On your wedding day, you want to
sparkle. You've seen the natural glow of brides, and always
wondered how they achieved that special beauty. While much of it comes from just
being a bride, there are many additional things you can do to help yourself
attain that healthy, radiant look.
A solid regimen of skin, hair, and nail care is the best way to build that
"bride-beautiful" appearance. By enhancing your natural good looks, you will lay
the foundation upon which you can add the extra details that make a bride an
Good skin care requires adherence to a comprehensive plan at least two months
prior to your wedding date. First, choose a gentle skin cleanser that is
appropriate for your skin type (dry, oily, or combination).
The second step is one that many women skip, but it
is very important. To slough off dead skin cells, choose a toner or astringent
that also corresponds to your skin type. Toner helps keep make-up looking fresh
for a long time, and is an integral step for the bride who doesn't have a lot of
time for touch-ups between the wedding and reception.
The third step is to apply moisturizer. Try to find a product that is oil-free
and non-comedogenic to avoid clogged pores and an oily shine.
Finally, protect your skin from those harmful ultra-violet rays with a good
sunscreen — with a SPF of at least 15.
A solid regimen of skin, hair, and nail
care is the best way to build that "bride-beautiful" appearance.
If you must use a blow dryer or
curling iron, invest in a heat-activated hair replenisher to repair damaged hair
Begin your new hair care routine when you begin your
facial plan. Start by conditioning each time you shampoo, and limit your use of
the heat-styling tools. If you must use a blow dryer or curling iron, invest in
a heat-activated hair replenisher to repair damaged hair cuticles
Several weeks before your wedding, go in for a consultation with your
hairstylist. Bring along your headpiece, jewelry, and a picture of your dress so
that your stylist knows what he or she will work with. Discuss various
hairstyles you like, and then come back in for a "dry-run" on the day you are
having your picture taken for the newspaper. This allows you to see how well you
like your hairstyle and how durable it is.
Good nail care begins with realizing that long nails
don't grow over night. You will need to take time to cultivate your nails, and
the first step is, quit biting them. Use a nail reinforcer daily to protect your
nails from drying, splitting, and peeling, and take vitamin E supplements to
keep nails growing long and strong.
Now that you have the basics down, you can experiment with make-up choices. A
good foundation and powder are essential, even if you don't normally wear much
make-up. Choose a foundation that complements your skin tone, and provides a
smooth matte finish. This, along with the powder, evens out your skin tone, and
provides extra coverage to hide any last-minute blemishes.
Blush should be used to enhance Mother Nature's natural color. While other
cultures mark brides-to-be with striking colors and lines of paint, the
war-paint look is definitely "out" for the new millenium.
The war-paint look is definitely
Eye shadow is similarly understated, and should look good with your skin tone
before you try to match it to the flowers or decor colors.
Make sure that you purchase waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Even if you are not
a sentimental gal, the emotion of the moment could get the best of you, and you
don't want to be caught unprepared.
Lipstick can be both understated and feminine or bold and trendy. Choose a color
that complements your style, and don't forget the lip liner. One way to make
your lipstick last longer is to apply the lip liner, blot, repeat these steps,
dust with translucent powder, and apply the final lipstick coat. Add a touch of
gloss to the center of your lips for that shine that any groom would love to
experimentation is the key when looking for the perfect wedding-day make-up. As
long as you build a solid foundation of skin, hair, and nail care, that lovely
glow you've seen on so many other brides will be yours.
photo by Hawaii wedding photographer
It is your turn to shine, so consider make-up that complements your features,
but doesn't create new ones. Choose to be a naturally beautiful bride, because
that is how he fell in love with you.