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Beautiful bride Rachel Kelly chose a natural and elegant look for her ‘I do’ day! Make-up artist Fiona Burnell gives us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve Rachel’s mak-up and how to give this look a night time feel!
Fiona says, “In order to get the most out of your make-up, it’s very important to have a good foundation to start with and exfoliate and moisturise your skin first before any make-up is applied.”
Tip: It’s important to have regular facials or a good home care routine of cleansing/toning and moisturising on a daily bases. Try to exfoliate at least once a week and have a facial every few months to deep cleanse before your wedding. Then your make-up will feel and look radiant.
How to achieve Rachel’s look:
Step 1 - Start with a quick cleanse/tone and moisturise. Apply Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, which is a great base to keep your make-up in place all day and gives a lovely even finish to your foundation.
Step 2 - Add MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation which gives a nice dewy finish. Also, apply a little of Hollywood Shimmer by Benefit which can be mixed into your make-up or just applied after where ever you want a sultry glow. Contour under cheek bone to ear with matt bronzer and apply your MAC Dainty Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Step 3 - Define the brows with light/medium powder by Bare Minerals and brush through. You could also use pencil if you prefer.
Tip: It’s important to have eyebrows shaped in advance to give great definition and frame the face.
Step 3 - A cream base was then applied all over Rachel’s eyelid and under eyebrow to highlight. After this, contour the crease of the eye with beige and using the darker brown, apply to the outer corners in a ‘C’ shape and along the lash line. Using your eyeliner, gel or pencil (Clarins Black Kohl Pencil is great) lightly go over the top lash line - start on the outside and taper off at the inside of the eye. You can go back to outer corners to create a slight flick keeping it natural. Finish with black mascara rolling from root to tip with a vibrating effect to separate the lashes.
Step 4 - Finally, apply a natural lip liner like Christian Dior Lipstick in a gorgeous strawberry shade and dab with a clear gloss to finish.
This is a very simple look to wear just about anywhere because it's so natural and still brings out all of your best features and it's perfect to add to if you want a more dramatic look for night time. Just add a darker shade of brown for intensity to the eyes and a bit more liner - liquid or gels are stronger for this look. And finally, a red lip will help to add a touch of evening glamour!
Boho braids, pretty ponies and some very old school styles got a new twist on the S/S 2012 catwalks this year, and, oddly enough, nearly every one of the looks was wedding-ready. By Karen Birney
Summer is all about an effortless, carefree yet sensual style, making the boho look a staple among designers. Loose braids were the crowning glory of the pretty and playful at Valentino (Redken), creating a soft, romantic feel, while Emilio Pucci went for a messy and loose, ribbon-tied ponytail to finish off a rockier style.
Classic ballet buns, short and slick 40s flicks and Bardot bouffants were executed with style and poise on several S/S catwalks and created a more elegant, refined finish to collections. Marios Schwab models strutted down the catwalks like an army of film noir femme fatales, fiercely confident in their soft, shiny and set crops. Hair was long and loose, but again revived a quintessential female protagonist from a past movie genre, this time the doe-eyed naif, at Versace. Whether you're a vampish or sweet bride, these looks are all timeless and trendy, a perfect mix.
Up dos were given height with wave-like quiffs at D&G, loosely framing the face and providing the ideal setting for a clip in veil when thinking 'bridal'. At Louis Vuitton a delicate and ornate traditional tiara sat atop a whispy and messy high bun, replacing the form-fitting top knot favoured last season.
Trend Alert! - Pearl Details at Chanel
Brides and pearls go together like Chanel and quilted flap bags, so we were truly inspired when we saw some of these pics from Chanel's 2012 show. Slicked back buns were decorated with sprinkles of oversized pearls which, in some cases, dropped down the back alien like and delicately beautiful.
The pearl-like additions to the face, chest and back are for the more daring brides out there, but we definitely want to see a few ladies trying this hair trend soon!
Makeup artist Marie Joseph kept beautiful bride Orlaith’s make-up really simple and youthful for her big day. “Prepping the skin is so important when it comes to wedding day make-up. Matching skin care and foundation to skin type keeps the make-up in place for the whole day, because it’s the look that has go the distance,” explains Marie.
