One of my favorite parts about my job is that I get to work with gorgeous brides every week. It’s really is so special to play a part in a brides wedding day.
I made some great friends throughout the years, so thank you to all my lovely brides for sharing such special moments.
With this in mind I’ve decided to dedicate my first ever blog post to everything bridal and share with you some tips and tricks that I’ve learned throughout my many years of working at weddings.
First of all skin prep:
Start off by giving your skin some TLC.
(1) Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day
(2) Start a very strict home skincare regime.
(3) Cleansing and moisturising morning and night.
(4) Exfoliate twice a week.
(5) Masks once or twice a week.
I’m obsessed with Pixi Glow tonic at the moment.
It’s a best-selling, cult favourite exfoliating toner which
perfects skin tone and texture, resulting in a healthy glow.
A definite must for brides who are looking for that gorgeous natural glow!
Your wedding is the perfect excuse to do some extra pampering. But remember you’ll want to book monthly facials 6 months before your wedding to really refresh your skin. Leave your last facial before the big day two weeks before the wedding just in case you get a reaction.
Experienced aestheticians will massage your skin, scalp and décolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin fresh and glowing.
You can also request extractions. An extraction is when your facialist cleans all the dirt out of your pores. This process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring. Beauty is pain ladies I promise the extractions are worth it.
However, if you suffer from acne/rosacea I’d recommend going to a dermatologist or skin professional as they can recommend a course of treatment specifically for your skincare needs.
I really recommend Guinot Hydradermie facials at Park Beauty Clinic. www.parkbeautyclinic.ie/treatments
The Dreaded Spot
If a nasty pimple pops up the night before your wedding or even looks like it’s going to, simply dab it with some Mario Badescu drying lotion.
It’s unbelievable blemish shrinking abilities work instantly, and Kylie Jenner is a big fan!
Start prepping your lips
Lips are so important! Nearly 50% of my clients forget all about taking care of their lips. It’s so much easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they’re already dry and cracked. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy, sunny or cold weather, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated
You can also apply a hydrating lip creme throughout the day. My fav is the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream as it hydrates, soothes and heals dry irritated lips.
Top Tip: Brush your lips with a soft dry toothbrush and this will remove any chapped skin and plump up the lips.
If you’re going to go down the spray tan route try to schedule in a few trials with different beauticians and products.
My favourite spray tan at the moment is Vani T X by the Beauty Suite just over Zeba Hair Salon on South William Street.
It doesn’t smell and you can wash it off after 2to 4 hours depending on how dark you want it! It gives you get such a natural all over glow.
Very important tip: Make sure to get tan applied to your face if you’re tanning your body. The flash of the camera picks up the pigment from tan, so it could result in a white face and dark body in your pictures if you don’t.
Choosing your hair and make-up artists
Not all make-up artist and hairdressers have the same style or work in the same way. So if you’re after a particular look, make sure you check out the artist’s work online before choosing who you want for your big day.
Make up trial
I recommend you do the trial 4 to 6 months before the wedding day.
Here’s a few tips on preparation for your make up trial.
•Bring a few pictures with you of make-up you’d like just to get an idea of the style of make-up you’d like
•If you’re going to be wearing tan on the day try put some on for the trial. (It will help give you a more realistic representation)
•Get brows threaded a few days before. (Don’t wax brows before trial as make up doesn’t sit properly on the waxed area for days)
•Try and have a facial a few weeks before the trial.
If you’re thinking of cutting your hair or changing your hair colour then definitely do this before the trial.
Always bring in some inspirational pictures so the hairdresser can see what style you’re looking for.
I usually always apply individual lashes to the brides to add a bit of definition and glamour.
Be careful with heavy strip lashes they can weigh the eyes down and look really false in pictures.
I also love a natural set of semi-permanent lashes.
There’s only two lash artists I’d trust with my peepers as it takes such skill and patience to apply semi-permanent lashes.
Vintage glamour lashes – www.vintageglamourarklow.com
Christoph eye couture – www.christopheyecouture.com
Try to go to a brow professional at least six months before the wedding day.
They can plan out a brow program for you
I would highly recommend Kim and Kelly at the Dublin Make up academy – thedublinmakeupacademy.com
The brow Artist Ranelagh – facebook.com/thebrowartistofficial/
IBrow Cork – facebook.com/IBrowCork/
I advise having your brows done no less than one week before the big day.
Many women don’t realise that having their brows done can cause swelling, redness and pimples
Also try to stay away from waxing above the brow as make up doesn’t sit properly on the area for up to a week after waxing.
You’d be surprised with how many people suffer from hay fever and Dont know they do!
I used to always get watery eyes on days where there was a high pollen count.
As soon as I would take a non-drowsy antihistamine they would stop watering straight away.
If you suffer from watery eyes take a non-drowsy antihistamine an hour before your make up is done. I promise you they make such a difference.
Also if you suffer from red bloodshot eyes apply eye drops 30 mins before your make up is done and your eyes will be dazzling all day long!
What to bring with you on the day
When make-up is applied properly by a make-up artist it shouldn’t budge for the day.
I have clients that have said the makeup I applied on them lasted the second day too.
I usually recommend my brides to have MAC studio fix powder and lip products with them for touch ups during the day.
There’s always that one overexcited guest that plonks a red
lipstick smooch on the brides face. Don’t worry if this happens,
simply remove the stain with a dry cotton pad and apply studio
fix powder to the area.
Never apply foundation or anything wet to the area, as
applying fluid or cream products to a set face will cake the face.