The Bridal Beauty
EMIRATES BRIDE WAS INVITED BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BEAUTIFULLY BOHEMIAN NUPTIALS OF KATIE AND NICK STONE, HELD IN THE CHARMING COUNTRYSIDE OF ENGLAND. WE QUIZ THE 29- YEAR- OLD BRIDE ON HER INTRICATE UP- DO, GLOWING SKIN AND HOW NOT TO HAVE A BREAKDOWN W
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org) – 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 bohomoon.com 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!
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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
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