Whether you're well in the throes of wedding planning or have only just said yes, chances are, hair and make-up is on your mind. And rightly so, as there is so much to consider. Should you do it all yourself? Shall you get a facial before, and how far in advance? Just how is that up-do going to stay in place all day (and night!) long?
Much to consider. Whether you enlist the help of a professional or decide to DIY, find here the ultimate beauty products you need in your kit ahead of the big day. There comes recommendations from none other than the bridal beauty queen Bobbi Brown herself, as well as genius skin saviours from cosmetic doctor, Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe (because really, what do you do when a spot appears overnight?).
Here, every beauty product to see you through your big day and beyond. Keep them in your arsenal before the big day, slip one into your bridesmaid's handbags; these are the buys you won't want to be without.
Shop: The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Buys
SHOP: The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Buys
The Reception Refresh 'Multipurpose products prove their mettle at weddings,' says legendary make-up artist Bobbi Brown. 'Keep this stick to hand for lip and blush touch-ups during the day, saving yourself handbag space.'
The Trusty Glow-Giver'I always keep this to hand,' says Bridgerton's hair and make-up designer, Erika Okvist. 'Use the balm on the highest points of your face to give your skin a post-facial-style glow. Then press the highlighter in with your fingers across cheekbones, your brow arch, and along your collarbones to add lustre.'
The Flash-Proof SPF'Always apply sunscreen before reaching for your make-up,' says Hollywood aesthetician Shani Darden, who counts Jessica Alba and Emily Ratajkowski as clients. 'This one doubles as your moisturiser and doesn't leave a white cast, meaning there won't be any flashback in your photographs. It's my go-to before a big event.'
The SOS Spot Solution'Notice a blemish? Don't touch it!' says award-winning cosmetic doctor Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe. 'All of that poking and prodding is just going to make it more visible. Wear a spot patch like Star Face Hydro-Stars until it's time for make-up, to reduce inflammation, absorb any fluid and deter picking.'
The All-Day Hairspray'It's the best hairspray; I'd never use another,' says Luke Hersheson, who Victoria Beckham entrusts with her hair. 'A fine mist, it's not sticky and the more you use it the better your hair's texture becomes. On a day-long shoot I easily get through half a can.'
The Tear-Proof Concealer'The Skin Corrector Sticks brighten and colour correct any darkness under the eyes, or any facial redness - an essential if you're likely to shed a tear or two at the ceremony,' says Zara Findlay, pro make-up artist. 'Follow with the Skin Concealer Stick, which brings your skin back to its natural tone. Both are lightweight and buildable, so you can safely re-apply during the day without a cakey finish.'
The HD-Ready Hair Gloss''If you have Afro-textured hair, I suggest investing in a sheen spray' says celebrity hairdresser Lorraine Dublin. 'This will load your hair up with shine, which looks great in pictures. I love Africare's Silk Spray. It's oil-free and lightweight, and it seals up your hair's cuticles, which helps to prevent moisture loss.'
The No-Streaks Tan Saviour'Have this on standby, if only for peace of mind,' says fake tan pro James Harknett. 'Smooth it over any streaks that you want to even out. Leave on for five minutes, then shower with warm water. The vegan foam formula gently lifts colour and fades away mistakes.'
The Pre-Wedding Hair Prep''Dream Coat by Color Wow is a must,' says Dom Seeley, hair stylist to the likes of Kendall Jenner. 'Lightweight and shine boosting, when blow dried into your hair it blocks out any humidity, keeps your hair frizz-free and lending your style all-day longevity'.
The Double-Duty Hands Duo'Hands are in sharp focus at a wedding, whether you're holding a glass of Champagne at the reception or exchanging rings at the altar,' says pro nail artist Iram Shelton. 'Dior's Nail Serum and Byredo's Mojave Ghost Hand Cream, £31, are my go-to duo. They soak in immediately – no need to worry about greasy fingers leaving marks on your outfit – and they fit perfectly in small bags.'