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The Right Wedding Makeup for Your Personality

Flower Child
Let your beauty blossom with these pretty-in-pink hues.

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Photo Credit: Eddie Collins (model); Courtesy of designers (products)

1. Apply Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Color in Opal Fantasy to your lids to make those eyes pop.

2. Spring forward and reach for a blush brush, then dab Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop on your cheeks.

3. Give your lashes some pizzazz with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

4. Add Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm Stain in Sweetheart to your lips for a wow-worthy smile.

Golden Goddess
An ultra-glam big-day look can be yours with a gilded palette.

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1. Sweep Topshop Eye Duo in Woodland Walk along your lids for a touch of sheen.

2. Dust Mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes Face Palette along your cheekbones — accentuating your gorgeous bone structure.

3. Glide Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Ink in Beige Extract over lips for a glistening pucker.

4. Smoothing Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Translucent Illuminator on cheeks will create a dewy complexion.

Tip: Blend illuminator on your cheeks and down the bridge of your nose for a slimming effect.

Retro Chic
Vintage beauty touches can look surprisingly au courant.

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1. Opt for a rosy hue on the cheeks — we love BECCA Creme Blush in Turkish Rose.

2. Capture that coquettish charm with Urban Decay False Lashes in Sly.

3. Add Sephora Outrageous Volume Waterproof Mascara to blend lashes and elevate this flirty look to new heights.

4. Opt for a crimson pout with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick.

5. Line the lid with a swipe of Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Pen for a sultry cat eye.

Tip: When applying false lashes, cut the strip to better fit the length and shape of your eye.

Oh-So Classic
If "less is more" is your makeup mantra, you’ll love this elegant big-day look.

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1. A dusty rose blush like Smashbox Blush Rush in Chiffon will create that essential bridal radiance.

2. Apply Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara to your lashes for an alluring gaze.

3. To create a picture-perfect smile, reach for Bobbi Brown Uber Pink Lipstick in Pink Kiss.

4. Then, go for a soft shimmery finish with Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes in Beautiful Nude.

Tip: Ensure that your eye shadow will withstand the test of time by first applying a primer to lock in pigment.

Plus, check out the 25 Biggest Makeup Mistakes Brides Make ►


Author: ssainato
Posted: July 15, 2014, 1:54 pm

Fabulous Bachelorette Fitness Getaways

Jenna Mahoney

seaside pool at parrot cay by como
Photo courtesy of Como Hotels and Resorts

The Ranch at Live Oak 4.0, Los Angeles 
When Alex and Sue Glasscock began the Ranch at Live Oak, an intimate wellness retreat in the hills of Malibu, they immediately became the toast of all fitness-loving Type-As from Hollywood to Wall Street. The only snag in the formula—a.m.-guided hikes; afternoon gym classes; restorative and energizing yoga sessions; and a strict 1,400 calorie diet—was that many people weren’t able to do a full-week program.

a delicious ranch meal
Photo courtesy of The Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu

Enter the Ranch 4.0, a condensed version based at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. The concept is the same and there are still daily in-room massages for every guest.

Note: Participants are encouraged to go caffeine-, alcohol-, sugar-, gluten-, meat- and dairy-free before arriving, as per the program’s protocol (rates are $3,800 per person for the four-day program and are all-inclusive;

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Photo courtesy of The Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu 

Parrot Cay by Como, Turks & Caicos 
Total wellness is the mantra at this Caribbean enclave. Guests are encouraged to recharge on the white sand beach as much as in the yoga, fitness and Pilates studios. Daily activities include the aforementioned in addition to biking excursions, snorkeling and pool time. Individual training is also available. The spa is a celebration of Asian healing therapies, including Ayurvedic treatments.

Bachelorette bonus: No guests under the age of 16 are welcome. Looking for a closer option? Check out the newly launched sister property in Miami (room rates start at $500 a night and include breakfast;

hotel room at parrot cay by como resort
Photo courtesy of Como Hotels and Resorts 

Canyon Ranch, Lenox 
Canyon Ranch is a spa legend with a philosophy that’s self-reliant and self-directed. It’s great for groups, especially of different generations, since you can devise your daily schedule. Workout classes range from yoga and Pilates to swimming and tennis lessons, hikes of various levels and indoor cycling. And there are lectures and experiences on metaphysics, qi gong, African drumming and more. Meals are taken in a Berkshires summer cottage from the Gilded Age and all menu items have the nutritional info clearly indicated. There’s no need to feel as if you are doing without—dessert and coffee are available.

