Five DIY beauty tips for brides-to-be

18 Jul 2017

Five ways to prep and preen yourself from the comfort of home before the big day

Words: Alex Moore

Every bride should be the star at her wedding, but with so much to plan for she can overlook the most important aspect of the planning process - beautifying herself.

Here are a few easy DIY beauty tips and procedures that every bride-to-be can factor in to her planning schedule - and they will save time, effort and money too.

1. Cleansing and excfoliating

Cleansing ensures that the skin is dirt free, removing the unwanted fat, dust, and bacteria. It also keeps the pores open and thus, helps the skin to breathe better. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin and blackheads, brightening the skin and creating a smoother surface for make-up application.

For a cleansing lemon mask, take a tablespoon of honey and juice from half a lemon; mix and apply on the face and neck region, then let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse off with hot then cold water.

For exfoliation, take a tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on the face and after 10 minutes, gently scrub and rinse. You can add olive and macadamia oil in your scrubs for the best results. Cate Blanchett swears by the power of essential oils for homemade beauty care.

2. Toning, moisturising and make-up

Toning should follow cleansing. It helps tighten the pores, as well as remove any remaining bits of oil and dirt while restoring the desirable pH levels. Moisturising helps lock moisture into the pores, keeping the skin soft and supple.

For toning, mix ¼ cup of water with the clear gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply with a cotton pad. Rinse after 20 minutes. For moisturising, pure coconut oil has collagen-supporting laurel acid, and it doesn't leave a greasy feeling.

After moisturising, apply make-up primer, preferably one that is silicone-free, since silicon-based alternatives cause make-up to slide off. Then apply foundation using a damp sponge for a soft non-cakey finish. Foundation evens out the skin tone, covering pigmentation. Make sure to blend past the jawline and down to the neck and chest to avoid different shades of face and body.

You can then use a concealer that matches your skin tone and a bronzer or setting powder. After this, highlight the parts of the face that naturally catch the light, specifically the middle of your nose and chin and across the top of your cheekbones. To avoid a shiny look, use a matte powder for highlighting.

3. Hair removal

Sudden hair removal can give you rashes. Therefore, a few months before the wedding, routinely remove unwanted hair from your body in order to prepare the skin for the big day and obtain glowing, silky smooth skin.

Using common razors to shave can cause the hair to grow back fast and become thicker. This is why a portable and easy-to-use electric shaver is a far better option for you. It's modern and effective and you can use it on different parts of your body, such as legs, forearms, underarms and even the bikini area.

In addition, this device comes with a great feature: you can use it both on dry and wet surfaces. This means that from now on you will be able to shave in and out of the shower and thus, save precious time.

4. Get the perfect tan

In order to look glamorous on your wedding day, you will need to take your skin tone into consideration as well. Getting a tan a few weeks - even months - before your wedding can be a great idea to asses what shade suits you best.

Summertime brides will even benefit from catching the rays before the big day, but don’t spend too many hours in the sun (avoiding the hottest times of day, between 11am and 3pm) and remember to always apply sunscreen with a high UVA and UVB rating. 

5. French manicure

Start with a nail trim to the desired length, then shape using a nail file - opt for square or round. Soak your hands in warm water to soften the skin and set to work on the cuticles. Use a cuticle gel and cuticle pusher to gently push your cuticles back.

Buff the top of your nails then massage cuticle oil into them. After this, paint your base coat then a thin layer of sheer pink polish and allow the nails to dry for several minutes. Apply a second coat and allow to dry. Place nail guides on your nails and paint the tips. Look up nail art ideas to add personality or reflect your wedding theme.