Bridal Beauty Dos & Don'ts
By: Larry Oskin
Every bride wants to look and feel like she is Cinderella on her special day. Your wedding will be a very special opportunity to celebrate your total beauty. It is important that you are well prepared so that you will truly sparkle with a special new radiance that day. Take advantage of all the professional salon, spa and beauty care services that are available. You'll also want to look your best, so your friends, photographer and videographer can capture the day with captivating memories and beautiful photographs.
Just like looking for the best location, caterers, hotels, florists and cakes, you need to properly plan your bridal beauty care for yourself and your entire wedding party.
Start your wedding beauty care research and plans six or more months in advance.
Take the time to find a salon that specializes in bridal beauty care services.
Investigate the various hair, skin, nail, makeup, spa, body wraps and body treatment services that are available.
Explore plenty of options for your bridal hairstyle. Take in several photographs of hair designs that you like, so your hair designer can try these looks on for you.
Plan to sign up for a bridal beauty care package and pay for it in advance, so you will have one less thing to worry about as the wedding date draws closer.
Create a special checklist with your professional salon consultants, so everything is well planned for your complete and total image.
Plan hair and makeup trail sessions for yourself and your mom. No one else will require a trial beauty care session. If necessary, take your veil.
Determine if you will need to grow, condition, color or texture your hair. You should always look natural at your wedding, yet you can determine if you will need hair extensions to give you a fully up style hair design with longer hair and hair color accents.
Plan to share your dress design with your hair stylists and makeup artists, so they can start to plan your bridal hair and makeup image.
Be sure to explore as many hair design options as possible.
Have your hair designer add a small beautiful hair color accent with special hair extension pieces that will match the color of your bridesmaid's dresses.
It is important to keep your entire wedding party organized and together at one salon. This will help everyone to get to know each other better, so everyone is relaxed and has more fun at your ceremony and party.
You will want your face and skin to have a natural glow and be in the best possible condition. Remember to get your skin in shape.
You will certainly need to start a regular regimen of monthly facials, skincare and body treatments to look healthy. This is very important, so that when your bridal makeup is applied, your skin will not have the challenges of dehydration, acne, flakiness, uneven skin tones or breakouts.
Ask your salon and spa esthetician to recommend a professional homecare regimen of skincare products.
Enhance your total body and image with facials, cellulite treatments, mud treatments, infrared treatments, saunas, back facials and body wraps.
Ask for complimentary skincare analysis.
Explore microdermabrasion, microcurrent treatments, oxygen facials and hydrotherapy treatment facials.
Now is the time to upgrade from a simple manicure to a spa manicure and pedicure that include extra hand and foot conditioning treatments as well as the paraffin treatments.
Test your manicurists with French Tips, a special color, nail art or whatever you plan to use at least once before the big day.
Have your nails done the day before the wedding. Your hands will need to look great with everyone staring at your rings.
Don't do anything drastic! Do not plan to make a dramatic last minute hair cut or hair color change.
Avoid trying to look like a Hollywood celebrity.
Do not wait for a single last minute facial, as you may breakout or have an acne reaction that will be difficult to cover with makeup.
Don't ask your best friend to do your makeup. Use a professional who is an expert at bridal and photography makeup services. There is a big difference in makeup artists.
Avoid a makeup artist that normally applies commercial daytime makeup at a department store cosmetic counter, while their normal job is to sell you makeup.
Avoid big dark smoky eyes if you do not normally wear them.
Avoid last minute tanning sessions and spray-on sunless tanning services, if you do not regularly do them. You will need to avoid and unnatural look. You certainly don't want anything extra to rub off on your wedding dress.
Avoid coming to the salon the morning of your wedding hung over from a bachelorette party.
Sharon Rose of Renaissance Salon & Spas in Frederick , Hunt Valley and Bel Air, Md. contributed to this article. For more information call 410-527-1175 or visit www.RenDaySpa.com. Heather Plum and Joyce Cayli of Reflections of You Salon and Spa in Fairfax , Va. also contributed to this article. For more information call 703-591-5306 or visit www.ROYSPA.com. Larry Oskin is president of Marketing Solutions, a full service marketing, advertising and public relations agency specializing in the professional beauty business. Marketing Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Fairfax , Va. and can be reached at 703-359-6000 or www.MktgSols.com.