Photos by Photohouse
How to acheive Orlaith's look:
List of makeup products used - Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Primer | M.A.C. Foundation Studio Sculpt | Crème De La Mere Concealer | Makeup Forever Loose Powder | M.A.C Eye Shadow Brulee, Jest, Snow White and Nylon | Clarins Mascara | Clarins Eye Liner | M.A.C Blusher Pink Swoon and Contouring Blush Cinnamon | M.A.C Lip Liner Soar | Clarins Lipstick Joli Rouge 06 | Individual eye lashes
Hair stylist Sian Sharkey styled beautiful bride Helen’s hair into a bridal masterpiece, complete with elegant, traditional curls, vintage accessories pins and finger waves. Helen's make-up artist, Alyson Smyth, kept her look classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and natural lips.
How I achieved Helen's bridal hair, by Sian Sharkey:
"Helen had long hair past her shoulders and was inspired by vintage, classic hairstyles. To start, I sprayed Helen's hair with Label M Superstar Spray (see below) and dried it in to the hair so it wasn't too silky. I then curled all the hair with a GHD, pin-setting the front section where I was going to secure the finger waves.
I sectioned the hair in two parts - front and back. Backcombing the roots and dusting with Label M Resurrection Dust, I began to secure the back section into the shape I wanted to achieve, spraying with Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray as I went.
I then brushed the top section, maintaining the height Helen wanted and secured, to blend with the back.
I took out the pin set and shaped the hair into the finger waves at the front. This can be a slow process and requires patience! Spraying and pinning and spaying again, then removing the pins on view when the hair has set in position.
Finally, I added her vintage hair accessory - a vintage broach from Jenny Vander and her veil!"
Hair products used - Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray | Label M Resurrection Dust | Label M Superstar Spray
How I achieved Helen's bridal make-up look, by Alyson Smyth:
"Helen chose a vintage style with her hair, so I kept her make-up really classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and a natural lip.
I applied Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige, which gives a fantastic natural, all-day coverage. I used MAC Powder Blush in Swoon on the cheeks creating a gorgeous shape to her face.
For extra definition on Helen’s eyes, I applied some temporary individual lashes from the outer corner of her eyes across to the centre.
Eyeshadows used were MAC Brule, Satin Lights, Espresso and MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist – these colours combined were used for the glam factor!
To complete Helen’s classic, elegant look, I kept her lips soft by using MAC Dervish Lip Liner and nice Buzz Lip Gloss to keep the colour in place for longer!"
Make-up products used (clockwise) - Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige | MAC Powder Blush in Swoon | Buzz Lip Gloss | MAC Dervish Lip Liner | MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist | MAC Brule
Wedding Photographs by Naoise Culhane
The top knot is the newest hair trend for the elegant, refined bride. Heights and degrees vary to suit each individual but generally the hair is pulled top the top of the crown, neatly and softly, showing off the neckline and making room for a stunning headpiece or veil.
A high bun is a timeless style, it looks less complicated and therefore less fussy than the popular bridal chignon. If you haven’t been blessed with a lustrous full mane (we hear ya sista), a donut is your best option to create a big, buoyant bun. Donuts provide shape and support to the bun and are very easy to use if you want to try doing your own hair.
Try not to pull the hair back too much –you don’t want to look like a startled ballerina for the day and be left with a pounding headache for the wedding night! But also remember that wear it too loose and you may be at risk of looking a tad ‘day-after-the-night-before‘. You need to get it just right so that it says complete elegance, but also seems natural and easy.
Only go for this look if you are happy to be very ‘out there’ for the day, there is nowhere to hide when you’ve pulled the hair back off your face unless you’ve opted for a birdcage veil, so make sure you are content with your side profile and your make-up. Don’t be afraid to go for statement earrings to make your whole look ‘pop’.
Compiled by Karen Birney.
Top two images by Jessica Claire | Main image by Jonas Peterson via OnceWed | Bridesmaid dress image from Lela Rose for Dessy | Bride in mirror, hair by The Hair Mob | Bride in fur hair by Bridal Hair by Marie (Hickey) | Smiling bride with crystal earrings photo by Eric Savo
The traditional look for a bride was the French manicure – a style that’s classic and always looks elegant and refined. But more and more brides are now opting to mix it up a little by adding some colour to their overall look - and a striking nail polish is the perfect way to go!
