We round up everything you need to know about bridal beauty, from Neal’s Yard and Shiseido’s overnight skincare treatments to make-up tips from Bobbi Brown herself.
If you're a bride-to-be and are faced with a wedding to-do list as long as your arm, let us cover off one thing for you: the beauty plan. We've rounded up everything you need to know for the big day, from hero skincare treatments to hair prep and make-up tips from Bobbi Brown herself...
Whether you decide to style your hair up or down, use the months leading up to the big day as an opportunity to treat your locks. If you struggle keeping body in your hair, Aveda’s Thickening Tonic uses naturally-derived ingredients to thicken strands from root to tip - spritz into damp hair before styling for fuller-looking hair that’ll last all day.
You can also introduce a hair mask or treatment to your Sunday rituals, such as Philip Kingley’s popular Elasticizer. This pre-shampoo treatment conditions hair prone to breakage, adding elasticity and bounce to dry, brittle hair.
When it comes to skincare, your safest bet is to establish a balanced routine with nothing too intense that could risk you having a bad reaction before the big day. Instead, we recommend natural, organically-derived products that still deliver - however, be sure to start testing them at least 2-3 months before the ceremonials.
Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm does it all – it can be used as a rich cleanser, gentle exfoliate, or, thanks to its high levels of rosehip oil, can be used as an overnight treatment to help repair, firm and smooth uneven texture in the skin. If you’re not already using a good quality serum, now is the time to bring in the big guns. The Frankincense Intense Concentrate is a silky, gel-like formula that works to hydrate dry, dull skin leaving you with plump, radiant skin over time.
For extra glow, apply Shiseido’s Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask the night before your big day - violet not only calms jittery nerves, the formula contains Vitamin E and C capsules that burst upon application and work overnight to replenish and revitalise.
When it comes to make-up, always remember that you still want to look like you, just the best possible version of yourself. The trick to bridal makeup is to make it look as natural as possible (although you’ll probably be wearing more makeup than ever before) and choose a non-SPF based foundation to avoid flashback in pictures.
Your dress may be revealing more of your body than usual (hello, strapless) so make sure your limbs and décolletage are looking their best with a good regime in the run up. We’re partial to Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub and Moisture Rich Body Lotion – the refreshing scrub sloughs away rough, flaky skin creating the perfect base for the deeply nourishing lotion to follow.
If you’re planning on treating yourself to a manicure and pedicure before the big day, our Nails Inc bars are super slick and speedy. When choosing a shade, you can’t really go wrong with a pretty nude-pink. We’re partial to Nails Inc.’s high-shine Gel Effect range in the shade Mayfair Lane.
When it comes to perfume, be true to the scents that you genuinely love and wear day-to-day. And if you fancy treating yourself to a new one, we recommend visiting a Miller Harris counter to experience their range of feminine, elegant fragrances. Our favourites include _Coeur de Jardin Eau de Parfum_, a charming, crisp, fruity fragrance that would work perfectly for a summer wedding and _Rose Silence_, a sophisticated mix of fresh rose, sandalwood and patchouli.