise to stick to my 10 beauty resolutions and not let them flail by the end of the month! If I keep these up, I'll be well and truly preened, polished and perfected in time for all my spring and summer wedding invites and holidays. Here it goes!

- I WILL use serum under my moisturiser every day to halt the ravages of central heating.

- I WILL learn to run, properly, thus shifting the flab in a productive way instead of banning all my favourite food.

- I WON'T forget to book my monthly waxing. Even though I'm married there's no excuse for hairy legs!

- I WILL use eye cream every day (not just when I'm hungover).

- I WON'T skip breakfast, because it's silly and it only makes me starving/cranky by lunchtime.

- I WILL massage my products properly into my skin, to boost circulation and tone.

- I WILL find a foundation that's sheer enough to look invisible, stops blotchiness and makes my skin look glowy. And I WILL let you know if I find it!

- I WILL exfoliate in the shower and moisturise every day, not just on the weekends!

- I WON'T wear the same make-up look every day. By springtime, I'll be a bonafide beauty chameleon.

- I WILL think more positively. I worry far too much, and my forehead is starting to show it!

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Just Like Perfection

Just Like Perfection

While wedding day make-up should be natural, ultra-radiant and flawless-looking skin is something every bride wants to achieve - especially when it comes to those post-ceremony photographs. Relatively easy if you've just hit your twenties, but maturing skin, particularly during the cold winter months, needs a touch more attention. Enter Estēe Lauder's new Resilience Lift Extreme Makeup. Formulated for maturing skin, the high-tech foundation is loaded with hyaluronic acid and a revolutionary, tri-blend Extreme Lift Complex to instantly relive dry skin, boost collagen production and deliver a continuous surge of moisture - so skin is exceptionally hydrated and, more importantly, stays perfectly luminous throughout the day.

£28, available at www.esteelauder.co.uk or call 0870 034 2566

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The Secret To Long-Lasting Eye Make-Up!

The Secret To Long-Lasting Eye Make-Up!

One big worry when I was practising my wedding make-up was that my eyeshadow and eyeliner would fade by mid-afternoon. Usually I don't mind that too much (I think there's something a bit sexy about melted shadow that's a little smudgy and sunken into the skin), but on your wedding day that's just not practical.
It had to last from the minute I stepped foot onto the aisle until (and beyond) my first dance, without the need for retouching because, quite frankly, I knew I would forget!

The best investment I made was an Eye Primer. Similar to a foundation primer, it's a cream made from microscopic silicone molecules that disappears into the skin and creates a barrier between you and your make-up, so it literally won't budge all day. The formula looks a bit like a concealer, but it's thinner and less pigmented so it brightens yours eyelids without looking cakey.

The one I used was Laura Mercier Eye Basics (at www.spacenk.co.uk), and since then I've tried (and loved) ones from Urban Decay, Clarins, Bourjois and Dior's.

It's so easy to apply too: after putting on foundation or tinted moisturiser, simply massage a little blob of eye primer into each eyelid (and the inner eye corners to brighten them up). You can even use it underneath the eyes as a lighter alternative to concealer. Apply your eye-make-up as normal, and I promise it will look just as fresh, colourful and pristine when you take it off before bed!

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The Ultimate Wedding Day Make-up Q&A!

The Ultimate Wedding Day Make-up Q&A!

This month's guest beauty expert is award-winning make-up artist Sarah Brock, who we've had the pleasure of working with on many of our fashions shoots and makeovers in Brides magazine.

Tell us a bit about yourself...

In 2008 I won the Wedding Industry Awards Make-up Artist of the Year (which was sponsored by Brides) and in 2009 won the Professional Beauty Awards Make-up Specialist of the Year. I am the Director of Makeup Artistry for Daniel Sandler (www.danielsandler.com), and have appeared on Wedding TV as a make-up expert and regularly work as a make-up artist for Brides.

How can a bride book with you?

I ask brides to email me the date, time and location of the wedding and how many people need make-up. Then I email a quote and we take it from there. The price for my bridal package varies (depending on travel etc) but they start from £275 for a local venue. This includes a trial at my studio in Wiltshire 6-4 weeks before the wedding. I take photos of her make-up and post them to her a few days later, so she can see how she looks on camera. I can also provide make-up lessons.

If a bride wants to do her own make-up, do you have any good tips ?

Have a lesson with a make-up artist. Most department store brands offer lessons but I'd recommend brands such as Daniel Sandler that have a team of trained make-up artists all over the UK who offer 1-to-1 lessons. It has to look photographically perfect and last all day (and withstand tears!) and a professional will show you how to achieve this. Have the lesson 3 months before your wedding, so you have time to buy the recommended products and start practising!
 
What are you top must-have products for bridal make-up?
 
- Lancôme GENIFIQUE Youth Activating Serum under your moisturiser to make skin feel re-plumped, refined and re-illuminated.
 - Daniel Sandler Super Mineral Makeup foundation (light coverage) or Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup (heavier coverage)
 - Chantecaille eyeshadows, which are sheer and long-lasting
- Lancôme Oscillation Powerbooster - an amazing thickening basecoat for lashes
 - Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush for a long-lasting dewy look on the cheeks
 - YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks - they're really pretty and give a good, but not heavy, coverage (and the packaging is divine!)
  
What are the classic bridal make-up mistakes to avoid?
 
1. Using the wrong shade or formulation of foundation
The wrong colour will show in your photographs! When shopping for foundation, have a consultation and take away samples to try and home and check in daylight. Choose a light, silicone-based foundation rather than a heavy greasy formulation. 
2. Using too much sparkle
A little bit of shimmer can look pretty, but don't overdo it with sparkle as it will stand out in your photographs! 
3. Choosing a totally different look
Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day (and rightly so) but do choose a look that enhances your best features and doesn't make you look like a totally different person.
 
www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk
Check out Sarah's bridal beauty blog at www.bridalbeautybuzz.com