If ever there’s a reason to get pampered from head-to-toe, it’s in the lead up to your wedding day. Ensure you look and feel your best on your big day with our round-up of the best pre-wedding beauty treatments. From the best hair extensions for your wedding day to laser hair removal and teeth whitening, we put the best bridal beauty treatments to the test…
The Skin Geek Facial
Based in Beyond Medispa in Harvey Nichols, Nicola Russell AKA ‘The Skin Geek’ utilises everything from state of the art technology to dermaplanning (which she launched in the UK) and will put together a couture experience totally tailored to your skin concerns. Be it ageing, dry skin, pigmentation or breakouts, you’ll be in the best hands.
Speaking to Nicola about glowing skin for your wedding day, she said: “The earlier a bride to be can start a good skincare routine and get regular skin treatments, the better. This is especially important if we are trying to improve concerns like acne scarring or if they want to see a great physical change in fine lines and wrinkles.
“Getting started on a good skincare routine is so important and to stick to it religiously – if you have genetically oily skin then all you can really do is manage it – so keep the oil at bay with skincare tailored to soaking up this shine.
“Dramatic changes in the skin don’t happen over night. For collagen remodelling to occur, you really need to be prepared to wait for three months, so let your skin go through three full skin cycles so have patience and stick to your regular treatments.”
Speaking about the best pre-wedding treatments, Nicola added: “My favourite skin treatments for brides are microneedling, radio frequency and a combination of IPL and Nd:yag. In amongst these non surgical treatments, I like to do some superficial chemical peels, then the last treatment I always give a bride (a couple of days before her big day) is something specifically to smooth and polish the skin. I love the ZO stimulator peel because it’s nice and gentle but still packs a punch to give them a glow for their big day. I also love dermaplaning for brides as it gently exfoliates but also removes the fluffy face hair so that their wedding makeup glides on.”
Naturabuild at Neville Hair & Beauty
Naturabuild is a new nail strengthening treatment available at Neville Hair & Beauty. Perfect for broken and brittle nails and brides who can’t grow their natural nails, Naturabuild by brand Glossify is a range of strong base gels that can be used to increase the natural nails ability to grow. The gel comes in four neutral shades that are ideal nudes for your wedding day nails but also allows clients to be able to wear the base as a natural overlay or underneath gel paint for extra strength.
Eyelash Extensions with Edy London
Eyelash extensions are tiny, individual faux mink or silk lashes that are meticulously applied to your own natural lashes by a technician – but opting for a true professional and expert in eyelash extension application is key. Edy London is a makeup artist and eyelash specialist to the stars – and for good reason. Her detailed bespoke consultation includes an evaluation of your eyelash condition and both an eye and eyebrow shape assessment, followed by a recommendation of the most suitable style to compliment your eye shape. Edy only works with the finest and lightest eyelashes meaning you’re left with virtually undetectable eyelashes and a super natural look.
Her eyelash extensions last between two and six weeks based on the speed of your natural eyelash growth and how well they are maintained. But if you’re having eyelash extensions for your wedding day, Edy recommends having them applied two to three days before the wedding.
EVOKE at Lisa Franklin Clinic Privé
EVOKE face remodelling at Lisa Franklin’s Clinic Privé in Knightsbridge is the perfect pre-wedding beauty treatment for brides wanting their face, neck and jawline to look more defined on their big day. This new non-surgical and non-invasive ‘facelift tweakment’ involves hands-free applicators that use bipolar radiofrequency energy to shape and contour the face, neck and jawline to leave you looking more toned, contoured and youthful.
During the treatment, the applicators are comfortably placed on your chosen area to safely deliver controlled thermal energy to heat and gently contract the skin’s fibroseptal network. The temperature is maintained throughout to restructure the subcutaneous fatty tissue as well as tighten skin laxity, excess skin/fatty tissue on the face or neck and help those with jowls or a double chin. The result is visibly glowing, clear skin, with no downtime or redness.
Hair Extensions with Louise Bailey
Hair Extensions London by Louise Bailey is an award-winning hair extensions brand and service offering the best hair extensions in the UK. Renowned for the best natural-looking hair extensions, Louise’s expertise is recognised by celebrities and editors alike as London’s leading hair extensions specialist. Whether you want to add thickness and volume or change the length of your hair, tape hair extensions can be a great way to achieve your dream wedding hairstyle.
“For tape extensions, I would suggest to get them fitted a week or two before the wedding,” says Louise. “This allows the bride to wash the extensions, plan the desired bridal look with her hair stylist, and get the feel of having extensions in.”