Eyelash extensions : should you have them done for your wedding day?

 Until recently, your options for thickening and lengthening your lashes were limited to mascara with thickening fibres, or glue-on strip lashes and individual and small clusters of lashes. These are all quite effective and take only minutes to apply but they only last a day or until you gently pull them off your lash line.



Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are a relatively new beauty treatment. They take between 1 and 2 hours to apply and last from 2 to 4 weeks.

Many brides have asked me whether they are a good idea to have done just before their wedding, as they would last for the honeymoon too - and who wouldn't want to wake up with gorgeous lashes and no mascara smudges every morning?

The only way for me to answer the questions truthfully was to test them for myself.

My appointment was with Elizabeth, of Beauty Angel, in Portslade, Hove. Elizabeth is an experienced and highly qualified beauty therapist and I had been recommended to her by another one of her clients for lash extensions.

My first appointment included a consultation. Elizabeth asked me what result I was hoping for and asked about any previous allergies and skin sensitivities. I told her that I had seen some pretty awful-looking extensions before and wanted a relatively natural look. Liz explained that I would suit the short to medium length lashes for a natural look. Also, she would give me a little brush to comb through the lashes each morning, keeping them neat!

I lay down on the therapy couch and ELizabeth kept my skin protected from the eyelash glue with some sticky eye pads. The next 1 Hour and 20 minutes was spent relaxing with my eyes shut - I very nearly fell asleep! Liz applied the 'mink' lashes one-by-one to my own lashes, applying an assortment of lengths to keep them looking more realistic.

 

Liz gave me these aftercare tips:
Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups
Avoid saunas
Don't wear waterproof mascara as it is more difficult to remove and you could end up rubbing your eyes.
Avoid oil-based eye make-up removers.

I took a couple of days to get used to the lashes, as you would a new hairstyle. I went back to have the lashes 'refilled' after 3 weeks. This time it took an hour and I felt that my lashes looked even better.

I intended to try the lashes for 6 weeks, but I'm afraid that I've become addicted to them! I never have mascara smudges under my eyes, even on a hot day and my make-up takes much less time to apply as I don't feel that I need mascara or even eyeliner for daytime any more.

For brides I would recommend that you try the lashes at least 3 weeks before the wedding, in case of any reaction (very unusual) or just to get used to them. Then have a refill a couple of days before your wedding.

And enjoy....

Lashes by Elizabeth Dineen, IHBC City and Guilds, 07780 612906
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I've been published!

I recently wrote an Article for the ABC magazine. I thought that it might be fun to write about older brides, or brides who have already had children before their wedding. The expectations of their wedding guests of how they should dress and how the ceremony should be held!






 
 


 


It was fun to write and I will be writing another article soon!
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Bridal skin and hair prep

Your wedding may be months away, but did you know that it's never too early to start preparing your skin and hair for the Big Day?

FACE
I am often asked if a facial the week before a wedding is a good idea for clear skin and a healthy glowing complexion. I'm afraid that's a big 'no'! Harriet Al Saed, beauty therapist at Beauty at the Salon, Hove, says, "It is worth having a full skin analysis at least 3 months prior to your wedding. This will allow enough time to address any skin issues you may have before your big day and to establish a good home skincare routine. Have a couple of facials eading up to your wedding so that the therapist can see how your skin responds to the treatment and to make sure that the products used agree with you."

Naturally, drinking water regularly is your skin's best friend, for the best radiance and glow. Speaking as a make-up artist, the better prepared  your skin is in advance, the less make-up you need on your Big Day. I will only need to enhance your features - your skin will have a natural dewy look.

LIPS
Your lips will also look their best with some preparation. Use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent cracks and sun damage. Exfoliate them once a week for  kissable smoothness. Use a product like Clinque All About Lips or Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub, or simply use a clean toothbrush and warm water, rubbing gently back and forth over your lips.

BODY
If you will be getting married in the summer time, ensure that you use enough sun lotion in the months beforehand, to avoid odd tan lines that don't match your dress shape. Remember to keep your heels soft with regular pumicing and applying foot cream generously at night.

 
HAIR
Your hair will thank you for eating lots of vitamins A (dark vegetables,carrots, meat) B( Fish, eggs nuts and  E(Spinach, tomatoes, beans, nuts) in the months before your Big Day. They all help to develop healthy hair from the inside.

But what can you do to maintain those lovely locks to keep them strong and shiny?

