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Glamour (South Africa) - - Glam Weddings Know-how -

12 MONTHS BE­FORE

Start a shape-up plan Re­mem­ber: your dress is made to fit you, and you don’t need to be su­per­model size. But if you want to lose weight, chisel your arms or strengthen your back, start now. Your rou­tine should in­clude car­dio, weight train­ing and stretch­ing.

Grow your hair Your hair grows about 1.25cm a month. That’s an ex­tra 15cm from now to then. If you’re af­ter more length, get quotes and pro ad­vice on hair ex­ten­sions.

9 MONTHS BE­FORE

Try laser hair re­moval For per­ma­nent re­sults, have six to 10 treat­ments, spaced six weeks apart. Sched­ule your last ap­point­ment about a week be­fore the cer­e­mony. If you start in win­ter, you’ll ben­e­fit from special of­fers.

6 MONTHS BE­FORE

Think about makeup Book your makeup artist now, as the best ones get re­served quickly. If you’re do­ing your own makeup, go for lessons. Beauty coun­ters like Clin­ique and Smash­box of­fer free mini tu­to­ri­als. At Bobbi Brown or M A C, you pay for a les­son and get a prod­uct to that value.

See a der­ma­tol­o­gist If you want more ad­vanced treat­ments, like peels and mi­cro­der­mabra­sion, plot your skin plan with a pro.

Find hair in­spi­ra­tion Look through mag­a­zines, Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram. Then work with your stylist on a plan for your cut and colour go­ing for­ward.

Per­fect your brows Over-plucked? Need a pluck? See a brow ex­pert.

Amp up your fit­ness Add more reps to your weight train­ing, but lower the weight so that you get leaner, in­stead of bulk­ing up.

2 MONTHS BE­FORE

Be skin savvy Now is not the time to ex­per­i­ment with new skin prod­ucts. Most prod­ucts need about 28 days to start show­ing re­sults, and you don’t want to risk the chance of any un­sightly re­ac­tions.

Ex­fo­li­ate Start by ex­fo­li­at­ing once a week, then move to twice a week. Too much too soon can lead to break­outs.

1 MONTH BE­FORE

Sched­ule a hair trial Take along your pic­tures, ex­ten­sions (if they’re clip-in), hair ac­ces­sories and veil. Then take pho­to­graphs from ev­ery an­gle to see how it all com­ple­ments your face.

Buff your body Get rid of scaly, dry skin by us­ing a body brush. Buff in an up­ward di­rec­tion to­wards your heart. Do twice a week.

2 WEEKS BE­FORE

Give your hands love There’ll be pho­to­graphs of your hands putting on your wed­ding band, sign­ing the reg­is­ter and car­ry­ing your bou­quet. Use a hand cream and ap­ply cu­ti­cle oil reg­u­larly. Sleep! It’s still the best beau­ti­fier. Ap­ply a nour­ish­ing mask to give your skin added plump­ness while you rest.

1 WEEK BE­FORE

Get lash ex­ten­sions For ex­tra oomph, give your lashes some length. The ef­fect lasts about two to three weeks (un­til af­ter your hon­ey­moon).

Have your fi­nal hair­cut or colour A tiny trim can re­ju­ve­nate your style. Do­ing colour adds beau­ti­ful shine.

2 DAYS BE­FORE

Go for a pro tan If you’re go­ing bronze, now’s the time to get your spritz.

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