Affordable and really pretty blusher comes to you this Tuesday morning, care of High Street staple Maybelline, NY.
Dream Touch Blush is a cream/mousse blusher which dries to a powder finish but still appears beautifully fresh and dewy on the skin. There are a few shades to choose from, from a peachy ‘barely there’ sheen, to a deeper plum pink and I’ve found that I like to use two together for a beautiful glowing finish which is still a bargain when buying two!
top left, Maybelline Dream Touch blush are now in the kit!
Shade options are ‘apricot’, ‘peach’, ‘berry’ and ‘plum’. All have a beautiful built in highlighter which reflects light and enhances the condition of the skin. They are perfect as part of a bridal or daytime make up palette and can help you achieve of of my favourite London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 looks by Pat McGrath for Gucci.
My Top Tip for creating this fresh peachy look and keeping it well blended is to use ‘apricot’ as a blusher base. On most skin tones it will be invisible but just add a bit of a sheen. Then dot and dab to blend upwards along the cheek bones with any of the other shades. It gives you something to work into if you’re not wearing foundation and prevents any hard line of blush developing.
It’s priced at roughly £6.50 per pot and currently on 3 for 2 at Boots! Total bargain. Blush with abandon.
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Here’s Hanna’s retro cool hair and makeup for her beautiful mid summer English garden wedding held at Stoke Park Pavillion by Rebecca Douglas Photography. She wore Jenny Packham ‘Eden‘ and the warm golden tones of her makeup, dress, and accessories echoed throughout the gorgeous hazy summer celebration. Importantly, she arrived at her choices through an ad-hoc hair styling moment.
Hanna had her trial at home with her bridesmaids and we talked about styles she liked. At this trial session we created a low, loose, curled style which Hanna was really happy with. Hanna’s sister was concerned about wearing her hair up because it was in a short bob and I had some time before my next appointment so I offered to style her sister’s hair quickly to demonstrate a cool retro beehive inspired updo that can be achieved on shorter hair. Having seen this style in action, I later received an email from Hanna letting me know that she now really wanted that style herself!
It’s worth bearing in mind when planning, how you want to look and feel at possibly the biggest party you’ll ever throw for yourself. I suspect Hanna had researched/ scoured Pinterest for ‘wedding hair’ and chosen a nice, pretty, current wedding style. I find that you end up with the same images being presented over and over again and re-pinning perpetuates the cycle! So when Hanna saw a style, not labelled ‘bridal’ and liked it a lot, those horizons were broadened. Of course it’s hard to know where to start, so I recommend using different search terms other than ‘bridal’ or ‘wedding’. Variety and personality can be lacking within those categories.
You could try searching ‘beachy’ ‘hollywood’, ‘vintage’ or ‘red carpet’ styles for fashion-led inspiration. (For reference, Hanna’s hair was shoulder-length and no extra hair or padding was used) It’s also really important to search for styles in your own hair colour. A braided style will look vastly more impressive on blonde hair because of all the different tones showing through. If you want to try more than one style at your trial, let your stylist know, but be aware that these will be approximations of a a look. The finished, perfect, polished look is not going to be achieved easily via a few other styles.
Hanna’s makeup was nothing but flattering to her skin tone, eye colour and the whole vibe of her styling. Warm, fresh, golden and gorgeous.
I’m always delighted to see those sumptuous golden hour evening shots, and here the silhouetted hairstyle gives me proud mum joy. Happy style planning!
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Karen spent her London wedding morning at the very cool South Place Hotel ‘where the City of London meets the cultural East End’.
I’m filling up my real bride features with some all time favourites. I can’t leave them languishing in a folder, so here’s Karen from 2013. When I met Karen for her London wedding make up trial, we went through a couple of looks and I remember her looking in the mirror and very decidedly saying: ‘yes, the cleaner look’. Not a hint of a smokey eye or softening of eyeliner. This was fresh, clean and sleek, which all made sense when I saw her dress! That enviable Maria Grachvogel gown was much the same. Eddie Judd was the fabulous photographer capturing these images and you can see more of the day at The Guildhall on her blog post here.
I love these images, not only because Karen is a mere mortal (a yoga teacher, but still!), she is like a poster girl for makeup which is enhancing, rather than masking. Dewy, fresh skin; rose gold eyelids which continue that overall glowing look; warm golden peachy blush; a generous application of gel liner with a few extra lashes, minimal brow filling and a peachy pink lip stain. It’s contemporary but not too much. She just looks healthy and so happy!
I provided make up for Karen’s family and bridesmaids too and I love how smiley they all are. I hope that feeling comfortable in their makeup has a small part to play in that confidence.
So if I’m working on your make up and you are looking for inspiration, bookmark this page, because this is a look I am only too delighted to recreate. Bring Your Own Huge Smile.
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