Being the mother of the bride is a daunting task. As well as helping your beloved daughter prepare for one of the biggest days of her life, you have to make sure you’re looking your best while being comfortable and enjoying the celebrations.  We have some exciting fashion looks and beauty tips for the big day.

Pastels

  

Pastel tones are a huge trend this season and can be worn by any age. Mint is a flattering colour for any skin tone and sits well against white or ivory. This Alexon Mint dress perfectly clinches in at the waist, hiding anything around the tummy area. Wear with a neutral bolero such as this Jacques Vert number in sandstone and a coordinating fascinator to add interest.

Brights

Bright colours are fabulous for a summer wedding and are perfect to make a statement. The brighter the better – think fuscia, canary yellow, royal blue and Mary Portas orange. Co-ordinate colours for a traditional look or mix and match for a more individual look. Really concentrate on the detail in the clothes and accessories, such as a modern peep toe court shoe like this Carvela heel, or pretty yet sophisticated lace in this Alexon pink Alexa dress.

Patterns

Patterns are a great way to inject a touch of excitement into your mother of the bride outfit. Keep the rest of the outfit simple with plain accessories and minimal fuss. Don’t think you’re just limited to florals! This amazing Linea maxi dress is a flattering shape and combines colour with pattern to create a unique number. Phase Eight have taken floral to a whole new level with this eye-popping dress which could be dressed with black accessories to tone the colours down.

Lips

Avoid dark shades of lipstick, these make lips appear a lot smaller. Instead opt for a hydrating lipstick like the Sisley Hydrating Lipstick in a natural shade like Rose Cashmere or the closest shade to your natural lip colour. If you crave colour, rosey shades of pink or peach are a good option as they help to enhance your natural lip shape as well as adding a plumping effect.

Eyes

Soft kohl pencils in shades of brown, taupe or grey are a much better option than harsh black liquid liners. They help to enhance the eye shape helping them to look bigger rather than harshly defining it, which can make them appear smaller. Kohl pencil looks great blended out too to create a soft, smokey effect, try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil for a long lasting effect.

Foundation

Avoid powdery or shimmery foundations. Anything with a glow or luminous effect you want to stay away from as these can emphasize enlarged pores and other imperfections. The best ones to go for are ones to help even out skin tone and soften imperfections like dark spots. The Clinique Even Better foundation is perfect for this.  Foundations that help to add moisture to the skin like the Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation are also great for mature skin as these will provide hydration throughout the day. A sheer coverage or tinted moisturiser is also great for mature skin if you prefer a very light coverage. Try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, as rather than camouflaging and looking cakey, it evens out skin tone and softens imperfections whilst adding a subtle glow to the skin.

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