Top seven beauty essentials for your wedding day
21 Jun 2018
With more than 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry, London-based beauty blogger Julia Ferrari of FreshBeautyFix shares her top seven beauty essentials for the perfect wedding day
Whether you're days away from walking down the aisle or still in the early days of planning, so much time, effort and more often than not money is poured into this one incredible day that you want everything to run smoothly and look perfect, from the flower arrangements to the table displays. And with the bride being the centre of attention, being able to count on a few trusty beauty heroes will help you feel relaxed and comfortable on the big day. Here are some of my wedding beauty essentials.
The Face Mask
Weddings tend to be planned well ahead so there's no excuse not to kick start a good skincare routine. You may have booked a make-up artist for the day, but for best results it helps to provide a healthy canvas that they can work on. To avoid build up of dirt and excess sebum (especially in the summer) add a gentle scrub to your skincare regime, two to three times a week depending on skin type, to ensure baby soft smoothness on your big day.
Julia's top pick: Filorga Scrub & Mask 55ml, RRP £40
The Blemish Fighter
I'm a huge fan of French pharmacy skincare; they deliver great results with minimal fuss and at an affordable price. With all the high expenses a wedding often entails it's great to find some purse-friendly solutions. There are some beauty products that I would happily splurge on, like a beautiful fragrance, but a spot cream... probably not. It doesn't need to smell pretty or come in a heavily embossed glass jar, you just want it to do what it says it can do so that you don't end up with a teenage complexion come your wedding day.
As much as you may strive to have every aspect of your wedding day under control down to the last rose petal, some things will inevitably work against you. from torrential rain to your skin playing up. To keep your skin in check opt for a product that eliminate spots, reduces inflammation and regulates the production of sebum.
Julia's top pick: Avène Cleanance Expert 40ml, RRP £15
The Trusty Blusher
Wouldn't it be lovely if your wedding day photos revealed cheeks naturally flushed with love and happiness? I'm not a risk taker so just in case love and happiness didn't have the desired effect, for my wedding day I kept a Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush with me for a quick touch-up in the evening to ensure that I had a soft pink glow, natural or not.
Julia's top pick: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose Frisson, RRP £6.49
Image: Amy Scaife at Love & Adventures
The Long Lasting Lip Colour
Spoiler alert... there's some kissing involved at weddings, especially for the bride. To ensure your lips get through the day without smudging, opt for a long lasting lip colour with a satin finish. I've found that L'Oréal's Color Riche Satin Lipstick does not budge and provides an intense hit of colour that'll last way into the evening.
Julia's top pick: L'Oréal's Color Riche Satin Lipstick Intense Fuschia 288, RRP £6.99
The Pretty Pink Nail Polish
I love bright manicures and fun nail art but depending on your wedding theme, bright turquoise nails may not be the appropriate choice. I went for my favourite colour fuchsia on my lips, nails, and shoes, but for a more subtle look there is more than enough choice of soft pinks and nudes. I'm a fan of Ciaté's Strawberry Milkshake for a slightly punchier pink.
Julia's top pick: Ciaté Strawberry Milkshake, RRP £9
The Elegant Scent
The perfume you choose for your wedding day should feel effortless, like a second skin. Different maybe from what you wear day to day, but one that you still recognise yourself in it. Florals can be classic and elegant, yet the more complex ones will bring added depth and sophistication. Bulgari's Rose Goldea is definitely a grown up floral perfume and one that you'll want to keep wearing post-wedding.
Julia's top pick: Bulgari Rose Goldea 50ml RRP £73.50
The Honeymoon Skincare
Your honeymoon skincare needs will depend on your destination, but unless you're planning to go travelling for a month, chances are it will involve miniature toiletries. Having worked in the hotel cosmetics industry I'm a bit of a minis collector and love adapting the contents of my toiletry bag to the travel situation. Elemis actually have a dedicated travel shop, featuring some of its bestselling beauty products in washbag- and purse-friendly sizes.
Julia's top pick: Elemis minis from £3.90 for a shampoo
Image: Amy Scaife at Love & Adventures