When your wedding day dawns, the last thing you want to worry about is your make-up, yet cost and location can rule out hiring a professional artist.Â
The solution is the free Bridal Beauty Lesson from Bobbi Brown â€“ a brand that epitomises fresh, glossy make-up and was responsible for the Duchess of Cambridgeâ€™s wedding look.Â
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Bobbi Brown Face Mist, Â£21.50, is the Holy Grail. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, Â£20
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, Â£33
Everything was covered in my lesson with the incredible Zara Findlay, from skin-prepping, foundation-matching and making dewy make-up last all day (Face Mist, Â£21.50, is the Holy Grail), to getting a sun-kissed glow (Shimmer Brick in Bronze, Â£33), sparkling eyes (thank you, Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Stone, Â£17.50) and soft lips (Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, Â£20, allÂ bobbibrown.co.uk).Â
I emerged with a full list of products, a tip sheet and looking just the way I wanted. Free for 60 minutes at selected Bobbi Brown studios in London and Windsor,Â bobbibrown.co.ukÂ
Fatherâ€™s Day always presents a conundrum â€“ what does one buy to express a lifetime of thanks? Neroli, green lavender and amber notes make Byredo Mister Marvelous Eau de Parfum (Â£90, mrporter.com) pleasingly different and spot-on for a sybarite. Or treat him to one of Otis Batterbeeâ€™s wetsuit-fabric Axington Wash Bags (Â£75 each, otisbatterbee.com), which are stylish, practical and available in a variety of bold colours
Give clothes a new lease of life with Jo Malone Londonâ€™s Red Roses Scented Drawer Liners (Â£36 for four, jomalone.co.uk). Designed by artist Marthe Armitage, the floral print is inspired by a British summer afternoon.
Â Jazz up your essential S/S 16 low, loose pony with Popbandâ€™s no-snag Flamingo hair ties (Â£8, thepopband.com). Simple and sporty, you can tie your pony pre-workout and leave it for the rest of the day.