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Top make-up and beauty tips for the week before your wedding from the talented Clare Hogan Make-Up Artist. This week pre wedding beauty treatments. Thanks Clare over to you..
Hello brides-to-be.. its the week before your big day and you’re probably finalising the last bits and pieces that need to be done. This week can be hectic, so plan it well if you can, especially when it comes to your beauty treatments.
My biggest tip for the week before your wedding is DON’T leave your treatments such as facials, tans or waxing until the day before your wedding, especially if you haven’t had them before. The last thing you want is to have a reaction or tan disaster which then has to be treated or fixed on the day!
If you’re having a facial, have it a week before to allow for any breakouts. A week should be enough time for your skin to settle if it does break out and if you do get that dreaded spot the night before DO NOT SQUEEZE unless it’s ready to be. You can end up doing more harm than good and concealer is the best way to cover it up.
If you’re having your tan done then I would give it a couple of days so the colour settles and will allow for any fixing if you’re not happy with it. You don’t want to be trying to scrub off a tan that’s too dark on your big morning.
If you’re going to have your eye brows shaped do this a couple of days before and if you have one or two stray hairs you can pluck these the night before but try to avoid any major plucking on the day itself as it can cause redness and irritation.
I mentioned it in one of my earlier in my pieces and it’s especially true in the immediate run up to the day, drink plenty of water. It will hydrate your skin, help flush toxins and generally help you feel better on the day. It will also help reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eye’s.
If your make-up artist has suggested some products for you to have on the day for touching up such as lipstick or powder then have these bought and ready for the morning.
Lastly, and very important, try to get as many early nights as possible. This can be easier said than done with everything that’s going on but I would try to get at least 1 or 2 early nights especially the night before. Your big morning can be chaotic and you need to be able to cope with anything the day throws at you so if you’re tired and stressed you’re more likely to worry over small things and not enjoy the day as much.
3 Months to go, your wedding is now so close! You’re nearing the end of the wedding planning process. Hopefully your on schedule, see 4-5 months to go if you think you may have missed a step. For now though the time has finally come to show off a bit and give your guests an insight into the amazing weeding you and your fiance have been busy planning by sending out your invitations. We can help you with addressing your invites but when it comes to guests not RSVP’ing on time we’re afraid your on your own! So read on and print out our detailed checklist to be completed by you and your fiance over the next couple of months, oh and we’ve also included a cool guest book alternative idea this month in the form of our custom thumb-print guest tree. Happy Planning!! x
Aim to send invitations out eight weeks before the wedding giving guests plenty of time to make arrangements. Also the earlier they receive their invite the earlier they RSVP, allowing you to make the final headcount! Send your envelopes to a calligrapher or make time to write them out yourself.
Chasseral Letterpress Invitation
Wedding Accessories including cake toppers, guest books and ribbon to name a few are the little things that make your wedding unique. From the wedding ceremony to the reception, wedding accessories will make your friends and wedding guests take notice ensuring it’ll be a day to remember. Check out the Pretty as a Picture customised thumb print guest tree, a unique alternative to the guest book. Have guests thumb their print in chalk stamps and sign a message or just their signature on your customised tree. The result a gorgeous piece of art to remember your special day by.
Hair and Makeup
Research hair and makeup looks and book your makeup artist/stylist. Read our blogs by make-up artist Clare Hogan Make-Up Artist for top make-up and beauty tips from engagement to wedding day. Clare addresses the diy v make-up artist debate, tries out 4 wedding make-up looks and more.
Order Wedding Favours
Favour’s are the perfect way to show your appreciation to guests and ensure they will always remember your special day. Favour ideas include edible favours, charity favours, check out The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s wedding favour cards, coasters and favour tags to name a few!
Tip: It is a really nice touch to have the design of your favour tags matching the rest of your wedding stationery and they can also be customised with your names and wedding date to make them even more unique. Favour Tags usually include a message to your guests as a whole such as “thanks for celebrating with us” but you could also consider individual messages for close friends and family.
Shop for gifts for each other, bridesmaids, parents etc.
