Bridal beauty: how to have perfect hair and make-up all day

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Wedding season is in full swing, and whether you're the bride or attending as a guest, looking your best will be one priority on the day. From choosing a matte lipstick to not washing your hair on the day, read on for Hairtrade.com's top tips on how to keep your make-up, hair, and outfit intact for the whole day...

Don't forget the primer...

To keep your make-up intact for the full day, priming is a must. Use an all-over primer to keep your base looking fresh and apply some eye shadow primer before starting your eye make-up for minimal upkeep.

Use lip-liner or a matte lipstick...

Don't forget to use lip-liner before applying your lipstick to keep the colour strong for as long as possible. Choosing a matte lipstick over a high shine finish is also the key to long lasting lip colour, so you're not spending the day worrying about upkeep.

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Avoid washing your hair on the day...

Freshly washed hair doesn't keep its style as well as second day hair, so make use of some dry shampoo and avoid washing your hair on the day to ensure your hairstyle is long lasting.

Cut back on the conditioner...

Just like washing your hair on the day, using too much conditioner is a big no for long lasting hairstyles. Use less than usual to ensure your hair is in the best condition for styling.

Choose a simple hairstyle...

While it may be tempting to go for a fancy up-do or huge curls, keeping it simple with hair makes for less stressful upkeep. Avoiding hairstyles which rely too much on staying up is essential here if you'd prefer to be dancing rather than pinning your hair back into place by the evening.

Moisturise your skin before applying perfume...

To keep your perfume lasting all day, be sure to moisturise first. Perfume doesn't last as long on dry skin and spritzing immediately after allows the perfume to blend with the moisturiser. If you're still worried, invest in a small perfume bottle and decant your fragrance for easy top ups throughout the day.

Strapless dress? Go for one with rubber in the seam...

To avoid having to awkwardly adjust your strapless dress, search for one with a thin strip of rubber in the seam. This helps the dress stay up on its own and eliminates the need for tape or pins.

Choose shoes wisely...

If heels are your style, choosing a smaller height, slight platform, or wedge heel are all better choices for long lasting comfort. If you can't resist the highest heels on offer, keep an extra pair on standby to avoid shoeless dancing later on.

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