Bride Diaries: Elle’s Wedding Hair & Make Up

Bride Diaries: Elle's Wedding Hair & Make Up | British wedding blog - Bride and Tonic

6 days, 360 minutes until the wedding…

As the big day draws closer I have started to plan how I’m going to finish off my bridal look and one weekend headed back home for both my hair and make up trial. One went really well and the other, lets just say I resembled Curly Sue – there’s pictures to prove it but we did find a solution so I suggest you keep reading to find out more…

Bride Diaries: Elle's Wedding Hair & Make Up | British wedding blog - Bride and Tonic

Make Up 

I love make up even though I tend not to wear lots, as I find painting my face therapeutic and I love how even a dash of lipstick can transform my mood. I started my search off with Google finding make up artists in the local Exeter area. I then stalked them on Instagram to get a better sense of their style and personality to see if I was going to be comfortable with them on the big day. I eventually came across Genevieve Satha who completed her training in London at the Jemma Kidd School of Makeup and previously worked for Space NK as one of their head makeup artists. I liked Genevieve’s relaxed, natural style and she uses some of my favourite brands – Mac, Laura Mercier and Nars. Genevieve is currently in the process of planning her own wedding so understands the pressure that brides face!

Before I went to the trial I spoke with Amanda Steed Bride and Tonic’s hair and make up specialist and she gave me some top tips on what to ask (I’m sure Amanda will be doing a blog post on this soon):

  1. Always ask what products they use and why they use them?
  2. Will my make up last all day / how will you make it last all day?
  3. What will I need to purchase before the day to make sure I get that flawless finish from the first to the last moment?
  4. What should I do if I break out or have a large spot the week before the wedding?

For the trial I went to Genevieve’s super cute cottage and instantly felt at ease in her company and found myself in make up heaven in her converted studio. We talked for a while about my current skin care routine, any issues I have (oily eyelids) and the type and style of make up I usually wear, and shared photos of trends that we both thought might work. We then put on an episode of First Dates and got started on the trial.

Bride Diaries: Elle's Wedding Hair & Make Up | British wedding blog - Bride and Tonic

Genevieve first prepped my skin with a primer and moisturiser before starting off with a light layer of foundation using the brand Make Up Forever. Over time Genevieve built up the layers to give me a natural matt look (I prefer this look and always fix my make up with a powder). As I’m having a late afternoon wedding I need a make up look that is going to go from day to night so we decided to go slightly bold with the eye shadow, with dark smoky outside edge and a gold sparkly finish. I hardly ever wear lipstick as my lips are naturally quite red so I usually just add a bit of Carmex for shine, so I really needed Genevieve’s  help on this. We eventually opted for a Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade ‘Curviest Caramel’ as I feel completely comfortable using one of these and can buy the exact shade before the big day.

I had never had anyone do my make up before and I found it really interesting and learnt lots of tips whilst I was there, like how to get the perfect brow, is their really any difference between mascara brushes and how to set your makeup. Overall I love my look and I’m excited to see Genevieve again on the big day where she will not only be doing my own make up but also my four lovely bridesmaids.

Hair

My hair is really thick and long but I really wanted to go for a sleek up do. My hairdresser is a family friend and really I struggled to convey what I wanted and I ended up having three hair trials (it’s the only thing that I have been bridezilla about). I eventually printed out pictures of what I wanted along with images of the bridesmaids and their chosen hair styles. We decided to cut some of the weight out of my hair so that it is easier to put up. My hair was then put in large rollers and set to give it volume and instant movement making it easier to put up. I chose to have a messy French pleat with a sweeping side fringe and I’m really excited about the end result.

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To dress my hair the talented Tilly Lux Thomas created some beautiful hair combs encrusted with Swarovski crystals to add some sparkle. I’m not having a veil so these will be the main focus point in my hair. I’m also contemplating having a comb throughout the spine of the pleat but will make the final decision on the day of the wedding.

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So this might be my last post before the big day… although we will try and post about the hen do in the next week! I’m excited and nervous and looking forward to celebrating with all my friends and family. Remember to follow us on Instagram where we will be sharing the build up to the wedding. See you on the other side when I will be a MRS!

Find more about Elle’s wedding planning in our Bride Diaries

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