Bridal Beauty Tips

You can be as radiant as her diamond on your wedding day by utilizing some of the following bridal beauty tips:

Complexion

Are those pre-wedding jitters causing acne? Clear skin is sometimes a luxury due to wedding stress. However, plenty of rest and a balanced diet can help curtail some of the problems.

It's also wise to establish a daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Consider having a professional deep-pore cleansing monthly and a hydrating facial about one week before the wedding day.

Makeup

Don't let too much makeup overwhelm your look -- use just enough, not too much. Experiment in advance to see what you like. If a professional will be applying your makeup, get a preview done to help determine what will help you look the very best.

Eyes

Sleepless nights fraught with excitement and worry go with the territory. But a bride-to-be can remedy tired eyes naturally by making eye pads from sliced cucumber, chamomile tea bags or cotton pads soaked in ice water.

Hair

Consult with your stylist about four months before the wedding date to discuss hairstyles that will flatter you. Remember to keep in mind your veil or head piece when planning a style. Establish a hair care and conditioning regimen and stick to it.

Hands

A short or medium-length is preferable for nails kept in top condition. Get a French manicure or use neutral polish for an elegant look. If you are planning on wearing acrylic or gel tips, plan on getting them applied or filled several days before the give any accidental injury or sore cuticles time to heal. You can apply fresh polish the day of the ceremony for an elegant touch.

Weight

Weight can only be shed and kept off through healthy eating and regular exercise. A quick fix is not in order. Contact a health club about setting up an exercise regimen. Start early, and remember, starving yourself two weeks before the wedding will only cause illness.

Eyebrows

If you are planning on having your brows plucked or waxed (or any other unwanted facial or body hair for that matter), be sure to have the procedure done at least 24 hours before your wedding. Both tweezing and waxing can cause irritation, especially on skin that is not normally subjected to these procedures. It is important to give your skin -- especially on your face -- time to heal and look its best.


Hair Care and Style

Your engagement marks the start of the countdown toward your wedding day coif, and decisions regarding your hairstyle and the style of your headpiece should mesh early on. You should set up appointments long in advance with appropriate time allowed for cut and color.

Not all stylists are comfortable working with headpieces, including the one you've been going to for years. Ask for a recommendation at your regular salon keeping in mind you may be selecting a different look for your big day, and that may mean picking someone other than your usual stylist.

Also decide if you're going to do your own hair for the wedding or if the stylist will be doing the honors, either at the salon or at your house. If it's the latter, set up the appointment well in advance, blocking out enough time to ensure a rush-free session. If you're going it alone, a good stylist will work with you in advance to get the right look. Then practice it, getting the routine down with the right products. If you want to experiment, do it early.

Discuss the long-range game plan with your salon. Map out approximate times for cut and color appointments. It's recommended that your last color appointment be scheduled a couple of weeks before your wedding (no less than one week) and your last cut two weeks before the big day. This also allows you plenty of time to get your hair into top shape with conditioning treatments, if you need them.

Next comes the headpiece and more decisions. Do you plan to wear it the entire day, or do you want the option of taking it off for the reception party? That could make a difference in your hairstyle choice.

Bring a photograph of the headpiece (or the accessory itself) and dress with you to the salon as soon as you make the selections. You and your stylist can make sure your plans are on the right track, or if changes should be made.

Your choice of headpiece, gown and hairdo should complement each other. Some experts say that the more elaborate the gown, the simpler the headpiece should be. Similarly, the more elaborate the headpiece, the simpler the hairstyle should be.

Upswept styles, including the chignon and the French twist, are natural complements to dresses with Victorian-style necklines. The French twist, with a few tendrils left free, is ideal for dresses that have dramatic cuts that expose the back or shoulders.

Don't forget about your attendants. Talk to them about their hair plans, perhaps even book them in the same salon, with a different stylist.


Ten Tips for Great Bridal Hair

1. Six months before the wedding, have a major consultation with your stylist of choice. Bring along the headpiece (or a picture if you do not have it in-hand yet) and the picture of the dress if possible. The more the stylist knows about the mood of the wedding, the better he or she can create the perfect hairstyle.

2. Do not use the portrait session as the "dress rehearsal". There should actually be a "test run" before the portrait.

3. During the "test run," walk around with the hairstyle you plan to wear to determine its comfort level. A good rule is: the simpler, the better, since pins can hurt, and intricate styles are often delicate.

4. Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while up-dos portray a formal, evening look.

5. Remember that some hairstyles can add inches to a bride's height, and shorter brides may want to use this to their advantage.

6. Do not have any chemical treatments the day of the wedding. That is not the time for surprises.

7. Hair color looks its best the first two weeks, so have your hair colored a week to two weeks before the wedding. But some colors take a few days to look picture perfect, so donít try anything drastic a couple of days before the ceremony.

8. If a permanent wave is necessary, have it done a month prior to the wedding.

9. Hair that is too fine or over-conditioned does not style well, so deep conditioning treatments should not be used within four days of the wedding. For best styling results, shampoo hair lightly the day before the wedding and, if possible, do not wash hair the day of the wedding.

10. Stylists and makeup artists do their best work in their own environments with their own tools. Have your wedding party meet at the salon a couple of hours before they need to be at the ceremony for pictures. This increases efficiency, (and usually costs less).


Beauty Countdown

Here's the Beauty Countdown -- Your guide to looking beautiful on your wedding day. Before we begin, here are just a few things you should remember...

-Wear a button-down shirt for your wedding day appointment.

-For best results from waxing, grow hair out for 3-4 weeks, and schedule your wax treatment a couple of days prior to the ceremony.

-For chemically treated hair, avoid chlorinated pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis. It can discolor treated hair.

3 Months

Facial treatments every 4 to 6 weeks

2 Months

Enhance and strengthen your nails with a manicure every other week

1 Month

Perm Hair

Hair Conditioning Treatment

Haircuts for groom and men in wedding party

3 - 4 Weeks

Haircut for the bride

Practice and experiment with different hair styles

Decide on a hairstyle and do a "trial run" with hairpiece

Practice make-up with make-up artist or

Have a make-up lesson or practice on your own

Purchase all make-up that you will need

2 Weeks

Full set of nails if choosing acrylic nails

Facial for bride and bridesmaids

Haircuts for groom and men in wedding party

Color hair

1 Week

Pedicure

Waxing (lip, eye brows, underarm, leg, or bikini)

1 - 2 Days Before Wedding

Manicure for Bride

Manicure for Groom

Massage for the Bride

The Wedding Day

Make-up application

Polish change or manicure

Hair up-dos for bride and bridesmaids