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8 Essential Beauty Buys for Summer Brides

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Grab these eight essential beauty buys for summer brides and look flawless all day no matter how humid the weather on your wedding day.

If you’re planning a wedding in the heat of summer or flying away to a tropical destination then the last thing you want is your makeup sliding down your face when you say ‘I Do’.

Hot and sticky environments combined with wedding nerves put your makeup under pressure on the day. You need ‘melt-proof’ formulas and oil free beauty products that stay put in a heatwave.

Choose your beauty products wisely or you’ll end up looking more ‘radio active’ rather than radiant bride-to-be.

 

8 TOP BEAUTY BUYS FOR SUMMER BRIDES

 

1. Sisley Matifying Moisturising Skin Care with Tropical Resins

This soothing, oil free moisturiser has an immediate and long-lasting matifying effect on your skin giving you a fresh and clear complexion.

Marshmallow, Bamboo Powder and Java Tea extract help control shine whilst keeping your skin soft and hydrated. Creates the perfect complexion base for a summer wedding.

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Oil Free Moisturizer by Sisely helps control shine in hot weather on your wedding day

 

 

2. BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

This fabulous primer soaks up excess sebum leaving your skin looking smooth and soft and perfectly prepped for foundation.

It’s lightweight and completely free from oil and silicone, so feels weightless on your skin. It also helps to even out skin tone and blurs any fine lines and imperfections. Helps hold your wedding makeup in place until you’re ready to say goodnight.

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3. TOM Ford Waterproof Foundation

This is the holy grail of waterproof foundation which is reflected in the price but it’s worth every penny.  You can even say I Do in the ocean wearing this and it still won’t come off!

This comfortable, breathable foundation perfectly conceals darkness under the eyes and any imperfections whilst giving you a natural radiant finish. Just gorgeous!

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This Fabulous foundation by Tom Ford gives outstanding coverage whilst looking soft and natural on your skin.

 

4. DIOR Cheek and Lip Glow

Dior Cheek  & Lip Glow instantly reacts to the moisture in your skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow. Fresh and ultra-light, its gel formula blends seamlessly with your skin, leaving nothing but the weightless veil of a healthy glow.

 

 

5. Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

A true original. This award-winning long wearing eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. All the while giving you 12 hours of waterproof wear as well as being sweat and humidity resistant.

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Tear proof Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner is a must beauty buy for summer brides

 

6. Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

If you’re wearing Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara on your wedding day then you can ball your eyes out with ZERO risk of black streaks running down your face.

It’s indestructible and bullet proof and it’s not going any where until you choose to remove it. In fact you could even throw in a spin class for good measure on your wedding day and it still wouldn’t budge (not that I’m recommending that in your wedding dress.)

It’s gel formulation repels water as well as lifting and adding volume to your lashes with a fibre enhanced conditioning formula, with collagen and 11 different fruit extracts.

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You can even say I Do underwater in 100% Waterproof Eyeko Sport Mascara

 

 

7. Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

This anti humidity finishing spray shields hair from frizz on the sultriest of days (and nights), protecting sleek luscious locks and perfect curls alike.

Apply a light misting all over your hair before blow drying. Also spritz it onto sections of hair before using a curling iron or hot rollers to keep your wedding day hair perfect all day.

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Protect your hair from the dreaded frizz with Oribe Impermeable Spray

 

8. Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Mist

This soothing and cooling beauty mist is a unique blend of 7 extracts that provides radiance, toning and hydration and is perfect for refreshing any bride on her wedding day.

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Refresh your Makeup and Cool your Skin with Bliss Triple Oxygen Misst

Perfect for revitalising your bridal makeup throughout the day and night. Have one of your bridesmaids carry it for you and apply whenever you want to cool and refresh your face, so you remain picture perfect no matter how hot your special day.

For Beautiful Bridal Hair Styling and Makeup Artistry you can make a booking with Coco Bella Bride.

 

 

 

7 TOP TIPS to Find the Best Wedding Makeup Artist

Find the best wedding makeup artist

So ow do you find the best wedding makeup artist for your wedding day?

