Gearing up for the Big Day — as in your wedding?
Got the dress under control? Great! Happy with the bridesmaids’ outfits? Fab! Does the groom look groovy? Super!
But isn’t there something you might have overlooked? Yes, your clothes may be perfect, but you just won’t sparkle without the right attention paid to your beauty regimen.
And it when it comes to makeup and other grooming magic, it’s never too early to start.
From Pilates for tone and good posture to skin treatments and products, we’ve got the best Big Day beauty tips and trends right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.
Want a sexy, radiant glow? Of course you do — it’s your wedding day! But chances are, after that late night of catching up with friends and relatives (plus a few last-minute emergencies) you’ll be anything but “glowing” when the big moment arrives. That’s why you should explore the world of shimmers, glimmers and glows. There’s nothing prettier than the angelic look of delicately shimmering highlights at your brow bone, cheekbones and décolleté. But there’s a trick to pulling it off without looking garish: Choose all your cosmetics well in advance, test them out, then select a final “shimmering” product to layer over top that has just the right amount of glow.
Keep the glow subtle. Consider Benefit MoonBeam, a liquid highlighter with an opalescent rose and gold glow, Stila Co-Stars (a two-pack of champagne and rose shimmer powders) or Urban Decay Sparkler Pen, which combines a dense sparkle with the pinpoint delivery of a pen-tipped applicator.
At first blush
While the traditional “blushing bride” may be a charming notion of earlier, more innocent times, finding just the right blush, powder and foundation can be a challenge for many skin tones and types. This year, the trend is soft, feminine roses and pinks that add a flush of natural-looking color to your face. Consider Prisme Again! Vintage compact from Givenchy, the delectable Nars Angelika powder blush or the sheer liquid Benetint cheek and lip stain from Benefit, which they call “the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle.” In terms of coverage, we love combination skin powder/foundation formulas that both cover and remove shine at the same time. Two we swear by: MAC and Clinique’s Superbalanced Compact Makeup, which both moisturizes and blots oil, depending upon what your skin needs.
At first blush
Schedule a consultation with a professional makeup artist well ahead of the big day to learn how to highlight and contour your face to its best advantage, then check out the results on video or pictures. It may sound pricey — but, hey — you only get married once. (Hopefully.)
Not happy with your lip shape, size or pout? No problem. All of those issues and more can be dealt with — non-surgically — if you choose the right products. Let’s start with size and fullness. A plethora of products exist that will help plump your lips, such as City Cosmetics Lip Plumping Treatment or Too Faced Lip Injection. Do they work? Many have reported great success, so they are worth a shot. But once again, test them out well before your wedding day! You’ll also want to make sure your lips are as smooth and soft as possible (for obvious reasons!). At the very least, moisturize regularly with good old Vaseline or another lip protectant. If you want to go all out, think about a product like Lip Refine from English Ideas, which promises to reduce the fine lines around your lips while removing chapped skin.
Rather than opting for the lip color du jour, consider your most flattering color as well as the time of year, style and location of your wedding. While red hot lips are “it” right now, you don’t want to look back and date your “beauty statement” to Fall 2004. Mid-tone, slightly glossy peaches and pinks are perennial best bets.
Million dollar smile
The “tooth whitening” market has taken the beauty world by storm, and what better time to experiment with those pearly whites than in preparation for the day when your smile will be center stage? Certainly you may want to consult your dentist and/or opt for professional treatment, but do keep in mind there are plenty of over-the-counter options as well. Don’t expect “instant” results — the best tooth-whitening systems rely upon the application of the product over a period of several weeks to slowly achieve optimum results.
Million dollar smile
The GoSMILE line of products has received rave reviews, or consider the BriteSmile “whitening spas” that are popping up all over the country. If you’re more interested in a few preventive measures at home, we recommend the Classic Toothpaste from Blanx. Popular in Europe for its nonabrasive whitening qualities, it’s now available in the U.S.
Skin so soft
With so much of you on view — from the front and back — now’s the time to evaluate your skin and determine a plan of action that will deliver a divinely soft, well-cared-for bride (you!) That includes well-sloughed elbows, a sexy, smooth and toned back (try Pilates for a few weeks before your wedding to improve your tone and posture) and skin that’s free of dryness, ashiness or uneven pigmentation and/or bumps. Start with the regular use of a body scrub to smooth things out; most contain exfoliating ingredients to remove irregularities quickly and efficiently. Salt Rub by Origins, Wine Scrub by Aqua Dessa or Brown Sugar Body Scrub by Fresh are a few to try.
Skin so soft
Shaving your legs? Don’t risk nicks and scrapes. The new Moi for Me electric razor is equipped with a protective foil that eliminates messy razor cuts and burns, plus a soothing jojoba strip that provides a smooth shave in or out of the shower. A must-have!
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America.
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