It’s your wedding and you’re the star of the show. All eyes are going to be trained on you. Makeup and skincare routines you follow before and during your wedding should make you glow and look your best.
Have a Pretty Practice Run
It can’t be said enough: you must book a makeup trial run a few weeks before your big day so that you can have a preview of what you’re going to look like and you have ample time to make any changes if you like. This also gives you a chance to try out different makeup or skincare products, and if they have a reaction on your skin you won’t be stuck with it on your big day. When going for a makeup trial, wear a white top so that you can clearly gauge how the makeup will look against your white wedding gown.
Go Back to Basics
One of the big makeup trends this year is the nude makeup look. This means focusing on the basics, without too much color or products being used. The catch, of course, is that your skin has to look flawless! Start preparing your skin for the big day from months ahead of time. Here are some important things you should do:
- Get into the habit of drinking lots of water! This is important because you want to keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Skin that is moisturized will also look younger and more radiant – dryness leads to dullness!
- When getting regular facials, make sure that the last one before your big day is at least a week before it. This prevents irritated, red skin from happening on your wedding as you have given it time to heal. Facials are great because they stimulate blood circulation, helping more oxygen and nutrients reach your skin and repair damaged skin cells.
- Avoid UV exposure. Red, leathery skin is not supposed to be on your bridal itinerary! Avoid being in the sun without protecting your skin as this leads to sun damage. Your skin needs to look its most luminous, after all.
- Increase your skin’s glow by using natural skin lightening products. These not only eliminate discoloration and dullness, but clear your skin so that it’s healthy. Being natural, they prevent any skin irritation or negative side-effects from harmful chemicals often found in conventional skin lightening products.
- Make sure you exfoliate once a week. This clears away your skin’s dead cells so that you can reveal brighter and healthier skin underneath.
- Start double cleansing. This skincare trend looks here to stay and it can give you gorgeous skin on your wedding day. How it works is that you first use an oil-based cleanser to get rid of any makeup build-up or dirt. Then, cleanse your skin a second time with a gel or cream cleanser, using a muslin cloth on your skin to exfoliate it, which leaves it smooth and pampered.
Foods to Choose – and Lose
What you eat definitely plays a role in the state of your skin. Limit caffeine and alcohol as they dehydrate your skin. Give salty foods the cold shoulder for at least a week before your wedding day as it can lead to water retention, causing puffy eyes. Replace these skin offenders with more nutrient-rich foods that are proven to be great for your skin.
- Switch to whole grains. By skipping sugar and refined carbs, you prevent insulin and androgen hormone production. These hormones stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which can lead to breakouts.
- Get your zinc from sources such as oysters, beef and pumpkin seeds. Zinc is an important mineral for skin as it helps to produce healthy functioning cells so your complexion is radiant.
- Eat bright fruits and vegetables. The ones with the most color contain high amounts of antioxidants that fight off free radicals so that your skin is protected against damage and ageing. Examples of produce that contains antioxidants include berries and yellow bell peppers.
- Replace fatty foods with selenium. Selenium-packed foods, such as eggs, fish, and tomatoes, are good for your skin because this nutrient keeps your skin free of cancer, discoloration, age spots and sun damage. They’re also filling, which makes them a great substitute for fatty foods. Too much fat in the diet has been linked to wrinkles.
Bridal Beauty Tips on Your Big Day
You’ve prepared your skin to look fantastic on your big day. Now that it has arrived, there are some final touches to make to your skin so that it will be radiant all day long.
- Prime your skin before you start applying makeup. This is a must to be applied to your skin prior to a foundation as it will create a base on which makeup can stick, helping to increase its longevity. Primers also make your pores look less pronounced while filling in any fine lines for a more flawless complexion.
- Conceal it. Concealer is a must for any skin coverage you need. You should actually invest in two types: one that is a bit yellow in color and thicker in consistency, so that you can hide any blemishes or capillaries from view; and another concealer with a creamy consistency that contains a slight peach tone to tackle any dark under-eye circles.
- Avoid the sparkle. It’s a good idea not to wear any eye shadows or other makeup products that contain glitter or sparkle as these will be highlighted in flash photos, making your face look shiny. A bit of shimmer is all right, but if you go that route opt for small amounts. Only choose one part of your face to shimmer – if you’re doing it on your eyes keep your lips matte, and vice versa.
- Chances are you’ve had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, but it helps to keep some important products handy so that you can touch up if need be throughout the day. These include blotting papers if you have oily skin – simply press one onto your face to soak up all the oil. The items you will probably need to touch up more than others are your lipstick and gloss. Choose colors as natural to your lip color as possible, or opt for a lip stain product, so that they’re easy to reapply and it doesn’t look obvious when they fade. A creamy blusher is a good idea to carry if you’re heading to a reception at night as you want something a little more distinct to show up in your photos.
Looking gorgeous on your big day should come standard for every bride. Best of all, when you look amazing you will also feel great, creating gorgeous photos that will last forever.