Bridal Beauty

Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day. With the right planning, your hair and skin can look amazing. By looking through magazines and checking out websites, you can get great ideas for your bridal hair style and make-up. Here are some of our favourite bridal beauty tips.

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Your Wedding Hairstyle

Don’t try anything drastic right before your wedding i.e.: a new cut or colour. You want and need to feel good on the inside and the out. Rushed decisions are rarely good ones and especially on such a big day! Your wedding pictures are something you want to treasure, not hide because you hated your hair.

Plan early as soon as you have picked your wedding gown, start planning your hairstyle. If possible, have a friend take a picture of you in your gown and decide on the image you want to convey. You can then style your hair to capture that look; whether it be romantic, modern or edgy.

When you do your rehearsal (don’t skip this it can make a huge difference) bring everything with you. Your veil, tiara or any other accessories you want on your day. Bring pictures for your stylist to look at.

Some hot wedding hairstyles are:

The Princess Bride the finishing touch on this look is a tiara. They can be difficult to wear so consult with your stylist and bring it to your hair rehearsal.

The Breakfast at Tiffanys Bride a look that is typical of Audrey Hepburn and the 60s. Add a jewelled pin for some flash. This is a clean and architecturally beautiful look.

The Classic Bride a traditional upstyle with some contour and drama. Tiaras look nice with this style, just keep the size right. You’ll need a hairstylist that is an expert in updos to get this look right.

The Fairy Tale Bride riots of gorgeous curls create a sensational bridal look. Feminine and bold, you do need shoulder length or longer to get feel right.

Try accessorizing your locks with a tiara or diamante pins. Flowers can look fabulous in the right style and beaded/pearled pins are great for a bridal look.

Make-up Magic

When it comes to beauty, the first thing any bride-to-be should do is take a good look at their skin care regime. Visit a dermatologist or skin-care experts (you can get recommendations from your doctor, family or friends) to find out exactly what you need to do to get the perfect, healthy skin you want for your wedding day. Ask lots of questions and learn how to take care of your complexion both your face and your body. One thing you can start doing right away is to drink more water. This flushes toxins out of your skin and your system.

To tan or not to tan? Most brides choose to tan for their weddings. As long as you do this properly, you won’t have to worry about the orange colour from a sun-lamp or the redness of being outside. Tan gradually and never excessively. Watch for tan lines you don’t want them to show. Don’t tan in the week prior to your wedding because your tan needs the time to turn from red (or orange!) to the lovely brown you’re seeking. Another option (which is quite healthy) is a tan-in-a-bottle or a spray tan. Test either of these methods well ahead of your wedding for any reactions.

Get a full facial done (not within two weeks of your wedding) to even out your skin tone and give your skin time to heal from any reactions you might have. If you are wearing a strapless gown, get two shades of foundation, one for your face and one for your shoulders. Powder is a must. Flashes from cameras can reflect off your face, making you look hot and greasy. Focus attention to one dramatic part of your face either the eyes or the lips. A great tip to keep in mind; blush is an accent, not a feature!

Whether you go light, dark or dramatic on your eyes, always use a matte contour in the crease of the eye never a frost. Save frost shades for the lower lid, slightly under your brow bone or on your lips. Eyeliner is the best product to bring out the glamour for your bridal make up. Reshape or darken your brows with a pencil or powder for better definition. If you are getting your brows waxed (or any part of your face), do it at least three days before your wedding.

Eyelashes are the finishing touch on your wedding look. Try using a eyelash curler for more dramatic lashes. The key is to curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Stay on the safe side of black and waterproof. If you are looking for more than your lashes can give you, get false ones. These are available in individuals or strips, so you can choose exactly how much you want. After you’ve applied them, finish with a thin line of liquid eyeliner to make them look more natural.

Keep your lips simple. Use a lip liner only if you are willing to touch it up all day. Lipstick lasts longer than gloss, but lip gloss is very easy to use on touch up in a hurry.

Pedicures and manicures are a must for your day. Simple and soft shades are usually your best bet as they add a nice touch without overpowering your total look.