Every bride wants to glow on her wedding day. Our beauty blogger Laura Curtis shares her tips and tricks for achieving a flawless, luminous complexion.
1. It's all in the preparation! Try sticking to a skincare regime for the six weeks leading up to the wedding. A gentle, hydrating cleanser (Eve Lom Morning Cleanser), treatment serum (Perricone Cold Plasma is a great all-rounder, formulated by a dermatologist) and nourishing, non-greasy moisturiser (Darphin Hydraskin Light) should do the trick. Also remember to use an exfoliant at least once a week (MD Formulations Face and Body Scrub) to keep your skin smooth and radiant, and apply a generous layer sunscreen every morning (Becca Mineral Primer SPF30+) to protect your skin from uneven pigmentation.
2. If you have problem skin or you would like to see a drastic change in its condition, visit a beauty salon for treatments before your wedding day. Three to four weeks in advance is ideal; too close to the day and you may risk having an adverse reaction. Microdermabrasion, glycolic peels and omnilux treatments are all incredibly effective and will help your skin to look its best.
3. Choose your base well. If you have good skin, a tinted moisturiser will look natural and give you a soft, healthy glow. If you'd like more coverage, take your skin type into consideration. Dryer skins will do best with a creamy, hydrating base with a dewy finish; while oilier skins should choose a satin or matte finish, oil-free foundation. My tip for combination skin types? Invest in two foundations: a matte finish for the T-zone and a dewy finish for the cheeks and periphery.
4. Supplement your make-up kit with a few glow-inducing staples:
- Liquid illuminator: Wear this underneath your make-up for a glow-from-within, or mix with your foundation to give it a sheer, luminous finish. My favourite is Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within.
- Blush with a subtle shimmer: I can't go past Nars Blush in Orgasm for a beautiful peachy-pink, fresh flush. Apply on the apples of the cheeks as you smile.
- Highlighting powder: Dust this where the light naturally hits your face – on the temples, brow bone, forehead, through the bridge of the nose, the cupid's bow and your decolletage. I love Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.
5. Finish with a fragranced body shimmer. Australian perfumerie Renee does a beautiful tropically scented Satin Shimmer Dry Body Oil. Oh-so-glamorous!
Laura Curtis is a beauty writer and make-up artist. To see more of her writing and beauty advice, you can visit her blogs One April Morning and Pretty Poesy, and follow her on Twitter (@laura_valerie).