The best foundation to any bridal make-up is fresh healthy skin. Beauty takes time and preparation. At the very least six months before your big day you should adopt a skin plan to get yourself in order for the big day. A monthly facial from a reputable beauty salon is advisable. However leave at least four weeks before the wedding for the final visit to ensure that you have no post facial breakouts that linger around for the wedding day. If you are on a budget then why not have your own facial routine. This can be done easily using products from your local store. Click here for some recipes. A good facial routine should include cleansing, toning, exfoliation and rehydration. I love nothing more than relaxing in a nice bubble bath with a home made facial and cucumbers on my eyes.
Avoid too much sun as dry flaky skin is a definite no no. If you do want to have that healthy glow, opt rather for a skin friendly fake tan. Make sure that you try the fake tan out at least once before the big day as you don’t want to walk down the aisle looking tangoed. You should get it applied around 24 hours before hand so that you can have a shower and let it fade to a more natural colour, also you don’t want to have any accidental staining of the big white dress! Don’t wax or shave before getting it done, I have had many brides that have done this and ended up with lots of fake tan trapped in their hair follicles. It has been a rather funny situation to be putting more make-up and bronzer on peoples legs than their face!
There are two types of hair that concern us on our wedding day, there is the type we want to be nice, glossy and styled and then there is the hair that we don’t want to see or feel! For the hair on your head, make sure to condition it well, trim, touch up any roots and grow it to the desired length. Its definitely best to have a hair trial before hand…you don’t want any surprises! Then for the underarms, legs and bikini line, waxing is best. The last thing that you want to be caring about on your wedding day/honeymoon is unwanted hair. Make sure to wax a few months before hand, this will make the hair lighter and also ensure that you don’t have any allergic reactions to the product.
There are many things that we can do to get the dream body for our wedding. A healthy diet and a good exercise regime are the best options. Hire a personal trainer if you find it hard to get motivated or join a group like weight watchers..I have found it easy to lose some of my “extra insulation” with them as you are still allowed the naughty treats. You can also aid this with body treatments in your local spa eg wraps and anti-cellulite treatments. Avoid alcohol and bread a couple of days before, so that you aren’t bloated for the wedding day. Surgery is an extreme measure and not one that we would advise, afterall, your hubby to be is marrying you for YOU just the way you are!
Your hands and nails will receive tons of attention with guests and photographers alike wanting to have a close inspection. Get a good nailcare routine going well in advance of the big day. Use a hand cream daily and a home weekly manicure will keep them in good nick. Artificial nails can be a great option for nail biters, but they require regular maintenance. I quite like the gel nails that are cured with a UV lamp, they are quite pretty and not as harsh as the old acrylics on your natural nail. I feel a simple french polish is a beautiful option for the day of the wedding.
Be sure to not forget about those tootsies! A pedicure a couple of days before the wedding is a must, especially if you are wearing open toe shoes. You will be on your feet for most of the day, so make sure that your shoes fit comfortably. Try breaking them in, by wearing them around the house a few days leading up to the wedding. Don’t forget your gel insoles!! Also consider bringing a back up pair of soft flat shoes which you can leave in your hotel room for later when you just cant take the heals any longer!
Consider teeth whitening if it is something that concerns you. There are plenty of good home kits on the market. Or I have found the new Whitening Mouth Washes to be superb at getting them a couple of shades lighter if that’s all you need. Just ensure that you avoid red wine, coffee and smoking afterwards as teeth that have been bleached are more prone to staining.
I have been told that you never forget the perfume you wear for your wedding day. It is essential that you get the choice right because that smell will always bring you straight back to your special day…and you want it to be for all the right reasons. Make sure that you have worn it before the day, so that you know it definitely suits you, fragrances change with time on the skin. Don’t go for anything that is too strong or really different from what you usually where. Make it last on the day by using the ancillary products that come in the perfume range, these could be shower gels or body lotions.
NB: Don’t Panic, the main thing is that you pamper yourself and don’t get too worked up before the wedding. It is supposed to be the best day of your life.