Beauty Treatment Tips

Congratulations…you’re getting married! Now you are faced with the long checklist of things to organise and arrange, one of which being your bridal-make up and beauty treatments. It can all be so overwhelming, but rest assured I am here to help and advise as best I can. I’m Amy Griffiths and I’ve been a Beauty Therapist for the best part of 10 years. Below are my wedding top tips and a list of wedding must have treatments;

Spray tan – I’m a huge fan of St Tropez and recommend the Luxe Oil formula for all brides. Infused with oil it ensures that your tan is flawless and long lasting. I personally believe it’s best to have your tan the day before the wedding as in my experience they are at their best for the first couple of days. However, have a trial tan a good couple weeks before the wedding to ensure you are happy with it for the big day.

Waxing – Ouch but so worth it, avoid stubble for your big day and your honeymoon. But remember to wax at least 24-48 hours before your wedding and at least 24 hours before a spray tan if you are opting for one of those on the big day. If you are not a regular waxer try and get into the habit a couple months before hand if you can to ensure optimum results.

Nails – Whether you want a basic manicure, pedicure, nail extensions or shellac make sure you book them in at least 24-48 hours before the big day.

Lash Lift and Tint – This is a great alternative to extensions. The treatment lifts lashes from the root and the tint gives the effect of mascara. This lasts 6-8 weeks and is perfect for your wedding and honeymoon.

Lash Extensions – These are a great addition to your bridal make -up and add just enough drama for photographs. Patch tests are required for both treatments at least 24 hours before.

Skincare and Facials – Try and incorporate a good skincare regime or a course of facials into your wedding prep. This is so important and will go a long way to ensuring your wedding make up will look as fabulous as possible. Also, by using the products for a couple months before the big day your skin will have a chance to get used to them. There is a treatment for any skincare concerns be it acne, ageing, pigmentation, dryness etc so do your research beforehand or pop in for advice. I personally recommend Dermalogica skincare products. This brand is amazing and has great results.

Make up – Have a trial if you can, this is more to give you peace of mind. As a bridal make up artist the trial is a great opportunity to get a feel for the colour scheme and vibe you’re going for. It also gives us both the opportunity to have a play and for you to feel confident in your makeup artist making the wedding morning as calm as possible.

I hope you have found these tips helpful and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions. But most importantly enjoy every minute, enjoy having an excuse to trial treatments and remember to take some time for you to relax as well, a nice massage works a treat!

Amy x

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Entourage Etiquette

I often get asked by my brides who they should bring with them to their initial appointment.  This is always a tricky one because I would advise bringing someone you trust but also limiting numbers.  Firstly, you have to remember that too many opinions can be overwhelming.  Also your fabulously flamboyant friend will most likely have a different style and taste to you so often she may pull out the dresses that she loves but that perhaps don’t suit your wedding or personal sense of style (not on purpose but because we are each individually drawn to what we are drawn to).

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Behind the Brush: Top Tips for Bridal Beauty on Your Big Day

 Guest written by Amy Pike – MUA

Oh my goodness. It’s actually happening, isn’t it?

You’ve booked the venue, found the dress of dreams and you’ve scoured high and low and found the most incredible photographer to capture the whole shindig. It’s all coming together. But now there’s that task of finding the man or woman who will turn you into a vision of bridal finesse.

‘’How will I ever find them? How do I begin?! ’’ I hear you cry!

Have no fear, hundreds of brides-to-be are in the same boat.

Wedding planning can be stressful. A time when all your organisational skills come together for what is likely to be the most important day of your life. Naturally, looking and feeling good on said day is bound to be a priority. Heaven only knows, it will be a priority for my own wedding later this year!

I hope that these thoughts will be helpful to you and that you might ask yourself some of these questions as you start your own wedding makeover process, and begin to navigate the sometimes confusing but always wonderful world of bridal beauty.

Shop Around

Go on the hunt. It’s the only way that you’ll find the Makeup Artist of your dreams. Use social media as a way of reaching your potential artist – Facebook and Instagram are great places to start. Even a simple Google search of the area can be useful. Don’t be afraid to reach out for information and always look at photos of their work. And don’t ever feel obligated to book (even if you’ve asked for a quote!) until you’re 100% set on your artist.

Once you have decided though, be sure to pay your deposit and secure your date. This way, no matter what happens, you’re covered. The artist is obligated to honour the agreement so long as a contract is signed. It goes without saying that you should always read the small print on any contracts or paperwork that you sign, even that of those working in the wedding industry.

It is also usually worth asking your artist if they offer any additional services, like eyebrow shaping or nails, as you can end up saving some decent money this way.

Invest

It can seem like an unnecessary extra to pay out on having your own Makeup Artist. Why pay someone else to do your makeup when you do it yourself every single morning? Unfortunately, many brides who opt to do it themselves not only regret it from a skill perspective (you simply don’t get the same finish, that gorgeous bridal glow) but because of the extra stress and pressure of making themselves up on the most important day of their lives. It’s a big deal.

However, if you are taking the plunge and planning to do it yourself, research and research again. Try every technique and product beforehand at least twice and always make the skin your focus. You can’t be too prepared!

Your Day, Your Way

Reference photos are a great way of getting your vibe across. Bring photos and magazine clippings to the trial, send the artist your wedding Pinterest board – get them as involved in your expectations of the makeup as possible and be clear on what you want. If you’re not sure what it is that you’re after, you can, of course, ask your MUA for advice!

When you’re thinking about having your makeup done, or even if you’re doing it yourself, it’s important to be realistic with your expectations. Going into the process thinking that you’re going to end up looking like Kim K might be a bit of a stretch, by any Makeup Artist’s skillset (unless you are Kim K, then you should expect that).

Think about the kind of makeup you wear daily. How much more are you willing to wear? Are you going to be comfortable in your wedding makeup on the day? In photos? In front of close family and friends? All things to be considered.

Take It Easy

As daunting as it can seem, working out the logistics of beautification on your wedding day need not be hard labour. There’s no shame in reaching out for a hand to hold during the process.

Take your time, consider your (many) options and soak up all of the free advice and information on offer. Once you’ve booked in with your Makeup Artist, Hairstylist and/or salon, you can recline in repose, and rest assured that they’ve got your back.

It’s the most memorable day of your life.

Why not do it in style?

The Best Things about Working in Bridal

 

I have been working in bridal for many years as one of the longest standing boutiques in the county and I’ve seen many new boutiques come (and many go) in the past decade.  I often get asked by brides, mothers of the brides and those looking to set up in the industry what it’s like working in the bridal industry and I have to admit, it’s not all glitz and glamour.

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