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Guest Post: 5 Things you can do or avoid doing for your Wedding Day!

When it comes to beauty, there are a few key things that you can do (or avoid doing) to help prepare yourself for your wedding day. The chaotic experience of wedding planning can often lead to stress and perhaps even a lack of self-care. Here’s how to keep yourself on track, rejuvenated and ready for your Big Day!

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  • Skin is in

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Skin is always in and especially when preparing to face a full day of professional photographs!  There’s only one simple rule to follow: skip any experimenting 4-6 weeks prior to your big day. We’re, of course, all searching for the newest and greatest skin care that will ultimately turn back the hands of time for our skin but, in this case, as they say, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” If you have a skin regime that you follow and it’s not causing you any grief, it’s best to stick with it. The skin cycle takes 30 days for a full turn over and let’s face it, if you happen to have a reaction of any kind, you’ll definitely want sufficient time to calm the skin and get back to ‘normal.’ If you’re thinking of starting a new beauty regime or switching to a new one, it’s best to start months before the wedding day.

  • To remove or not to remove?

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I get asked this question very often; ‘when is the best time to remove unwanted facial hair?‘ Many women have the urge to wait until the day before or even the day of the wedding for facial waxing; this is a makeup artist’s worst fear! Waxing, as we know, actually removes a layer of the skin. Often skin can remain red and inflamed for hours, sometimes even a day or two depending on your skin’s sensitivity. After waxing, the skin can become ‘slick’ and makeup will not be able to adhere, as it’s intended to. There will also be a noticeable difference in texture and how the makeup is performing on the areas that were waxed, compared to the areas that were not. Stick to 5-7 days before your wedding day to have facial waxing completed and even longer, if it’s your first time waxing the area.

  • Going to great lengths

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Hair extensions are growing in popularity and are used more often in bridal looks each year. They can be used to add length, volume or both and come in an array of colors. There is an abundance of brands and varying qualities of extensions in the market and it’s important to find the right match for you. If you need assistance, your chosen wedding day hair artist is a great resource and can help to guide you. It’s likely that your chosen bridal hairstyle will require heat styling and therefore real hair extensions is a must. Real hair comes at a higher cost than synthetic hair but is a higher quality, which is extremely important. When it comes to price, the age-old rule applies; “If it seems too good to be true, it likely is.” If you love your hairstyle and are going to skip extensions, it’s best to also skip the urge to search for the latest and greatest hairstyle to switch to; this is where things can go wrong. Save the extreme look changes until after you say ‘I do’.

  • Treat yourself

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Perhaps you’re up all night deciding on last minute touches for your wedding day and if so, your skin may be in need of a little TLC. Sheet masks come to the rescue here! Made popular by Korean Beauty, sheet masks are the perfect pick-me-up for your skin. There are numerous options, each geared towards specific skin needs; often for a bride it’s hydration, hydration, hydration! While makeup has the ability to even out skin texture, conceal discoloration and imperfections, it cannot repair tired, dehydrated skin on the wedding day; for this, proper care in advance is a must! My go-to masks are the Egg Cream Masks by ‘Too Cool For School.’ Their luxurious and high performing ingredients leave the skin feeling as good as new!

  •  Committing to a look

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The internet can be extremely overwhelming when it comes to beauty and searching for that perfect bridal look. If you’re unsure about which look is best for you, booking a trial with your hair/makeup artist is the ideal option. It’s a terrific way to not only get to know your personal artist in advance, but it’s an opportunity to truly communicate what it is that you wish to look like and then creating that perfect look just for you. Your hair/makeup artist is there to make your beauty wishes come true by being your beauty godmother!

 

Submitted by: Corrie Elle Artistry

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Dubai-based makeup and hair artist, Corrie Elle, specializes in editorial, fashion and bridal. She has been a personal artist for brides in the UAE, Maldives, Switzerland, France, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, USA and Canada. She prides herself in honoring the moment at hand and the unique expectations of each person. She encourages each individual to communicate their vision which she then brings to life! Corrie is a highly sought-after artist and is known for her attention to detail, professionalism and her knowledge within the beauty industry. You can see her work here.

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