Finalise wedding transportation
Just 1 month to go!!! You and your fiance are nearing the end of your planning and are almost ready for your dream wedding. There are just a few more small steps to take care of to make sure your wedding day is perfect. Firstly your invitations have been sent so RSVP’s will be incoming. You will need to be super organised and keep track, you may have to follow up a few guests, perhaps split the list between yourself and your fiance according to which side the guests are on, and also ask parents to follow up their guests. There is some fun in this last month though as it is time to hit the shops for honeymoon wear, have your first wedding dress fitting (yay) and then there’s hair and make-up trials with your chosen stylist and make-up artist. So read on and check these last steps off your to do list. Happy Planning! x
First dress fitting
How exciting its time to have your first dress fitting!! It is a good idea at this stage to try everything on together such as headdress, accessories and underwear to make sure everything fits and works together. Also get some practice walking in your new gorgeous shoes!
Practice walking in your wedding heels
Hair & make-up trial
Contact your make up artist and hair stylist about a trial, especially if you’re not sure what kind of look you’re going to go for. I would suggest bringing pictures of looks that you like so the artist/stylist can get a better idea. Read more about make-up looks and trials by make-up artist Clare Hogan here.
Meet with priest/ registrar to confirm order of service
Prepare photos list for photographer
Prepare a list of photos and
Follow up RSVP’s
Its the final countdown
Prepare playlist of favourite songs for band/DJ
Shop for honeymoon/day after the wedding
You will be seeing guests again the morning after your wedding so make sure to have a nice outfit packed and sent to the hotel.
We hope that you have been following our wedding timeline and that it has been helpful to you during the wedding planning process, we wish you all the best in this last few weeks of planning and of course on your special day. Here at Pretty as a Picture there is nothing we love more than weddings and would love to hear about yours. Drop by our facebook to chat to us about your wedding plans or send us pictures to feature in the real weddings section of our blog.
Your big day is here! The year of careful planning will all finally pay off as this is sure to be one of the best and most important day’s of both your lives! We have just three pieces of advice for when your wedding day arrives-
Eat breakfast & drink plenty of water throughout the day
With all the excitement and anticipation of the day ahead it’s really important to eat a good breakfast and to keep hydrated.
Get your hair & make up done early
Allow enough time for yourself and your bridesmaids to have your hair and make up done stress free. For expert tips & advice read our top Wedding Day Make Up and Beauty tips by the super talented Clare Hogan Make Up Artist.
Relax & Enjoy your day
The most important thing is to relax and enjoy your big day. You’re probably thinking this goes without saying but it is very easy to get stuck in wedding planning mode! What’s done is done now so don’t spend your day worrying about little detail’s! Enjoy x
More bridal beauty tips for a beauty regime from engagement to wedding from Clare Hogan Make-Up artist. Over to you Clare..
So we’ve addressed your skin care routine and nutrition and you should be seeing an improvement in your skins condition. However there are a few other beauty factors to think about in the months running up to your wedding too .
Something I would suggest, is going for a couple of facials. Apart from being great for pampering the skin, planning a wedding can be stressful and this can show on your skin so taking time out to relax will do you the world of good. If you’ve never had a facial then you could end up with a slight break out or on the rare occasion a reaction to one of the products so be sure to have it in plenty of time before your wedding. I would book in maybe 3 or 4 months before and if all goes well and you’re happy then maybe book in for another one the week or two before your wedding. It will just give your skin that extra bit of TLC.
Next, and one of my favourite topics, eyebrows! If you have them shaped regularly then you probably have a routine that you either keep yourself by plucking or else you go to a beautician to have them done. However for some women this is a scary subject. I’m a huge believer that well shaped brows can transform a face so if you’re lucky to have naturally groomed looking brows then you’re sorted. However most women need a little help. You don’t need to go wild but even just tidying up a few stray hairs can make a big difference. If you’ve never had them done before I wouldn’t try doing it yourself as there is a real danger of over plucking. So I would make an appointment with a trained professional as they will be able to shape them to suit your face. Then, you can either maintain them yourself or return to them for upkeep. In contrast, if you’re guilty of overplucking and want to go for a fuller brow then you can start letting them grow now and then have them shaped. It can feel horrible letting them grow and can be very tempting to pluck but try and resist. It’ll be worth it in the end!
