Today we’re so pleased to bring you the first post from our guest blogger and make up artist, Ellie from The Beauty Aisle.

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Partying hard at Christmas and the cold weather can play havoc with your skin so the new year is the perfect time to start getting wedding ready. Ellie’s here with the perfect plan for the countdown to your big day. Over to you Ellie!

“Keeping up a good skincare routine is really important to make sure you have glowing skin on your wedding day, but there are a few other things to remember that will make planning your hair and make-up easier:

♥ As soon as you set the date

Start looking for inspiration. I’m not necessarily talking Monica from Friends style obsession at this point but just keep an eye-out for any inspiring hair and make up styles that you like. Pinterest is great for this!

♥ 12months to go
Start looking for a hair and/or make up artist. Professionals in this field get booked up early. The sooner you find someone whose style you like the better. Ask friends for recommendations and have a snoop in your chosen artists portfolio at the types of things they’ve done before.

♥ 6-8 weeks to go
Organise a hair and make up trial. This is an opportunity to play around and find a style that you’re happiest with. Bring along your inspirational images and don’t be afraid to express your likes/dislikes. Try out several looks to get your moneys worth and ask your make up artist about touch up’s, some will provide you with enough product for the day and some may supply you with lipstick for an additional cost.

♥ 3 weeks to go
Get your hair trimmed and coloured. I don’t usually advise going for any drastic changes, after all you still want to look like yourself on your wedding day.

♥ 3 days to go
Book yourself in for a wax and a spray tan if you fancy the bronzed look.

♥ 1 day to go
Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure. So often I deal with flustered brides asking their bridesmaids to polish their nails for them on the day. I would recommend going for a gel polish, as this will last throughout your honeymoon too.

♥ On the day
Relax! So many brides tell me how relaxing it is to have their make up done by someone else. The rest of the day will be a whirlwind of joy, so use this time to let someone else do the work and have a quiet glass of champagne. Last but not least put together a mini make-up kit bag with the three essentials, blotting paper, lip liner and lipstick and pop it into your bridesmaids bag”.

Thanks Ellie for the fab advice and watch out for part two later this month.

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