Wedding

5 Tips For Looking Flawless in Your Engagement Pictures

Being engaged comes with plenty of excitement, and one aspect plenty of brides-to-be look forward to is their engagement shoot.

Being engaged comes with plenty of excitement, and one aspect plenty of brides-to-be look forward to is their engagement shoot. And while you may have budgeted professional makeup for the day of your wedding (lucky you!), chances are you’re going rogue for your engagement photos. And that’s totally fine. These photos look best when they look like you. But in case you’re still a little unsure of things, here are five tips to keep in mind when it’s picture time:

    • Pick a primer. Not only will a primer completely even out your skin tone and work as a base for the rest of your makeup, but it will also keep your product from slipping down your face midshoot. Smooth it on before you apply your makeup.

    • Go for full coverage. Your engagement photos are not the place to bust out your favorite tinted moisturizer. A foundation with full coverage, will cover just about everything. And if you’re worried about cake face, never fear. Find a heavy foundations made with cameras in mind, and your photographer’s lens won’t be able to detect it.

    • Make sure you match. The worst thing you could do is not have a concealer that matches your skin tone. Go to the makeup counter and get matched so that your concealer will blend and not steal the spotlight away from you.

    • Be blushed and bronzed. These two products work together to make you look gorgeous, so leaving one out can make you look flat. Pick up a duo and start by sweeping the blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Then contour below the blush with the bronzer.

    • Don’t forget to whiten. Teeth whitening can be your best friend when it comes to these photos, especially if they’re in colour. An at-home treatment may seem pricey, but the result will pay off. You’ll have a set of gorgeous engagement photos . . . and a lovely smile to go along with it.

Runway Beauty

65 Backstage Moments to Inspire Your Bridal Beauty Look

If you’d prefer to ditch the traditional bridal hair and makeup beauty looks for something a little more fashion forward, you only need to look backstage at the most recent New York fashion week to find your inspiration.
65 Backstage Moments to Inspire Your Bridal Beauty Look

If you’d prefer to ditch the traditional bridal hair and makeup beauty looks for something a little more fashion forward, you only need to look backstage at the most recent New York fashion week to find your inspiration. From white nails to fishtail braids, shiny skin and metallic eyes — click through to see our favourite bridal-ready moments.

skincare

Why Light Therapy is the Answer to Perfect Skin

The first 30 seconds of session one were a bit of a shock.
The first 30 seconds of session one were a bit of a shock. The warm, sunset light is very bright, so much so that the therapist gently tapped my shoulder and told me to “get ready for the light”. I was wearing small goggles to protect my eyes, but because the light was so intense initially, my instincts kicked-in and I squeezed them shut. But in another moment when my body surprised me with what it can tolerate, I soon fell asleep. Continue reading after the break.
Hair

Kate Middleton Parties in a Tiara, and You Can, Too

Jennifer Behr has dazzled us with her oh-so-pretty 2013 Fall collection — Swarovski encrusted-crystal halos, Grecian gold-leaf head pieces and netted face veils are among some of the delicate styles seen in her lookbook.
Kate Middleton Parties in a Tiara, and You Can, Too

Jennifer Behr has dazzled us with her oh-so-pretty 2013 Fall collection — Swarovski encrusted-crystal halos, Grecian gold-leaf head pieces and netted face veils are among some of the delicate styles seen in her lookbook. Elle Fanning wore a Jennifer Behr Delicate Vine Circlet headress at the GLAAD Media Awards this year, and just recently, Kate Middleton was spotted in a tiara that reminds us of one of Behr’s headband designs. You don’t have to be royalty to don one of these swoon-worthy accessories that also look amazing on your holiday shopping (or wish!) list.

eyeliner

The Beauty Trick That Will Make Your Eyes Pop on Your Wedding Day

Yes, really. White, nude and peach and light pink eyeliner are all colours that make up the secret product arsenal you need on your wedding day to take your bridal beauty look to the next level.
The Beauty Trick That Will Make Your Eyes Pop on Your Wedding Day

Yes, really. White, nude and peach and light pink eyeliner are all colours that make up the secret product arsenal you need on your wedding day to take your bridal beauty look to the next level. By tracing the bottom waterline with one of these fleshy eyeliner colours, your eyes will instantly look wider and brighter. Ask any makeup artist — it’s the oldest trick in the book. Shop our favourites, there’s one for every budget.

bridal beauty

The Ultimate Inspiration Guide For Bridal Hair — Over 190 Ideas!

Of all the many decisions you have to make about your nuptials, your hairstyle will be simple once you explore these numerous styling options.
The Ultimate Inspiration Guide For Bridal Hair — Over 190 Ideas!

Of all the many decisions you have to make about your nuptials, your hairstyle will be simple once you explore these numerous styling options. From the runways to the red carpet, we’ve rounded up our favourite wedding-ready looks. Whether you plan to wear flowers or a veil and regardless of “up” or “down,” there’s a style here for you. Jump to:

Weddings

10 Tips to Glowing Skin on Your Wedding Day

Bridal beauty is all about the glow.
10 Tips to Glowing Skin on Your Wedding Day

Bridal beauty is all about the glow. You want that luminosity without the shine, and you want it to look like it came from within. While detoxing a month or so out from your big day will help clear your pores and reduce dark circles under the eyes, there’s more than a few products that will have you looking so fresh-faced and bright-eyed — everyone will be commenting! But these illuminators aren’t just for your face. Think shoulders, collarbones, down the back of your arms. . . to say you’ll look slimmer is an understatement. Ready for 10 tips alongside 10 of our favourites?

Braids

From the Runway, a Braided Chignon You Can Do Yourself

For the perfect romantic up ‘do, look no further than Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 bridal collection.
For the perfect romantic up ‘do, look no further than Monique Lhuillier‘s Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided up ‘dos the models wore. “We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing up ‘dos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood,” Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. “The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or centre, with minimal volume on top.” Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
Hair

10 Hair Embellishments For Every Style of Bride

Accessorising your wedding look doesn’t have to stop at jewellery.
10 Hair Embellishments For Every Style of Bride

Accessorising your wedding look doesn’t have to stop at jewellery. Whether you’re a headband or hair clip type of bride, a subtle detail in your hair can be all the embellishment you need to make your overall look truly shine. We’ve rounded up the 10 best hair accessories — from modern studs to romantic combs — to suit every bride. Click through and shine on.