Well, to all you newly engaged ladies out there, Congrats!!! With a brand new start to the year many of you may be planning your special day, and the countdown has just begun! With all of you lovely ladies in mind I wanted to write all things beauty for you new brides. Tips and Tricks for you DIY Brides who are doing most of everything on your own. Hope you find these little tips useful, but above all try to enjoy this wonderful “Engaged” moment and breathe as always.

DIY BRIDES

  1. Skincare is the best makeup you can never wear! With a carefully taken care of base, anything you do on top with makeup will be easier and less intimidating. Find out as soon as you can what kind of skin type you have. Whether it’s problematic with acne, oily skin/oily t-zone, or dry flaky skin. Perhaps you suffer with psoriases, eczema, or rosacea. Or you may have scars, or hyperpigmentation. If you are not sure, book an appointment with a dermatologist to find out what you are dealing with. Once you know what you are working with, you’ll better be able to treat it with love and patience. Great skin doesn’t happen over night. So don’t start this process a week before your wedding. If you can, start at the very beginning of your engagement. This allows for optimal skin cell turnover allowing you to see beautiful results well before your wedding day. I highly suggest looking into natural oils and products for cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Research has proven the incredible effects of using oils such as Rosehip, Coconut, Vitamin E, and more. Aloe Vera can drastically lessen redness and soothe inflamed skin. Oil cleansing is incredible for oily skin, as well as dry and problematic skin. Take some time to do research and you’ll be astounded by what you can achieve using simple and natural products.

  2. If your going to be doing your own hair and makeup here are a few suggestions: Try to find some photos of inspiration to make it easier for you to know exactly what kind of “look” your trying to achieve. Pinterest is awesome to find close up shots of hair and makeup. But remember, all too often we see pictures of models and celebrities and begin to feel frustrated and start to tear ourselves down because we don’t look as “perfect” as they do. I face this often with brides. They forget to realize these pictures may be photoshopped or altered, also they fail to find inspiration of women with hair and features somewhat similar to their own. For example, if you have stick straight hair that cannot hold curl perhaps donning a ringlet undo isn’t for you. Or maybe you have curly hair but long for beach waves, and are having a destination wedding by the ocean. Curly hair + humidity = MORE CURLS. So a blowout just won’t stay for us curly girls. Or maybe you have hooded eyelids and are wanting a cut crease with a winged eyeliner look. Sorry but this look will nearly impossible to achieve. Instead of becoming downhearted about what you maybe cannot replicate, find your own gorgeous features and showcase those. Ask your best friend what is her favourite feature on you, this can help you see yourself with new eyes. Most brides want to look like themselves just a bit more “amped up”. How do you achieve this? With a few basics you can achieve a natural look that enhances everything you’ve got.

    - Foundation/Powder: Choose the correct shade and coverage of foundation you need. Apply with a brush or sponge. Powder can either be translucent for minimizing shine and oiliness or can be coloured for extra coverage.

    - Concealer: You’ll need two different colours. One that matches your skin tone and another that is two shades lighter. The lighter concealer will be placed under your eyes for a soft highlight effect. If you deal with purple under eye discolouration, choosing an orange shade can help counteract this. By placing a thing layer of this first and then the lighter concealer over top you will be able to cover this perfectly.

    - Bronzer/Contour: Whether you want a beautiful bronze glow or a soft contour use a big fluffy brush and dust this in a backwards number 3 starting from forehead down to cheekbones and under your jawline. If you're wanting to achieve a more bronzed effect softly dust this over the bridge of your nose as well.

    - Eyeliner: Any eye colour looks amazing when using a dark brown liner or shadow right at the lash line. If you have deeper eye colours such as dark brown you can get away with black. Just remember, black can create a much more dramatic effect so beware my fair skin ladies.

    - Eyeshadow: This is not entirely necessary, however if you are choosing to be quite natural you can still sweep a soft shadow the colour of your skin tone all over the lid to minimize any redness or veins. If you would like a soft wash to open your eyes a bit more, try choosing a colour a few shades darker than your skin tone just in your crease.

    - Lipstick/Gloss: This is a fun step because you can choose whatever you are used to wearing or whatever look your wanting to achieve. Whether it be 50s siren with flaming red lips, boho beautiful with nude, or natural bride with a soft rose. Things to keep in mind: If your wanting long lasting you may find greater success with a liquid lipstick or stain. If you tend to have dryer lips that crack and flake, avoid this. Instead opt for a creamy lipstick that you can simply reapply during the day. Gloss gives the illusion of a fuller pout so if that is something your longing for, simply dotting a bit in the middle of your pout can achieve this look beautifully. Lipliner works great for enlarging your lip shape ever so slightly, but also keep in mind, it can be very obvious if not done softly. Whatever you choose bring this little gal with you on your wedding day, you’ll need this for touching up after smooching, and eating!

  3. Physical Health: Too many times I have seen brides dealing with dehydration and fatigue. Partying the night before, not drinking enough water, and not eating enough protein leads to the morning of her wedding day and she is all but ready. Please ladies, do not forget to drink TONS of water. No only does it combat dehydration and fatigue but it also proves to help with skin issues. And do not starve yourselves! The last thing you want is to look back on your wedding day and regret not remembering anything because you were so fatigued and had no energy to enjoy your day. Start with a healthy, high in protein breakfast and make sure to have snacks up until you walk down that aisle so you can be fully fuelled.

  4. Here are some of my favourite beauty products to use on brides regularly:

    * MAC Paint Pot

    * MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter

    * Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil

    * Smashbox Primer

    * Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” pallete.

    * NYX Liquid Lipstick

    * Too Faced Hangover Rx Setting Spray

Besos!! -