Image by Brooke Courtney
The best colours to go for - if you don’t want your photos to age too much - are reds (bright or dark) or dark browns. Bright reds are fun and flirty and will really stand out to give you a cute and kitsch look, while dark reds and browns will look elegant and stylish without overshadowing the rest of your look.
If you are an ‘all or nothing’ type of bride, then consider going for a colour that’s a little more daring like neon pinks, bright yellows or even greens. You could also match your nails to you bridesmaids’ dresses or to your overall colour scheme.
Get your nails professionally done so as to ensure they are looking their best on the day and make sure to take really good care of your hands and nails in the run up to the wedding. Hand and nail creams, cuticle creams, a clear varnish and plenty of calcium should guarantee your nails are at their best when you go to the salon.
You can bring your own colour polish to the salon if you like, most manicurists won’t mind, however, make sure you invest in a great one because, unlike a French manicure, a chipped nail will be very noticeable while wearing blood red!
Our favourite bridal hairstyles for 2012! Not every bridal updo needs to be secured into a single bun, your hairstylist could make a unique knot, a chignon or add some vintage accessories or fresh flowers to match your wedding theme!
Wearing your hair down with loose curls creates a look of 1940s glamour. Add A hair pin or veil to keeps this loose, flowy look from hiding your face.
Annie Mulligan at Profile Hair Design
As we head into January we may be feeling a little battered after the winter months. We find ourselves this week making promises to run three miles every morning before work, or to put a halt to the snacking, or to swap our morning coffee for prune juice. Which is all well and good, and we'll be all the better for it (even just 'til we pack it in in two weeks time), but while we're cleansing, toning and strengthening the inside, we might well think about the outside. My mother always nags me about taking better care of my skin (or I'll regret it, she says, menacingly) and so I've decided to take heed and start developing a little moisturiser habit for myself, and I think with money in mind, I'll be hitting the high street for my fix.
One lucky lady won't need to venture outside to get hers however as this week we have the Vaseline Essential Collection to give away. The essential range includes: Essential Moisture, Aloe Fresh and Cocoa Radiant. Aloe Fresh is the lightest-feeling body lotion of the three, it smells like cucumber and summer and leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalised. Essential Moisture, containing nourishing oat extract, leaves skin feeling soft and non greasy and is perfect for last minute moisturising before leaving the house. Cocoa Radiant is the perfect winter moisturiser. It has a rich texture and leaves skin with a radiant, luxurious glow and smells yummy!
To win this collection just answer the following question:
What top piece of beauty advice did your mother (or aunty or big sister) give you?
T&Cs: Competition is open to residents of Ireland only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. You must be a registered WeddingsOnline user to enter. Competition ends at 2pm Friday 13th January. Winner will be chosen at random and that decision is final. No cash alternative.
*We can't get this out of our heads
To get us over humpday and nudge us ever closer to the Christmas holidays, we've decided to have a little blog competition here on WeddingsOnline.ie!
We're giving away the L'Oreal Curl Contour Range, including shampoo, a nourishing mask and enhancement spray to one lucky lady this week, and all you have to do is tell us:
Which is your favourite real wedding in the WeddingsOnline.ie Real Wedding Section?
Email your answer, and your WeddingsOnline username to competitionATweddingsonlineDOTie (Please put 'Blog competition' in the subject line.)
For more on L'Oreal Curl Contour Range click here
T&Cs: Competition is open to residents of Ireland only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. You must be a registered WeddingsOnline user to enter. Competition ends at 2pm Wednesday 14th December. Winner will be chosen at random and that decision is final. No cash alternative.
We said we had something planned for you didn't we?! We're BIG fans of Smashbox in WeddingsOnline HQ and can't get enough of the new Girls on Film collection. But our fave items from the whole lot are the very sexy, very dramatic, and very convenient day-to-night cute-but-chic palettes Smokebox and Softbox.
Softbox comprises of six everyday shades -mostly creams and browns with a little burnt orange pigmentation. Delish. Smokebox is its sultry sister with some darker shades -blacks and blues. Now if the fact that you just read 'black and blue' has you a little shaken up don't fret -both palettes have a little label on the back with some tips for application. Sure you've no excuse.
And, because we love you, we're also giving away the Snap you're Fab Holiday Lipgloss set with six of the most popular Smashbox lipgloss shades!
