A girl will spend years dreaming of the perfect wedding. One of the most important things to her will be to ensure that she looks beautiful for her partner, her guests and of course herself. She wants to be able to look back at her wedding album 20 years later and not cringe and think ‘Why did I have that colour on my eyes?!’. And so, your preparation for the big day will not only include finding a venue, a dress, flowers and shoes – it will also mean looking after your skin and your health to ensure you are positively glowing when you walk down the aisle.
Skincare – if you have any skin abnormalities such as dark spots, redness or if you are prone to breakouts, it might be a good idea to visit a dermatologist. If you are worried about your skin on your wedding day it could cloud your enjoyment of the whole experience, so take action early. A dermatologist can determine the best treatment for your skin and help you to achieve a glowing complexion so that you can have confidence in yourself. A course of facials might be useful in the months running up to the big day, but avoid having any in the fortnight before the wedding. You don’t want a last minute breakout to stress you out! Should you be lucky enough to have clear skin, keep up your normal routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturize, but ensure you are using the right products for your skin. Anything too heavy could cause a reaction – likewise, don’t overdo it on anti-ageing products. If you are in your early 20’s you do not necessarily need to be overloading your skin with wrinkle treatments! Your skin is extremely delicate and needs to be treated carefully.
Keeping healthy – Water, water, water! And plenty of it! I can’t stress enough how good this is for your skin, and it is not a myth. It is cleansing your body from the inside out and flushing out all the toxins, and this will reflect in your skin. In terms of food, if you find yourself coming out in a breakout or rash keep a food diary to record what your eating and drinking (including alcohol), and see if there is something causing it. You might find you have a slight allergy to something and this should be avoided in the days running up to your wedding.
Make-up – you might choose to have a professional make-up artist looking after your make-up for the big day or you might choose to do it yourself. Either way, practice! Have a make-up trial at least 2 months before your big day. This is for 2 very important reasons – Number 1, to ensure you are happy with the look that is being created and if anything needs to be tweaked, and Number 2, to give you enough time to find a different make-up artist if needs be! I know of one quite well known locally based make-up artist who has garnered herself a great reputation because she does major advertising and is in with the ‘in crowd’, but I have heard horror stories about the actual work she does. Get recommendations from people you trust, not just a flashy advert in a magazine. Likewise I would be wary of some ‘professionals’ working at make-up counters in department stores. Again, they may be trained but their first priority is to sell the products and not to necessarily sell you the products that you actually need. A make-up artist once put garish green eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick on my mother because they were the latest products, not taking any notice of the fact that they were completely unsuited to my mother’s age and skin condition. If you are a dab hand at doing make-up yourself, it might be a good idea to do a short course in make-up artistry to give you a full overview of how to apply your make-up professionally.
Hair – You probably have an idea of what kind of style you want for your wedding day, but be realistic when you make your decisions! If you have very short hair and you love Blake Lively-style long waves, it will take you a very long time (and possibly a lot of extensions) to achieve! By working with your current length of hair you can plan in advance – go see a stylist and get a trial up-do or style. If it works for you, you can then focus on keeping your hair healthy and in good condition. Regular trims and conditioning treatments mean that your hair will look fabulous on the day, and you won’t have to worry about growing an extra 5 inches in length!
Most importantly, look after your most important beauty feature – your smile!