Ruth Griffin: The hair and make-up looks that will stay put all day for your special occasion
The most popular time for Irish people to get married is the period between May and September.
Add to this multiple racing and horse show events, and we can call summer our top season for Big Days Out - the days that require some strategic planning with outfits, accessories, hair and make-up looks!
Dressing and styling for big occasions can be so much fun - for me, sometimes getting ready is the most fun part of the day. I was always very proud of the fact that I could get ready in less time than it took my ex-husband (who had a shaved head) to lumber out the door for days out. I realise, however, that for some women, it can actually prove quite stressful preparing for big occasions and they can feel pressure to look a certain way.
With some research and experimenting before your big occasion, you can be really confident in how you look on the day. In the weeks before, search through magazines and social media for hair and make-up looks that suit your outfit and most importantly your overall aesthetic. You want to look like yourself - just an amped up, more glamorous, groomed version of your everyday self. Once you've chosen your look and are confident in it, you can concentrate on the really important stuff like dancing, drinking, chatting and having fun!
Beauty for all ages
Teens and 20s: modern, clean classic
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
For a fresher look this summer, back away from the ubiquitous milkmaid braids and embrace this clean and uber modern look. Slick on an orange-toned, red matte lipstick like MAC Ladydanger (€27), draw a feline flick with Lancôme Grandiose Liner in black (€29) exclusive to Brown Thomas, with a neutral-toned eye shadow from Inglot Summer Palette (€40, inglot.ie). Perfection!
● Pair this look with a poker straight, slicked back, polished hairstyle and you’re good to go.
This is a seriously sophisticated, grown-up look. Smudge and blend some chocolate hues from Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette (€50, Brown Thomas and BT2), with plenty of L’Oreal’s Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara (€14.99). Finish with a coat of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Lipsticks in 040 (€7.50). Keep the skin clean —no blush or contouring.
● Ask your hairstylist for a soft, textured up-do with plenty of height and slightly ‘undone’ finish.
50s+: golden glamour
This look is warming on the skin — try Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal Bronzer (€39) — without being heavy-handed on foundation. The focus is on neutral, highlighting tones on the eyes. Use Giorgio Armani Eyetint Smokey Neutral in colour 20 (€45) and for the lips, try MAC Lipliner in Soar (€17) and MAC lipstick in Twig (€27).
● Ask your hairstylist for a groomed, clean finish to the hair with added volume.
Three hair helpers
Redken Control Addict Spray, €22, salons nationwide.
Get Dolly Parton-level control with this spray.
Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Volume Powder, €16, schwartkopf.com
Trust me, no matter how fine or thin your hair is, this little model must-have will pump up the volume on your barnet!
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, €399, Arnotts and dyson.ie
This brand new dryer from the tech genius brand Dyson is faster, more focused, less heavy and much less damaging on hair than traditional dryers.
Hair and make-up essentials checklist
Slip these hair and make-up helpers into your clutch, to get through a long day of celebrations.
● Bobby pins
● Powder compact/blotting powder
● Cotton buds (if you’re wearing eyeliner and shadow, brilliant for cleaning up any smears)
● Perfume (I slip the freebie miniature scent samples in my bag — very handy because they are so small)
● Foundation brush (blend patches rather than applying lots more product)