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Make-up Trials and Hill Climbing

These past few weeks have seen our guest blogger Morgan tackle two great challenges: the make-up trial and hill climbing. She has conquered both. Over to Morgan to share her experience…

“This month has seen most of the DIY fun put on the back burner. The bunting triangles may be ready to go, but I think I really need to be in the right kind of mood to be able to tackle that colossal task! I did make a start on our table plan last week though and then Frazer made his first DIY contribution to date, coming to the rescue with gorilla glue when my superglue/sticky pad attempt to attach the scrabble tile table names onto the picture frames failed miserably and they all started to slide off… Gah!

“All of the wedding magazines make DIY-ing your wedding decorations appear so easy; they never make mention of all of the attempts and reattempts and tear-your-hair-out moments in the process. Fingers crossed for minimal hiccups and success on the first run at the bunting next month!

“I had another typically stressful wedding planning moment this month (what can I say; I’m nothing if not predictable!) when I had my bridal make up trial. I’m not great with makeup and know nothing about the different brands or what goes with what. The makeup I do wear is applied with very little skill (non-wonky eyeliner? I didn’t know that was possible…), so I was definitely dreading this part of the wedding.

“It didn’t help that I’m also very indecisive and had struggled to have a properly clear idea of what I wanted to look like on my big day. Did I want a bold lip colour? Did I want dark eyes? Contouring? Light and minimal? When you’ve a makeup novice it’s tough to know what will work for you and what won’t. I decided to leave it up to my makeup artist to go with what she thought would work best first of all.

“My mum and grandma both said it looked lovely but when I saw myself in the mirror I didn’t recognise myself. I hadn’t expected to be shocked by how different I looked from my normal self, and it sent me into panic mode. I felt bad for not liking it; it wasn’t the makeup artist’s fault, it was just different to whatever vague “vision” I guess I had in my head of how I thought I would look as a bride.

“We talked it through and decided it was the dark liner and redder lips that was the problem. All it took was a softer look in the eyes and a more brown toned pink-y lipstick and I was delighted. Lesson learned here – if you’re not happy with something, speak up about it. No one can help you if you just nod and go along with it, which is my usual routine.

“I think the difference is clear in my expression in the first attempt photo compared to the second attempt! To test its staying power, we had a BBQ in my mum’s garden to make the most of the rare sunshine and drank gin long into the evening – I’m pleased to report my makeup lasted well! I’m really excited for the wedding morning now because I’m confident that my makeup artist can help turn me into the bride I’ve imagined myself being and I know I’ll be in safe hands.

“With the beauty side sorted, Frazer and I are continuing on our pre-wedding (and pre-honeymoon) health and fitness drive. We’ve signed up for a charity walk up Ben Nevis in a couple of weeks and tried a much smaller hill walk last Sunday as part of our practice for it. “It’s an easy walk”, Frazer said… pity the weather was terrible. You know he’s a keeper when he still wants to marry you even though your mascara’s sliding down your face, your hair is plastered to your head and you’ve been whinging non-stop pretty much the whole way up the hill! Ben Nevis, here we come…”

‘Lesson learned here – if you’re not happy with something, speak up about it’ Such sound advice from Morgan…. Alie x

Morgan & Frazer will be tying the knot in a Humanist ceremony at Altskeith Country House on Loch Ard, in the Trossachs, this September. They are planning “a riot of colourful tartan, hearts and bookish twists”.
Photos by Morgan