In the throes of planning their wedding day, many brides find their skin suffers, whether from stress, lack of attention or just bad luck, which is the last thing anyone wants to face when the flashbulbs are poised and the moment is all about you.

Owner of hair and makeup styling studio, The Gloss Bar, Laura Price knows a thing or two about bridal disasters and says most can be avoided.

“Planning your appointments months in advance to ensure you have a great skin, hair and overall health regime in place will make a world of difference when it comes to the big day,” she says.

Well aware of bride’s most common concerns, Laura shares her tips for looking flawless and feeling fabulous on your wedding day:

Timing is everything

Four weeks prior to your wedding day, your diary will fill up with key appointments and to do lists, but most importantly you should allow for the following:

·    AT LEAST four weeks out, finalise your makeup and hair look with your stylist

·    Four weeks out – Dentist appointment for any necessary teeth clean and
whitening, cleansing facial and microdermabrasion if desired

·    One week – final hair cut and colour

·    One week– All waxing appointments

·    Two days beforehand – Relaxation massage (avoid any deep tissue therapies)

·    One day beforehand – Manicure and pedicure

Skin

Depending on the timing of your wedding, six months before the day, start a series of monthly facials or microdermabrasion treatments. This will ensure your skin is smooth and camera ready from the early hours of the morning, all the way through to the final moments of your reception.

Your last facial should be no later than two weeks before the big day. Avoid glycolic peels, microdermabrasion, or anything chemical for at least one month prior to your wedding day.

Makeup

Your wedding day make up should be the best make up you ever put on your face, because this is the one day where your every move and angle will be captured on film.

”The key is to use as little foundation as you can, despite what you may think,” Laura said.

“Too many brides mistakenly think they need to apply a thick layer of foundation, but extra definition on the eyes, a slightly deeper lip colour and more blush is best for photography”.

Ask your makeup artist to put together a touch-up kit for you to keep with you on the day so you can make the look last all day and night.

Tanning

Your gorgeous white dress will reflect light, so be careful not to get a tan that is unnaturally dark – what you think is a little colour will look a lot darker in your photos.

The safest way to add some colour to your wedding day face is with a cream or powder bronzer.

Hair

Start thinking about your hair when you start thinking about you dress – these go hand in hand.

“As a rule of thumb, we recommend brides don’t make any dramatic changes to their hair in the lead up to their wedding – it’s too much of a risk and could serve as a lifetime reminder of a bad hair day,” says Laura Price.

Consider the conditions you’re going to be in on your wedding day – if you’re having an outdoor beach wedding or going to be in extreme heat, avoid wearing your hair down.

The Gloss Bar studio is located in Bulimba and the exclusive make up collection is available online at www.theglossbar.com.au.