FURTHER MORE! We have the award winning Behind the Lens Primer set to give away. Which is brilliant for getting your complexion photo-ready but reducing shine and redness.
Now, who said they didn't like Mondays?!
To enter, simply answer the following question by leaving a comment using YOUR WEDDINGSONLINE USERNAME underneath this post,
Question: What make-up/beauty product can you not live without over winter? (Check out our top 10 picks HERE!)
and sure, wouldn't ya like us on Facebook while your around??!
T&Cs: Competition is open to residents of Ireland only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. You must be a WeddingsOnline user to enter. Competition ends at 2pm Friday 28th October. Winner will be chosen at random and that decision is final. No cash alternative.
By Karen Birney
Right guys, time to get the white flags out, winter is here. Every year I'm dragged kicking and screaming into November, donned in a filthy maxi dress with nothing but an aging cardy to hide my shame (my goosebumps, that is). However this year I've come prepared. I have this weekend earmarked for upgrading my wardrobe (leather elbow patches for cardies, boots heeled, new shiny buttons for old winter coats) and I have already flushed out my make-up bag.
As you are probably well aware, winter brides really need to look after their skin. Chapping is not a good look to sport on your wedding day. But while you need to take care of yourself, you are also on the go almost 24/7 with appointments, work, babies, or parties so you need to have on-the-go skincare, as well as some very transportable quick make-up fixes.
Alas, I present to you my Top 10 Make-up and Beauty Products for Busy Brides this Winter! (Aka 'What-I-will-have-in-my-own-make-up -bag-til-March-possibly-April-next-year')
1. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub This is like a mini exfoliator for your tender lips, and is great at removing any dry skin from chapping without damaging the delicate skin. Only problem is trying no to eat it.
2. Julie Hewett Camellia Balm in Pink As well as looking pretty and feminine, this lipbalm is a handy 2-in-1. If you find youself with excess on your fingers, rub it into your cuticals to soften and moisturise. Genious.
3. MAC Pigment in Tan This is the most perfect little pot to bring you from the office to your bridal appointments or mini work bridal shower, and gives an instant lift to tired eyes. Just line a scraping under the lower lashes and BAM, you look like a megastar. I've had mine for nearly 5 years, so it's great value too at about €24.
4. Smashbox Smokebox Eye Palette This is my newby, and a very welcome addition to my make-me-look-presentable-after-eight-hours-in-the-office bag. These two are limited editions from Smashbox but if you want to get your hands on them, pop back here on Monday, we have a little suprise for you!
5. Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara My current favourite for va-va-voom mascara. My reason for including this in the winter beauty list is because I get really watery eyes in the cold wind and have found that this mascara doesn't run and sting like some others. That's a winner in my eyes. (badum)
6. Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder One word: Amazingness. This is your go-to for on-the-go beauty in hair. No time to shampoo but roots feeling a little on the greasy side? Pepper yourself up and rub in. Also, if you've no room in your clutch for hairspray but can't live without some volume in your hair, Bob's you teapot (darn advertising!)
7. Art Deco Lipstick in Red 03 My staple red lippie. And probably the red that will go well with all skintones. Winner.
8. No7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion A new skin for about €15, though if yours is sensitive I suggest giving it a miss. For me, it's the best exfoliator I've ever used.
9. Aveda Hand Relief To keep hands well moisturised over the winter, though I suggest using a suncream underneath.
10. American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Red This will be on my nails all winter long, and makes me feel super glam!
So, what's in your make-up bag wishlist for winter? Let us know below!
This article is sponsored by Ultralase Laser Clinic, Ireland.
Picture it: It’s your special day, and you’re marrying the love of your life. You and your bridesmaids have spent all morning having your hair styled and make-up applied. You have the dress of your dreams - the kind you’ve been fantasising about since you were three, the kind thatyou used to draw with your friends at school and the kind that took you many stressful hours to find. Your husband-to-be who, let's face it,is a bit of a scruff, has scrubbed up well and looks rather dashing in a suit and tails. All in all you’re one happy girl. Or you would be if youcould see it all sharp and in focus.
