My top tips for preparing for your wedding day…

Over the 4 years I have been in the wedding industry (I trained 6 years ago to be a makeup artist) I have been asked to write numerous articles on beauty preparation before the wedding – what brides need to consider months, even years, before the big day.  In actual fact the ‘tips’ used for preparing for your wedding are useful for good general health – not just left for your wedding.  Advice such as drink more water, or don’t bite your nails, have regular hair trims or eat healthy.  I’ve complied my top 5 tips that clients seem to find useful, hopefully you will too.

1. It seems to be a cliché to mention water when referring to any sort of beauty or health regime – but nevertheless, this tonic is the key to banishing skin dullness and keeping blemishes at bay.  So should be taken regularly as soon as you start wedding planning to get the full health benefit.  It will also keep you more alert and help combat stress levels which is a real bonus!

2. You don’t have to be a Dermatologist to know the sun is harmful.  And wearing an SPF should be top of your priority if going outside.  Having a ‘tan’, or turning red is the skins reaction to a burn – which is exactly what the sun is doing to your delicate skin.  So try and consider this next time.  Unfortunately, if you do burn until the skin is peeling there is little makeup we can apply to cover this, as the heat of the skin will simply ‘melt’ it away.

3. On the subject of tans.  If you want to add a little colour to your skin through a fake tan, then I strongly advise you to get it done by a professional beauty therapist in a salon.  It’s also better if you have a spray tan in a pod, rather than applied by hand as it looks more natural and avoids streaks..  Also try and build the tan over time, and not get it done the day before the wedding to avoid disappointment over your colour.  There is also less odour that way.

4. It’s a common myth that if you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturize.  This is simply not true.  It doesn’t matter what skin type you have – be it dry, sensitive or combination skin you need to moisturize regularly, and don’t be afraid to use a lot.  I often see clients who just use the tiniest amount, and wonder why their skin is so dry.   You just need to use a bit more than one small fingers worth!

5. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped and trimmed, you will be amazed at how this simple technique lifts and shapes the face.  I have heard great reviews about the counters in Harrods, and on the Benefit beauty counters for eyebrow shaping.  Also consider getting them tinted, along with your eyelashes.  This non-permanent treatment is excellent at catching those lighter hairs that tend to fade with age, or if you have really blond hair.