So we talk at length about your getting-ready routine on the morning of your wedding; Your hairstyle, your make-up, (your killer pre-wedding playlist!)But what about your beauty regime in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding?
The reason many brides look so blushing, polished and utterly gorgeous, on their wedding day, is not just because they’re high on love and Champagne (though that certainly helps!) it’s because their beauty prep began long before the invitations went out.
Your wedding day is a great excuse to work on finally combatting those nasty breakouts, finally finding the perfect shade of blonde, and finally growing your nails out.And so, to help you on the way to looking utterly polished on your wedding day, we’ve hit up the professionals. We got tips from the top experts in their fields, on how they help brides reach that coveted combination.
Glossy hair, glowing skin, and perfect nails? They’re just a little bit of work, patience, and product away…
Expert Irish facialist, Ciara McCluskey, is a self-confessed product addict (you need to see inside this girl’s beauty cabinet!) and waxes lyrical about her favourite products on her new blog The Lipgloss Girl.
She gives us her insider tips on perfecting your complexion ahead of your wedding.
Every bride wants clear, glowing skin, so here are my top tips for my clients getting ready for their big day.
Nobody tends to drink enough water and while this is the oldest trick in the book, it’s there for a reason. Water is the answer to youthful, fresh, glowy skin. It clears the skin of toxins and keeps it plump and hydrated, as well as helping to keep spots at bay.
Try to get at least 1-2 litres a day (especially in the run-up to your wedding).
Omega fish oils are fantastic for your skin and hair. They help with inflammation, acne and various other skin problems. It will take a few weeks to notice a difference but take them, religiously.
Get Into a Routine
You need to get clear about your skin and what it needs. Is it dry, oily, dehydrated, sensitive? Listen to it and spend some money on good skin care that suits your skin’s needs.
At the very least, have a cleanse, tone, moisturise regime going. Do it everyday twice a day, and you will see a difference with your skin. If you can, add in an eye serum, and use SPF everyday if it’s not in your foundation already.
This is the great part about being a bride-to-be. Regular facials! These are a great way for a professional to look at your skin and help you to understand what your skin needs and what will work.
I recommend to start getting them at least 12-6 months before the big day, not at the last minute, as you could have a small breakout. It’s also a great way for you to relax and escape from table planning for a while.
You want to be glowing from head to toe on the big day, and this starts in the shower. Dry body brushing is an amazing way to see a huge change in your skin. It gets blood flow going, helps with cellulite and works on pesky bumpy skin.
Use a scrub in the shower every other day and moisturise and soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, to help lock in moisture.
The wonderful Jo, Founder and Creative Director of Love Hair & Co (check out their amazing real bride inspiration galleries) gives us her expert tips on how to prep your tresses for gorgeous glossy locks in time for your wedding day.
We hit up the superstar manicurists from MW Nails in London ( a very cool airplane-themed nail bar) for their top tips on prepping your bridal talons. They offer a Bridal Bliss treatment for brides and their maids of honour for the ultimate pre-wedding pamper sesh.
Stick to the natural shape of your nails as much as possible and if you prefer a rounded shape make sure you don’t take too much off the sides as it can cause nail splitting.
Colour Me Beautiful
Colours change depending on your skin tone so make sure you choose a colour that works well for you.
If your skin tone is pale than lighter shades with pink or blue undertones are best. Pastel colours can look great too. Choose pinks or reds to brighten the complexion. With fair complexion beige, white and silver can be fabulous.
Those with blue undertones look great with pink based varnish. Medium skin tones enjoy a wide range of colours and can be more choosy. Peach or gold colours enhance olive complexions.
Don’t go for a very pearlescent colour on your nails. As with eye make-up it reflects the light more than matte products and can look different on the photographs. Matte with glossy finish would be our favourite.
Invest in a good hand cream to moisturise hands in between your treatments. A hot paraffin treatment combined with exfoliation twice a month, will detox the skin and help cells to regenerate and skin will look healthier and younger.