Whether you’re long or short sighted, I can speak from experience as a best man that it gets old very fast having to put on then take off your glasses constantly throughout a wedding ceremony, depending on what’s going on. And though they are useful, I’m sure you, as a bride, wouldn’t want to wear a glasses chain around your neck all day and ruin your outfit. Of course the next best thing would be contact lenses (if you can get over the whole ‘touching your eyeball’ thing) and though your day will be seen in splendid clarity, you will have to take them out at night time which may interrupt other activities!
So when you’re making a list of things to do for your wedding day to make it perfect, fixing your eye sight at an Ultralase Laser Clinic in Ireland might be something you would overlook or that wouldn't be at the top of your priority list. But think of it this way – as one of the most important days of your life, surely you would want to enjoy it all and soak it all up? Surely you'd want to be able to look out from the alter after kissing your husband and see all your friends and family basking in your radiant happiness? And to do that, you would need perfect 20/20 eye sight.
With laser eye surgery, a plethora of vision problems can be treated – from long and short sightedness to the natural condition of Presbyopia which can affect those in their middle-ages – giving you no excuse not to get the most from your big day. Many clinics offer free consultations to help you decide whether it is right for you, and these will usually involve:
Other clinics may also include a patient forecast which will detail the full results of your eye test, break them down into easy to read graphs, and feature impartial feedback from former patients of your age range and prescription who have had the surgery. Many clinics also offer lifetime aftercare for free to give you the best possible results and to make sure your life with perfect vision goes without a hitch - these include follow up appointments, and access to 24/7 aftercare advice phone lines.
With laser eye surgery offered from as little as £395 per eye and priced on a sliding scale depending on the strength of your sight, it's a procedure worth thinking about in order to make your perfect day just that little bit more effortless and enjoyable.
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COMPETITION CLOSED, WINNER ANNOUNCED ON OLD FAITHFUL FORUM
It's competition time here at WOL! We want to give one of our fabulous Wollies some Nuxe moisturising products, including face cream, lip moisturising stick, foot cream and face and body cleansing gel!
To be in with a chance of winning and to have baby-soft skin, leave us a comment, using your WOL username, telling us what are/ were your wedding colours/ theme.
Good luck ladies! x
* Competition closes on Friday October 7, at 1 p.m.Only open to residents of Ireland.
By Karen Birney
Part 3 and the final part of our Winter Wedding Trend Report! Hope you've enjoyed checking out all the WeddingsOnline picks for a winter wedding. And remember: It's the most wonderful time of the year (except if you've to commute to work on public transport, obvs).
By Karen Birney
Photo by Rubistyle Photography
"Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel" -Oliver Wendall Holmes
We spend so much time investing in memories. Sight is the most obvious way in which we evoke memories of the past; it's why we take photos of nights out with the girls, the little one on his first day of school, a Sunday dinner with the parents or himself sleeping peacefully beside you. But what of our other senses? Touch...Taste....Sound....Smell.... Your sense of smell is one of the most powerful memory triggers you possess, possibly even stronger than sight. A familiar smell can stop us in our tracks, and eyes closed, time paused, a moment is presented to us, vividly, intensely -we are submerged in our memories, tasting the air, saturated by emotion.
"Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed" -Coco Chanel
You want to remember everything about your wedding day, it is a moment in your life that you have put much effort into making a glorious memory. You have the dazzling dress, the shoes and the decor all set, and the photographer in place to record anything your mind attempts to eventually alter or file away. Your own personal diary will be your sense of smell, and that’s why your perfume on your wedding day is important. Here's some of our favourite fragrances for the bride.
Clockwise from top left: Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier; Coco Mademoiselle; Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan; Flora by Gucci; Vera Wang Anniversary; Chance, Chanel.
TIP! If you can afford to, buy the shower gel and body lotion of your chosen scent, and use it the night before/morning of your wedding. Your scent will cling to it and last all day (and night).
Clockwise from top left: 212 Sexy, Carolina Herrera; Gucci Guilty; Paco Robanne Lady Million; Aura by Swarovski; Midnight Poison, Dior.
Tip! Try to hold off buying your perfume until a day or two before the wedding. That way you won't be tempted to wear it before and it will be brand new on the day.
Clockwise from tip left: Miss Dior Cherie; Oh, Lola! Marc Jacobs; YSL Saharienne; Flowers by Kenzo; Marry Me! by Lanvin; Flowerbomb, Viktor & Rolf.
So ladies, what perfume will you wear on your wedding day? Share your scent by leaving us a comment below!