THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Calling all prospective brides: BAZAAR’S expert, step-by-step, top-to-toe guide to walking your best self down the aisle is here. By KATY YOUNG, SIÂN RANSCOMBE & BECKI MURRAY
Our step-by-step bridal beauty calendar.
2 YEARS TO GO: PERFECT YOUR SMILE “Plan any dental treatment from the minute you get engaged,” says the cosmetic dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye. “straightening can take up to two years. Other ‘tweakments’, including bonding, crowns and recontouring, can have a huge effect on your smile.
“If you simply want to whiten, having trays created by a dentist will offer the longest-lasting result.as far as whitening strips go, Dr Okoye says,“check that they cover the entire smile, and consult your dentist before using them.top up two weeks before the big day — everyone tends to wait until the last minute, which doesn’t insure against sensitivity.” – KY
1 YEAR TO GO:
SET YOUR GOALS If you’re opting for intensive body treatments, you need to prepare.“i recommend visiting a practitioner a year before to begin the consultation process, discussing what you can realistically achieve,” says skin-rejuvenation expert Dr Sarah Shah.
Body-contouring procedures such as Coolsculpting can be used on stubborn areas including the knees or the tops of the arms.“coolaser is also a brilliant treatment for stretch marks and for improving the general condition of the skin,” Dr Shah says. “I recommend monthly treatments for three to four months preceding the wedding.” – SR 9 MONTHS TO GO: PREP YOUR SKIN Most brides purchase their dress six to 12 months out, and this is the ideal time to start getting your skin in the best possible condition.“as your skin-cell cycle is 28–40 days, to improve and correct your skin takes time and you often need more than one skin cycle to achieve your desired results,” La Prairie skincare expert Belinda Besant says.adjust your schedule to your needs — allow at least three months for correcting pigmentation or scarring, one month to address hydration and tone, and a week for contour and texture. Moisturisers and eye creams are a good start, but it’s worth your while to introduce a lifting and firming serum such as the La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift ($725) to give faster results and amplify the benefits of your moisturiser.
Brides can also book a La Prairie Skin Caviar Lift Facial at The Darling Spa in Sydney ($310), a 90-minute treatment involving gentle heat to infuse the skin with the product. Maximise your treatment results at home with the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask ($475) one to three times a week. – SR
8 MONTHS TO GO:
CHOOSE YOUR LENGTH “Most brides want longer hair, so the first thing to do is see your stylist,” says the hairstylist Adam Reed. “You’ll get a better idea of both how long you can go and how to keep hair in good condition while you do so. If you’re going to use extensions, it’s important that you (and your partner) get used to them first — in my experience, 95 per cent of brides wish they hadn’t worn them.”
As for style, Reed recommends a trial a month before. “Take your veil, flowers or any accessories that you want to wear in your hair to practise,” he advises.“in the final week, get your last trim and treatment.” – KY
7 MONTHS TO GO: GET YOUR HANDS READY All Saints Skin Clinic in Sydney’s Double Bay offers Fraxel Dual laser treatment (Cost: $1500, with four to six weeks between treatments and three weeks’ prep recommended), which targets thinning skin on the hands, wrinkles, lax skin and uneven tone. Keep hands in otherwise good condition by wearing SPF every day.your pre-wedding manicure should be booked after your spray tan, to avoid staining the nails. – SR
6 MONTHS TO GO:
SEE A SPECIALIST “Consult a reputable cosmetic doctor about your options a good six months in advance, as some aesthetic treatments need a course as opposed to a one-off,” says Dr Anne Mendelovici at the Dr Sebagh Clinic. Mesotherapy is a popular pre-nuptial treatment for its plumping and glow-boosting properties — book three sessions two months before the big day, 15 days apart. Injectable fillers are also popular one month before, Dr Mendelovici notes,“but just a light sprinkling combined with an ultrasound treatment to open the eyes and tighten the contours of the face.” – SR
4 MONTHS TO GO:
SELECT YOUR HAIR COLOUR “The key to the perfect shade is to stick to the same professional throughout,” says Nicola Clarke, the hair colourist to Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet. “I like my clients to tell me a bit about their wedding plans — where they’re getting married, their style and even where they are going on honeymoon — to find their best tone. It also helps if brides start to take vitamins and supplements, as well as booking moisturising treatments, to improve the condition of the hair. One week before the wedding, have your colour retouched with a clear gloss treatment.” – KY 2 MONTHS TO GO: EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR MAKEUP Try to book in for a makeup lesson a couple of months beforehand.“i love a bride to look completely fresh and flowing,” says the makeup artist Mary Greenwell,“but makeup should be an accessory to the dress, definitely not the focus.” Try boosting your complexion with La Mer The Powder ($175) over tinted moisturiser or a light-reflecting foundation. For lips, Greenwell suggests a colour that won’t transfer, meaning moisturising formulas, rather than bright pigments.where mascara is concerned, wedding photographs may require a high-definition formula such as Benefit Badgal Bang!.“but stick to what you do best,” Greenwell advises.“don’t walk down the aisle looking any different to the woman your partner wants to marry.” – BM
4 WEEKS TO GO:
PICK YOUR PERFUME “My fragrance is meant to inspire romance and adventure and evoke the feeling that anything can happen,” says Michael Kors of his new fragrance,wonderlust, which is infused with the sweetness of almond milk. For a mixture of fruit and floral scents, Estée Lauder has unveiled Beautiful Belle — think lychee, pear blossom and orange flower finished with marzipan musk.add a little surprise to your wedding day scent with a dab behind your ears or on the backs of your knees. – CX
2 DAYS TO GO:
GET YOUR FINAL GLOW “Forty-eight hours after your treatment, when the guide colour has washed off, is the best day of any self-tan,” explains the tanning expert James Harknett.“do your research and test your tans first.the trick is to mimic the way your skin browns naturally, so it may take a few sessions to perfect your colour. In the lead-up to the wedding, book makeup trials two days after a treatment to ensure you are dealing with your true wedding-day complexion.” – KY
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13. Benefit Badgal Bang! Mascara, $42. 14. Dior Prestige Le Cushion Teint de Rose, $140. 15. YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer, $72. 16. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White, $41. 17. Dior Miss Dior Nourishing Rose Hand Cream, $66. 18. Elizabeth Arden Picture Perfect Blurring Loose Powder, $70. 19. Mason Pearson Junior Bristle & Nylon Mixture Brush, $247.
20. Michael Kors Wonderlust eau de parfum, $155 (100ml). 21. Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl in Overose, $49. 22. Estée Lauder Beautiful Belle eau de parfum, $130 (50ml). 23. M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+, $36.