What is your go-to beauty advice for brides in the lead up to their big day?
“Consult with a reputable beauty therapist to get your skin in the best shape of its life! I love micro dermabrasion for a non-evasive, quick solution to dry, dull skin, as well as using a super hydrating moisturiser. I definitely wouldn’t suggest trying anything new close to the wedding in case you end up like Samantha did after she had a chemical peel in Sex and the City!”
What are your favourite bridal beauty looks?
“My favourite makeup looks in general are always skin focused, keeping it as fresh and natural as possible. Pair with either a strong eye (not too crazy on the lashes) or even a super pared back natural eye look. It honestly depends on the face I’m working on, as some people really do look better with the less-is-more approach in my opinion.”
What should brides-to-be avoid pre-wedding in terms of beauty? For example, spray tans the day before etc.
“I always recommend my brides who wish to have a spray tan to trial the tan first. Then for the tan for the big day, have it two days before, as fake tan does dehydrate the skin, can get stuck in the pores and generally looks more settled after a few showers.
For any facial hair removal, I do recommend one week prior to the wedding as foundation has a tendency to not stick to freshly waxed skin.
I personally prefer no permanent fixtures such as lash extensions and especially not lash lifts. The lashes that I apply always look better than permanent lash extensions as you can’t really apply mascara on the permanent ones properly, which is the icing on the makeup cake for me!... Lash lifting is super problematic if false lashes are to be applied, sometimes the lashes become so curly that the false lashes do not want to stay on, it’s honestly like doing surgery trying to get them to stay in place!”
Which celebrity or royal bride are you most frequently asked to reference by brides?
“To be honest when Meghan Markle got married that was quite a requested look which was on brand for me — I love fresh, naturally enhanced makeup looks. Lately, Kendall Jenner’s images are often referenced which again I love, she always looks so classic and never overdone. But mostly it’s my own looks that I’ve created on other faces that are brought in as I like to keep all the looks I do relevant to my brand aesthetic. I always say you should book an artist based on their style — not what you request them to do which may be completely different to their usual style.”
Please share your expert advice for a bride if they’re doing their own make-up on the day.
“Research makeup looks on faces similar to yours — i.e. people with the same hair colour, eye colour, skin tone, as even though you like a look in a picture, it will look completely different on a blonde, versus brunette, pale versus tanned etc. Then, once you have found the look you want to achieve, create that look each time you wear makeup — practice makes perfect. Soon it will become second nature, each time better again. That way on the day, you will be very well versed in the creation of the look and won’t be flustered.”