Tip: The best coffee is the French press served at Tasso, the café. Evenings are spent by the fire in the library, getting a tarot reading or reposing in the wet rooms at the spa (room rates start at $420 for a three-night stay and are all-inclusive;

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Photo courtesy of Canyon Ranch 

Author: online
Posted: June 13, 2014, 3:34 pm

5 Ways to Look Your Best on Your Honeymoon

Jenna Mahoney

You worked so hard to look your absolute best for the wedding, and chances are you’d like to appear just as beautiful/hot/stunning in your honeymoon photos. But unless you’re used to walking down the red carpet you most likely won’t be traveling with your big-day glam squad. And let’s face it, traveling with an enormous arsenal of products simply isn’t practical. Here are some no-fail, on-the-road beauty tips that I’ve picked up over the years.

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Pack Right

At press time the carry-on limits for gels, liquids and aerosols are three ounces in a one-quart sized plastic bag per passenger. Skip packing your products in your suitcase. You’ll avoid spills and stains caused by those darn nonclosable pumps — trust me.

In my plastic Ziploc bag, I have put double packs of sunscreen (one is a powder formula by Colorscience), deodorant, toothpaste and travel-size contact solution. I also toss in some insect repellent, Band-Aids, Advil, my arsenal of vitamins and Emergen-C, along with extra-powerful shea butter body moisturizer by L’Occitane, Ted Gibson Hair Sheets, Burt’s Bees facial wipes, a leg-shine stick and a few makeup multi-taskers. I generally use the shampoo and conditioner at hotels. And, if they have it, I slather on their moisturizer too, so I don’t have to deplete my stash.

Embrace the Beach Hair

One of my closest friends, a beauty editor, says her hair never looks as good in real life as it does on vacation. She loves the texture, waves and ease of not having to blow-dry every day. That’s where my hair sheets come in. They smooth over flyaways and have a bit of conditioner to combat dryness.

If your hair is too salted to tame, gather it into a topknot or wrap it up. I keep a couple of colorful vintage scarves in my suitcase that I use as headbands. They look chic on the beach, touring city sights or even at a dinner out.

Do Double Duty

I’m a pretty natural girl when it comes to makeup. So it isn’t that difficult for me to pare down my products. I limit myself to five that can be used across my face and body. If you follow me on Twitter (@srajennamahoney) you know my devotion to Rosebud Salve. I keep a tin in my carryon and another in my purse, and use it to hydrate my lips and cuticles. It can also alleviate skin irritations and little cuts that seem to pop up on my hands when I’m handling all my travel paperwork. My latest use — taming brows — makes them look a little more Cara Delevingne.

The leg shine (I prefer the stick by Michael Kors) camouflages any funky sun marks on legs and arms and can be used to bronze my cheeks in a pinch. I also pack a facial shimmer stick by Nars or Tarte (depending on the season of my destination) to highlight my eyes and cheeks. And a tinted moisturizer with SPF can be used as a concealer.

have a mascara on hand too. But lately, during the day, I’ve just used my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. That ensures no messy rings when I get out of the pool or return from an afternoon of snorkeling. For evening, I use Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Waterproof Mascara. It makes my lashes look so glam with zero smudging.

Take a Prep Step

I never get on a plane without having a mani/pedi. That way, I don’t have to tote nail polish et al and no one screams at the sight of my feet when I remove my shoes at TSA. If I’m going to a wedding or other major event like a resort opening, I often get a blowout the day of departure, so I’ll arrive with party-pretty hair. Personally, I think my hair is like pizza — it’s better the day after.

Hit Duty Free

Even pros sometimes forget to pack some very important items. If you do, eschew the resort gift shop in favor of a duty-free outpost. The stores, which are exempt from charging tax, specialize in prestige brands and are located in international airports.

Note: Make sure you purchase at your last point of embarkation. Even if you’ve got a sealed bag, international security regulations strictly prohibit carrying on large sizes of liquids, gels and aerosols. 

Photo Credit: Kip Meyer

Author: ssainato
Posted: May 20, 2014, 1:12 pm

Get Toned in Time for the Wedding

Talk about a following! With over 300,000 members on their website,, 19 million YouTube views and over 600 Twitter mentions per hour — along with their new reality series on Bravo — fitness and nutrition gurus Karena and Katrina speak to a huge community of women, many of them (drumroll, please) brides-to-be. Here, highlights from a recent conversation.

katrina hodgson and karena dawn
Photo Credit: Nicole Hill

BG: So many brides ask: What is a realistic timeline for dropping 10 pounds before the wedding?
Karena: It’s healthiest to aim to lose one to two pounds per week, tops. So give yourself a minimum of one-and-a-half to three months.

