Let’s rewind for a second, to when you used to daydream about your wedding day back in high school. What images did you conjure up (aside from a Ryan Gosling’s hotter twin brother as the groom)? Well, we know the most important thing about seeing Future You on her big day was that she was madly in love – but aside from that, we’re betting you also pictured yourself as a pretty darn gorgeous bride. And now you’re all grown up and about to become a Mrs for real, you may be up for some pointers on how to be your most gorgeous self on your wedding day. Well, you don’t need to go out and buy 3,427 new beauty products (because, well, you’re beautiful already – just ask your groom) – but there are a few essentials that can go a long way to making Teenage You’s long-held visions come true.
Image: Matthew Reed Photography
You can start prepping for your bridal look as soon as you’re engaged – and the best place to start is with the basics. We’re talking those things that will form the foundation to your entire beauty look on the day – think healthy, glowing skin, hair, nails and teeth. Yep, if you nurture these in the lead-up, you can pretty much leave it to your makeup artist to work her magic on the actual day! First up, it’s worth stocking up on a few clever beauty basics. Essentially, these basic staples are to your beauty bag what the white shirt and leather jacket are to your wardrobe – the foundation around which everything else is created! Here’s what you need to prep in the lead-up to ensure you’re a knockout on the big day.
Beauty Basic #1: Bright Eyes
Your groom is going to be gazing into them at the altar, which we think is reason enough to make your peepers top priority in your pre-wedding beauty regimen. Want to replace puff, dark circles and those pesky fine lines with bright, fresh eyes? Well, if you’re going to splash out on one beauty product pre-wedding, make it a heavy-duty eye product like this gel.
La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel, $195 (available from February 1, 2015)
Beauty Basic #2: Soft Skin
Give your whole face a pre-wedding boost with a medical-grade facial that will leave you looking 16 again (well, er… almost). Cosmedical’s Brightening Facial involves a deep exfoliation thanks to AHAs and bamboo extracts, plus your skin will receive a seriously rejuvenating moisture boost. Basically, it’s like a trip to heaven for your face.
Cosmedical 60-minute Brightening Facial, $150
Beauty Basic #3: Shiny Whites
In your wedding fantasies, your teeth are the same colour as your dress, right? Sadly some of the best things in life (red wine, coffee, berries, we love you!) don’t love your teeth back – and surface stains can build up, making teeth more on the yellow side of white. So, to get a sparkly smile for those wedding pics, start using a whitening toothpaste in the months leading up to your big day.
Oral-B 3D White LUXE Glamourous Toothpaste, $8.99; Oral-B 3D White LUXE Booster Kit, $19.99
Beauty Basic #4: Lush Locks
Keep your hair as healthy as can be in the months before your wedding by investing in a really good shampoo. We love Mr. Smith, as it’s formulated minus nasties like parabens and silicones, and contains lots of natural goodies that will make your locks shine from the inside out – think mandarin oils and cacao seed butter (yum!).
Mr Smith Shampoo & Conditioner, $29.95 each
Beauty Basic #5: Hot Tips
You want amazing nails for showing off that brand new wedding ring, right? A pretty polish will definitely help, but the very first step to a wow-worthy mani is healthy, strong nails. It also helps if the skin around your nails is moisturised and stong (no hangnails, thank you!). Look after your hands and fingers before your wedding with a nourishing cream, like this one:
A’kin Lavender & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme, $17.95
What beauty products are you using in the lead-up to your wedding, Knotties?
by Rebecca Hanley