How to wedding prep your hair like a Duchess…

Kate Middleton has become most famous for her beautiful glossy, long thick hair with many a client asking for the ‘Middleton’ in hair salons up and down the country.  But how does she do it?  Well, here are a few secrets to achieving that very same healthy shine for your wedding day x

1. Start to deep condition the hair at least six months before the wedding.  Go for products that are meant for repair like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – these sorts of masks are brilliant at putting back moisture and life into your mane.  Use them at least once a week.

2.  Try to start putting together an idea of what you want for your wedding hair either by making a collage or Pinterest board.  Now, do you need to grow/colour or cut your hair to gain that style?  If you do then start making plans to be able to achieve the style you want.

3.  If your hair colour needs a little fine tuning then think about root touch-ups or subtle highlights around this time too.  That way the colour has time to develop and for it to feel like ‘you’.  Don’t book in a colour appointment too close to the wedding.  Instead, have your last colour about four weeks in advance.  And always think about going lighter not darker, as this will lift your features and compliment your gown.

4.  Start taking onboard more water, fruit and vegetables along with a daily hair supplement such as Hairburst Chewable Heart Hair Vitamins.  Not only will this help to plump the skin and reduce wrinkles, but will also encourage your hair to grow and become thicker.  Always consult your GP before taking any supplements.

5.  Book in for a hair trial.  Take the opportunity to experiment with different styles and remember to bring your wedding hair accessories including a veil if required.  once your happy with the style, take loads of pictures on your phone to remember the hairstyle and get excited!! x

How did Meghan’s bridal makeup differ to Kate’s?

Kate Middleton famously did her own makeup for her wedding in 2011.  Unlike, Meghan who chose to consult and use the skills of her close friend celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin.  The results speak for themselves (not to be too mean to Kate!)  Meghan’s natural beauty spoke to everyone on Saturday, and just shows with the right experience and products makeup can be an exceptional tool.  It also helps that Meghan is an incredibly beautiful woman with utterly flawless skin!

I’ve always thought Kate doing her own makeup for her wedding day was a mistake.  The fact that she now does use makeup artists, and has finally been talked around to getting rid of that harsh black underline speaks volumes!  Kate’s bridal makeup has never sat with me that well.  Her eyes were too harsh with black eyeliner and way too much blusher was used for my likely.  She famously said she ‘knows her own face’ and believed a professional would not do a better job – but I feel what she probably meant was no professional in their right mind would have done such a heavy look!

The very fact that most of us are loving Meghan’s look, whilst Kate’s makeup divided a lot of people is also very telling!

How Kate created her makeup…

1.  Kate does not have as flawless a base as Meghan, with Kate suffering with a couple of marks and scars on her forehead left over from spots – so she would have used quite a full coverage foundation with a hint of warmth to create a bit of a tan.  A concealer under the eyes would have also have been used.

2.  Kate goes a little heavy with the pink blusher as she did on her wedding day.  Using a great deal on the apples of her cheeks – bringing this up to the hairline.  A little bit of matte powder bronzer was used just underneath this in the hollows of her cheekbones.

3.  The eyebrows were very heavily drawn in – much like Meghan’s.  But unlike the newly made Royal, Kate’s were not colour matched and therefore came off a little too dark and finished too early at the ends.  Giving the facial structure a square effect.  Kate’s eyes were filled on the lid with a grey taupe eyeshadow and a little brown in the eye grease.  She then lined the top with a black eyeliner and continued this underneath the eye.  She did not wing the eye.  She then added mascara, but no false eyelashes unlike Meghan.

I think it’s the fact that the underline of the eye is set back from the roots and not butt up against the lower lashes that really ages her and this look.  You can tell I’m not a fan!

4.  I do very much love her lipstick though and think this was the right choice for her.  A cute pink lip is a winner for any bride x

Dissecting Meghan Markle’s bridal makeup look & how to achieve it

Meghan quite wisely opted for a professional makeup artist to achieve her wedding look for her big day.  So unlike Kate’s where the eyeliner and blusher were a little too strong (in my opinion) Meghan’s was a lot softer and naturally beautiful.  Just perfect for a May wedding.  Meghan used her good friend & mua Daniel Martin – who is also an ambassador for Dior Makeup.  So it is likely he mainly used Dior for her look.  I doubt it would have taken him long though as Meghan wore little to no foundation, just focusing all the attention on her eyes and brows.

So how did he do it?  Well, after studying the numerous images of the day and looking back on the footage here is my best guess as to how Daniel achieved Meghan’s look x

1. The base.  It looks as though Meghan is wearing very little to no foundation.  Instead, opting for a moisturised face that has been allowed to sink in and dry before anything else has been applied.  Daniel may have just added a little foundation to the underside of her cheeks and down the neck – perhaps using Meghan’s favourite shade in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.  Meghan’s freckles show very clearly down her T-Zone and across her cheeks with no harsh blending disguising her skin.  I would only recommend doing this if the skin is in very good condition, with no marks/blemishes or scars.  Meghan clearly is blessed with great skin and keeps it in an amazing condition to be able to do this.

