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

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents -

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

Back­stage at Gi­ambat­tista Valli haute cou­ture S/S 2018.

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.

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