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Bride’s to do list
For a more beautiful, confident you on your wedding day there are a few things that are important to do.
These tips will help you stay confident on the big day. They certainly made me feel better about being the centre of everyone’s attention.
So, here they are:
Drink water: We all know that drinking water is the key to clear skin. To make sure your skin is glowing and your eyes sparkle on your big day, try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Make time for a skincare routine: start a new beauty regime by finding the right products for you and stick with it. If you’re unsure of what is best for you, why not try a variety of brands – ask for samples at the department stores. The beauty advisors there can usually give you advice on what could suit your skin.
Find a makeup artist: Most brides tell me that their nerves take over on the day and not having to do their own makeup makes them more relaxed. Also a shaky hand might make application a challenge. Search for a make-up artist who you feel will meet your expectations.
Body routine: I wanted to make sure on my wedding day that the flesh on display is silky smooth. Buy a gentle body scrub and exfoliate from top-to-toe twice a week. After your shower or bath be meticulous about rubbing your body moisturiser all over.
Eat healthier: try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on the fresh stuff –fruit and veg – all great for keeping away food cravings and don’t drink too much alcohol as it makes your skin puffy and dry.
Think ahead! Book your appointments well ahead! Don’t get caught short finding that all manicurists and beauticians are booked up before your big day: manicure is vital – you will have pictures taken of the ring on your finger and people will look at your hand a lot – have nice hands and nails!
Get your teeth checked and get a hygienist appointment so you have a whiter more beautiful smile.
Book a course of facials: If you aren’t a regular on the facial front, then book up a few leading up to your wedding day. Just one tends to bring more blemishes out…Given enough time, facials will keep skin deeply cleansed so that breakouts are less likely nearer the time. Have the last facial a couple of weeks before the wedding day to make sure your skin has enough time to recover.
Have the chosen spray tan. Don’t just have your first tan before the wedding. It could go really wrong. Too light, too dark, or worse: orange… (unless that’s the look you are going for).
Find a scent: everyone will want to congratulate you on the day, so you need to make sure your scent fits the occasion. Spend time finding the right perfume and think about how it will combine with any scent from your bouquet. Also you will remember it for the rest of your life! Make sure it’s one that makes you feel special!
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Have your make-up trial with your chosen make-up artist. Take along any accessories like tiara, have some pictures of the look you want ready and wear a white top to give you the best idea on how it will look on the day. You could even take photos of the finished look to make sure you are happy with it.
Have your brows shaped. It is the best time to go to a specialist if you haven’t before so they can advise on the best shape for your features.
Exfoliate and moisturise your lips every night. You can use a muslin cloth to rub them gently or an old toothbrush can do the job, too. Use lip balm or Vaseline to moisturise.
Get your hair cut and coloured to make sure the style and colour is perfect. This way you have time to adjust it if you feel the need.
By now you should have everything planned and organised so in the last few days try to get lots of rest. If you need a little help you can try essential oils to help you sleep and relax. It is time to let your makeup artist and hair stylist take control and pamper you.
Enjoy and have fun!
You can get in touch with Viktoria through her website http://artblush.com/
Photographs by Janey Anna Photography
Hair accessories by Rosadior
Bridesmaid gowns by Real Green Dress
Go here for Viktoria’s advice on ‘Why hire a makeup artist’