This is a collaboration blog post with my girl Donna from Makeup by Donna Maree all about the best prep you can do for your skin in the lead up to your wedding day. Donna is a Dubbo makeup artist who’s been in the industry for a long time, so she’s learned a thing or two is always more than happy to shhare her fave tips for anyone who’ll listen!
These tips are GOLD and will give you the best chance at having flawless makeup that will last all day and night, and your skin won’t hate you for it.
Is this a tip? Because it’s a non-negotiable for me, and it should be for you, too. Rain, hail or shine SPF 50+ each day is something you should incorporate into your daily routine. Sun exposure is the number 1 cause of premature ageing, I’m talking fine lines, dullness, dehydrated & flaky skin. So do your skin a favour an invest in SPF.
2 Litres of water a day might make you feel like you’re going to the toilet every 5 seconds, but it helps your body to flush out toxins which can contribute to acne. Water also keeps your body hydrated and refreshed and helps maintain your skin’s elasticity.
You don’t need two separate cleansers, just use the same one twice. The first cleanse removes grime and makeup from the day (do this even if you don’t wear makeup), and the second actually cleans your skin. Don’t skip that second cleanse, friend!
Pillowcases harbour germs, so this is a practice you should be doing weekly. If you’re in a position to invest in a silk pillowcase, do it. They absorb less of your skincare & moisture out of your skin at night compared to cotton. They also feel divine, so it’s a win/win!
You can start working with a dermal therapist or facialist at least 6 months out from your wedding day – professional treatments while more expensive are much stronger & targeted than anything you can do at home. You still have to commit to your routine at home, but there are so many treatments out there that can boost your skin clarity & radiance.
Now here’s some do’s and don’ts to stick to!
DON’T attempt to “correct” or “fix” any skin issues with harsh or extreme routines within the month of your wedding – you may react which can potentially take months to heal properly and frankly it’s too late for actives etc.
DO your usual skin routine the morning of the wedding. Will your make up artist remove it in skin prep? Yes, they will. However, it is much better to work with skin that has already got an adequate amount of moisture & hydration rather than with skin that has been left dry for hours before you’re in the chair. More moisture is ALWAYS better than not enough.
DON’T try any “new” products the night before – yes it’s fun to do a little face mask session with the girls the night before, but ensure it’s something you’ve used before. Again, your skin may react. Although your make up artist will be able to help, they are not a magician.
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