You might be getting your tan, nails, hair and makeup all done professionally, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some prep at home or trial products you’d like to use.
Maybe you’re tossing up between tans and want to try out a few different brands yourself. Or perhaps you want to grow your nails before the big day. Chances are you’ll want to get your bridal beauty look just right, so be sure you include the following in your trialling toolkit:
A good tan
A good tan is just as important as hair and makeup, and just as easy to get wrong. (Eek!) And that’s why it’s best to trial lots of different brands in the lead up to your big day so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.
Give Irish brand Bellamianta a go. They’re a firm favourite with brides and they have a whole tanning system that’s perfect for brides-to-be. To perfect the prep steps, pick up their Triple Action Glycolic Scrub. It’s filled with natural exfoliants as well as Sunflower and Avocado Oil that’ll give you the perfect base.
Now that you’re prepped, reach for their Crystal Clear Rapid Self-Tanning Mousse, the first clear mousse on the market. It’s as hydrating as water and as light as air and delivers a radiant, olive glow, which importantly won’t transfer onto your special dress. It’s a good idea to give it a go on your hen do to test it out.
For on the day tanning, Bellamianta’s Skin Perfecting Illuminating Bronzing Powder and Flawless Filter Body Make Up are the ideal duo to give you flawless skin and a diffused radiance.
You’re going to spend the whole day smiling, so it’s important that your teeth look pearly white. But how to remove those stains? Spotlight teeth whitening strips have been a firm favourite with the WJ team for quite some time. Formulated with Hydrogen Peroxide the two-week course is designed by dentists and helps to break down stains accumulated over time with minimal sensitivity. (Rejoice, coffee drinkers!) Just pop the strips on and let them work their magic for an hour. After that, you can continue to top up your smile with their whitening toothpaste. And the great news? You can get the Teeth Whitening System, that includes both the strips and the toothpaste for €39.95.
Something for your nails
From cutting the cake to those close up shots of the rings, your hands are going to be a focal point on your wedding day, and you’ll no doubt want them to be in tip top condition. Whether you’re going for a simple polish or opting for gels, there’s plenty you can do to care for your nails at home before your appointment. If length is your main concern, pick up Sally Hansen’s Nail Growth Miracle. The salon strength formula supports fast nail growth and promises results in 5 days and comes highly recommended. Make sure to treat yourself to regular manis on the lead up to your big day too.
If you want long, luscious locks for the wedding, and your hair tends to grow at a snail’s pace, you might want to consider hair extensions. But which brand to choose? New to the Irish Market, Hairtalk Hair Extensions are revolutionising how we extend our locks. With Hairtalk you get the unparalleled quality of double-drawn Indian Remy Human hair, applied using the brand’s ultra- thin medical grade invisible tape system, which can be reused on the hair up to three times. Ideal for giving all types of hair added volume or additional length ahead of the big day. Make sure you get hair extensions fitted at least two weeks before your date, to give you ample time for styling and colouring and to trial your bridal look with your stylist.
Maybe your wedding day beauty needs go beyond perfecting products, and you want a nip and tuck without the painful surgery. Ultherapy® is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin. This ground breaking treatment is now available in a number of leading Aesthetic Skin Clinics throughout Ireland and is designed to deliver focused energy to lift areas like eyebrows, chin and neck tissue, improving lines and wrinkles. This ultrasound energy initiates the body’s natural response to stimulate growth of fresh, new collagen and elastin – creating a lifting and tightening effect. For more info and to see if you’re a candidate, visit www.ultherapy.co.uk.
If you’re going to go down the fillers route, you’ll want to plan this well in advance to let the look settle and to also be happy that you’re satisfied with the results. If it’s your lips you plan on plumping, try, BELOTERO® Lips, it’s the first and only combination approach to lip rejuvenation, using two different fillers. BELOTERO® Lips Shape is designed to volumise the lip, whilst BLOTTER® Lips Contour helps to define the outline of the lips and smooth fine lines around the mouth. It’s designed not to change your unique features, but to help restore what you once had. For more information and to find a clinic in Ireland visit www.lips.belotero.co.uk.