BG: Getting (and staying motivated) is tough. Katrina, as a recent bride, can you share any secrets?
Katrina: I'd remind myself what working out does for me physically and mentally. It helps me de-stress, boosts my energy, gives me confidence and makes me happy. Knowing how I wanted to feel on my wedding day was a huge inspiration in itself. And of course, I kept thinking about my dress and my honeymoon bikini. I wanted to look and feel beautiful.

lifting weights
Photo Credit: John Segesta

BG: Karena, as maid of honor, how did you pitch in?
Karena: I would always check in with Kat to make sure she was getting her workout in or ask her to join me for a beach run and yoga. We’re longtime BFFs and workout buddies but I still made sure to put in the extra effort.

BG: Katrina, did your gown determine how you worked out?
Katrina: Since I wore a fitted gown I focused on a balanced workout. I added more yoga into my routine for relaxation, upperbody strength — and shapely arms and shoulders. At the gym, I hit the stairmill for blasting calories and sculpting the booty.

beach wedding
Photo Credit: Jana Williams

Karena: You may want to spot-sculpt certain areas: waist and shoulders for a ballgown; booty, back and triceps for a fit-and-flare dress; hips and abs for a close-fitting column shape. Find the best workout for your wedding gown here ►

BG: What are some of the specific fitness regimes you recommend to your brides in training?
Katrina: We have so many brides in our community that we created a wedding-specific bridal program focusing on fitness and nutrition. A signature component of the Tone It Up regime is that we challenge our TIU brides to complete 200 miles by their wedding, starting 14 weeks before the big day. This means an average of 2.2 miles per day. You can walk, jog, run, use the stairmill, elliptical or even swim. If you cycle or take a spinning class, divide your total miles by three — meaning if you cycled 12 miles, you should log 4 miles toward your 200-mile goal. Having a program already clearly laid out really helped me stay focused for my own wedding.

BG: What’s the best approach — to try something new or stick with the tried and true?
Karena: We’ve always been big believers in trying something new to keep your workouts fun and exciting. Find something you love and look forward to. Changing it up helps keep you stoked. There are so many ways to mix it up these days: consider HIIT (high-intensity interval training), kettlebell, barre or bootcamp classes, hip-hop or Zumba — along with classic standbys like running, Pilates, swimming and weight training.

Photo Credit: John Segesta

BG: What are some good ways to stay on track, food and snack-wise, while dress-shopping, cake-tasting, etc.?
Karena: When we were running around on errands like dress shopping or checking out venues I always made sure to have my bag stocked with healthy snacks like almonds and fresh juice. Sometimes the bride can be so focused on the mission at hand she ends up running on pure excitement. If I saw that Kat’s energy seemed to be flagging, I just dug into my purse!

BG: What are advantages to working out alone vs. in a group situation like a class?
Katrina: We’re big on the buddy system. It can be the extra motivation you need to try a new class. Plus, when you don’t feel like getting that solo workout in, your partner is there to motivate you. Asking a bridesmaid, friend or even your husband-to-be to join you for workouts will help you stay accountable. And anyone who has caught some of our goofball antics on TV can see that having a workout buddy is fun!

Author: ssainato
Posted: May 20, 2014, 12:46 pm

8 Super Foods That Fight Stress

The guest list. The venue. The dress. The catering. The endless to-dos and logistics. Without a doubt, wedding planning ratchets up your inner stress-o-meter. Which in turn causes your levels of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline to surge, putting you at risk for anxiety, sleep problems, depression, digestive problems, and, oh yes: weight gain.

Ironically, we often reach for foods that actually raise our anxiety levels. Coffee or other caffeinated beverages can seem appealing when you feel low. Sugary, processed foods or simple carbohydrates become our "comfort" foods.

So, what’s the solution? Aim to minimize stress as best you can: exercise is one way; mindful eating is another. Here are a few foods that have been proven to lower stress levels.

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1. Blueberries
The high potency of antioxidants in these berries counteracts the production of cortisol, a hormone that increases blood sugar levels. High levels of cortisol are linked to increased (and stubborn) belly fat.

2. Peaches
The potassium in peaches helps lower blood pressure. As well, the fruit contains beta-carotene and antioxidants, which can help reduce certain cancer risks. A great choice when you’re craving something sweet.

