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09 June 2014

The Perfect Plan to Look Your Best on Your Big Day

Wedding Beauty TipsPlanning your wedding day is an exciting and hectic time. With so much to do regarding guests, gifts, meals and venues it's easy to lose sight of the most important person. The bride! Give yourself a six-month countdown if possible and start pampering yourself for the big day as soon as the date is set.

Exercise

Taking regular exercise gives the circulation a boost and helps to flush out the toxins that build up and cause blemishes. Unless you're on a strict weight loss diet and exercise plan, there's no need to overdo it or make it difficult to incorporate it into your day. Just 30 minutes of gentle exercise, such as walking, each day will work wonders on your complexion and body tone, giving you the radiance you want for your wedding day.

Diet

Even if you're not hoping to lose weight, making small improvements in your diet can also improve the condition of your hair, help your nails to grow stronger and banish any fears of last minute spots. Eat fruit and fresh vegetables, cut back on starch and sugar and try to avoid excess alcohol. Drink around eight glasses of water a day to revitalise skin and eyes and keep your body hydrated and healthy.

Skin Care

Start taking care of your skin well in advance of the wedding day itself. A bride's hands are as important as her face as everyone will want to see the rings. Massage moisturiser into your hands at regular intervals during the day, especially after they've been in water. Getting a regular manicure every few weeks before the day will help to get nails and cuticles in good condition. Cleanse, tone and moisturise facial skin on a daily basis to get rid of all the impurities. Be especially diligent in removing make-up before you go to bed to avoid clogged pores and spotty eruptions. Get a regular professional facial for a few weeks before the wedding day, but don't wait until the last minute to start a facial routine. Some facial treatments can be a little harsh and cause blotchiness at first.

Hair

You want your crowning glory to be in peak condition for the wedding, so start early with a conditioning routine. Deep conditioning treatments can help to smooth and hydrate dry or damaged hair and a regular trim will encourage strong, healthy growth and reduce the risk of split ends. Start regular conditioning treatments a few months in advance of the day to be sure your hair has ample time to recoup from any previous damage.

Make-up

A bride does an awful lot of smiling and kissing on her wedding day. If you're doing your own make-up on the day, spend time during the weeks running up to the day for practising your wedding make-up. Make sure your foundation perfectly matches your skin tone by checking it in daylight and practise creating a perfect blend at your hairline and down under your chin to avoid any tide marks. If your eyes will be your main feature, play down the colour of your lipstick, or vice versa if your lips will be your main feature. Applying very strong colours to both lips and eyes can make you look overly made up if you're not careful. A tip to make lipstick last longer and stay in place better is to use foundation or powder on your lips before applying your lipstick. Apply a thin layer of lipstick, blot it with a tissue and then apply a second thin layer. Two thin layers stay in place more firmly than one thick one. After all the planning and preparation, remember the most important beauty tip for the day itself. Relax and have fun. Your inner radiance and happiness will shine through and overshadow any minor imperfections that manage to sneak through your defences.



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