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Some days, time just isn’t on your side. You’ve snoozed the alarm one too many times, or accidentally spent too long in the shower, maybe you got enthralled in a new blog post, or you decided that you completely HATE your favourite skirt today, and to make things worse your husband is telling you to hurry up every 5 minutes (which they should know, only makes us go slower!) OR you have kids.

Whatever the reason, you find yourself with 5 minutes or less to make your face look half decent. So you need to prioritise. You need products that work well, are easily applied and that make you FEEL GREAT!

Start with concealer, ideally a creamy one like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Dab this lightly under your eyes, working along the lash line, using your fingers (this will warm the product as you work so that it spreads quicker and easier).

Next even out skin tone with a foundation or tinted moisturiser. Choose something lightweight, as they are usually easier to blend. If you can use your fingers to apply it too that’s even better. That brush is never at hand when your in a rush. Apply to your T-Zone and blend outwards towards the edges of your face. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is great for this, as it can be used for concealer too. BAM! Base done in 1 minute!

Now add some colour. Bronzer or blush. If you’re a bronzer girl like me, then you wont feel right without it so best to skip blush, just add a little more bronzer to your cheeks instead. Or if you can’t live without blush, add a touch of a soft colour high on your cheekbones and blend well. Remember, keep it light. It takes a LONG time to remove Bridget Jones style blush, and you’ll take your base with it too, and end up leaving the house more stressed than when you started.

The next step requires a choice, make it quickly because we are two minutes in and you don’t have any trousers on yet. The choice is this, eyes or lips. Personally I choose lips every time. Lipstick is the fastest and easiest way to make you look pulled together. I would go for something bright and creamy, like MAC Lady Danger, or Chatterbox.

But if you look like Dame Edna in lipstick then go for eyes, just keep it simple. One shade all over and liner. I am in love with Laura Mercier cream stick eye colour at the moment and Rose Gold is a gorgeous shade, light and shimmery, super quick to apply, and lasts all day too, bonus! Add a pencil liner along your top lash line and smudge the line that meets the shadow. This makes a soft smoky eye liner that doesn’t need to be perfect. Perfect!

Whether you choose eyes or lips to focus on, make sure you add a little definition to your brows, and a lick of mascara and you’re good to go. 4 minutes flat and you’re out the door. Just don’t forget to put your trousers on!

 

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I absolutely LOVE summer! I am THAT person that you always see sporting bare legs slightly too early, and I will be caught out without a jacket, and/or umbrella countless times – I’ll never learn. I always have such faith in the British summer, as soon as we hit May I expect big things. I want to be able wear sandals every day, with brightly coloured toes, I want to breeze around in shirt dresses for work with instantly tanned legs, and wear just a hint of tinted moisturiser and a bright lip on skin that will somehow become beautifully sunkissed overnight.

But as we know it more often than not lets us down and we end up digging the chunky knit out and miserably putting the converse back on at least a couple of times.

BUT, if you’re lucky enough, with the summer months usually comes a summer holiday! YES! Guaranteed sun for at least a week (or if not, the wrath of a woman deprived of her rightful sun allowance for the year)

This means one thing, which products to cram into a bag small enough to allow you to take that fifth pair of shoes, but big enough to ensure beauty, radiance and effortlessness! Easy….

 

1. Hair

One hour in the sun and you’d think I’d been stranded in the sahara for a week. Dry does not even come close! As much as I’d love to be one of those girls on the beach with bouncy sunkissed waves, I am always far from it. Tied up in a top knot with a headscarf and conditioning treatment on is my only chance of having manageble locks at night. My saviours are…

–  Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner and the 3 Minute Miracle. Cheap and cheerful, hydrating to the max and not too rich to use everyday on holiday. Oh and they smell delicious!

– Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil – an absolute lifesaver. Use pre shampoo, post shampoo, morning and evening or whenever the urge strikes.

2. Skin

Along with miniatures of my usual routine, I always make sure I have a face oil packed. My oily skin instantly gets dehydrated in the sun, and using an oil is a great way to pack moisture into the skin without overloading it with a heavy cream, especially when you are reapplying sun protection frequently. My favourite is Clarins Blue Orchid balancing oil.

I like to take a mask with me too, usually a deep cleansing one to clear the pores of any build up. I love Origins Clear Improvement which the clever people at origins have launched in handy travel sized pods- perfect for holidays!

I also cant be without Elisabeth Arden 8 hour cream for lips, sunburn, heat rash – anything basically!

3. Make-up

I’m all for minimal holiday make-up. There’s nothing better than a five minute summer bronze look that will make the most of your holiday glow and make sure you hit the happy hour strawberry daiquiris on time. My top products are – Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in beige, for eyes and cheeks this instantly creates that just off the beach look, add a pop of the creamy matte lipstick in Jenna and you are good to go!

I’ve just come back from a gloriously sunny break in Cyprus and I chose OPI next stop bikini zone for my nails, which I loved. Not my usual bright coral, but a gorgeous shimmery lilac, that looked great against a tan. My Aztec print bikini was from Accesorize, and my sunglasses were a steal from Dorothy Perkins.

Happy holidays everyone!

Me and Tilly, cyprus

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I was recently part of a wonderful wedding at The Andaz Hotel in London for the wedding of Jackie and Lindsay. It was a real privilege for me to be asked to such an amazing venue by such a special couple.

Despite not having a trial due to the distance, Lindsay was really relaxed and we went through the look we had discussed over the phone. Being a minimal make-up wearer I kept Lindsay’s base really light, letting her lovely freckles show through. Although she didn’t need much help with the glow, as she was beaming from ear to ear all morning, I used  a sheer pink blush and highlighter on her cheeks, and I was really pleased she decided to embrace a black eyeliner, because it really made her blue eyes pop!

