Pre-wedding care

Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day more than any other day in her life. Of course, the desire to look and feel our most beautiful, inside and out, is at its peak on our wedding day. You want your skin to glow and your smile to be the brightest of all. You want to look gorgeous and stunning on this special day of your life. To make this happen if you plan ahead for your overall beauty, makeup and hairstyle on your wedding day. It is a good idea to experiment beforehand to find the look that you want. It is advisable to consult a professional for this task.

MAKEUP

A very clean and natural look is recommended for today's bride. One of the best ways to achieve this look is to know your skin type. It is important to use the correct foundation for your skin type and colour. If you have oily skin, choose a water-based matte foundation that will not add unwanted oil to your skin. If you have dry skin, then a fluid foundation may benefit your skin with its added oils.

Your foundation should blend in with your natural skin tone. Once you have applied the foundation, you may want to check the colour in the sunlight because other types of lighting may affect appearances. You will know that you have a good match with your skin colour if the foundation on your jaw line matches your neck.

To get your makeup to last throughout the busy day and look good in photos, it is important to use powder. Not only will powder "set" the makeup giving it a longer lasting effect, but it also helps in reducing unwanted shine. You may want to reapply powder throughout the day.

Your wedding is an emotional day, so everything you put on your face (especially mascara) should be waterproof and smudge-proof. Also, it is important to have a fresh tube of mascara on your wedding day because older mascara has a tendency to clump.

Some important tips for applying makeup:

  • Use a foundation close to your natural skin colour.
  • Apply powder lightly to your face and neck.
  • Line your eyes with a brown pencil.
  • Avoid frosted eyeliner or eyeshadow.
  • Curl your eyelashes and apply brown or black mascara. (Make sure it doesn't clump.)
  • Apply a flattering blush to your cheekbones and blend upwards.
  • Line your lips with a pencil and then apply lipstick. Add gloss if you prefer.

HAIR

Bridal hairstyles need to reflect the brides' personality and personal style. Colouring you hair may add flattering touches to your overall look, especially in photos. Have your hair cut and coloured two to three weeks before the wedding to aviod the new cut and coloured look. You can wear your hair up, down, or just choose the best styles you like from a book.

If your hair is long and you wear it pulled back most of the time than an elegant 'Updo' would be just the look. You can also do your hairstyle with knots and rolls. If you wear your long hair down most of the time then try wearing some of it up away from your face and leave the rest to cascade around your shoulders. Let few tendrils escape to float around your face, they can be curled or left natural.

If your hair is medium in length it can be curled and worn with a sparkly headband or tiara to dress it up. Or simply tuck some hair behind your ears and use one of the very popular decorative hair clips to hold it back.

If you have short hair then you need not worry coz you can do lots with your hair. Dust off your curling iron and give your hair some fullness in the crown area and back. Don't curl the front, it won't look like you. Sweep the hair off to the side and save the curls for the back area.

It is also important for the style you choose to hold up through the ceremony and reception but using too much hair spray can make your hair look stiff and unnatural. Ask your stylist for advice and discuss your hairstyle before the wedding.

NAILS

Your nails also require care and attention on your wedding day. Go for a professional manicure before the wedding. Regular manicures help to keep your hands and fingernails in good condition. Ask about exfoliation treatments for your hands as well. Hand exfoliation treatments leave the skin smooth and beautiful. And don't forget your feet. A pedicure and foot massage will help get your feet ready for a long day of standing.


Some important tips that you should follow a month earlier to your wedding for beautiful nails:

  • Start getting weekly manicures.
  • Use a nail-building base coat under your polish.
    If you're a nail-biter, coat your nails with polish that tastes so bitter it stops you from nibbling.
  • Protect your nails from harsh chemicals by wearing rubber gloves when doing dishes and other household chores.
  • Apply a heavy dose of hand cream at bedtime to prevent dry, cracking skin and cover with cotton gloves before going to sleep.

SKIN AND BODY

Many brides diet so that they can look their best for their wedding day. However, it is important not to starve yourself. Eating right and exercising will not only help you look great but also feel great for the special event.

Join a Gym or Start Walking
You want to be in the best shape ever for your new husband...so splurge a little and join a gym. Get a personal trainer and get to work! If you just can't afford to join a gym, get out and start walking, jogging or join swimming if you know how to swim.

Drink A Lot of Water
Start drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Yes, it sounds like a lot but its worth it. Water flushes toxins out of your system - you can look forward to clearer skin and better health. In addition, water helps you feel full, so you may be inclined to eat less!

Get Regular Facials
General skin exfoliation provided by good facials, removes dead skin cells from your face and makes your skin glow. Choose a salon and start getting facials every 5 weeks from now until the wedding day. (Do not get a facial on the wedding day though - your skin may appear abnormally flushed.)

 


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