2.  Concealer.  Daniel has added a little touch of concealer under Meghan’s eyes, but again this is very light and hardly visible.  I imagine Meghan would have kept blending this with her fingers until she was happy with the barely there coverage.  A good choice would have been  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Conceal.

3.  Meghan had a little bit of blusher on – which appeared to be more of a peach matte rather than a pink.  Daniel used only a touch of colour as I imagine he would have been concerned about the heat on the day, as it would have been hot enough that Meghan would have already of had a natural flush of colour.  A good colour match is MAC Powder Blush in Peaches.  Meghan appeared to also have a touch of a matte bronzer along the hollows of her cheek bones and below her blusher.  Providing both a subtle contour and a warmth to the face.  A good choice would have been MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze.  I noticed a very subtle touch of highlighter along the line of the nose and on the highest point of the cheeks bones – above the blusher.  This would have been taped on with fingers to blend well through.  A good highlighter to do this with is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter.

5.  The eyes and brows.  Daniel has definitely kept to deep brown shadows on the eyes.  I think what he has done is swept over a medium to dark brown all over the lower lid, then added a slightly lighter shade all along the eye crease – this could have been done with any combination of browns from MAC, but most likely is from a Dior palette given that Daniel works for them.  He may have used the Dior 5 couleurs in 647 Undress.  Daniel has also neatly lined Meghan’s eyes using a dark brown eyeliner, keeping the line quite tight with a slight wing at the end of the eye to extend it.  He also used this pencil to dot along the bottom lash line about half way along to just give a hint of something there.  A good colour match would be Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown.

I noticed when she blinked there was a glint of something else on the eyes.  I eventually worked this out to be a little of the lash glue from the individual false eyelashes placed on the corners of the eyes, after a healthy dose of mascara had been added.  Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in 090 Black would be a good choice for her.  The mascara was also placed on the lower eyelashes, but again very subtly.

Her brows were very healthy filled in, but I noticed one side was slightly better than the other in terms of balance.  From looking at the images I think a pomade was used rather than a pencil – this would have meant the brows would have stayed in placed a bit more with less movement.  Something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.

6.  Her lips were the softest of pink shades, with her lovely lip freckles still peeking through.  The formula used doesn’t seem to be matte but more of a sheen, like a balm not a gloss.  It also appears to have been taped in with a finger to blend it thoroughly through the lip.  It was most likely Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm in 001 Pink / Glow.

Lastly, Meghan doesn’t seemed to have used any powder on the face at all – which is a very modern approach to makeup and something which I very much favour.  Instead, she may have got Daniel to simply set her makeup using a setting spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

Nails – Meghan kept her nails short and natural like Kate’s 6 years before.  The shade used was Essie in Mademoiselle.

As for the tiara, it’s been confirmed to be Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The diamond bandeau was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace.

How to wedding prep your hair like a Princess…

Kate Middleton has become most famous for her beautiful glossy, long thick hair with many a client asking for the ‘Middleton’ in hair salons up and down the country.  But how does she do it?  Well, here are a few secrets to achieving that very same healthy shine for your wedding day x

1. Start to deep condition the hair at least six months before the wedding.  Go for products that are meant for repair like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – these sorts of masks are brilliant at putting back moisture and life into your mane.  Use them at least once a week.

2.  Try to start putting together an idea of what you want for your wedding hair either by making a collage or Pinterest board.  Now, do you need to grow/colour or cut your hair to gain that style?  If you do then start making plans to be able to achieve the style you want.

3.  If your hair colour needs a little fine tuning then think about root touch-ups or subtle highlights around this time too.  That way the colour has time to develop and for it to feel like ‘you’.  Don’t book in a colour appointment too close to the wedding.  Instead, have your last colour about four weeks in advance.  And always think about going lighter not darker, as this will lift your features and compliment your gown.

4.  Start taking onboard more water, fruit and vegetables along with a daily hair supplement such as Hairburst Chewable Heart Hair Vitamins.  Not only will this help to plump the skin and reduce wrinkles, but will also encourage your hair to grow and become thicker.  Always consult your GP before taking any supplements.

5.  Book in for a hair trial.  Take the opportunity to experiment with different styles and remember to bring your wedding hair accessories including a veil if required.  once your happy with the style, take loads of pictures on your phone to remember the hairstyle and get excited!! x

5 ‘trending’ Engagements Rings for 2018

When the exciting news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle broke out, the first thing everyone wanted to know was what did her ring look like?  What cut was it, what stones were used and thirdly where could you pick up a replica?  Like with Kate Middleton 6 years previously, the world again has gone Royal wedding crazy.  But who can blame us?  We all love a fairytale romance, and surely the symbolic jewellery we wear is just another part of that tale.  So if you’re in the market for an ‘on trend’ ring here are 5 of the most popular for 2018.

1. Tolkowsky 18ct White Gold 1ct Diamond Halo Ring

2. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.80ct Oval Diamond Halo Ring

3. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.83ct Sapphire And Diamond Ring

4. 9ct White Gold Morganite And Diamond Ring

5. 9ct Rose Gold 10pt Diamond & Morganite Ring

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