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The Stylist wedding blog: last minute beauty prep

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With just two weeks to go, Stylist’s resident bride-to-be Natasha Tomalin shares some last minute beauty tips  

Hair and make-up trials

Having panicked about doing my own make-up on the day – an idea I was seriously considering after having a Mac make-up trial – I decided to ask make-up artist Julia Wren instead. She came highly recommended by my hairdresser Issey Hyde, who is  doing my hair for the wedding.

I had my hair and make-up trials together, something I strongly recommend so you can see the whole look. However, I had the trials about two months ago, which now I think was too far away - three weeks before is more like a perfect time. 

You should also have your dress by this point, so you could either take it with you or pop it on when you get home to make sure you are happy with the overall effect.

My make-up trial was really great. I took a couple of printouts of the kind of thing I wanted and Julia was brilliant at translating exactly what I had in mind. Even with a sudden break-out of stress spots I have all around my jawline (something I’ve never had a problem with before), I’m confident that with her skills I will still look fresh faced and spotless, literally.

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A last minute hair style change

My hair was a slightly different matter. I hadn’t made up my mind entirely on what I wanted, so Issey suggested we try three different styles.

I settled on one and was really pleased - until I came across another style on Pinterest last week and fell in love with it. Fearing it would be too late to have another trial, I luckily had a cut and colour appointment booked for next Monday and Issey was more than happy to try it then – the perks of having your hairdresser doing your wedding hair!

Perfume

This had been playing on my mind, as I wanted a fragrance that was different from my regular perfume, but something that would remind me of the day for years to come. My dilemma was how to choose that scent out of all the billions of perfumes in the world.

Well, it turns out that London department store Liberty can help. I went along to their store and met their fragrance expert Stuart. I told him the two fragrances I wear on a regular basis (Tom Ford, Noir for winter and Byredo, Gypsy Water for summer) and he asked what notes I liked in fragrances – tuberose/citrus/floral etc.

He then picked out about eight fragrances he thought I might like and I sniffed away. The process was great, Stuart is very talented and knowledgeable and I did indeed find my perfect fragrance with notes of orange blossom, rose and benzoin called La Route d'Emeraude by an old Parisian perfume house called Isabey.

The service is ideal if you’re confused and overwhelmed by the plethora of fragrances out there – anyone can walk in and ask for help from the fragrance experts.

You don’t need an appointment and it’s free of charge.

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The Liberty fragrance experience

Face regime

After the spot breakout and a bout of extreme dry skin, Stylist’s beauty director-at-large Joanna McGarry gave me the best bit of beauty advice I have ever received.

Cleanse tone and moisturise as normal in the morning, but in the evening use a hot cloth cleanser (I am currently using Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser) with big sweeping motions across the face. Then (the secret!) massage a skin oil (I am using Ila-Spa Face Oil for glowing radiance, but Aveda Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil is also very good) for a whopping four minutes, really massaging the oil into the skin.

It has genuinely been a revelation; you must do this – even if you’re not getting married, it will change your life.

And finally there’s all the other obvious beauty bits: have a facial two weeks ahead of your wedding, get a mani/pedi a couple of days before, have lots of baths, smother your hair in conditioner masks and moisturise your elbows.

By the end of all this, you should look so glowing and radiant that your guests might mistake you for an ethereal being.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please post your comments below, or on Twitter @stylistmagazine and @natashatomalin, using the hashtag #Stylistweddingblog

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