start with a words of advice, forget the propaganda you have been
fed by the glossy magazines, about the ideal woman with the perfect
shape and exquisite beauty. You are you and the fact that you
are here finding out about wedding make up, proves the point,
that your partner who had the whole world from which to choose
the most beautiful woman, chose you. What you have to do is keep
yourself in shape and treat your body sensibly.
So what about
your wedding makeup? How are you going to look your best for the
whole of your wedding day? The answer is care, planning and using
the right cosmetics. We have put together a few hints and tips
to help you achieve and keep that radiant bride look all day long.
Sleep is a vitally important time
for body and mind, it is essential for the natural renewal of
the skin. If you can't get the recommended eight hours, make amends
by using a night cream.
The treatment that your skin needs depends
to a great extent on your age, we have divided the advice below
into three sections.
In your twenties your skin
is elastic and relatively wrinkle free. Occasionally you will
have a breakout of oiliness which is probably due to a hormone
imbalance, by the time you reach your mid to late twenties this
imbalance will rectify its self.
It is generally accepted that
collagen and elastin can regenerate themselves as long as they
are protected from UV light and pollution. The three main rules
for looking after you skin in your twenties are.
- Protect your skin against sunlight and pollution. Protecting
you skin now is the most important anti skin ageing tactic you
- Pay particular attention to your diet, you skin will reward
you if you treat it well from within, a bad diet will manifest
its self first in your skin.
- Establish a skin care routine. Cleanse tone and moisturise
twice daily. Always remove your make up thoroughly to enable
your skin to breathe.
What 20's Skin Need's.
Use a basic cleanser (mild
and creamy or deep cleansing for oily skins.) Use a toner gentle
for the average skin, sebum control and anti shine for oily skin.
Also a anti pollution moisturiser containing vitamin A,c or E
to combat free radical damage.
Use a sun screen to protect
from UV light (matt and shine free.)
Use a clay based deep cleansing mask to combat the
oily areas which may appear during the time of your period..
skin is probably looking good, and now is the time to act to keep
it that way. In your early thirties the pigment cells become less
efficient at producing skin colour. You may have noticed the tone
of your face, neck and chest may have become a little uneven.
If you have subjected yourself.
use a high sunscreen on your face, hands and chest. You could
use a moisturiser which includes a UV sunscreen. Look for creams
containing anti oxidants, to combat free radical damage which
speeds up in your thirties, resulting in uneven pigmentation
and drier skin.
particular attention to the delicate skin around your eyes,
which is usually the first place to show signs of wrinkling,
also your neck and the backs of your hands.
thirties is a very demanding time, make sure you body is getting
the nutrition it needs. So don't skimp on your vitamin supplements,
iron vitamin B complex vitamins C and E and evening primrose
What 30's Skin Need's.
an anti pollution formula moisturiser to help the skin heal itself.
Use a high protection UV sunscreen
and moisturiser especially for the eye area.
Cell turnover starts to
slow down in your thirties, so use a slightly more abrasive face
polisher to exfoliate.
Use a mild moisturising
For a blushing bride look that doesn't
dissolve during the ceremony, try these great techniques:
- Use a powder based blush it will last
longer than a cream blush.
- Alternatively, try a cheek stain --
just be sure to blend fast. Once the stain sets, it stays put.
- You've done your homework. Your skin
glows. What comes first, Foundation, Powder, Conceal?
- Relax. Try these tips for a flawless
- Apply moisturiser twenty minutes before
starting your makeup to minimise slide.
- Use conceal under your eyes.
- If you think you'll be a teary bride,
look for an oil-based conceal
- If your foundation wears away easily,
try a formula with a little oil -- sounds strange, but it works.
- Finish your foundation with face powder.
The eyes are the mirror of the soul and,
on this day at least, your eyes will probably be brimming with
joyful tears. Try these tips to keep your eye makeup in place
through the waterworks:
- Prep your eyelids with an eye shadow base or a little face
- Use waterproof mascara, allow each coat to dry for a few seconds
before applying the next layer.
- If you expect to cry a lot, leave your lower lashes clean
-- this minimise smudging.
- Try an eyelash perm -- the French swear by this spa technique.
Results last for about nine weeks.
Kissing is probably the only thing you'll do more than crying
on your wedding day, so you'll need lip color that lasts, without
constant touch-ups. Try these steps for a lasting, kiss able smile.
- Skip your lip moisturiser, or apply it at least an hour before
starting your makeup.
- Prep your lips with a little foundation -- to give the color
- Using a lip liner, first outline your lips, then fill them
in for an extra layer of color.
