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Wedding Abroad - Hair & Make Up

A couple of days in the sun will give you a beautiful natural glow for your wedding day, but sun and sea air can play havoc with skin and hair, not to mention the effects that all the hormones, excitement and nerves can bring!

So we've asked celebrity make up artist Lou Page for her advice on the best products and methods for a sunshine wedding.

And Champneys Spa Director Jo Parker shares her secrets for great looking skin from top to toe.

Great Wedding Day Skin

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* If you want to look truly radiant on your wedding day one answer is simple and free - water. Drink it in the days and weeks leading up to your departure and you will be amazed.

* Start any new regime a few weeks before your day to allow time to deal with any adverse effects and give the product a chance to do its job. Most anti ageing creams take a couple of months to start seeing effects. Serums and moisturisers can give a quicker boost though!

* A spray tan applied a day or two before you fly will provide a perfect all over colour for your day. But don't forget to slap on the sun cream the minute you step off the plane!

Jo's Tip for great skin

“Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate in the weeks before your wedding. For pro results apply a good salt or sugar scrub to dry skin before you shower, work all over the body in circular motions in an upwards direction. Rinse off in the shower then be brave and end with a blast of cool water.”

Avoid wedding skin disasters

* Use plenty of high factor sun tan lotion as soon as you arrive to ensure an even tan as well as protection. Many photographers tell tales of brides turning up sun burnt rather than sporting a golden glow.

* Go for a higher factor if you are heading out to long haul destinations during the British winter, when your skin has been covered up for a few months.

* And avoid strappy tops and halternecks in the days before if your wedding dress is strapless.

Wedding Day Essentials

* Don’t forget to apply sun cream on the morning of your wedding. It’s easy to forget, but a quick application first thing will prevent any burns or redness for the evening party and honeymoon. Look for a non greasy formula which won’t rub off on your dress or give you a shine.

* Keep that water habit up throughout your wedding and honeymoon to help with the extra alcohol you’re bound to be enjoying, as well as helping to keep your skin fresh and spot free.

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* Don’t assume you have to hire someone to apply your make up on the day. If you invest in some decent products and have a trial with a professional before you go, plenty of brides find it less stressful doing it for themselves on the day.

Brides Tip

“I asked my sister to do my wedding day make up. I trusted her and one of my loveliest memories is of me enjoying a glass of bubbly while she preened – all to the sound of the ocean – very special." (Hannah, 34, Cyprus wedding)

* Have a trial run in the UK before you go. Try something different – you might be surprised (or less tempted to do so on the day!).

* If you book a local make up artist abroad, meet her or him a day or two before your wedding to chat through your hopes. Take pictures too of the trial you had in the UK and/ or the kind of look you are wanting.

* Nominate someone to keep an eye on your make up throughout the day and have lippy and powder at the ready. Invest in a cool spray for a refreshing pick-me-up.

Lou's Tip for wedding lips

"Applying lip colour is one of the simplest of all make up steps. Benefit's 'Rush Hour' is the best shade to suit most complexions. It keeps the lips conditioned, hydrated and gives you a youthful soft sheen that will reflect the light all day and night."

Beautiful Wedding Day Hair

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* Sun, saltwater and chlorine can have some frustrating effects on hair so prepare for this before you fly and while you are away – especially if your hair is coloured or treated.

Jo's Tip for glossy hair

"Use a leave in hair conditioner through your hair before going out in the sun. Not only will it keep wispy ends smoothed back, it will also keep hair nourished, treated and protected while in and out of the water & sun."

Wedding Nails

A wedding abroad calls for extra special foot patrol. At some point of the day you will be barefoot, so treat yourself to some beautiful feet and nails.

Jo's Tip for perfect nails

"Take your hand and foot cream and file away with you. Sand and flip flops can dry out your feet and nails tend to grow really quickly on holiday. File and massage in the cream on a daily basis – before bed, to maintain a top to toe nourished smooth look."


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