Welcome back one of our favorite guest bloggers, Sophia! Today, she’s letting us know five steps to prep for winter bridal makeup. Enjoy!
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A winter wonderland is the perfect setting for a dream wedding, but cold and harsh weather can be a challenge for any bride-to-be. Paying more attention to your regular skin care routine and adopting some new daily habits is the best way to ensure a flawless look on your big day. Before you start planning your bridal makeup style, start by prepping your skin by following these 5 simple steps.
Reveal your skin
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Start exfoliating during your beauty routine; at least twice a week. You can do it while you’re taking a shower, but you should avoid using hot water for too long. As good as it sounds during winter, a hot shower or bath can dry out your skin. Scrubbing will remove dead cells from the surface of your skin, enhance blood circulation, and leave your skin looking healthy and smooth.
Clean it regularly
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Among all beauty steps, cleansing is probably the most boring one. It may occur to you to skip it from time to time, especially in the evening when you’re too tired, or you simply forgot about it. But, you shouldn’t. Cleansing will remove harmful bacteria and lower the moisturizing level. Use a gentle cleanser that complements your skin type twice a day (morning and evening) and rinse with cold water to close pores and protect your face from new bacteria.
When you’re preparing for one of the most important days in your life, you should spoil yourself a bit. Consider booking a spa day with your girlfriends — relax and have some fun! These treatments will improve your skin and the overall look, so it would be good to maintain this routine at home.
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By applying serums, oils and a natural face mask you will enhance moisturizing effect and deeply nourish your skin. You can even make your own, DIY masks, but be very careful, because if you aren’t proficient enough, experimenting can cause some unexpected and unwanted reactions, like redness… It’s much safer to use proven, organic, alcohol-free cosmetic products specialized for your skin-type.
When the time comes for your big kiss, your lips should be soft, smooth, rich and delicious. Apply a quality hydrating lip balm every time you feel your lips are dry, and scrub them with a sugar scrub once or twice a week.
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Don’t forget to apply a sun protection cream or a lip balm with a SPF in order to protect your lips from the sun. By doing this regularly, you’ll create a good base for a lipstick that will last during the whole wedding day, no matter how many times he kisses you.
Last, but not least: moisturizing
Hydration is the most important part of winter skincare. This is even more important if you’re a bride, because all eyes will be on you. It’s safe to assume that you want your flawless makeup should last the entire day. Moisturizing is like setting the base; other steps are equally important, but they’re useless if you skip the first one.
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Instead of using your usual lightweight moisturizer, use a richer one and apply it every morning after cleaning your face. It will nourish and protect your skin. For an even better effect – choose the one with SPF. If you choose to tan, natural tanning is better than visiting tanning salons (stay safe with sunscreen and don’t stay out too long – the skin does age faster with exposure).
The air is much more dry during the winter season. If your skincare routine doesn’t include a night cream, it’s recommended to start using one before your wedding day. This way you’ll maintain the level of hydration you gained during your first session with moisturizer. Also, prepare your eyes for makeup by applying an eye-cream on this area: it will reduce the eye puffiness and keep your skin soft, therefore enabling better makeup application.
Moisturizing isn’t limited to creams and products. Drinking water on a regular basis will refresh your entire body. If you’re drinking less than 2 liters (68 oz) of water during the day, up your water intake. A healthy diet is also very helpful if you want the best results for your wedding day. You shouldn’t settle for anything less.
Author Bio: Sophia Smith is an Australian-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about photography, wedding decoration and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life.
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