Getting married is like preparing for a marathon. You start off excited and pumped up, and then the sheer size of this undertaking starts to weigh on you. Not to worry — with my tips on sporting picture-perfect eyes and lips, you're sure to win the trophy for chic-est bride … and his heart.
Soft, full lips are the ideal beginning (and ending) to a perfect wedding look. Lips that are Jolie-esque can be yours in four simple steps: Plump lips if needed, exfoliate, soften with a rich moisturizer and finish with a hue that complements your skin tone and your gown.
If you're considering plumping that pucker with dermal fillers, think Restylane, Juvederm, Captique and the like. I recommend doing so six weeks before the big day. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill vertical lip lines, meaning you won't suffer from that dreaded lipstick bleed. The day of, opt for an over the counter line filler for less severe lip lines.
Exfoliate lips with a gentle chemical exfoliant such as Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant ($19 for 5 ounces at Aveda salons and spas) to avoid "lip bits," followed by a rich, non-greasy moisturizer. Finish by lining lips with a built-to-last liner of choice and then opt for a long-wear lip color that is a bit brighter than your day-to-day shade as nude tones appear washed out in photos.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, it's no wonder that on the day you marry your soul mate, pretty peepers top your to-do list. While a makeup artist is best prepared to create the dramatic look most brides crave, there are things you can do to prepare to bat your lashes at wedded bliss.
In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding, get plenty of rest and drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of high quality water per day. Pick a good eye-brightening treatment and use it religiously. If the product allows, store it in the fridge to turn your favorite eye product into both a daily dose of treatment and a cool, soothing eye mask.
Insist on doing your makeup yourself? Avoid using black or brown eyeliner; both can look too severe in photographs. Instead, opt for navy blue, dark grey or mahogany — all will set off the eyes without looking harsh. To open up eyes, use a sheer shimmer on the brow bone. Avoid white highlighter — très tacky — and instead select a soft gold or shimmering peach.
Beautiful brows are a must for every bride, and perfectly shaped brows should be set off and defined with brow pencil or brow mascara. We swear by 24 Hour Brow Lift and Shape Mascara ($25 from Mirenesse.com), largely because with a simple swipe of the product's wand, my brows look groomed and well shaped, no skill needed.
Bridal beauty: The I Dos and Don'ts:
• Don't try any new beauty products or services in the last four weeks leading up to your wedding.
• Do opt for injectables (think Botox and Restylane) a full three weeks before the big day, as well as more aggressive skin care treatments such as Microdermabrasion and Photo Rejuvenation if you've already had experience with them.
• Do treat big-day blemishes with a dab of Visine (to lessen redness) and a good cover-up.
• Even better, turn to a trusted dermatologist for an emergency cortisone shot to eradicate a pesky pimple promptly.
• Don't sport raccoon eyes! Instead, choose waterproof mascara such as Tarte's lights, camera, splashes! 4-in-1 natural waterproof mascara ($22 at Tarte.com).
• Do carry a lipstick hue of choice with you for quick touch-ups.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.