A professional wedding makeup artist will transform you and make you look truly beautiful on your wedding day.

The right makeup artist is highly experienced and has the talent and expertise to make you look like a super star.

What you don’t want is someone just out of beauty school practising their skills on your face, on the most important day of your life.

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So how do you find the BEST wedding makeup artist for you?

 

1.     DO YOUR RESEARCH

 

The secret to booking the best wedding makeup artist is to treat it like an interview. You need to do your homework and ask the right questions, so you can book the best professional for you.

Typing in ‘best wedding makeup artist’ in Google is no guarantee that you’ll find the best. You need to do some legwork.

Search for makeup artists in your area but be prepared to also go further afield if you don’t find a local artist that excites you. Read forums, check testimonials and ask your friends and family for recommendations.

 

2.     LOOK AT MAKEUP ARTIST PORTFOLIOS

 

Look closely at wedding makeup artist portfolios and search for those with a wide variety of looks. You don’t want a ‘cookie cutter’ makeup artist who only does one look for all the brides she works with.

If every bride’s skin is the same colour and they all have heavy ‘#instabrows’, then that’s a red flag and a sign that makeup artist might not be for you.

 

3.     BOOK YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST EARLY

 

Contrary to popular belief you need to book your wedding makeup artist sooner rather than later.

Some wedding makeup artists will tell you to book as late as six to eight weeks before your wedding day. That’s really cutting it fine and you’ll be in real trouble if you don’t like how they make you look.

So draw up a list of two or three of your favourite makeup artists and then check their availability as soon as possible.

And NEVER be pressurised into booking your wedding day makeup artist before you’ve had your trial.

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Look at wedding makeup artist portfolios for a wide variety of bridal makeup styles

 

4.     ALWAYS HAVE A WEDDING MAKEUP TRIAL

 

This is not the time to cut corners. Always invest in having a makeup trial before booking a makeup artist for your wedding day.

It’s worth spending more to find a professional makeup artist who has the skills and products to ensure you look perfect on your wedding day.

Your makeup artist will be spending your wedding morning with you.  So you want to find someone who is warm and friendly whom you trust to make you look fabulous.

So be prepared to invest in more than one trial if you need to. You wouldn’t dream of only trying on one dress and sometimes it’s the same with your makeup artist.

 

5.     IF YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST ‘DOUBLE-DIPS’ RUN AWAY

 

A dirty makeup artist is a dangerous makeup artist.

Poor hygiene standards can cause the transfer of contagious infections such as herpes simplex, impetigo and conjunctivitis.

Take a close look at your makeup artist’s kit. Dirty makeup bags and smeared product residue is not conducive to good hygiene.

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Always check your makeup artist’s hygiene standards before you book them for your wedding day

The ultimate sin is if your makeup artist ‘double dips’. Once your artist has used a brush on your face they should NEVER return it to a makeup product without cleaning it first.

If your makeup artist doesn’t use a makeup brush cleaner then run away – as fast as you can

 

6.     CHECK YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST HAS A LIGHTING KIT

 

Pro makeup artists have pro lighting kits.

Lighting is crucial for your wedding day makeup. Stately homes and castle venues are often notoriously badly lit and natural daylight can be hard to come by in your hotel room.

Your makeup artist should be prepared with natural portable lighting, especially for early morning starts.

 

7.     GET A SCHEDULE FROM YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST

 

If you want everything to run smoothly on your special day make sure your makeup artist gives you a schedule.

You should be allowing up to two to three hours for the bride’s hair and makeup and between 45 mins to an hour per bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

For larger bridal parties you also want to ensure your makeup artist has an associate they can bring to work with them to help get your favourite ladies get ready on your wedding day.

And ask them if they are willing to stay for last minute checks and touch ups before you leave to say ‘I Do’.

 

If you follow all these steps you’ll find the perfect wedding makeup artist for you and ensure you look your most beautiful on your wedding day.

