The Bridal Beauty


Emirates Bride - - BEAUTY/PROFILE - Com­piled by Rachel Bassett

De­scribe your bridal style: Bo­hemian, ethereal and re­laxed. Who did your hair and make- up? Both my hair and make- up was done by Some­thing Blue Hair and Make- up ( – a Lon­don based com­pany who came to my res­cue as they took my book­ing only three weeks be­fore my wed­ding – due to my ini­tial book­ing be­ing can­celled. Did you have a trial with them and did they un­der­stand your style? Luck­ily, I was able to have a trial when I ar­rived in the UK from Dubai, just two weeks be­fore the big day. I im­me­di­ately knew that be­ing let down was a bless­ing in dis­guise. I showed Kerry ( hair) and Lucinda ( make- up) my Pin­ter­est board and they got to work cre­at­ing a few dif­fer­ent styles un­til we even­tu­ally ar­rived at a look that I ab­so­lutely adored. Did you fine- tune your pam­per­ing in the weeks be­fore the wed­ding? Yes, I swear by the Ba­bor Ski­no­vage Pu­ri­fy­ing fa­cial at The Cure ( Dhs500). I had the treat­ment reg­u­larly in the months be­fore the wed­ding and it left me with clear and glowing skin for the big day. In be­tween fa­cials I also used ThirstyMud by GLAMGLOW for ex­tra hy­dra­tion, I dry body brushed daily and used Ro­dial’s Arm Sculpt to help tone my arms. The Dubai sun had made my hair very dry so I used a hy­drat­ing hair mask once a week to get the shine back.

What was your skin­care prep be­fore make- up? The night be­fore I used a light ex­fo­lia­tor to re­move any dead or dry skin, fol­lowed by my usual Ae­sop cleanser and toner and Grown Al­chemist’s Re­gen­er­at­ing Night Cream which pen­e­trates overnight. I didn’t want to risk my skin re­act­ing to any­thing new so kept to my usual rou­tine. In the morn­ing I used my oil- free mois­tur­izer by Dr Den­nis Gross, it hy­drates my com­plex­ion with­out be­ing too greasy. What look did you want to achieve? I’m al­ways in a rush or run­ning late so I tend not to wear much make- up dur­ing the week and wanted to keep my nat­u­ral look. Lots of peo­ple sug­gested I went a bit heav­ier so the make- up would show in pho­tos. I trusted Lucinda to achieve a good bal­ance be­tween the two.

Were you happy with the fi­nal re­sult of you bridal make- up? I was so happy with my make- up on the day, Lucinda cre­ated ex­actly what I’d asked for. Whilst I had more prod­uct on than usual it didn't feel caked on or heavy and I still felt like my­self... Just a lit­tle more spe­cial! Lucinda in­tro­duced me to M. A. C Min­er­al­ize Blush and now I’m com­pletely ad­dicted to the rosy glow, and the way it high­lights my cheek­bones. I made sure to pick one up at the air­port the next day on our way to our honey­moon to South Africa. Who did you get ready with? My five bridesmaids, my mum and a good friend, Tal­isa, who had flown from Aus­tralia for the wed­ding. It was pretty re­laxed and chilled un­til my two nieces ar­rived – that’s when the chaos be­gan. Did the bridesmaids have their make- up done too? All of the bridesmaids had their make- up done and on the whole, were re­ally pleased with it. I re­mem­ber one ask­ing for a lit­tle more def­i­ni­tion on her brows, as that was her usual style.

What in­spired your trans­fer tat­toos? I was at the bridal shop hav­ing al­ter­ations when the dress fit­ter asked for my shoes. I hadn't in­tended on wear­ing any and wanted to get bare­foot san­dals made from a sim­i­lar fabric to my dress. Af­ter a lot of con­vinc­ing I re­alised that I needed to wear shoes, but still wanted pretty feet. The dress fit­ter told me about white henna and it was the per­fect com­pli­ment to my style. As it was such short no­tice I couldn't book any­one to paint henna but I found these gor­geous white henna- style trans­fer tat­toos on­line at bo­ho­ in­stead. They were su­per easy to ap­ply and I ab­so­lutely loved them. Tell us about your hair piece. The florist cre­ated our head­pieces us­ing the same flow­ers as the bou­quets. The hair stylist placed them on to our hair be­fore the ceremony but they weren't se­cured as I wanted, to make sure they could be re­moved eas­ily with­out mess­ing up our hair. I’ve al­ways loved how del­i­cate flo­ral crowns look but wor­ried about how long they would last. Ev­ery sin­gle one lasted the en­tire night! Did your up- do stay in place for the day? By the end of the night – af­ter lots of danc­ing – a few strands were def­i­nitely out of place, but I didn’t want it to look too ‘ done’ any­way. Hair­spray helped it stay put for most of the day and Kerry cov­ered up any greys with a root con­cealer. What wor­ried you the most about your beauty look on the day? I was wor­ried that my make- up wouldn’t last and that I wouldn’t have all of the prod­ucts with me for touchups. But on the day I was sim­ply hav­ing the best time that I didn’t worry once. The only thing I did use was blot­ting pa­per to keep shine at bay, and a dab of lip­gloss. How long did it take to achieve your com­pleted look? About an hour and a half and then some touch- ups just be­fore the ser­vice. What events were on the night be­fore and the day af­ter your wed­ding – how did your

make- up look dif­fer on these days? The day be­fore the wed­ding we were pre­par­ing the venue with our fam­ily. There was so much to do that I didn’t even think about my make- up. The morn­ing af­ter the wed­ding we flew to

South Africa and I wanted to be bare- faced for the flight, but I did find five min­utes for a few coats of mas­cara to open up my eyes af­ter the full

on cel­e­bra­tions! Why did you chose to get mar­ried in Read­ing? When we saw the Se­cret Walled Gar­den on the Was­ing Es­tate we just knew it was the place for us. We both wanted a tipi tent, an out­door ser­vice and camp­ing for our guests af­ter­wards – this venue had it all and more. Where were your dress, shoes, jew­ellery and

ac­ces­sories from? My dress was from a small bou­tique in the UK and de­signed by Wat­ters. I re­alised a week be­fore the wed­ding that I still didn’t have any shoes so I ran to Aldo and found a flat pair of gold san­dals – I’m not great in heels! I wanted my jew­ellery to be min­i­mal but I adore how del­i­cate hand jew­ellery is, so I brought a pearl midi ring from a pop- up shop in Lon­don and found a pair of pearl ear­rings from Monili ( 04 3407537) in the Gold and Diamond Park. I of­ten wear hand chains so I or­dered a sil­ver one from ASOS, but then the morn­ing of the wed­ding my bridesmaids gave me a gift from Nick, which was a beau­ti­ful diamond hand chain that com­ple­mented all of my other ac­ces­sories per­fectly. The ASOS one didn’t make the cut af­ter that!

Fa­cial Cleanser Dhs200 An­tiox­i­dant Fa­cial To n e r D h s 2 2 0 both Ae­sop

Re­gen­er­at­ing Night Cream Dhs475 Grown Al­chemist

Hyaluronic Mois­ture Cush­ion Dhs200 Dr Den­nis Gross Skin­care at N e t a p o r t e r. c o m

M as caraDhs 130 By Terry at Far­

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