Magazine article Ebony

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Married! Facing Your Wedding Day with Beauty & Style

Magazine article Ebony

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Married! Facing Your Wedding Day with Beauty & Style

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WITH all eyes on the beautiful bride, she's got to have the perfect dress, flowers and, of course, the perfect groom. But one small detail is vital to make it a truly picture-perfect day--radiant skin.

So before taking the wedding vows, brides-to-be should vow to take steps to ensure that their skin and makeup are flawless for their special day.

To avoid a bridal "makeup catastrophe," here are some helpful hints from the experts. First, begin with the skin, skin care that is, says international trainer and Fashion Fair Cosmetics makeup artist Victoria Cochran. Three months before the wedding, the bride and her entire wedding party should visit the nearest makeup counter (Fashion Fair preferred) to get a skin care consultation for a complete skin care regimen customized for each member of the wedding party. "Allow at least three months for the skin care products to have time to work," Cochran advises. Removing dead skin cells via exfoliation is a "major" step, she says, and is the foundation for flawless skin. "Facial exfoliation should be first on your 'to do' list," she adds, along with scheduling appointments for manicures and pedicures.

Many African-American brides face issues with hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration on their face or body, particularly elbows and knees. Cochran recommends brides use a good fading cream to smooth away discoloration.

Celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine says stress is a big problem for brides, often causing wedding-day facial breakouts. She recommends a "stress-release" regimen for the bride and bridal party. "If you can manage only one or two pre-wedding day-treats, make one of them a full-body aromatherapy massage [lavender, gardenia and jasmine are among the calming scents]," Valentine says in her new book with Tonya Bolden, Weddings: Valentine Style, Rich Inspiration for Every Woman's Dream Day. …

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