Special to OneWed from Sarah Logan of Aesthetics Science Institute
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, to say that things are hectic is a huge understatement. This is why so many brides forget to schedule facial treatments until the last minute, and this can lead to disaster. Lasering, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels shouldn't be done within 10 days to a month of the wedding, so they might not even be an option if you wait too long. Even simple things like facials need about a week just to be safe. Also, making sure that you don't try any new skin products
that you aren't comfortable with because they may irritate your skin. Stick to the products
you know and help keep your skin hydrated and healthy by keeping a good diet.
As important as all the prep work is, what really makes a bride glow is the finishing touches. Use a good foundation, even if you don't usually wear it, as it will help to conceal redness that can easily show up in photographs. Eyes are a major focal point so it’s important to define them well so your eyes pop out in every picture. This can be accomplished by filling the arches of the eyebrows with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. When it comes to darker eye shadow, it’s important to remember that dark colors make eyes look smaller and closes them up so avoid that for a more awake, wide-eyed look.
Finally, don't forget to take into account the venue the event and the photographs will take place at. Is it indoors or outdoors? How's the lighting? What time of day is it? These are all question to consider. For example, if indoors, the photos will most likely be taken with a flash so using powder to combat shine is a must. If outdoors, especially in bright daylight then it's best to soften the makeup a bit so that it doesn't look heavy or harsh.
Planning out your wedding-day beauty steps and considering all the factors will ensure your wedding pictures are as beautiful as your memories.
ASI beauty school offers aesthetics certification classes and specialized coursework in cosmetic laser training, and microdermabrasion certification.
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