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How to be the most beautiful bride ever!
Getting prepared for a wedding gives you a deadline, and forces you to start making a move. I don’t know how close is your grand day but I will give you a very valuable advice about how to take care of those important beauty details that will make you feel beautiful and confident that you will look gorgeous on your wedding pictures.
I try to simplify the regimen so let say you are 1 month from your wedding.
Go for a facial. Do this four weeks before your wedding because you don't want to get your skin probed and prodded too close to your wedding day. Other than getting a facial four weeks out, "don't do anything else to your face," said Evelyn Pereira from Avant-Garde Salon & Spa. "The last thing you want to do is stir bacteria beneath the skin that results a blemish", added the expert.
This is the great part about being a bride-to-be. Regular facials! These are a great way for a professional to look at your skin and help you to understand what your skin needs and what will work.
If you're looking to bring a dull complexion to life, Evelyn can provide a series of facials that clear blackheads, slough off dead skin cells, and improve circulation. Don't dare get a facial within ten days of your wedding. A very simple advice that Evelyn added is, drink a lot of water before and on your wedding day to make your face look dewy and radiant.
For the wedding day, Evelyn recommends to throw on an under-eye patch to minimize puffiness. Chances are you didn't sleep the night before. If that's the case, press on an under-eye patch help reduce inflammation, puffiness, and minimize any dark shadows.
Alex Croisner a specialist in hair and make up for brides is the best resource you can find to look like a movie star this day so special, believe me! Alex recommends that in order to get the best of your hairstyle for the wedding day you need to have your hair healthy and the best way to do it is getting invigorating scalp massage and deep conditioning treatment (about 4 weeks prior to the event) not only feels good, but stimulates the hair follicles and adds body.
The expert also added that “despite what many bottles claim, there is no way to repair damaged ends -- once your hair breaks, get a trim”. Also added that two weeks prior to your wedding, schedule an appointment to your stylist and colorist for a refresher. “Two weeks before your wedding, make an appointment with your hairstylist and colorist you've been seeing to freshen up your cut and color”.
“You’ll be looking at your wedding photos for a long time, so make sure your hair colour is the most flattering for your skin tone. Visit a colour technician to get rid of any brassy yellow tones and ensure brown tones are rich and glossy”.
When it comes to your face, it’s all about the details. Beautiful eyebrows can be as dramatic as beautiful lashes and I love that the bold brow is really having a moment right now. “Clean up your brows” said the expert in microblading Yadira Gonzalez from Avant-Garde Salon & Spa. “If you liked the brow expert who groomed your arches three months ago, go back to him or her, and have them tweeze or thread any stray hairs — don't get any waxing done on your face to close to your wedding day, since you don't want to run the risk of prolonged redness or worse: ripped skin”.
Microblading- This is a semi-permanent pigmentation process that uses several tiny blades to give thickness, shape, color, and definition to eyebrows. Unlike traditional cosmetic tattoos that are applied to the dermis, a deeper layer of skin, microblading is applied to the epidermis, a layer of skin closer to the surface. This technique gives the hair strokes a more natural, fine, feathered look and lasts for up to one year.
But what about getting the microblading treatment for your wedding? Yadira explained “brides should give themselves at least two months before their wedding day to have the microblading done. But the bonus is the beautiful brows will last far beyond the honeymoon phase if they are maintained well”.
Thank God for the eyelashes extensions! Lengthy lashes can take your beauty look to the next level — not to mention they make your eyes look bigger and brighter (a must for wedding photos). So it's no surprise that lash extensions are one of the most popular pre-wedding beauty treatments.
As Antonia Rutherford explained, eyelash extensions are semi-permanent, tapered strands of hair that are intricately applied to each of your individual lashes. The strands and glue never touch your skin but instead adhere to your natural lash with a semi-permanent glue. This gives your existing lashes the appearance of being thicker and longer. Extensions are adhered one-by-one by a trained professional at beauty/lash bar locations.
