Prime your skin for all-over softness. Try Ahava’s new Mineral Botanic Body Lotions (£25), which complement its Velvet Cream Body Wash. The lotions are infused with organic plant extracts and enriched with natural moisturising oils, making them ideal if you are prone to dry skin. Choose Hibiscus & Fig, Honeysuckle & Lavender or Lotus & Chestnut.
TWO MONTHS TO GO
Brush up on your make-up technique and have some girly fun at the same time with a visit to Chanel’s new beauty boutique in Covent Garden. Its services for brides include masterclasses for small groups (hen parties or bridal parties), with exclusive hire of the downstairs area. A Chanel expert will teach brides and Keep your skin super-soft by using an oldfashioned trick at night: cold cream. Don’t be put off by the thought that it is something your great-grandmother used – it is wonderful for putting back moisture lost through central heating or air-conditioning. Try Mrs White’s Classic Cold Cream (£25), a rich blend of beeswax, olive oil, organic cider vinegar and rose absolute.
THREE WEEKS TO GO
If you are doing your own make-up, take time to experiment with different colours to get the look you want.
Clinique’s Even Better Make-Up (£27.50) comes in a handy compact for quick top-ups during the day. Available in 20 shades, it covers uneven skin tones and has a creamy, easyto-wear texture.
For eyes, try Clinique’s Colour Surge eye shadow quad (£25), in luscious pinky-brown shades. Alternatively the Colour Quartet and Eye Liner palette (£31) from Clarins, in copper, pale gold and pink gold, will give a touch of summer warmth. Add drama with Clinique’s Quickliner in Intense Ivy (£14). The colour stays put all day long, so you don’t have to worry about fading. To finish, apply Guerlain’s Maxi Lash mascara (£22) in Violet, for volume and curl.
Add a glow to your complexion with Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 Seasons gorgeous bronzing powder (£46.50) or Clarins’ Summer Bronzing Compact (£30).
Complete the look with Clinique’s Long Last Lipstick in Pink Chocolate (£16.50): the subtle colour will not date in photographs and it has a creamy matte formula that will last for hours.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
Try to chill out. If you are giving yourself a manicure, opt for a shade from Estée Lauder’s new French Nudes collection (£14.50). Offering just a hint of subtle colour, they are perfect for close-ups with your bouquet.
ON THE DAY
Before leaving the house, dab on Willow’s Rose Eau de Toilette (£45). The ultimate romantic fragrance.