Kick-start Your Bri­dal Beauty Regime

The Luxury Collection - - Editorial - -By Asha Chowdary

Ro­mance is back on the menu of the beau­ti­cians to the brides of the sea­son, and res­onates with hints of soft pas­tels, dif­fused colours and dewy sweet­ness. Gone are the days when brides wanted to look pic­ture per­fect, which usu­ally meant wear­ing a heavy base, a dense primer and bright rouge. To­day, both brides and their stylists have left per­fec­tion be­hind and em­braced a spirit of ir­reg­u­lar­ity, au­then­tic­ity, soft­ness and play­ful­ness. The re­sult? Ro­man­tic tex­tures, gen­tle colours, bo­hemian over­tones and sim­ple, pol­ished beauty.

So, what are the beauty trends that brides should adopt this year? Here’s a com­pi­la­tion of ideas on how to look your best on your wed­ding day...

The treat­ments

Most brides be­gin to take care of them­selves early, but this year, due to the fact that brides are opt­ing for more nat­u­ral beauty, their reg­i­men has to start much ear­lier. Whether it is about cleans­ing, get­ting rid of blem­ishes or hy­drat­ing the skin, the idea is to work at it for much longer and more con­sci­en­tiously for the best re­sults. If you have a skin con­cern, con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist right away and start treat­ments. But if you are only look­ing for a skin up­grade, you could be­gin with fa­cials or sheet masks that are avail­able in a num­ber of vari­a­tions now. Ex­perts sug­gest that if you have dry skin, you could go for fa­cials that fea­ture hyaluronic acid as a ma­jor com­po­nent or vi­ta­min masks or any treat­ment that of­fers plenty of hy­dra­tion. Those with oily skin could go for the clay masks or deep cleanse fa­cials. How­ever, if you have sen­si­tive skin, it is best to go for fruit en­zyme ex­fo­lia­tors or gen­tler treat­ments. Many brides are also try­ing out lip masks for hy­dra­tion and th­ese treat­ments en­sure that their lips are in op­ti­mum con­di­tion too. Be­sides fol­low­ing a spe­cial beauty reg­i­men, it is also im­por­tant to fol­low a strict diet, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and go for beauty pro­ce­dures as of­ten as nec­es­sary. If you are not a fan of sa­lon pro­ce­dures, try out homemade treat­ments like face masks cre­ated out of milk cream, turmeric, san­dal and aloe.

The goals

Aim for clear skin and dewy makeup, but this is not as easy as it sounds. Skin clar­ity can only be achieved with metic­u­lous care and some help from a der­ma­tol­o­gist. Once your skin is near per­fect, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that it still needs some makeup to make it look spe­cial on your big day. It is the il­lu­sion of per­fec­tion that should be your goal. Ex­per­i­ment with makeup prod­ucts to get the soft, dif­fused look that is so trendy now. Sched­ule ses­sions with your beau­ti­cian or try out var­i­ous looks your­self to get the right colour com­bi­na­tions on your face. How­ever, make sure that you use good qual­ity prod­ucts and clean your makeup brushes reg­u­larly so that you don’t end up with break­outs on the skin.

The makeup

The top looks for brides this year in­clude pas­tel shades for the eyes and monochro­matic makeup. Beau­ti­cians sug­gest that you could use pink eye shadow and re­flect the same colours on your cheek and lips. This sin­gle colour tone looks de­mure and youth­ful, mak­ing it one of the hottest styles of the sea­son. Since the rest of the makeup is kept min­i­mal, the eyes come into fo­cus and shine through. Keep eye­brows fuller, so that they look both dra­matic and nat­u­ral. Above all, make sure that you don’t go for com­pletely nude makeup as this can make you look washed out and tired on your big day. Add a hint of colour, prefer­ably pink, so that it adds that shot of vi­brancy to your face and makes it come alive. How­ever, if you dis­like pink, go in for bolder colours, like red with a hint of coral. Use me­tal­lic eye­liner on the bot­tom lash line in cobalt to look su­per spe­cial and go for berry lips to look trendy. Learn to use and layer a face high­lighter so that your cheek­bones and eye­brows can get a high wattage shine.

