Helping Hands

Helping Hands

I do think it's worth making extra effort with your hands and nails a few weeks before your wedding. Quite frankly nothing looks worse than red, raw and inflamed skin around the nails from an over-excited manicurist, so really you want to give her as little as possible to wreck on the wedding day. To do this, follow these excellent tips from Jessica Vartoughian, the lady behind the legendary Jessica nail brand (and personal manicurist to Demi Moore - wow!). In two weeks you'll see a huge improvement - I certainly have...

• Protect your nails with a base coat to suit your nail type. You can find this out by visit a Jessica salon where a manicurist will analyse your nails and prescribe the best treatment. If you don't have time, Critical Care (pictured) is a fantastic all-rounder as it strengthens weak nails while boosting growth.

• Regularly paint your nails and add top coat. This will make you subconsciously look after your hands and prevent you picking and peeling your nails.

• Massage hand cream into your cuticles throughout the day (at your desk, in the car, on the train...). This will stop skin growing up onto the nail and prevent dry cuticles from tearing and wounding the skin.

• Spend a couple of minutes every night massaging a drop of Phenomen Oil into each cuticle and pushing them back with a cotton bud. Not only will this keep them soft and tidy, but you'll be stimulating nail growth and encouraging healthy nails.

• Exfoliate once a week with a scrub such as LeRemedi HandSilk Exfoliare to reveal soft, smooth skin.

Critical Care Base Coat for soft nails, £17.95
Phenomen Oil, £8.95
LeRemedti HandSilk Exfoliare, £13.95

To find your nearest stockist, call Gerrard International on 0845 217 1360

Golden Girl

Golden Girl

The UK's leading self-tanning expert James Read tells Brides what tan he thinks Kate Middleton will go for on her wedding day:

"If we go back to the engagement photos and interview, you can see that Kate's had a light spray tan to create a really healthy glow. That's the kind of look I predict she'll go for on the wedding day. It's what I call a "Complexion Tan".
"It's all about using product to enhance your skin, not coating it with a layer of tropical colour. It's a very lightly-sprayed tan that fools everyone into thinking you have an amazing natural glow. It takes the edge off, a bit like candlelight, and it's a great way to counteract the washed-out effect of flash photography."

"For any wedding day, you want your tan to work with the white dress so it has to be light and natural. Test it out a few weeks before the big day and check out how your skin looks if you wear a white vest. Get a friend to take some photos with a flash and see how the colour comes out. It should look like you've had a relaxing break and that you're glowing from within.
Placement of the tan is important too: if you dig out some old holiday photos, you'll see that your arms are darker on top than underneath, the hands never tan on the sides, your shoulders go darker and so on. Follow those guides to get the most authentic-looking self-tan."

"Back to Kate; if I was doing her tan for the wedding I'd probably choose St Tropez. It works for every skintone. I'd do two really fine layers, not only to look really natural but so that it fades invisibly. If you want to tan yourself at home, I think the L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Express Pro Spray can is amazing - the nozzle is genius. Remember; to get the best finish on your face, prep the skin by rubbing an ice cube all over to close up the pores and apply a light layer of moisturiser."

Book at tan with James by calling 020 7300 1414.

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.
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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 (, 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.

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