When I first started doing makeup for weddings, back in 2007, I’d be busy all summer long and almost wedding-free from October to March. But that’s certainly not the case now. Either I’m more in demand or more people are getting married in Winter because now I have weddings all year round.
I can understand why couples get married out of season. Venues are a huge part of the wedding budget and they’re often cheaper in Winter. Suppliers are more willing to offer deals and discounts in the months when they’re quietest. And let’s face it, you can’t guarantee the weather in the UK. Even in August you could end up with a washout wedding like this one.
So here’s a post for all you brave and canny Winter brides. I’ve pulled together my tried and tested favourite products to keep you looking lovely on your wedding day.
One of my all-time favourite nail colours and such a classic. Winter is the best season to wear rich, deep berry tones like this and Rouge Noir looks amazing against a white or ivory dress.
A pretty, rose-scented cheek stain that will keep your cheeks rosy all day and all night long (if the cold doesn’t). Blend into your foundation before powder and build up until you get the colour density you want. You can use it on your lips too, either on it’s own or with gloss over the top.
I’m a sucker for Jo Malone and for me this is the ultimate Winter fragrance. It’s warm and spicy but also deliciously fruity with rich notes of pomegranate, raspberry and pink pepper.
Winter can really take it’s toll on your skin and your lips tend to suffer the most. This is one of my favourite products for banishing those dry, flaky patches that emerge during cold weather. It’s a gentle conditioning exfoliator that you can use every day to keep your lips soft and smooth.
Another great remedy for dull skin, Copacabana is my favourite highlighter. Use it sparingly on your cheekbones, brow bone and cupid’s bow for radiant, healthy-looking skin.
If the lack of sunlight is leaving you feeling a little washed out, a good bronzer can give you heaps more confidence when donning that white dress. Don’t be tempted to head straight for the darkest colour – choose a shade that’s right for your skin tone.
Did you get married in Winter or are you planning to? Tell me about it below!