For Beautiful Bridal Hair Styling and Makeup Artistry you can make a booking with Coco Bella Bride here.

How to Find the Perfect Foundation for Your Wedding Day

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How to find the perfect foundation for your wedding day.

So how do you know find the perfect foundation for your wedding day?

The prefect foundation will transform your skin on your wedding day. It will even out your skin tone, make you look radiant, hide any imperfections and give you a flawless natural look.

But how do you know which product is right for you and what actually works?

As a makeup artist I’ve tested hundreds and hundreds of products to find what delivers and looks flawless under HD cameras.

(And I’m not sponsored by any cosmetics companies so I’m not biased in any way.)

I know what works. I know which products give you outstanding results, do what they promise and live up to the high demands of your Wedding Day.

So this is my insider’s guide on how to find the perfect foundation for your wedding day.

Because you deserve to look and feel fabulous on your special day!

 

HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT FOUNDATION

Know your skin type

It’s crucial to get to know your skin and to remember that it changes from season to season, as well as over time.

The best way to figure out your skin type is to see how it feels after it’s freshly cleansed, but before you apply your moisturiser.

DRY SKIN

If your skin feels tight and a little uncomfortable then it’s very likely you have dry skin.  A hydrating foundation will benefit your skin tremendously.

You want to look dewy and glowing on your wedding day so a hydrating product is essential.

  • Chanel Vita Lumiere Foundation £33 – dewy and soft, very light but lovely hydrating foundationchanel-foundationBourjouis – Healthy Mix Serum Foundation £9.99 – this budget option looks great in daylight, gives radiance to your skin and is packed with vitamins

 

OILY SKIN

If your skin tends to look shiny and you have some larger, open pores then your skin is most likely oily.

An oil free, long wearing foundation will suit you and can help control and cover breakouts.

It needs ingredients that will work hard throughout your wedding day to prevent your makeup sliding off your face before you say I Do!

  • Clinique Pore Refining Foundation £25
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme  Oil Free £35  (particularly excellent for acne suffers)
  • Laura Geller Balance and Brighten Baked Foundation £26

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SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive skin can range from dry to oily, but is prone to redness and can also be itchy or blotchy. You may also suffer from conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

A treatment foundation will help soothe your skin and keep redness at bay so you have the perfect foundation on your Wedding Day.

  • Dr Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation £45 – a treatment foundation packed with vitamin C, airy light, giving you beautiful skin
  • Oxygenetix £38 – created in partnership with dermatologists this foundation is remarkably healing

 

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MATURE SKIN

You may feel your skin has lost its natural radiance and laughter lines seem much more pronounced. Hormonal changes can wreak havoc and you may have discolouration and pigmentation as well as an uneven skin tone.

It’s definitely worth investing in foundations with high performance, active ingredients that restore a youthful glow to the skin and have rejuvenating, added skincare benefits.

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation £29.50 – magic in a bottle for softening lines and blurring imperfections
  • Joan Collins £25 – skincare and makeup in one giving a light veil of soft coverage which is very buildable
  • Dior Skin Star Foundation £32 – active skincare and ultimate radiance in one for a beautiful youthful glow

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Test your foundation in natural daylight

It’s vital that you see what the foundation looks like on your skin in natural daylight. Especially f you’re in the middle of a department store at a makeup counter.  The lighting will not give a true reflection of how that foundation looks on your skin.

So don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Most cosmetics counter staff are very experienced and want you to find a perfect match.

So be bold and ask.

At the very least take a swatch of the product on your skin. Then step outside and have a close look with a mirror in daylight.

 

Match your foundation to your neck

Place some foundation along your jaw line and down your neck. It should blend seamlessly.

There should be NO tell-tale tide mark on your neck

Try a couple of shades alongside each other to compare which truly matches your skin perfectly.

Allow the foundation to settle on your skin for five or ten minutes. Some foundations have a tendency to change colour once on your skin, so give it time and check if it’s still a perfect match.

If this sounds like a lot of effort just remember, it will prevent you from risking looking the colour of an ‘oompa lumpa’ on your special day. And help you avoid making an expensive mistake.

