Ready, set, get gorgeous!
married is like preparing for a marathon. You start off excited and pumped up,
and then the sheer size of this undertaking starts to weigh on you. Not to worry,
with our tips on sporting picture perfect eyes and lips, you’re sure to
win the trophy for chicest bride… and his heart.
Soft, full lips are the ideal beginning (and ending) to
a picture perfect wedding look. Lips that are Jolie-esque can be yours in four
simple steps: Plump lips if needed, exfoliate, soften with a rich moisturizer
and finish with a hue that complements your skin tone and your gown.
you’re considering plumping that pucker with dermal fillers, think Restylane,
Juvederm, Captique and the like, we recommend doing so six weeks before the big
day (find doctors we
recommend here). Dermal fillers can also be used to fill vertical lip lines,
meaning you won’t suffer from that dreaded lipstick bleed. Day of, opt for
an over the counter line filler for less severe lip lines. We recommend TNS
Line Refine from SkinMedica, to instantly fill and smooth the lines around
eyes and lips ($70 at skinmedica.com).
Exfoliate lips with a gentle chemical exfoliant such as Aveda’s Botanical
Kinetics Exfoliant ($19 for 5 oz. Aveda.com)
to avoid “lip bits,” followed by a rich -- albeit non- greasy-- moisturizer.
Finish by lining lips with a built to last liner of choice and then opt for a
long-wear lip colour that is a bit brighter than your day to day shade as nude
tunes appear washed out in photos.
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, it’s no wonder
that on the day you marry your soul mate, pretty peepers top your to do list.
While a makeup artist is best prepared to create the dramatic look most brides
craved, there are things you can do to prepare to bat your lashes at wedded bliss.
(Find a makeup artist
we recommend here.)
In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding get
plenty of rest and drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of high quality water daily.
Pick a good eye brightening
treatment and use it religiously. If the product allows, store it in the fridge
to turn your favorite eye product into both a daily dose of treatment and a cool,
soothing eye mask.
Insist on doing your makeup yourself? Avoid using black
or brown eyeliner; both can look too severe in photographs. Instead, opt for navy
blue, dark grey or mahogany – all will set off the eyes without looking
harsh. To open up eyes, use a sheer shimmer on the brow bone. Avoid white highlighter
-- très tacky -- and instead select a soft gold or shimmering peach.
brows are a must for every bride and perfectly shaped brows should be set off
and defined with brow pencil or brow mascara. We swear by 24 HR Brow Lift
& Shape Mascara ($25) from Mirenesse.com,
largely because with a simple swipe of the product’s wand, my brows look
groomed and well shaped, no skill needed.
Bridal beauty: The I Dos
- Don’t try any new beauty products
or services in the last 4 weeks leading up to your wedding.
- Do opt for
injectables (think Botox and Restylane) a full 3 weeks before the big day as well
as more aggressive skin care treatments such as Microdermabrasion and Photo Rejuvenation.
treat big day blemishes with a dab of Visine (to lessen redness) and a good cover-up;
we love Alison Raffaele’s True Concealer ($22 at beauty.com).
Even better, turn to a trusted dermatologist for an emergency cortisone shot to
eradicate a pesky pimple promptly.
- Don’t sport raccoon eyes! Instead,
choose waterproof mascara such as Tarte’s lights, camera, splashes!
4-in-1 natural waterproof mascara, $22 at Tarte.com.
carry a lipstick hue of choice with you for quick touch-ups.