Your West Midlands Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 89)

Q&A Fashion & Beauty Local experts offer advice on how to look your big-day best WHERE THE WIND BLOWS I’m worried about the weather ruining my hair at our December wedding. Do you have ideas or styles I should go for to ensure it looks great all day? This is a concern that lots of brides share. Unfortunately, the weather is one big factor that we can’t control, even for summer weddings. My immediate thought would be to opt for an up do. With this style, the hair will be pinned up in position and should stay in place even if it gets drizzled on. In terms of the type of up do, you have a couple of options. Either opt for a sleek classic bun, which would keep all your hair tucked away, or go for a messy boho-style up do, which, if it gets hit by the weather, can add to the texture of the style, particularly if your hair is naturally curly or wavy. Charlotte Lewis BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE I have an outdoor job, and my skin really suffers in the winter. How can I repair the ravages of the cold and wind in time for my spring wedding? The winter weather can be harsh on the skin, so the best thing to do is get yourself into a good skincare regime. This doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. The most important thing is to keep moisturised, as the cold weather can really dry your skin out. Keep a travel-size moisturiser with you at work, and if you feel your skin getting tight, then reapply it on your break. Cleanse your skin twice a day and use a serum afterwards, one with hyaluronic acid in it, to help keep your skin hydrated. Try to use a separate day and night moisturiser, as nighttime moisturisers are generally a little richer. Once or twice a week, use a scrub. This will help to remove any excess dry skin, keeping it smooth and ready for make-up application. Why not pamper yourself occasionally with a face mask? I personally love an overnight moisturising one, as you wake up feeling so fresh. Once you find a routine that works for you, stick with it! Don’t try anything different too close to your wedding day in case it doesn’t work for you. Emily Rogers BRIDAL BEAUTY I have dehydrated skin, and I’m worried my make-up will stick to the dry patches. What do you suggest? Dehydration, or what some people may refer to as make-up going ‘cakey’, is a skincare issue. No matter what make-up you put over the top of dehydrated skin, it will still look dehydrated. Think of an uneven surface. When you paint over the top of it, you’ll still be able to see the uneven surface underneath. However, if you paint over a smooth surface, the paint will go on flawlessly. The same goes for your skin! Correcting dehydrated skin is easier than you may think. Add a scrub to your skincare routine to buff away any pesky dead skin cells two to three times a week in the months leading up to your wedding. Cleanse twice a day with a cleansing balm, moisturise day and night, use an eye cream, a serum, and daily SPF (yes, even when it’s cloudy) will be a game changer to how make-up sits on your face. Lastly, make sure you increase your water intake. This will revitalise dull and dehydrated skin to create a smooth base, perfect for your wedding make-up. By working with your make-up artist and doing the above as homework, you will be able to create the perfect base for your wedding day that will last. Ruth Starkie 80