 

Use a high performance primer

Primers are a godsend.

A great primer acts like a base coat smoothing out any imperfections. They help create a perfect canvass on which to apply your foundation, so you look flawless and  help your makeup last all day.

  • Cosmetics a la Carte Rose Dew £39

A wonderful cream primer that’s non greasy but leaves skin perfected – allow to settle on skin for five minutes before applying your foundation.

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance £29

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Created by the legendary makeup artist this primer is one of my personal favourites. It gives the skin an almost ethereal glow and makes your skin feel wonderful.

  • Becca Ever Matt Poreless Priming Perfector  £28

Instantly absorbs excess sebum on oilier skins, refines open pores making them almost invisible, lightweight on your skin but leaves it feeling velvet soft.

 

Apply in fine layers

On your wedding morning after you’ve cleansed and moisturized and prepared your skin with a great primer then you’re ready to apply your foundation.

The absolute key to a flawless look is to apply a little in a very fine layer and to blend it seamlessly into your skin.

You can apply your foundation using your fingers. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hand – your natural body heat will help warm the product and this helps enhance a smooth application.

Dot your foundation on your T zone first – the central part of your face -forehead, nose and chin. Apply lightly and sparingly with your finger tips.

 

And blend to perfection

Then begin to massage with gentle strokes blending to the outer planes of your face, almost as you would your moisturiser.

It should naturally disappear as you meet your jaw line.

Now take a soft synthetic brush and gently buff your foundation moving in soft circular motions, again from the centre of your face outwards, creating a flawless finish.

If you want more coverage, then apply a little more, sparingly to those areas where you feel you need it, blending with finger tips and then buff again with your brush.

Your skin will look soft, radiant and beautifully perfected.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

Most brides want to relax on their special day and know they simply don’t have to worry about their makeup because they are in the hands of a professional.

If you truly want your makeup to last till the very last dance on your wedding day then you need aa makeup artist to apply it for you. It truly is worth the investment and you will benefit from our expertise and high performance products.

So get in touch today and let us make you look and feel truly fabulous on your wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Gorgeous Bridal Glow with Airbrush Makeup

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Get your gorgeous bridal glow with the secret weapon of Hollywood ‘A-listers’ and professional makeup artists – airbrush makeup

It gives you flawless, radiant looking skin without ever looking heavy or ‘caked on’.

Instead of being applied with makeup brushes or sponges, airbrush makeup is sprayed onto your skin. Microscopic particles of makeup form a fine mist which gently covers the surface of your skin, giving you a perfect complexion.

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Coco Bella Bride uses global brand leader in airbrush makeup – Temptu -favoured by Hollywood ‘A-listers’ and pro makeup artists alike.

 

The application is so fine that airbrush makeup is used under Hollywood HD cameras (which show any flaw or imperfection, no matter how small) and creates a ‘soft-focus’ effect on your skin..

Airbrush makeup looks like a second skin and photographs beautifully, but feels super light as if you’re not wearing any makeup.

It is also a godsend for more mature skin as unlike traditional foundations it doesn’t settle in fines lines or open pores but instead creates a flawless, almost invisible smooth layer on the surface of your skin.

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Coco Bella Bride will custom blend the perfect Temptu Airbrush shade for you.

As well as being touch proof and kiss proof it’s also waterproof – so it’s going to stay put no matter what you get up to on your Wedding Day.

Just remember to blot those tears with a tissue rather than wiping or rubbing.

At Coco Bella Bride we use airbrush makeup global brand leader Temptu.

Temptu airbrush makeup has a sheer texture but it is also easy to build coverage with less product.  And unless your skin is especially oily, most skin types will not need to be set with powder after an airbrush makeup application.

It is important that you gently exfoliate and moisturise your skin regularly in the run up to your wedding day, as this is essential to create a great base for you airbrush makeup application.

But you can be confident you will have that beautiful bridal glow that will last all day with airbrush makeup.

Book your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial now at Coco Bella Bride

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Enjoy x

10 TOP TIPS: How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial

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10 Top Tips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial.

