Our make up artist Elizabeth Joseph Love shares with us her top bridal beauty tips to ensure you look your best on your wedding day.
There is so much to organise in the lead up to your wedding: dress fittings, shoe selection, finalizing floral arrangements, cake couture, the list goes on…. After all, you want the WOW factor, and you want heads to turn as you walk down the aisle. Many couples go to great lengths to achieve that picture perfect look. Follow these simple steps below as part of your pre-nuptial plan, and you will look flawless and feel incredible on your wedding day.
Use a gentle face exfoliator the evening before your big day, so that any dry skin is removed and your face looks bright and radiant. Clarins one-step gentle exfoliating cleanser with orange extract works to soften, refresh and revive. It is important that your skin feels fresh & hydrated as you say your marriage vows, so remember to cleanse, tone and moisturise every day. Perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing facial the week before your wedding; it will help you to de stress.
Book your bridal hair trial approximately 1-4 months before your wedding. Then, start preparing your bridal hair a month before your big day. The first step is to get a bridal haircut and colour around two weeks before the ceremony. If you are going for an up-do hairstyle on your wedding day, wash and blow dry your hair the day before. Contact Angela at RKW hair for fabulous bridal hair styling.
To get perfectly soft, smooth lips for the “you may kiss the bride” moment, you can use a soft toothbrush, to gently exfoliate dry, chapped lips. Do this for three nights before your wedding day and you will have super soft, kissable lips. Use a balm to nourish & hydrate before you sleep. A favourite of mine is Burt Bees Beeswax Lip balm.
Brows frame the face. You wouldn’t put a picture on the wall without a frame around it, so treat yourselves to a brow tidy for your big day. There are a variety of treatment choices including treading, tinting & shaping or HD brows. blinkbrowbar are the pioneers of professional walk-in brow bars and are experts in eyebrow treatments.
Long luscious lashes are a must have when you “tie the knot” and you will be spoilt for choice. LVL will add length, volume and lift to natural lashes with no extensions, no adhesive, and no mascara.
Individual eyelash extensions or Semi-permanent lashes can last up to six weeks, look natural and blend in easily to your natural lashes.
Cluster lashes create full, thick lashes that will last for up to 2 weeks and Strip lashes come in all kinds of lengths and designs from natural to full on glam.
This is nearly as popular with the groom as it is the bride. If you are considering tanning remember the following.
You are probably going to wear a white wedding dress, so you won’t be as pale as you think you are. You want to be a sun-kissed bride, so don’t overdo it.
Try out your spray/self-tan beforehand, so you can see how it will turn out and react to your skin. Wear a white shirt afterwards to see if the tan is too dark or will transfer. Always exfoliate before your tan is applied, this will moisturise the skin and help the tan look even and not patchy. Crème de la Mer Face & Body Gradual Tan from Harrods is definitely one of the best self-tanning lotions out there. If you are tanning in the sun two things are essential, an excellent sunscreen and no strap lines. A sunbed will give you an even, natural tan that won’t rub off, but remember to consider the risks.
When you sleep your body repairs itself, a lack of sleep has a negative effect on the immune system. Lack of sleep can also cause dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. This can be exacerbated by rubbing when taking off eye make-up. Be gentle and use a water-soluble remover and make sure you get at least 8 hours ZZZs each night in the run up to your special day.
Water works wonders for a clear, healthy complexion. Water is so beneficial, free, easy and often overlooked. Rehydrate often by drinking oodles of H2O, it will make you feel revitalised as you say “I do!”
Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and salt
Limit your alcohol, caffeine and salt intake before your wedding. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretic, which means the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become, sapping the natural moisture in the skin. Dehydrated skin causes inflammation (redness) and premature aging (collagen loss). So those fine lines may appear more prominent. Excess alcohol consumption can also trigger an outbreak of rosacea.
Too much salt can also cause puffiness around the eyes. You don’t want to be regretting popcorn and crisps, from the night before, as you’re carried over the threshold.
The groom will be mesmerized by your beautiful face, so make sure your bridal make-up is perfect.
The best wedding make-up should last as long as you do. A trial is essential. A trial can be arranged for brides, mothers of the happy couple and other members of the bridal party. Your make-up artist should listen and take the time to try out different looks until you’re entirely happy. Don’t forget to start collecting images of bridal make-up you love, so you have a starting point. Your colouring and the wedding colour theme should be taken into consideration, so that everything blends seamlessly together. The trial is a great opportunity to get acquainted. Your make-up artist should make you to feel relaxed and confident. Contact professional make-up artist Elizabeth to arrange a bridal make-up consultation.
Professional photographer Jeff Oliver suggests that brides should camera test their make-up at the trial by taking photos in daylight. Jeff also advises brides to always leave enough time in your bridal preparation for photographs before you leave for the ceremony as time can run away on your special day.