The hair

An­other ro­man­tic touch this year lies in the hair. Braids and twisted hair­styles are back with a bang and are of­ten ac­ces­sorised with real flow­ers. So if you don’t like wear­ing a tiara or sparkly hair ac­ces­sories, adorn­ing your hair with real flow­ers might be your best op­tion. Sleek and shiny up­dos are trendy too but if that look is too for­mal for you, you could go for bo­hemian, beachy waves that are full and beau­ti­ful. Go for trial hair­styles much in ad­vance so that you can grow out your hair, if nec­es­sary, for a spe­cific style. Due to the ath­leisure trend that al­lows you to wear gym cloth­ing to work, non-fussy looks are com­ing to the fore­front. You can en­joy your nat­u­ral hair tex­ture and opt for sim­pler hair­styles, be­cause th­ese are the looks that are in vogue now. Retro hair dos and tight curls are also back in style.

The prod­ucts

It is al­ways best that you choose the beauty prod­ucts that you need for your wed­ding day. You could rely on your beau­ti­cian or sa­lon to pick up th­ese beauty prod­ucts for you, but you can­not take the risk of be­ing al­ler­gic to any prod­uct or us­ing a sub­stan­dard prod­uct that will harm your skin for many months af­ter­wards. It is, there­fore, best to in­vest in good qual­ity prod­ucts a few weeks be­fore the big day your­self. To be­gin with, buy a good primer. It will en­sure that your makeup

stays on for hours and if it is mat­ti­fy­ing, it will keep your face shine-free all day. Sec­ondly, get a lux­u­ri­ous foun­da­tion and an ef­fi­cient con­cealer, that com­ple­ment each other in colour and tex­ture and can give you a flaw­less com­plex­ion. A bronzer or a blush comes next, along with a high­lighter that will give you the radiance you need to look bright and lovely. Ex­per­i­ment with lip­sticks that will give you an in­stant style up­grade. As for skin­care, try out the new vi­ta­min C serums and com­plex­ion boost­ers that are in the stores now.

The mis­takes

• Try­ing some­thing new sud­denly, with­out proper tri­als or prepa­ra­tion. The chances that some­thing could go wrong are very high, so it is best to stay with the tried and tested al­ways. Al­ways have a full trial of your makeup and hair style a few days prior to the big day.

• Go­ing for a fa­cial on the day be­fore or a few days prior to the wed­ding day. This is not rec­om­mended as any one of the prod­ucts used in a fa­cial treat­ment could sud­denly ir­ri­tate your skin and give you blem­ishes, a rash or even acne.

• Not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the rest of the body. Re­mem­ber, the bride is the show­stop­per of the day. She will be scru­ti­nized from head to toe. So, make sure your hands, body and feet are just as beau­ti­ful as your face. Add body makeup, like body pow­der, per­fumed lotion for the hands, dé­col­letage prod­ucts, neck cream and shim­mery lotion for the arms.

• Wax­ing or thread­ing a day be­fore the wed­ding. This could lead to prob­lems and pos­si­ble dis­com­fort, es­pe­cially around the lips and eye­brows.

• Go­ing only by top trends, in­stead of choos­ing what re­ally suits you. This is never a good idea, as only cer­tain colours and styles may suit your skin tone and per­son­al­ity.

And fi­nally, the big day

If you put in plenty of prepa­ra­tion and thought into the process of look­ing beau­ti­ful and near per­fect on your wed­ding day, it is al­most cer­tain that noth­ing will go wrong. Don’t rush through any of the beauty pro­ce­dures on the big day and re­mem­ber to savour ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery­thing you do. After all, this is one day that is chock full of mem­o­ries that will go down in the an­nals of your life story and stay with you for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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