Temperley For Lancôme

Temperley For Lancôme

We do love a GWP here at Brides (that's 'Gift with Purchase' in beauty lingo) because more often than not you'll get some excellent high-quality products that will fit perfectly into your wedding purse and honeymoon wash-bag.

This week's hot freebie comes courtesy of Lancôme and, girls, it sure is a good 'un.

All you need to do is buy two Lancôme products (one being skincare) from any of their 560 counters in the UK, and you'll get this absolutely gorgeous Temperley London cosmetics bag and a selection of excellent beauty goodies absolutely free.

The pale pink bag is printed with a black lace design (it's ALL about lace right now), with black leather trim and flap-over zip, which we think would work rather well as a party clutch for your hen do, non?

Inside, there's a 50ml cream cleanser and alcohol-free toner from the 'Douceur' range for all skin types, a miniature vial of Lancôme's best-selling Genefique serum, an adorable pink Grapefruit Juicy Tube lipgloss and a teeny version of their amazing Hypnôse black mascara.

It hits counters on June 1 and we suggest getting there ASAP to nab this truly fab GWP.

Cover Girl Beauty

Cover Girl Beauty

Here's how to get the gorgeous make-up look - as seen on the Brides July/August 2011 issue cover - created by bridal make-up artist Sarah Brock (www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk), using Daniel Sandler cosmetics:

First of all, it is important to prep your skin so it is ready for make-up application. The skincare products I used on this shoot were by Crème de La Mer - I used the Moisturizing Gel Cream, the Eye Concentrate and the Lip Balm.

All of the cosmetics I used to achieve this make-up look were by Daniel Sandler Cosmetics.

1) Using the base brush, apply a small amount of the Re-texturising Primer to your face and blend into the skin to keep your make-up looking perfect for longer. Next using the Perfect Canvas Foundation, start applying your foundation in the centre of your face and blend outwards. Then, using the Hide It Under Eye Concealer, use the Concealer Brush to cover any under-eye circles. To 'set' your perfect base use the Contour/Powder Brush and apply the Invisible Blotting Powder to your face - 'press' the powder gently onto the skin.

2) For a gorgeous bridal glow, use two blushers - take the new Watercolour Creme Rouge Bronzer (available exclusively at Ecsentual.com) and apply to the the cheekbones, using your fingers. For the apple of your cheek (smile in the mirror for perfect placement), apply the Creme Rouge Blusher in shade Soft Peach - again, apply with your fingers and blend upwards and outwards towards your hair line, for a pretty summer glow.

3) For stunning eyes, take the Sheer Satin Shadow in shade Sunrose and using Eyeshadow 1 Brush, apply from lash line to brow. Next, take the Matte Shadow in Tornado and using the Smudger Brush, swipe the brush on either side, tap off the excess and apply first to the contour of the eye. For extra 'glamour' to the eyes, take the Dimensional Eyeshadow in shade Rustic and apply a small amount to the eyelid - just in the outer corners. To make sure your eyeshadow is blended well (especially in the contour), next take the Blending Brush and go forwards and back, over the eyeshadow you have already applied, to make sure it is perfectly blended.

4) For perfect long-lasting eyeliner, use the Long Lasting Velvet Eyeliner Pencil in shade Brown Velvet - apply to the top and bottom lash line. I always apply a thicker line to the top lash line and soften the liner on the bottom lash line with a cotton bud.

5) I like to leave the lower lashes as mascara-free as possible, to avoid any smudges from any tears! Top tip: test your mascara before the big day, as different mascaras work for different people. I used the Baby Jet Black Mascara after curling the lashes. 'Wiggle' the brush from side to side on the upper lashes, and then move the brush up to the end of the lashes. Apply a few more coats to the outer lashes for a more glamorous look.

5) For brows, I used the same Matte Eyeshadow as I used to contour the eye - 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', rather than taking the brush through the whole brow at once. Soften and blend the shadow when you have finished, by brushing the brows with the Brow Grooming Brush.

6) For lips take the Automatic Lipliner in shade Buff, then apply the Lip Rouge Lipstick in shade Melon Sorbet and to complete the look, take Super Gloss in shade Super Copper to give the lip colour a pretty hint of iridescence.

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

Coral Colour Trend

Coral Colour Trend

Soft coral make-up is having a moment and I'm rather taken by it too. Just look at these treats that arrived chez Brides this week. To me it marks the beginning of the summer: those peachy pink hues look amazing on sunny skin teamed with pale clothing, and only in the hotter months can you get away with them without looking sallow and fluey. Even with a bit of gleamy dew (read: sweat) that peachy tone still looks clean and pretty, unlike other colours that can end up a bit dirty and grimy after a day spent wedding-dress shopping and running about town.
On your wedding day itself, team a peachy complexion with a faint chocolate lashline and soft mascara. Meanwhile, peach nails have flattering, hand-lengthening benefits so next time you're having a manicure try it out.

Top: MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl, £19
Left: Benefit ChaChaTint, £24.50
Bottom: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity, £13.50
Right: MAC Lipstick in Ever Hip, £13.50 


Make-up Maestros

Make-up Maestros

Did she or didn't she do her own make-up? Whatever Kate Middleton decided in the end, she looked absolutely gorgeous - so if she did do it herself and had some tutorials, then well done!

So many brides go down this route and quite rightly so. If you're confident about it, doing your own make-up can be relaxing and fun, plus it's a great way to save money. Our advice is to get some expert guidance from a trained make-up artist first so that you can learn application techniques and try new colours and textures so that on the day you know exactly what you're doing.

There are hundreds of ways to get pro advice - head to your favourite make-up counter at a department store, visit beauty stores like MAC or Illamasqua, or have someone come to your office or home (try www.returntoglory.co.uk or www.flourish-makeup.com).

For those wanting a more comprehensive masterclass and to boost confidence, check out The Session School. Their private Bridal Make-Up Lesson lasts two hours and can be done at their studio in London or at your own home. It's entirely bespoke and they'll teach you how to achieve an easy, beautiful bridal make-up look that you can replicate yourself without worrying about how you'll look in daylight or under flash photography, and how to make it last from aisle to dancefloor. Your allocated make-up artist will bring an entire set of brushes, products and cosmetics and have a good rummage through your own kit to make sure you're using the right items.

The Session School was founded by make-up artist Dani Guinsberg, who's featured regularly in Vogue, GQ and Cosmopolitan, and who has put together a troupe of fantastic freelance make-up artists who themselves have extensive editorial, advertising and catwalk experience. We think it's safe to say you'll definitely be in good hands!

The Session School's Private Bridal Make-up Lesson last two hours and costs £250.
Visit www.thesessionschool.com for more information.