Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Top Tips on Bridal Skincare & Make-Up

We recently caught up with our favourite MUA Victoria Bunting on looking after your skin in the run-up to the big day plus she gave us a few tips on looking your best. Victoria will be joining us at Cams Hall on Sunday - make sure you head on up to see her in action in the Beauty Boudoir alongside the awesome Fairy Godmothers. Not only will the team be there to offer great advice but mini makeovers too!

Over to you Vic...

Being a make-up artist, its my job to enhance your natural beauty and make you feel extra glamorous on your wedding day, however having a radiant complexion helps give me a kick start into making you more beautiful then ever!

No doubt you have a failsafe relaxation routine to calm your mind under pressure...but what about your complexion? Being stressed can really play a big part in how your skin looks.

Here are some top tips of mine to help you along your way to a blooming complexion...think of it as a relaxing spa for your skin but without the cost!

Start these beauty regimes as soon as you can, I promise you this will help and you will even notice some differences in a week as long as its followed:

Beauty sleep is not a myth, tell tale signs of little sleep result in washed out, pale skin, puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes. When you're asleep your skin doesn't have to deal with daytime environmental stresses like pollution, sunlight and extreme temperatures. When you sleep you give your skin a break, sleep helps repair the skin and heal any blemishes. Try and aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Not only does it do your skin wonders it gives our body time to restore itself.

Water naturally moisturises (hydrates) the skin and gives it that "glow". By drinking 8- 10 glasses a day it will help wash out any toxins from the body and boost your energy levels. Not only is it good for your skin it has so many health benefits. Come on, get drinking!! After all, water has no fat, no carbs, no sugar - no reason not to drink it!!

Vaseline is a brand of petroleum jelly-based product that is used as a moisture insulator and contains sealing agents. When doing make-up trial I find that 50% of my clients have dry chapped lips and it really makes a difference to how your lipstick/lipgloss looks. If you do suffer with cracked, chapped lips what ever you do, do not lick your lips or gently peel off any flakes. Vaseline needs to be applied AM and PM and your literally need the size of 2 rice grains. Even if you don't suffer with dry lips its still good to keep them in tip top shape ready for your big day! Vaseline is an inexpensive product and the key to rehydrating and locking in moisture, it can be purchased from most health and beauty shops such as Boots, Superdrug, your local chemist and even maybe your local shop.

To get a plumper look to your lips apply a small amount of gloss to the middle section of both your top and bottom lip, I also like to apply a tiny little bit of shimmer to the cupids bow.

If you suffer with dry lips try using a creamy textured lipstick as opposed to a matte texture as matte textured lipsticks contain few oils however, the lipsticks of most good make-up brands include either emollients like Shea butter or types of silicone that keep lips moist. Don't forget to use a lip pencil - this will help your lipstick from bleeding, lipsticks don't feather as much as they used to but if your still does then here's your answer.

Top tip for a perfect pout: Apply a moisturiser around the mouth let it soak in, gently dust a light face powder across the top and bottom lip, line the lips then apply your favourite lipstick.

Exfoliation is a process of removing any dead skin cells. By not doing this you will end up with clogged pores which will then lead to breakouts. You can do your part to help facilitate the shredding of the dead skin cells by exfoliating 1-2 a week depending on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend using a very mild facial scrub "for sensitive skin" once a week. If you have normal or oily skin I would recommend using your facial scrub 2 times a week. If you over exfoliate this could lead to more harm then good so do not over do it especially before your wedding!! The goal to exfoliation is it should leave your skin looking and feeling softer and healthier and please remember to avoid the eyes and lips!

I'm sure you have heard the term cleanse, tone and moisturise, well this is the KEY to staying young, beautiful and keeping blemishes at bay. Your face is the window into your world and whether your happy, stressed, exited your face will give you away! Even if you don't wear make-up on a day to day basis its still important to cleanse, tone and moisturise AM and PM as it will help remove any dirt your face has collected during that day. Depending on your skin type, there are all kinds of products/ brands to be used on your skin. If you have a favourite beauty brand that you know suits your skin then stick to it for these products. If you have never used many beauty products and are not really sure where to start, it is your choice which brand to choose depending on your budget but I would highly recommend going to a beauty counter to have a personalised skin regime consultation to help advise you on which products are best suited to your skin. I personally love Estée Lauder products myself, however I know these products won't be within everyone's price range. If you are looking for a cheaper brand, brands such as Simple (very good for sensitive skin) L'Oreal , or Garnier are really good, ask a member of staff for some advice on which products are best for you or even better visit their website and do some research.

Cleansing - facial cleansing removes any make-up/ dirt your skin has. You can get facial cleansing soaps, and may prefer these however I prefer a gel or lotion personally as I find washes can sting my eyes and make them puffy and red...not a great look to be honest!!

Toning - toning is an important second stage that completes the cleansing process, yet many people choose to leave this step out...please don't, toning should be considered an important part of the cleaning process. A good toner will help remove any remaining bits of dirt, debris and oil from your cleanser. More importantly a toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate PH balance.

Moisturising - Finally by using a moisturiser is to attract moisture and to protect the skin on your face by forming a barrier that holds in the water that's already there. Your moisturiser will help towards having softer skin, will reduce appearances of fine lines and keep the face hydrated. Most moisturisers these days also contain vitamins, botanical extracts, age-fighting compounds and sunscreens.

Before carrying out a makeover I ALWAYS prepare the skin with a good moisturiser and a little facial massage , not only does this give my client a little pamper, it helps relax the skin and also gives me the perfect lay-down for her foundation. Moisturiser is a MUST!


* No or few imperfections
* No severe sensitivity
* Barley visible pores
* A radiant complexion

* Overly dilated pores
* Blackheads
* Shiny skin

* Almost visible pores
* Dull, rough complexion
* Red patches
* Less elasticity
* More visible lines

* Enlarged pores
* Dull or shiny, thick complexion
* Pimples, blackheads, or other blemishes

I hoped you enjoyed reading some of my top tips! Look forward to seeing you all at Cams Hall, Fareham on Sunday 1st September.

Lots of love...Victoria, Make-Up Artist xx

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