The title of this article says it all! I wrote this for my bridal clients, but it applies to everyone at every age.
The summer and winter months especially can be brutal on your beauty efforts, so if you don’t already have one, a good skin care regimen is ideal to establish so you can get your skin exceptional results. The keys here are consistency and the right products.
~A good cleanser appropriate for your skin-type - am & pm.
~Make-up remover and cleanser at night.
~Toner for your skin type - NON ALCOHOL ONLY.
~Daily moisturizer appropriate for your current skin.
~A weekly or 2x weekly mask to deep clean and nurture.
~A GENTLE exfoliant once to several times a week.
~Eye cream and lip conditioner are nice to have on hand too.
If you are not already acquainted with a skincare routine - Try to start your skincare plan at least six months to one year before your wedding day to ensure your skin is properly cared for and looking its best. You don’t want to wait until the month of your wedding to start using new products because you could develop an allergic reaction to some products which could take up to two months to clear. Or the opposite can occur and it could take 30-60 days for new products to really work their magic.
On the morning of your wedding, skip the lotions, toners or any products that will be between your skin and your makeup before you get your makeup done. Let your makeup artist do their complete skin prep - this is optimal for a few reasons...mainly, they know their products and what skin products to use in coordination. This step will help your makeup adhere to your skin better with less chance of slippage when you start to get hot and sweat, because there is a fine line between a sweaty shine and a dewy glow. Be sure to let your makeup artist know about your skin concerns so that they may use additional products if necessary to help achieve the best application.
Throughout the day and evening, avoid the temptation to apply too much pressed or loose powder to absorb shine because you will only cake on the powder, so use blotting sheets (oil absorbing papers) which are the best way to eliminate shine and not smudge your makeup.
Sometimes even adding the simplest efforts to your routine can help your skin look more luminous; like drinking eight glasses of water daily, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol consumption, keeping a gentle and appropriate skincare routine (!), not stressing out about the little details before your wedding and getting plenty of rest the week of will help your skin glow and allow your makeup artist to make you into the beautiful blushing bride.
Lisa Johnson is a film/print makeup artist working in Nashville, and nationally. She is much sought after by discerning commercial and bridal clients. Beautiful faces are her calling card.
View her bridal work at www.bridesbylisa.com