Kick-start Your Bridal Beauty Regime
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
• 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.