Bridal Beauty Basics

Written by    Last updated: May 5, 2011

Of course you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day! There are two rules to looking good on your wedding day: start early and stick at it!

Bridal Manicure

Get advice

The larger department stores often offer free beauty consultations, especially for brides-to-be. This is a good place to start. Discuss any skin problems and find out which of the good quality skincare preparations will suit you. Regular cleansing, toning and moisturising will keep you blemish-free and looking healthy.

Make-up matters

If you opt for doing your own make-up on the day, make sure you buy any new cosmetics early on and practice. When you’re trying out make-up, it’s important to wear something the same colour as your wedding dress or take a piece of material in the same colour which can be draped to get the same effect.

If you fancy a new look for the wedding – something more glamorous perhaps – a make-up lesson from a beauty salon is a great way to pick up a few new ideas and techniques. Alternatively, if you think your hands will be shaking too much on the big day, or you just like the idea of some last-minute pampering, book a beautician to come to the house. Just make sure you fit in a practice session beforehand.

At your fingertips

Don’t forget that your hands will become the focus of attention when showing off your newly-acquired wedding ring. So be careful to avoid doing anything that will cause nails to split and break and take extra care when shaping them. Use a load of hand cream in the weeks leading up to the great day to get them super soft and smooth, and have a professional manicure the day before the wedding.

Don’t overdo the diet

You may have decided to lose a few pounds before your wedding day, but don’t set yourself unrealistic targets. It’s difficult to stick to a diet at the best of times and when you’re stressed out, it’s even harder. Chances are, you’ll lose weight anyway, rushing around doing all that organising.

Hair care

Make an appointment with your chosen hairdresser well in advance to discuss your wedding day hairstyle, especially if you are planning something a bit different. Book some practice sessions and take along your headdress and veil. Remember good hairdressers tend to get booked up, particularly on Saturdays in the summer months.

Decide whether you want to visit the salon on the wedding day, or ask the hairdresser to come to the house. Get your booking in writing and ask the hairdresser to make detailed notes after the practice session.

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