I’d just like to thank Lindsay and Jackie for asking me to be a small part of your special day, and I wish you a lifetime of fun and happiness together.

 

(The amazing photography below is by Alex Beckett, Iain Gomes and Will Steadman of Alex Beckett Photography, see more fantastic photos here www.alexbeckett.co.uk/adventures)

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I was recently asked to provide tips on the perfect wedding make-up for a typical English Rose complexion, for handmade jewellery specialists Bently Jewellry, and their blog about all things weddings.

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To really do the beautiful English rose complexion justice on your wedding day I would keep your make-up light, fresh and pretty.

Start with primers, I can’t stress enough how important it is to prime your skin before you apply your make-up. A good primer, something like Smashbox photo finish, will eliminate any excess oil in the skin and plump any fine lines to give you a perfect smooth canvas for make-up, as well as keeping everything in place throughout that long summers day!

Apply an eye primer at this point too, that way it will have dried by the time you come to apply your eye make-up.

Next, hydrate under eyes with a lightweight eye cream, before applying concealer. This is particularly important with fair skin. I swear by the Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer combo to hide any dark circles and brighten your peepers. The products work together to immediately lift and open your eyes, you’ll look like you’ve had a full 8 hours sleep. Even if you’ve woken up every hour thinking about that wretched table plan!

Even out your skin tone with foundation, something nice and lightweight that will enhance, not hide that lovely porcelain skin tone. Bobbi Brown skin foundation is great. It just feels like your own skin, but does the job of hiding any redness and unevenness. It comes in a great range of colours and the artists on counter will help you find your perfect match. They also do a handy handbag sized touch up stick in every colour to help with any pesky blemishes and to keep with you on the day.

Set the base with a lightweight powder, just down the center following the t-zone. Urban Decay Naked Skin Finishing Powder does the trick and gives a stunning soft focus effect.

Now, colour. When it comes to fair skin I like to skip bronzer which can make you look dull or just plain orange, and use two blushers instead. One lighter colour swept from the apples of your cheeks to your temple, and one brighter colour just on the apples. This technique creates the right balance of colour, enough so that you don’t look washed out in photos, but not too much face to face. Try Nars Sex Appeal and Gaiety.

Be sure to add definition to your eye brows. Use light strokes with a firm short brush and a matte eye shadow colour that matches your hair and brows, or somewhere in between.

You’ve already primed your eyes so you’re ready to hit the shadow. Apply a white or ivory matte base all over, from lash to brow.

I would choose a natural mid colour for the lid such as MAC Naked and blend a slightly lighter colour into the crease, like MAC Shroom. Blend well and add more of your base colour on the brow bone.

To achieve a perfectly defined look use Bobbi brown black gel eyeliner to draw a medium thickness line along the lash line. Making sure its thinner on the inside and slightly thicker to the outer edge.

If you like a bit of glitz, add Bobbi Brown silver moon eye shadow over your lids, this instantly makes your eyes sparkle.

Apply two to three coats of waterproof mascara to the top lashes and one to two to the bottom lashes. Lancome hypnose waterproof will withstand any happy tears.

Choose a lip colour that is one shade brighter than your natural lip. Topshop do a great range of colours and textures.  And I also love YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte. To gloss or not to gloss is entirely up to you (and your husband to be, probably).

Your make up will stay put all day, through the summer sun, the tears, and the dancing. Make time if you can for a couple of touch ups, keep a kit with you with blotting papers, touch up stick, powder, the brighter blush, and your lipstick. But that’s all you will need, and if you’re anything like I was on my wedding day, you’ll be too busy enjoying every moment to worry about how your make-up looks. And besides you’ll be wearing the most beautiful make up product of all. Happiness.

Anna Horton

If I have done your wedding make-up, and you loved it, please vote for me in The North of England Wedding Awards.

 

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I hear the words ” I want to look natural” constantly. And why wouldn’t you want to look natural on your wedding day? If you wear minimal make-up every day,  the thought of being caked in make-up on a day where you want to feel at your most beautiful can be daunting and just down right scary!

I hear so many myths that you MUST wear foundation and you MUST wear lipstick.

Personally I believe that you MUST feel comfortable and you MUST  look like yourself.

The only rules for your wedding make-up are as follows;

You do want your make-up to last, so primers are essential.

You do need a little colour so that you don’t look washed out in photographs.

And you need a little definition, through brows, eyes and lips.

But thats about it! So if you feel perfect in your tinted moisturiser or wonderful without eyeliner. Thats you, let your inner beauty shine through and be yourself, thats what matters.

Here are some photographs of a recent perfectly natural bride, Rebecca from Oxford. Who Im sure you will agree looks absolutely beautiful, in her own marvellously minimal way!

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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Kellie, the owner of Wedding Belles of Otley. I got to peek inside her beautiful boutique, full of stunning couture wedding dresses that had me itching to get married all over again! My favourite? This breathtaking Tia by Benjamin Roberts gown, below.

Wedding belles of Otley have been finalists in the Wedding Ideas magazine awards as one of the country’s top 5 best bridal boutiques for the last three years, and I can see why.

If its friendly, honest advice that you want in a relaxed luxurious environment then go and meet Kellie and her team, I’m sure you wont be dissapointed.

 

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I am very proud to announce that I am the recommended make-up artist for Grays Court York.

This beautiful wedding venue is hidden away in a little corner of York, just near the Minster. From the moment you walk into the cobbled courtyard this picturesque hotel steals your heart. It’s the only venue in the city centre licensed for outdoor ceremonies. So pick a perfect day and say your vows inside its pretty walled gardens, or play it safe and don’t be any less amazed with one of the striking, historical rooms. It really is a perfect romantic venue, and I’m honored to play a part in making weddings here truly special.

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