If, like a lot or Irish women, you dread the thoughts of looking pale on your wedding day and you’re having your tan done then you need to think about having a trial! If you’ve never had a tan before then you should definitely have it done a few months before the big day. There are lots of little things you need to remember after you’ve had it done. Don’t wear a bra or tight clothing that might rub it and cause white, patchy marks or make sure you don’t do any activities where you might sweat as this will also cause the tan to rub off. However, the biggest thing you need to get right is the final colour. If you are naturally pale and don’t usually wear tan then I would keep it light with just a hint of colour to give you a nice glow. If you’re used to wearing tan and like to go dark then it’s all about what you’re comfortable wearing just keep in mind, it’s all about looking natural and to be honest, pale is in ladies. Just look at the magazines and models, women are embracing their peaches and cream complexion. If like me, the thoughts of turning orange horrifies you but lets admit, we do all feel better with a little colour, then I’ve found just the thing… Dove Summer Glow moisturiser which has a hint of tan. It builds up over a few days and you stop when you think the colour is just right. I found it went on really nicely, left my skin gorgeous and soft and is perfect for giving you a natural glow and lets face it, it’s a lot less work too!
Lastly, if you have any very dry area’s of skin, for example elbows or around the nose if you’ve had a cold, then I would suggest using something like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on the area to really soften it. After a few weeks you should see a big difference. I find it’s really great on the lips, especially if you’re going to be wearing a strong lipstick on your big day. You want your lips in tip top condition so that the product will go on perfectly and last. There’s nothing worse than dry, flaky lips to ruin your look! Some people don’t like the smell of the 8 Hour (it is a little clinical) but personally I love it and I never leave the house without my mine
Thanks to make-up artist Clare Hogan for her great tips as always!!! Keep posted for her next blog…
Guest blog time! We wanted to do something a little different on the blog this week and invited the lovely Clare Hogan to guest blog for us with make-up and beauty tips (thanks Clare). So hopefully you will get lots of inspiration from her for your beauty regime from engagement to wedding day x
I was delighted to be asked by the lovely ladies in Pretty as a Picture to share with you my tips and advice on how to prepare for your wedding day and get the most from your wedding make-up. So in this first piece I will go through the first steps in getting your skin ready for the months ahead.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on your engagement and as the next few months become more chaotic make sure you enjoy this very special time in your life!
As a make-up artist I am a firm believer that make-up should not mask but enhance your natural beauty and features and make you feel the best possible version of yourself and being a bride-to-be myself, I know what you will be going through so hopefully I can help you look your absolute best on your big day!
As cliched as it may sound, beauty really does come from within. No amount of make-up will help if your skin is not in good condition and by tackling any problems you might have now, by the time your the big day comes, your make-up will sit and look better. Also, hopefully you will have developed good habits that will benefit you long after your wedding day.
Diet is probably the most important aspect of keeping your skin in tip top condition. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times before but you’d be surprised how many people don’t eat enough fresh fruit, vegetables and protein. For example, sweet potatoes are a great anti aging and anti wrinkle food and fish such as tuna and salmon are full of skin boosting omega 3, 6 & 9. Cutting back on processed foods that are high in salt and sugar will not only benefit your skin but help your energy levels which you’ll need lots of in the run up to the big day! I would also suggest cutting back on coffee, tea and smoking. These all sap the skin and add to dehydration. My biggest tip… water, water and more water! If you don’t already, try drinking as much water as you can throughout the day and this will do wonders for your skin! If like me, you find it hard to resit the chocolate and sugar then stock up on dark chocolate. The higher the coco content the better but start off on the 70% and work up if you can. Two squares of this will curb any sugar craving you have and it’s actually full of antioxidants too so it’s win win really!
Exercise not only keeps you fit physically and mentally but it brings oxygen and nutrients to your skin which helps it’s overall condition. You don’t have to be hitting the gym every day but walking, cycling, swimming or even just getting out in the fresh air will all help. Doing something like Pilates or Yoga are also great. They are brilliant for helping with your breathing and are a great way to de-stress if the planning is starting to get a little too much! This might all sound a lot together but you don’t have to do it all in one go. Make small changes over the next few months and it will get easier and soon be second nature. However, we do need a treat every now and again so don’t deprive yourself completely or you’ll never stick to your new lifestyle!
Thanks again to Clare, we’re looking forward to sharing the next part of the series with you. Clare is available for bridal make-up, to contact her visit her website here