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Looking your best on the big day – The bride

Published date: 21st March 2019


You dream of looking your best on your wedding day, but how to ensure this happens? We’ve a ton of tips.

The most important is be yourself. Don’t aim for an unattainable ideal. Your partner has fallen for you, not you after major surgery, a makeover and a diet banned under Human Rights legislation. So buy a dress that fits you, not you minus several dress sizes. Along similar lines, look as you want to, not how parents or future in-laws dictate. If anyone suggests Botox, shun them. It’s a poison, and when it goes wrong it stays wrong for ages.

Deciding on the dress early is important for your hairstyle on the day – the cut and look have to work in harmony. You’ll not wear the dress – tempting the spill, tear, and singe fates – but do try your shoes to soften them a bit. Talking of which, if your formal pair are skyscrapers, having flats for before and after the ceremony and arrival at the reception will save you metatarsal misery and heel hell.

Practice your posture in those shoes. Straight and head upright – the old book on head exercise may work – is what to aim for. Posture and body shape can be helped with shape-wear too. And don’t forget to have a bra that suits your dress!

If you’re not an exercise fiend, don’t go mad now. A bit of extra walking or swimming is good, but pulling a muscle in a wild workout days before your wedding is not. And no hen party within a month of the ceremony.

Please don’t follow a starvation diet (fainting’s for romantic novels, not weddings), but do follow some dietary hints. Avoid stuff that bloats, like fizzy drinks, broccoli, cabbage, and salty and sugary food (so lay off the junk food!). Sprouts, beans and carbonated drinks can also have noisy and noisome digestive repercussions (farts), not great for your walk down the aisle. Fresh vegetables and nice lean protein should form the core of your diet for a few days before the wedding.

Moisturizing regularly the week before is sensible, but don’t go too far and get a rash. And hydrating to help your skin tone is sensible too – still water and green tea are so much better than booze and coffee. Talking of moisture, don’t forget a non-staining anti-perspirant just before dressing: wedding dresses are warm, the weather or venue can be hot, you are human.

Avoid another rash source by not switching make-up brands for the wedding. Keep to what you are comfortable with, and/or have a make-up trial well beforehand (if you wear lenses or specs, use them to check your look). For that trial have a photo of the dress to show the artist (often hairdressers do both hair and make-up, so much easier to organise). Book yours well in advance, and confirm a week before.

A professional make-up artist will enhance your looks not alter them beyond recognition. Subtle good, tarty clown bad. Same goes for nails – plain varnish or a restrained colour will be elegant, bejewelled-frosted-multi-coloured-six-inch-long horrors will not. And the nails need to work with not against the make-up, especially lipstick colour.

White but not dazzle-the-driver-white teeth help your photos. Certain toothpastes make a difference with regular use, or professional help (at a price) is available in most dental practises. A very quick retouch of make-up by a trusted friend just before the photos can make a difference, but so does a simple wetting of the lips.

The toughest tip we save for last. Think how you – and maybe your kids – will react in 20 or 30 years time when the photo album comes out. Timeless may not be as exciting as up-to-the-minute-on-trend, but do you want to laugh at them, or shed a happy tear? Talking of which, waterproof mascara, brown for fair skin black for darker. So much to remember.

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