April 27, 2011

Tips and tricks for beautiful brides

Make light work of your beauty prep in the lead up to your big day with these handy tips.

Tip: A tropical honeymoon calls for a bikini worthy body. Eliminate the hassle of waxing and shaving with laser hair removal. Laser treatment targets each hair follicle, killing the root – ensuring you’re fuzz free forever.

Tip: Get a million dollar smile with a professional teeth-whitening treatment like Brite Smile. The procedure takes just over an hour, in which a gentle hydrogen-peroxide whitening gel is applied, then activated by a special, patented ‘blue light’ – guaranteeing you’ll walk out with super bright whites.

Tip: Have your hair coloured approximately one week before your wedding day to allow your colour to settle, and also ask for a conditioning treatment to add shine to your tresses. Weekly, use a product like Wella’s Biotouch Color Intensive Mask ($20.50) at home to give your hair added moisture.

Tip: Exfoliate and moisturise your body regularly in the lead up to the wedding day to prepare your skin for fake tan application – a must for glowing brides. Try St Tropez’s range of products for a three-step program.

Tip: Have regular facials in the weeks before your wedding to make sure your skin is in top condition, eliminating the chance of a stress breakout on the day.

Tip: For brides going the extra mile for their skincare regime try a course of professional microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal good as new skin.

Tip: Slather on a nourishing balm like Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($4.69) on lips daily to keep your pout ultra soft and kissable.

Tip: Have your eyelashes tinted to open up your peepers – also great for when you’re away on honeymoon and make-up application is the last thing on your mind!

Tip: Have your brows professionally shaped. Adding a slight arch will open up your eyes and balance your features.

Tip: Keep nails in peak condition with regular salon manicures and a daily application of a nail treatment like OPI’s Nail Envy ($32.95), which strengthens dry and brittle nails. Also, regularly apply a hand cream to smooth and hydrate your hands.

Tip: Keep your feet smooth and free of dry skin build up by using a paddle brush before showering. Manicare’s 2-In-1 Ceramic Stone Foot File ($8.99) removes hardened skin and smooths rough tootsies.

Tip: On your big day, ensure you have an emergency kit containing lipgloss, powder compact for touch-ups, blotting papers to combat shine (try Estee Lauder’s Clear Difference UltiMatte Blotting Sheets, $29), hairspray to tame flyaways and a glam purse-sized fragrance like Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Purse Parfum ($167).

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