On your wedding day your hair and makeup are just as important as your dress. Get it wrong and it can ruin photographs you’ll have for a lifetime.

That’s why its essential to have a hair and makeup trial – otherwise you’re playing Russian roulette with the way you will look on the day.

10 Top Tips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Hair and Makeup Trial

1.Find your inspiration

Gather images of your favourite looks that inspire you. Find hairstyles you like and makeup colours you are drawn to. Then create a ‘mood board’ for your perfect style – Pintrest is perfect for this.

Visuals are a great guide for your Hair and Makeup stylist. They help you share your vision and your personal style. Just remember they are for inspiration. You are unique and you’re not trying to look like your favourite celebrity. Instead this is part of the collaboration between the bride and Coco Bella, to create the perfect look for you.

2 . Get great skincare advice

Don’t be afraid to share your skin care concerns with us. If you have a tendency to breakouts or an oily T-zone let us know. We can work with you to advise you on the perfect skincare regime. Working months in advance we can help you achieve glowing radiant skin so you look flawless on your wedding day.

3.Keep an open mind

Coco Bella are experts and will be able to create a look for your features that you may have never experienced before. It’s not about going crazy – you will still look like you – but just the best possible version of you. Be willing to trust and try something new.

4.Buy your dress first

The style and cut of your dress will have a huge impact on your makeup and especially the hair design you choose. Your hair and makeup need to complete your look in perfect harmony with your dress.

You will probably want to show off a wedding dress with a low back in which case an up-do would be perfect to showcase your dress. The style of your dress will also influence how formal or relaxed the hairstyle – whether you choose soft romantic curls, or modern textured braids or a timeless, classic chignon.

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Your wedding dress and choice of accessories and jewellery will influence your hairstyle on your special day

 

5. Choose your bridal hair accessories

Ideally you would have chosen your hair accessories before your trial. This is especially important if you choose to wear a veil as your hair style will need to incorporate your chosen veil.  Or you can also try some couture hair accessories with us at Coco Bella. This will allow you to try different looks to see what really suits you and works with your style and theme on your wedding day.

6. Don’t confuse ‘natural’ with ‘no makeup’

This is not an everyday look nor is it a evening look, it’s your wedding day. When a bride wants to look natural she wants to look like the best version of herself. So you need to avoid extremes- too little can be as bad as too much. Wear too little and sometimes you can ‘disappear’ when you put on your wedding dress. Your makeup should define your features and make you look radiant without ever overpowering you.

7. Fake it till you make it

If you dream of lustrous, long romantic curls on your wedding day but your hair is wispy fine, then there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help. Many brides choose to opt for discreet extensions to give them the longer, thicker hair they want for their special day.

At Coco Bella Bride we offer professional advice on the hair extension type that is perfect for you. We also fit and blend them naturally with your own hair, either for up to six months or temporarily just for your wedding day.

8. Be Selfish

This is your time. Ideally it should just be you and your hair and makeup stylist. Too many voices  can get confusing, especially if you have a very opinionated member in your bridal party. If you must have someone with you then have a trusted friend who ideally arrives towards the end of your personal time with Coco Bella. You want all the focus to be on you so you will be completely confident in your final look.

Wearing a veil like this one from the fabulous Halfpenny London will be a big factor in choosing your wedding hairstyle.

Wearing a veil like this one from the fabulous Halfpenny London will be a big factor in choosing your wedding hairstyle.

9. Get Flawless with Airbrush

Airbrush makeup is the secret weapon of film and television makeup artists, because it lasts all day and looks flawless on your skin. If  you choose the airbrush package with Coco Bella your makeup will stay in place all day. You can even sleep in it and it will remain almost intact until the next day.

10.Talk to us

The more you communicate the better the end result. Feedback is good! Don’t be afraid to say what you do and don’t like. We can always tweak things to change it to a look you are happy with. Our priority is to ensure you love how you look on your special day.

Book your Consultation & Trial now with Coco Bella Bride.

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