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Beauty and the Bride: You’ve invested a lot of time planning for a picture-perfect wedding, so it makes sense that you not only want everything to look beautiful on your special day, you want to look beautiful, too.
And while you may know in your heart that you will always take your partner’s breath away, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to look your very best as you take those first steps down the aisle – and that involves a lot more than finding the dress of your dreams.
From hairstyles and makeup to manicures and tan lines, brides have a lot to consider before their wedding day arrives. But with careful planning, not to mention being aware of a few bridal beauty dos and don’ts, you can rest assured that when the time comes, you will look stunning from head to toe.
The Blushing Bride
Beauty and the Bride: When it comes to the finding just the right make up for your wedding day, the biggest piece of advice you’ll hear from beauty experts is to invest in one (or a few) trial runs. Some make-up artists will offer these as part of your wedding day package. But even if you are doing your own make up, you’ll want to experiment in order to find what looks and feels the best. Wear a white t-shirt during the trial so you can get an idea of how your make up will look with your dress. And always consider how your make up will look in wedding day photographs.
Ask your make-up artist for the right shades of lipstick and eye shadow so you can apply touch ups throughout the day and remember, professional eyebrow shaping should always be done a few days before the wedding so they won’t end up looking red and irritated on the day of.
There are also common sense steps you can take during the months leading up to your big day, such as treating yourself to regular facials and drinking plenty of water for fresh-looking skin. Foods high in vitamin A, B6 and C all lend to healthy skin. Think watermelon, grapefruit and broccoli, just to name a few!
• Go easy on the blush. It’s your wedding day, so you will likely spend the day looking more flushed than usual. Apply sparingly.
• Go waterproof. That goes for everything from your foundation to your mascara. There will be at least a few tears of joy.
• Go oil-free. If you are having an outdoor wedding, or even if your wedding is during a warmer time of year, use oil-free products and keep blotting sheets on hand.
• Go gloss free – that is if you are having a wedding outside. You don’t want that sticky gloss to end up being a magnet for your hair.
Updo? Braids? Long-flowing Curls?
The choices are endless and finding that perfect hairstyle for your wedding day – and one that reflects your personal style – can feel like a daunting task. But have fun as you narrow down your search and once you have, it’s time for a trial run.
Book a trial run with your stylist four to six weeks before your wedding day. But don’t arrive empty handed. Bring pictures of the styles you love and be open minded and willing to experiment. It’s also a great idea to bring a photo of you in your wedding dress, or at the very least a swab of fabric. And don’t forget your headpiece! Your stylist will need it during the trial run.
• Trim and highlight or color your hair two weeks before your wedding.
• Always consider the neckline of your dress when choosing a hairstyle.
• If you plan to wear an updo, it’s best to wash and blow dry your hair the day before the wedding.
• On the day of your styling, wear a button-front shirt or a robe so you don’t have to pull clothing over your head when putting on your wedding dress.
With all the other particulars to worry about, your nails may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to looking your best on your wedding day. But just think about all those eyes on the ring that has just been placed on your finger, or the photographs of you signing the marriage certificate.
The polish you choose is important and it’s worth remembering that certain shades look better on certain skin tones. So, just like your hairdo or dress, you’ll want to have several trial runs when it comes to choosing the perfect nail polish.
Consider avoiding bright colors, not only because they stand out a little too much during those intimate moments during your wedding day, but they also don’t turn out well in photographs. Neutral colors and simple designs when it comes to nails are sure to add beauty and elegance on your wedding day.
Gel manicures and pedicures are trending these days as well because the polish doesn’t chip, even after your wedding day is over. Don’t wait until the day of to get it though. These should be done at least a day before your wedding, perhaps two.
• Don’t fret over a chipped nail on your wedding day. It’s not the end of the world.
• To get your nails in tiptop shape before your wedding day, apply cuticle oil every night for nourishment.
A Sun-kissed bride?
You are at the beach and it’s a day or two before the wedding. You want to enjoy the sun, surf and sand like everyone else. But be wary. The sun’s rays, even in the shoulder season, can burn, especially in our beach environment, and no bride wants to worry about sunburn on her wedding day.
But if you do find yourself a bit sun kissed before your big day, don’t fret. There are some things you can do to soothe the burn or at least make it less noticeable as you walk down the aisle.
• Use aloe. This plant-based gel acts to soothe redness and burns, creating a cooling sensation.
• Consult and trust your makeup artist. They can add color to white areas, blending them with the sunburned spots.
• Prevention is key. Wear SPF 30 and reapply often. The sun’s reflection off the water and sand make you more susceptible to sunburn while trying to relax on the beach the days before your wedding. ♥