Every bride wants to look at her most beautiful on her wedding day. The secret is to start taking care of your hair and skin as soon as possible. By having regular trims at the hairdressers and adopting a good cleansing, toning and moisturizing regime you will be preparing the foundations for how you will look on your wedding day long in advance.
Make-up counters in large department stores are a great place to start for advice about your skin type and how to combat any problems you may have such as spots, blemishes or oily patches.
You don’t necessarily need to buy their products if they are very expensive. For example, if they recommend an oil-free moisturiser for your skin check out cheaper alternatives such as the supermarkets own brands.
Visit make-up counters in large department stores for free advice and trials.
The make-up counters can also give you advice about which colours will suit your skin tone and will probably do a make-over for you free of charge. This is a great way of learning how to apply your make-up professionally and pick up a few new ideas if you think you will be doing your own make-up on the day.
Some brides even visit these stores on their wedding day to have their make-up done and then simply buy the lipstick for touch-ups later on in the day. Make sure you choose products and a look that you are comfortable and confident with. Keeping your look simple, natural and fresh will ensure you look as lovely as you can on the day.
You may prefer to have your wedding make-up applied by a professional make-up artist on the day. Take your time to find the right person and ask to see examples of their previous work.
You will probably want to have a make-up trial done before the day to agree on your look. Trial wedding make-up sessions are not usually cheap though and whilst this is a good idea for the bride, its not necessarily important for everyone else in the wedding party having their make-up done to also have a trial.
Try local colleges with in-house salons offering cut-price treatments
As well as good skincare for your face remember that your arms will probably be on show, and your hands – complete with new wedding ring – will be a focal point of the day. Keep your arms and hands well moisturised and either treat yourself to a manicure or shape your nails yourself. Many salons will offer a ‘mini-manicure’ which will do the essentials to get your hands and nails looking beautiful without forking out for a full manicure.
Once you have decided which hairdresser you are going to use its important to book appointments well in advance for your wedding day. Good hairdressers get booked up very quickly particularly on Saturdays in summer months.
Take pictures of any styles you see in magazines which you like to show your hairdresser and also take along any head-dress or veil which you are planning on wearing. If you can, visit the salon on the wedding day as this will probably be cheaper than asking the hairdresser to come to your house.
If you are styling your hair yourself, be sure to practise beforehand particularly if you are attempting an ‘up-do’. Wash your hair the night before the wedding rather than on the morning itself as this will make it easier to style, minimise flyaway hair and ensure your hair stays up for longer.
If professional make-up artists or hairdressers seem too expensive check out your local salon for ‘model night’ or local college for students on hairdressing and beauty courses. They will be much cheaper than fully qualified professionals and especially if they are nearing the end of their course should have the necessary skills.
Often colleges have ‘in-house’ salons where you can book hair and beauty treatments at a fraction of the usual cost. As all treatments are overseen by a highly qualified and experienced tutor you should feel confident that you are in safe hands.
Brides tip: Remember to wear waterproof mascara on this emotional day!