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FAQs and expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourlondon.wedding

Heaven Scent

Heaven Scent

Q I'm looking for the perfect perfume for my wedding day. Do you have any suggestions on where to start?
A Hollie Race says: When it comes to planning your special day, selecting your ideal wedding perfume will not only complete your outfit, it will also remind you of the big day for years to come. Scents are renowned for triggering memories, so what better way to remember your momentous and unforgettable occasion than through a new scent?

You can, of course, choose whichever fragrance you love. But I'd recommend trying a completely new discovery, something you've never worn before. This ensures it has no relation to any previous memory and means the new scent will always transport you back to the special day.

You'll also want a fragrance that will last throughout the day, so opt for an eau de parfum, which has a higher concentration of fragrance oil (around 25 per cent), which typically makes them stronger and longer lasting. Also, look for such notes as patchouli, white musk, sandalwood, tuberose, vetiver, and freesia as these linger on the skin for longer.

Check out Lancôme La Via Est Belle, Barbour Female, Carolina Herrera Good Girl Supreme, Jennifer Lopez Promise, Ghost Orb Of Night and Estée Lauder Beautiful – all great bridal fragrances. Alternatively, if you're struggling to find the perfect scent match, flirt before you buy with The Fragrance Shop scentaddict subscription and choose a new 8ml fragrance each month for £12. They're also perfect to carry with you on the big day.

Hollie Race, The Fragrance Shop

Hair and make-up

Hair and make-up

Q I'm planning on doing my own bridal hair and make-up, but I'm not great at it. Do you have any tips that could help me?
A Kat Sykes says: Having a lesson beforehand is a great way to build confidence. I love running these sessions with my brides. We'll work together to come up with a look that's manageable for you and will last all day. We'll look through your hair and make-up bag to get the best results with the products you already have, and I can also suggest some of my favourite tried and tested products too.

As well as giving you tips for achieving your desired look on the day, the prep in the run-up to your day is just as important. I'll also provide you with a personalised beauty routine to help your skin and hair to be at its absolute best and share my expert tips and tricks to leave you feeling confident in creating a beautiful bridal look.

If you're just feeling in a rut and would like to improve your skills my personalised classes can help with this too. I'll show you how you can use hair and make-up to flatter and enhance your natural features.

Kat Sykes, Kat Sykes Hair and Make-up Artist

Hair and make up

Hair and make up

Q How to inject seasonal brights into every element of your wedding…
A Alev Miller says: My ethos is natural make-up that's you but on a really good day so I really love it when my brides ask for something brighter and there are so many different ways to incorporate it into your look. You don't have to go bold or heavy, but a soft lilac eye, bright coral cheek or a glossy pink lip will instantly transport you into the realm of healthy wedding day glow. And who doesn't want that?

Hair accessories are also a very quick and easy way to inject some colour and there are so many options! Fresh or dried flowers, hair jewels just to name a few. Added as a side clip to waves or a pop of colour in a bun, the ways to style hair accessories are endless. With so many little details it's very easy to make sure your hair and make-up is as colourful and beautiful as you are.

Alev Miller, Flaming Bride

Red-carpet ready

Red-carpet ready

Q I'm not used to wearing much make-up but I want to look flawless on our big day, whilst still feeling like me. Help!
A Mathew Alexander says: For an effortless look it's important to choose a make-up artist who specialises in red carpet or event make-up rather than someone who specialises in bridal. A make-up artist with knowledge, experience and expertise in red carpet looks will know how to enhance your skin and features, without giving you a traditional bridal look. I'd always advise that you book a trial ahead of the big day to set your mind at ease. Ask for a look that'll give you enough coverage while enhancing radiance and creating definition of your face structure. A great professional will work like an alchemist, combining products to make formulas to achieve the best result.

Mathew Alexander, Mathew Alexander Hair and Make-up

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