Firstly, minimise the heat damage to your hair: allow your hair to dry naturally (or even just finish with a hairdryer after mostly drying naturally), use your strighteners and tongs sparingly and use styling products and conditioners with SPF and heat protection ingredients.

Regular deep conditioning treatments will make a real difference to the glossiness and manageability of your mane, try L'Oreal Professional Expert Serie- Pro-Keratin Refill Correcting Care Masque, Wella System Professional Perfect Hair Finishing Care, Kerastase Masque Oleo or try some home made hair asks like avocado and mayo or congnac and egg(google it!).

No matter how much moisture a treatment adds to your hair, it can never repair split ends, so have regular trims for optimum smoothness and healthy-looking hair.

So there you have it, a little planning and preparation goes a long way to helping you to be that bride with the glowing skin and glossy hair!

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First tweet!

I have finally joined the twitter mob and sent my first tweet!

Twitter is a great way for me to stay current with new make-up and hair products, stay in touch with other make-up artists and also local wedding suppliers.

@FranCarterHair

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Glyndebourne 2013 Festival

It's lovely to be back doing a little work at my favourite place to work in the Sussex countryside, Glyndebourne Opera house. This year I'm working on Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (that's the Marriage of Figaro) and Britten's Billy Budd in August.
Some of the Figaro chorus. photo: Robert workman

Did you know that you can get £30 Glyndebourne tickets if you are under 30 years old? Take a look...
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The Famous Spielgeltent launch party 'vintage' hair and make-up

The Spiegeltent has at last returned to the Brighton Fringe, after 7 long years. I was lucky enough to be asked to do a few hairstyles and make-ups for the launch party at The Mesmerist.

The lovely Gemma Lambert, Jen from Lilly Lewis Millinery and Gabriela Tavani(All my hairand make-ups)

Jen and Boo from the Spielgeltent

Comedian Scotty the Blue Bunny takes centre stage!

Comedian/magician Paul Zenon, a Spiegeltent candyfloss girl and a party guest

Gabriela is charmed, I'm sure, by Mikelangelo (without his Black Sea Gentlemen)
The next morning Lilikoi Kaos came to the salon where I work during the day and had her hair cut and coloured(Yes, that red hair is her own)!
 
 
All great fun and a fantastic prelude to seeing both Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, as well as La Clique on the opening weekend. I highly recommend both!On the Old Steine in Brighton until the end of May 2013.
 

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Vintage-inspired bridal photo shoot


These are some of the behind-the-scenes snaps from a collaborative photoshoot in Hove yesterday. Photography by Ant Bliss, Headwear by Lilly Lewis Millineryhttp://www.lillylewis.co.uk/ and a few clothing pieces by Bobby and Dandyhttp://www.bobbyanddandy.co.uk/in Hove.
We were so lucky to have 2 beautiful models who suited their era so well - Ellie has big eyes and lovely hair to fingerwave, sooo perfect for 1920's and Izzy has a perfect heart-shaped face for 1940's/50's hair and make-up.

Strings were pulled and we had the shoot at a gorgeous house near Hove seafront that had massive windows and deco-inspired furniture and loads of space for us to spread of of our gear out - lighting, make-up, hair equipment and 5 people apparently take up a LOT of space! (I think we had a bit of house envy too, as we were sneakily taking snaps of the chandelier in the hand-crafted kitchen)

Hopefully we'll have the resulting official pictures in the next few weeks - very exciting!

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Ditch The Label

A few months ago I was the hairstylist on this photoshoot for a local Brighton-based anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label. Take a look at their website to see the great work that they do.http://www.ditchthelabel.org/







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Iconic brows

It's quite amazing what a difference your eyebrow shape makes. Imagine Greta Garbo without those pencil-thin lines, Elizabeth Taylor without those defined, luscious shapes, or Marilyn without the cheeky peaks in her eyebrows!

Your brows can not only define your eyes but also alter your face shape. Here's a link to a video which shows you how to pluck your blows into a flattering shape.
http://www.channel4.com/4beauty/make-up-skin-care/make-up/make-up-videos/how-to-shape-your-eyebrows

Actually, I think that it's a very good idea to have a make-up artist or beauty therapist to shape them for you first and then you only need to maintain the shape. HD brows are the current eyebrow-shaping system in high demand. This involves tinting, waxing, threading, plucking, and applying make-up to your brows. You can check the HD Brows website for your nearest practitioner.

Happy plucking!
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