A-Z of Bridal Beauty

26 bridal beauty must-haves!

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Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, so we’ve compiled an A-Z of bridal beauty to help you look and feel your best on your special day. Take note, girls!

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your cells from damage and help you fight infection and disease. This will help you to feel healthy and well during the stressful run up to your wedding! You can get a dose of anti-oxidants from green tea, berries, and healthy green veg such as spinach, as well as many other things!

 
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Bridal Beauty Bag

Whether you do your own makeup on the day, or hire a professional, every bride needs a bridal beauty bag. Stash it in a safe place, or trust a bridesmaid with it, and fill it with makeup essentials such as face powder, lip gloss, eyeliner and hairspray for discreet touch ups during the day.

 

Beauty bag

 
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Cleansing

Avoid unsightly spots or grim greasy patches on your wedding day by cleansing your skin. Find a cleanser that works well for your skin type and include it into your daily routine. Make sure to always remove your makeup at the end of the day too to keep your face fresh! This Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel will keep your skin super clean.

 

Cleansing

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Dress

Your wedding dress is probably the most important part of your look on your wedding day! Make sure you love it 100%, that it fits well and you feel comfortable in it. The rest of your look will be relatively simple once you’ve found the perfect wedding dress.

 
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Eyes

Your husband to be will be staring into your eyes as he says his vows, so it’s important to pamper your peepers. Eye drops can freshen up tired eyes, and eyelash extensions can make the stubbiest of lashes flutter worthy. Consider waterproof makeup if you think you’ll be emotional. Also decide whether you want a dramatic smoky eye, a feline flick of liner or a natural look.

 
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Friends

They won’t fit in your makeup bag, but they’re a crucial part of this bridal beauty guide. Your friends may be able to help with hair and makeup styling, as well as offering you honest opinions as to what looks best. A relaxed bride is a beautiful bride, so gather some friends together the night before the wedding for a chilled out girly night!

 

Friends

 
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Glow

Are you a blusher girl, or do you prefer bronzer? Different types of makeup will have dramatically different effects on your face. Experiment with a few different kinds to see what works best. We love Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Gold.

 

Bronze

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Hair

Pamper your hair with conditioning treatments, such as bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque, and get it cut and coloured a week or so ahead of your wedding, so it’s had time to settle and doesn’t look so obviously ‘done’. Also try a few different hair styles to see what works best for you on your wedding day.

 

Hair

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Illuminate

Highlighters and concealers are a bride’s best friend, especially if you’ve had a sleepless night the night before. Invest in a good concealer that works with your skin tone — ask a beauty consultant what tone you’ll need — to mask dark circles and blemishes, and a highlighter to illuminate the areas you want people to notice!

 
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Jewellery

Glam up your look even more with some glittering and glamorous bridal jewellery. Whether you opt for a bridal tiara, your mother’s pearls or a sophisticated cocktail ring, a touch of sparkle will make you feel dazzling all day long. Visit Sparkling Dragon Designs for a helping of glamour.

 

Jewellery

 
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Kissable Lips

That first kiss as husband and wife is a huge part of the wedding, so you need to make sure your lips are up to the job. Gently exfoliate them with an old toothbrush and some lip balm to buff and remove dead skin. Treat them to some Villa Coco lip balm throughout the day to make sure they’re soft and perfectly kissable!

 

Lips

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Lashes

Applying Vaseline to your lashes before bed conditions them, leaving them super silky to apply mascara to. If you want your eyelashes to really stand out, you can get them tinted or have extensions applied. False eyelashes you apply with glue are good for a temporary touch of glamour.

 
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Masks

Conditioning masks for your hair, applied once a week, will help keep your tresses super shiny in the run up to your big day. Face masks can also help to draw out dirt and remove dead skin, whilst giving a deep cleanse, ensuring fresh skin for your wedding day.

 
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Nails

Your fingernails especially will be the centre of attention so much in your wedding photos. Your ring and your bouquet will ensure a lot of attention is on your nails, so investing in a manicure is a wise idea. Consider stick on nails, Shellac or gel nails if you don’t like your own, or pretty polish in a pale blue for a something blue! Don’t neglect your toes either, especially if you’re wearing peep toe wedding shoes. Consider these gorgeous shades from OPI for your wedding day manicure: I Pink I Love You, At First Sight and Isn’t It Romantic.

 

Nail Varnish

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Oils

Argan Oil especially! This is amazing on your hair, and works wonders on nourishing your body too. Apply muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Treatment before blow drying to see sleek and shiny results.

 

Oils

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Pamper

Treat yourself in the run up to your wedding — it can be a stressful time, so shut it all out by relaxing in a bubble bath filled with scented goodies, or soaking your feet in a foot spa. Invest in some heavenly moisturiser and apply liberally.

 
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Quench

Staying hydrated is so important. Quench your thirst with lots of water and green tea, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Your skin will thank you for it! It’s great to flush out any impurities.

 
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Relax

If it’s in the budget, get your best girls together for a spa day, where you can enjoy treatments and massages, and forget the stress of planning a wedding. If money is a little tight, ask your husband to be to give you a relaxing neck and shoulder rub...

 
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Scent

Decide whether you’re wearing your trademark perfume on your wedding day, or if you want to treat yourself to a brand new one! You could match your theme with your scent — floral themed weddings demand Viktor and Rolf’s divine Flowerbomb perfume, for example. Then every time you smell it, you’ll be reminded of your special time as a bride.

 
Perfume
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Teeth

Hopefully you’ll be grinning lots on your wedding day, so looking after your teeth is essential. If you have fairly white teeth already, switch your toothpaste to a whitening one such as WhiteGlo, to enhance your smile. Otherwise speak to your dentist about teeth whitening options to ensure you have pearly whites! And cut out coffee, red wine and any other dark foods that will stain your teeth.

 
Teeth
 
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Underwear

Lavish lingerie will make you feel a million dollars as you walk down the aisle. Invest in special and sexy underwear that fits properly and works with your dress. You’ll get the support you need, with the added bonus of imagining your husband’s face later on, when he sees you without your wedding dress!

 
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Vitamins

Up your intake of vitamins during the run up to your wedding. Whether it’s through fresh fruit and vegetables, or with supplements, make sure you’re getting the vitamins you need. Vitamin C will help to banish colds, whilst Vitamins D and E are great for good skin and hair.

 
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Waxing

Strapless wedding dress? Watch out for under arm fuzz! Waxing is an effective way of removing body hair and will last longer than just shaving. Wax your legs, armpits and bikini line to be hair free for your wedding and honeymoon!

 
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Exfoliate

Buffing your skin boosts circulation and helps to remove dead skin. A facial scrub such as Kiehl’s Pineapple & Papaya Scrub can revive tired skin, and using a body brush on your thighs and bottom can help to banish cellulite. Gently exfoliating your lips keeps them kissable and plump, thanks to the circulation boost!

 

Exfoliate

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Youthful

By eating plenty of healthy foods, drinking lots of water and moisturising and looking after yourself, you’ll definitely be looking youthful on your wedding day. Cutting out smoking and making sure you always apply sunscreen can help skin stay fresh and wrinkle free too.

 
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Zzzzzz

Get some beauty sleep! Figure out how many hours you need to feel refreshed and stick to it. Unwind before bed by avoiding anything work related and cut down on the time you spend on your phone, PC or watching TV. Spritz your bed with Sleeping Beauty’s Boudoir Bliss and drift off peacefully.

 


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