This is perfect for you wedding day because:
You will wake up with gorgeous lashes; no mascara needed
They are waterproof
It gives you a natural appearance and enhancement to existing lashes
They lasts indefinitely with frequent refills
And you get a custom looks created by a professional
I will recommend to get them prior to your wedding and few days before, get a refill. This way you will already know that you feel comfortable and you are not allergic to either the glue or the procedure.
Obviously you want to look for a trained lash professional at a reputable salon because Improper application can cause your natural lashes to weaken or break as well as other eye problems, this is why I highly recommend call Avant-Garde Salon & Spa 305-442-8136 and make an appointment with Antonia.
Hands and feet
“Preparation is key” said Joaquin Manuel, expert manicurist and pedicurist from Avant-Garde Salon & Spa.
“Picking your wedding day nail polish is only half the battle when it comes to getting a perfect bridal manicure. There are going to be a lot of people looking at your hands to catch a glimpse of that pretty new ring, so do yourself a favor and follow these dos and don'ts to prevent any major blunders”.
It takes three months for a nail to grow. So start early by having a consultation with a professional to ensure you are having treatments and using products that are right for you. A healthy, balanced diet is essential not only for nails but your hair and skin too. Ensure you are having enough calcium and Omega oils.
Here some of Joaquin Manuel keynotes so that you look beautiful hands and foot on this important day.
Cuticles are Crucial
Use a good quality cuticle oil and massage regularly
Stick to the natural shape of your nails as much as possible and if you prefer a rounded shape make sure you don’t take too much off the sides as it can cause nail splitting.
Colours change depending on your skin tone so make sure you choose a colour that works well for you.
If your skin tone is pale than lighter shades with pink or blue undertones are best. Pastel colours can look great too.
Choose pinks or reds to brighten the complexion.
With fair complexion beige, white and silver can be fabulous.
Those with blue undertones look great with pink based varnish.
Medium skin tones enjoy a wide range of colours and can be more choosy.
Peach or gold colours enhance olive complexions.
Don’t go for a very pearlescent colour on your nails. As with eye make-up it reflects the light more than matte products and can look different on the photographs. Matte with glossy finish would be my favorite.
Hey! Invest in a good hand cream to moisturize hands in between your treatments. A hot paraffin treatment combined with exfoliation twice a month, will detox the skin and help cells to regenerate and skin will look healthier and younger.
Polish your fingers and toes. If you're going for:
A gel manicure, make an appointment one to three days before your big day, says Joaquin Manuel. That way it'll look fresh, you'll have it done for your rehearsal dinner, and it will last through your honeymoon. “Don't get a gel manicure more than a few days in advance, let me tell you, gel manicures were the best thing to happen to bridal nails. Instant dry time and chip-free for weeks—it's literally a dream come true. But after a few days, gel manicures start to lose their luster. Get them done only one or two days before your wedding to avoid any wear and tear” explains the expert.
If you're doing regular polish, opt for the day before and have your nail technician use an extending top coat, I will recommend to buy this to take it with you to your honeymoon to fix a chips.
Sure you'll probably treat yourself to a pedicure before the big day, but you should indulge your feet in sweet treatments in the months leading up to the wedding. Good foot care starts with a pumice stone or foot rasp daily to scrub away dry, cracked skin on heels and toes. Note that feet should be damp, not completely wet -- a sopping foot is too slippery to be properly exfoliated.
Hairstyle and make up for your wedding
We all know that bridal hair is always a hot topic. Choosing the right wedding hair and makeup is one of the most exciting parts of your planning. But don't get carried away! There are a few key things to remember. You have to love you just the way you look, so avoid any drastic cuts or colours in the weeks leading up to the day.
“Is not time to experiments” started saying the hair and makeup artist Alex Croisner. “Updo or down do? Curly or straight? Your hairstyle makes such a big impact on your confidence on the day, it has to be right”. But one thing you can be sure and is that in Avant-Garde Salon & Spa we have all the inspiration and top tips you need” added Alex Croisner.