You did the HIIT workouts. You followed a healthy meal plan. You wore ALL the sheet masks.
You’ve been waxed and spray-tanned to within an inch of your life.
You’ve even (hopefully) been vaxxed.
No one said that this being a bride gig was low maintenance, but the pressure of on-the-big-day beauty goals needn’t be adding further pressure to what is already a stressful time to be planning a wedding.
With this in mind, we asked a handful of our Guest List hair and make-up gurus to share their ultimate tools of the trade.
And from tamed tresses and perfect primers to Ariana-worthy body highlighter (don’t even pretend you haven’t bookmarked her IG wedding posts as inspo) and seamless setting sprays, they’ve delivered a pretty comprehensive natural-beauty shopping list for being the best version of you for the best day of your life.
Time to fill that electronic basket…
“At the trial, I usually recommend a good quality haircare regime to get the brides hair in peak condition prior to the big day – my own personal favourite is Phillip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner. And of course, his elasticizer is an amazing treatment for all bridal hair types in the final countdown!” – Tina Elliott of Tina Elliott Hair Styling
“This is the absolute GODDESS of smoothing creams. It’s super-lightweight and has the best anti-frizz action. It also has built-in heat protection, which is essential when using styling tools on a bride’s hair.” – Emma Blagden of Eva Jane Bridal
“This product is amazing for creating incredible root lift and texture without weighing the hair down. Its lightweight formula means a little goes a long way, perfect for adding volume and hold to finer locks.” – Emma Blagden of Eva Jane Bridal
“Make-up sits so much better on plumped, hydrated skin. This amazing cream is literally food for your complexion! I really love to using this on my brides to ensure that their face, neck and décolletage stays hydrated throughout their wedding day.” – Claire Milburn of Claire Alexandra Hair and Makeup
“This is an utterly incredible base for make-up, creating a super smooth surface and even makes your make up waterproof. Perfect for those emotional big-day moments!” – Amanda Bell of Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist
“I use this lovely tinted highlighter on my brides’ décolletage, shoulder and collarbone areas – and even on legs if they’re on show. It works so well because it glows rather than sparkles, and doesn’t have any chunky shimmer particles.” – Ashley Koefod of DivaDust Professional Makeup Artists
“A beautifully rich, soft and blendable – yet smudge-proof – liner. This shade is my go-to for creating sexy bridal eyes with a smoky sizzle. Incredible for the price too!” – Amanda Bell of Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist
“This is a fantastic natural collection – and ideal for brides! Available in two shade options, this palette will create a beautiful, glowing complexion with its three eye shadow shades, highlighter, bronzer, pressed powder and blush. It’s beautiful packaging and the compact size makes it perfect for those day-to-night touch ups.” – Claire Milburn of Claire Alexandra Hair and Makeup
“Everyone’s obsessed with highlighter, but for me, there can only be one. This pack of six gorge shimmering shades is perfect for finding the right shade for every member of the bridal party – because you want everyone to shine.” – Hayley of Makeup by HLA
£20 tropicskincare.com or Lisa Jones Hair & Make-Up Artist
A clutch-bag essential for easy reapplication after the ceremony and throughout the reception, in a shade that will enhance your natural beauty and glow.” – Lisa Jones of Lisa Jones Hair & Make-Up Artist
“I’ve tried several setting sprays in my time, and I like this one the most as it’s delivered in a fine mist rather than a spray, meaning that the setting powder comes out evenly. When setting spray comes out in random bursts, it creates splodges on freshly applied makeup – such a nightmare!” – Ashley Koefod of DivaDust Professional Makeup Artists
“This mattifying wonder dust is not only plumping and protective, it’s the ultimate summer-wedding shine beater! I swear by this for my brides.” – Lisa Jones of Lisa Jones Hair & Make-Up Artist
“This weightless, radiance-giving powder sits protectively on the skin, ensuring that key areas don’t wear off. Although it’s natural for make-up to sweat off certain parts after a few hours, we don’t want to see brides with patches when it comes to the evening dancing!” – Hayley of Makeup by HLA
“For on-the-wedding-day styling – amongst other high-quality brands – I like Paul Mitchell styling and finishing products for clean performance and shine with no stickiness.” – Tina Elliott of Tina Elliott Hair Styling
So, what’re you waiting for? Get that makeup bag stocked for summer and reach out to these lovely ladies to make your dream wedding glam a reality.
All now taking bookings for 2021/22/33 weddings.