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7 ways to look the part on your wedding day

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WITH ALL the stress that comes with a wedding, it can be easy to put your beauty regime in the lead --up to the big day at the bottom of the list.

However, even with tensions running high, getting to grips with your beauty regime should be a priority as soon as the planning begins. Whether it’s taming your skin or perfecting your make-up, every part counts.

So, with the wedding season now in full swing, Chantelle Kimberley has all the tips you need to create the perfect blushing bride look.

1. Sometimes, sticking to what you know is best

The first rule that applies is to not drift too far from the norm. It is best to go with what you know, to avoid anything too drastic that you may come to regret when looking back at your wedding album.

2. Stay in control

If you would consider yourself a bit of a pro when it comes to applying your own make-up, then appointing yourself chief make-up artist will be easy to do. However, if you don’t know where to start, make sure you visit plenty of bridal shows and consult plenty of social media, such as Instagram, for make-up inspiration and trials to help steer you in the right direction. This will give you a good idea of what you want well ahead of the wedding.

3. Don’t forget about your hair

Just like make-up, it’s best to do a few trials first to see what styles suit your face best, and what works best with your dress.

4. Look after your skin

Find a brand of skincare that agrees with your skin in the run up to your wedding, if you don’t have one already. Cleansing, toning and moisturising are the basic steps to picture-perfect skin. Doing this twice daily will keep acne at bay. Introducing monthly facials will also improve skins tone and texture – however, avoid having one for the first time too close to the wedding, as facials can bring out the skin’s impurities before you notice an improvement. Exfoliating and using a mask once a week will also get rid of any dead skin cells to give you an all-over glow.

5. Detox

Detoxing not only improves the outside appearance, but works within, getting rid of the body’s impurities. Things such as green tea are good for flushing the system of waste products, while ginger tea and baobab are is also excellent for boosting the immune system and will ensure you’re in tip-top shape for the big day.

6. Hands and feet

Perfectly manicured nails are a must! Most brides opt for neutral colours – something subtle as not to distract from the wedding gown or the rock on her finger. A simple French manicure is a good option, both on hands and feet, after a soothing manicure or pedicure (or both!) to get rid of any hard skin or unsightly overgrown cuticles. Gel is also an option which is getting ever-more popular as it does not chip, so it can be one less thing to worry about.

7. Nail your smile

You will be taking endless pictures on the day, so it’s important you work on your smile. Every girl wants to look amazing on her big day, so pearly whites are a must-have. You don’t have to spend a lot of money – some home kits work just as well.

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