Being the keen bean that I am when it comes to beauty products, you can imagine how important the beauty aspect of my bridal prep was.
I had been planning my make up and beauty routine for the past few months in preparation for my big day, and today I’m going to share what I used, what I loved and what I’d maybe do differently if I had my time again.
So let’s get stuck in shall we?
I had my make up done by Kate, who was amazing, and so chatty and calming on the morning!
I asked for a bronzed, smokey look, and we went quite dark on the eyes as I wanted it to be really smokey.
I’m pretty sure she used a lot of MAC products and the most important products ; highlighter and lipstick were my own, so I can tell you what they were :
Highlighter : Iconic London Orginal illuminator
Which is my current fave highlighter, it gives the best glow!
I also wore false lashes, and opted for Eylure’s Texture 117 style as they were wispy, which was the exact look that I wanted to go for! I was stuck between these and the Emma Willis lashes which are also lovely!
I ummed and ahhed about my hair for ages, I was stuck between going for a half up half down style, and even got my hairdresser Doria to do a trial like this. But I decided it just wasn’t me. I wanted my hair just like I normally have it, as that’s what I feel the most comfortable with. Some may say it’s a shame to not do anything, but I wanted to look and feel like me, and I just wanted my regular hair style. We used my Babyliss rollers to add volume, then Doria curled my hair using the ghd curve wand. She then backcombed the back so my veil would fit in to it, and set it with Moroccan Oil hair spray.
Fake Tan :
You guys know that I’m always fake tanning, but I was a little worried about using a tan that would rub onto my dress. I had visions of orange patches and it quite honestly scared me haha! I was excited to hear about the St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water range, which has no colour guide, and no colour rub off- it sounded perfect!
This was the tan I used, and it only rubbed off a little on the inside of my dress, but after wearing it for 12 hours, and moving/dancing/sweating in it, I don’t think that’s too bad going.
The purity range gives you a really nice golden tan, I did apply a couple of layers, if I had my time again, I think I’d only apply the one layer as because my dress was so bright, I don’t think I needed as dark a tan. Though, Henry assures me that I wasn’t orange on the day, just tanned.
But I have been using this tan a lot recently, and do really like the colour it gives, and also love how it doesn’t stain the bed sheets.
You do have to be careful that you’ve applied it everywhere as there is no guide colour, but you just have to be quite thorough, it also smells really nice when applying it as it has a tropical scent. It’s my go to tan at the moment!
I also like the Self Tan Purity face mist for giving your face a really nice natural glow.
Some of you may remember that back in 2016, I had a fragrance consultation with Jo Malone, where I chose my wedding fragrances. I opted for Peony & Blush Suede mixed with English Pear & Freesia. I also used the Peony & Blush body moisturiser to lock the fragrance into my skin. It smelt amazing, and I could smell it all day.
It was really fresh, yet delicate and feminine, and I love that those two fragrances will always remind me of our special day. I would 100% recommend going and having a fragrance consultation as it’s such a lovely way to spend a couple of hours!
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my nails- but there will be a whole separate post on these (yes really!) which will be going up soon!
I think that is everything bridal beauty wise, please let me know if I’ve missed anything out, and if you’d like a full breakdown of all the make up products that were used!
Did you have an extensive beauty routine in the run up to your wedding?