Planning SOS: Looking and feeling your big-day best

Bride having her nails painted We chatted to Claire Aunger of Kent Professional Makeup and Therapies about wedding planning and achieving your dream look.

We're engaged! Now what?
The most important thing is to enjoy it. With regards to make-up and beauty, it's key to find a make-up artist you feel comfortable with and who offers the style of make-up you're after. Check to see if they also offer packages such as the Bride to Be Package that we have. These include facials, manicures, pedicures and so on, to prepare you for your big day.
Make sure you go meet your make-up artist for a trial as well, usually four to six months before they day, but don't leave it that late to find an MUA as many get booked up years in advance.

What's the one question you most commonly get asked and how do you respond?
“Can you cover my blemishes/skin imperfections?” The answer is generally yes, however always remember: if you skin has raised bumps, such as pustules or milia (spots or whiteheads), the surface may still appear slightly raised. I love and highly recommend Airbase Airbrush Makeup for the majority of my brides as it's light weight yet builds great coverage.

How can we make our big day totally us?
It's important to speak with all of your suppliers ensuring you're completely happy with what they're offering. I always advise having some 'us time' built into your special day, so you can have some time alone to absorb everything. Having a couples massage the day before can also be a great way to start the countdown to W-day.

What's your top planning tip when it comes to big-day beauty?
Ensure that your start a facial routine six to 12 months ahead that's tailored to your specific skin requirements. Speak to your make-up artist or beauty therapist to see if they can recommend products for you. My brides are recommended Eve Taylor Skincare as it's professional yet affordable and gives great results.

Having a manicure and pedicure every four to six weeks will keep your skin and nails looking great and massages are a fab way to make you feel stress-free and relaxed.

Claire Aunger, Kent Professional Makeup and Therapies

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