- Apply your lipstick with a lip brush.
- Apply one layer of lipstick, blot with a tissue, and apply
the second layer.
- For color that really lasts, try a lip stain. This is a particularly
good choice if you want a bright, high maintenance lip color,
like ruby red.
- Moisturise your lips in the days before the wedding lip stain
can be drying.
- Apply lip stain directly to lips skip the foundation and lip
- Be sure to have makeup remover ready for mistakes lip stain
won't just wipe off.
Test Drive Your Makeup
should test your makeup at least two weeks before your wedding,
to leave time to make any adjustments. Give your finished makeup
a few minutes to set, then mist your face with water from a spray
bottle. The spray will simulate tears and give you a good idea
of how your makeup will hold up to a good cry. If you pass the
waterworks test, get your fiancÚ into the act and have him kiss
and hug you repeatedly (we know, this is such hard work).
Keep your makeup on through at least one
meal, and see how you look after a few hours. If you're still
picture perfect with just a few minor touch ups, you've got a
winning routine. Now get out there and smile!
Bleaching is ideal for the upper
lip and stomach hair. The effect lasts for three or four weeks
and doesn't affect the the rate or amount of hair re-growth.
You could try. Louis Marcel gentle
facial hair lightner.
Or Jolen creme bleach.
These are alkaline solutions that
dissolves hair just below the skin's surface. They are ideal
for underarm, legs and if recommended the bikini line. It is
a painless if somewhat messy procedure. Results last for up
to ten days.
You could try. Immac Citrus Fresh Cream.
is a permanent method that destroys the hair follicle with an
electrical current. It is ideal for small delicate areas like
the lip, nipple. It is both slow and expensive. Make sure that
your beautician is qualified to perform the procedure.
operated system promotes smooth legs without the hassle associated
with waxing. The results are similar to waxing .
Try the Brawn Silk Select Body System.
is still the most popular and cost effective method, for all
areas the disadvantages are that the stubble will grow back
in a couple of days, and the risk of cuts and rashes.
Try The Gillette Sensor for Women.
Waxing will probably give the
best results lasting four to six weeks, due to the fact that
the hair complete with the follicle is removed . It is ideal
for the legs, underarm and bikini line, but it can be painful.
Home cold wax treatments tend to be both messy and painful.
It is probably best to leave the hot wax treatments to the experts.
You could try Louis Marcel Strip
You skin is constantly renewing
its self, although as you get older the rate of renewal slows down.
It is made up of four distinct layers.
- The stratum corneum which is a protective
layer of dead cells which are gradually worn off.
- The Epidermis a thin layer of fast growing
- The Dermis which consists of blood vessels
lubricating oil glands and stretchy fibres.
- And a bottom layer consisting mainly of fat
which gives the skin body.
Natural acids found in fruit,milk
and sugar which help loosen dead skin cells on the skin surface, so
that they fall off quicker.
Derived from vitamins such as A,C and
E, these bind to the free radicals, so that they can't roam around
and do harm.
Lipids naturally present in the skin
that go to make a moisture barrier over the surface. Ceramides contained
in skin products strengthen this seal helping the skin to retain its
Is a strong protein which forms connective
tissue in the dermis, providing strength and support for the skin.
Is a stretchy protein which makes up
the elastic fibres of the skin, giving it is suppleness and smoothness.
These are naturally present in our bodies,
and can be both helpful and harmful . Some help the skins natural
renewal, while others break it down. Certain enzymes can be added
to creams to block the action of skin ageing enzymes.
These are highly unstable molecules
, which are sent wild by stresses such as smoking UV light and many
types of pollution. These reactive molecules cause skin cells to oxidise,
damaging the skin and making it less firm.
These tiny spheres are made up of fat
and water and are filled with active ingredients. They are used to
transport material to where the skin needs it.
This is the effect on the skin caused
by exposure to sunlight. It is said to be the greatest single cause
of wrinkles and aged skin.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor.)
This is a guide as to how effectively
sunscreen products filter out the harmful UVB rays. If your skin burns
after 15 minutes in the sun, then using a factor 15 cream you can
stay in the sun for 225 minutes without burning.
- If your skin tends to be oily don't use harsh treatments this could
actually make the problem worse. Instead, create a skin care routine
using cleansers and balance's that have been customise for your skin
- In the months preceding your wedding is the
time to experiment with makeup, take time and choose a makeup palette
that is perfectly suited for your complexion.
- Visit your beautician for your last regular
facial a week before the wedding.
- Start using a lip balm or moisturise, color
fades unevenly on dry, chapped lips.