By Guest Blogger and Makeup Expert, Wendy Woodside
We believe all brides should get their makeup professionally done for their wedding day. It’s hard to get that glowing look with every day makeup. We also think a bride should feel pampered and get treated like a princess for once. Makeup and facial beauty is not our expertise. So, we asked Wendy from Wendy City Faces (based out of Chicago) to write some tips on how to keep care of your skin leading up to wedding day.
Wendy has designed and produced makeup looks for theatre, industrial shows, commercials, television productions, and of course weddings for many years. Being in so many niches throughout her career has expanded her knowledge in makeup and skin care. She knows what someone will look like once through a camera film or picture, which is why she is so talented and is someone we love to work with.
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Congratulations on your engagement! As a bride-to-be, you are aware that planning a wedding is fun, but also stressful. As you plan for your big day, remember that the time leading up to your nuptials is a great time to focus on your face and skincare needs. For the best look on your wedding day, you want to work ahead of time to achieve a smooth canvas and a comfortable hydration level. This will keep you glowing and provide “staying power” for your makeup.
Are you wondering where you should start your skin care treatment? A visit with a skilled esthetician is a great first step. Do your research though, so you’re not swimming in a large salon with an inexperienced practitioner. During your first visit, you can discuss your skincare goals and determine treatments to help achieve your best results. Making your appointment earlier is advised, as some treatments require multiple visits to see optimal results. There have been great advances in skin treatments to address acne scarring, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and dry skin/pigmentation. Be sure to be honest with your esthetician about any skin concerns you would like to address, so she can outline the best series of treatments for you.
I recommend to all my brides to meet with me to consult on their skin with a mini-facial plus a monthly visit with a series of 3 treatments that are designed to brighten, lighten, and plump up the skin, while addressing any age spots and acne. I also work with each bride to determine the best products to use in between treatments to continue their progress. Your last appointment should be scheduled about 5 – 6 days before your wedding for a cleansing, light exfoliation, and a hydration mask to plump up and calm your skin.
The skincare aisles at any store can be overwhelming, and identifying the right products for your skin can be a daunting task for even the most confident bride-to-be. The products I find to be most important and powerful would be a purchasing and using a quality cleanser, eye cream, and moisturizer every day. On top of that, using a fine exfoliating scrub and a mask to target problem areas 2-3 times per week. Many of my brides have achieved great results alternating the use of a clay mask to help remove impurities and a hydrating mask to plump up the moisture levels.
Some common wedding woes right before your big day should not put you in a panic.
- Stress Acne: If you find yourself with any stress related breakouts, I use a light treatment or a high frequency treatment. These are magical tools that are effective at reducing that one bump that seems to always show up right before your big day.
- Back Acne: A low-backed dress does not have to be out of reach. Back acne can be addressed with an antibacterial wash, clay mask, and a benzoyl spray. Be sure to start early in the months ahead for best results.
- Pale Skin: A great spray tan can help you feel confident in your own skin. You should schedule this treatment 3 days before the wedding. For best results, exfoliate with a body scrub prior to your treatment, do not apply lotion prior to the spray tan, and allow the tan to take effect for at least 8 hours before showering. Avoid the automatic spray tan booth, as this often results in orange lines and uneven application. My clients have had great results using a natural product with a PH balanced treatment on your skin prior to getting the spray.
As you plan for your big day, be sure to take time out for yourself. Drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep will benefit your skin tremendously, and help you feel calm and confident as you approach the most exciting day of your life!
For more information on Wendy and her growing company, visit her website here.