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FAQs and expert advice about hair & beauty

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournortheast.wedding

Looking your best

Looking your best

Q I don't wear a lot of make-up normally. How do I create a perfect big-day look while still feeling like me?
A Michelle Brooks says: Make-up is very personal to each client, and I always work with brides to create a look they're comfortable wearing. You don't have to wear a lot of make-up on your wedding day, remember that the products are there to enhance your features and not overtake them.

When I meet my customers, I always do a thorough consultation to understand what they're looking for. There are so many different brands of make-up available, and the key is to try a few until you find one you like – this also applies to finding the right look at your make-up trial. Your make-up artist should help you find a look that will be true to who you are, in keeping with your overall look – don't be afraid to stick with products you would typically use. It's also important to remember that make-up shows up differently on camera than it does to the naked eye, and an experienced company will know how to strike a balance between the two.

Michelle Brooks, Make-up my Wedding by Michelle

Tears of joy

Tears of joy

Q I'm going to be emotional on our special day and I'm worried about my eye make-up. How can I ensure it won't budge throughout the day?
A Néveen Hudspith says: Many moments can bring on happy tears, including the big dress reveal after getting ready. These moments can often leave you worrying about your eye make-up and how to keep everything in place. There are a few steps you or the make-up artist can take to ensure the longevity of the products throughout the day.

Prepare your base with a good primer; you can get ones specifically for your eyes to help keep your eyeshadow in place. Make sure to use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara as well.

Once the look is complete, apply a good setting spray to prevent any fading or smudging.

If your make-up artist has applied strip lashes, make sure to carry lash glue in your bag. Although it is unlikely you'll need to use it, it's good to have the item if you need to stick any part of the lash back down.

Use a tissue just above your bottom lash line to absorb watery eyes and never rub – apply this technique on your face as well to keep your make-up in place.

Néveen Hudspith, Makeup by Néveen

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