3. Acai Berries
This super berry is packed with phytonutrients that have been shown to enhance your mood. They have additional health benefits such as helping keep blood sugar levels even, which in turn can reduce sugar craving.

4. Cacao (aka Cocoa)
Cacao is the ingredient found in chocolate. It is high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are potent with relaxation properties. Cacao also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances mood. You can add cacao powder to smoothies, cookies and brownies or you can get the nutrients by eating a dark chocolate bar. The darker the chocolate, the better (look for bars with at least 70 percent cacao). Or try cacao nibs, which are bits of roasted, dried and crushed cocoa bean — chocolate without the added sugar.

5. Maca
Available as a powder made from a Peruvian root, maca contains a phytonutrient that has been shown to help ward off anxiety and depression. It’s also a natural energizer and is said to help balance hormones. Try adding one-half teaspoon of maca powder to a smoothie.

6. Spinach
It’s high in magnesium, improves your body’s overall response to stress and stops your blood pressure from spiking.

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7. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds contain generous levels of folate, which helps your body produce the feel-good brain chemical dopamine.

8. Walnuts
Studies have shown that eating at least one ounce of walnuts a day can help keep blood pressure from rising and keep anxiety levels in check, so toss some nuts into your next salad.

Super Food Brownies Recipe:

super food brownies


  • 2½ cups medjool dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • ½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cacao nibs (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 cup raw almonds, chopped and soaked overnight
  • 2 table spoons chia seeds
  • Pinch sea salt


  • In a food processor, blend walnuts into a fine grind.
  • Add cacao powder and salt to the processor bowl and pulse to combine, then add dates one by one until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • In a square pan, use a wooden spoon to press the walnut/cacao mixture down firmly, pressing the almonds, chia seeds and cacao nibs into the mixture as you go.
  • Chill or freeze until firm, then cut into squares. Enjoy!

Hayley Hobson is the author of Hayley Hobson’s Hip Guide to Creating Your Sexy & Abundant Life. She trained as a Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. For more info, see


Author: ssainato
Posted: May 5, 2014, 4:29 pm

25 Biggest Makeup Mistakes Brides Make

Kristen Klein

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1. Trying Something New
Your wedding day isn't the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time. "Choose tones that you feel comfortable with and most like yourself," said Jo Levy, makeup artist for Rouge Bunny Rouge. Makeup artist Elise Brill added, "I always tell my brides that my goal is for them to look like themselves, just defined and finished. I would hate for a bride to look at her pictures five years from now and not recognize the girl in them."

"I think brides get too caught up in that it’s their special day and end up doing more than they would normally do, and it ends up being too much," said beauty expert Sonia Kashuk. "It is your special day, and you want to look like you — only better. When you’re walking down the aisle, the person on the other end wants to see you!"

2. Getting Caught Up in Beauty Trends
Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this kind of heavy manipulation can look too harsh during the daytime, according to makeup artist Sam Russell. "Natural lighting accentuates your natural beauty, so keep it light and fresh." Always remember that your photos are going to be on display for many, many years after the wedding; you don't want someone to be able pinpoint which decade your wedding took place in based on your face alone. "Think about the timelessness of your look; can it transcend the test of time?" said Kashuk. "When you look back on this day ten years from now, you want to still look modern and relevant."

3. Skipping the Makeup Trial
It's an extra cost but a worthy one. Schedule your trial at least three months before the wedding. "If you aren't happy with the first trial, this will buy you time to try out another option," said makeup specialist Amanda Gabbard of the Guerlain Spa.

One way to save money while experimenting: Seek out free makeover events. Nordstrom is hosting beauty trend events across the country right now, where you can meet one-on-one with an artist for a free makeover. Find one near you ►

4. Going in Unprepared for Your Trial
You probably already know that you should bring photos to your hair trial, but many brides don't think to bring photos to their makeup trial as well. Look through magazines or Pinterest for women with similar coloring to yours whose makeup you love. And if you have any photos of yourself where you particularly like (or dislike) your makeup, bring those along as well. "I've seen verbal descriptions of a hair or makeup look turn into a disaster. A picture is worth a thousand words," said Devin Giannoni, founder of "After you've shown the photos, discuss them. Make sure they see what you're seeing."

Also, wear white to your trial — it'll help you get an idea of what your makeup will really look like on the wedding day. And don't forget to take pictures! "Sometimes people like the look in person but not in photos, or vice versa," said Melisa Imberman, owner of The Event of a Lifetime, Inc.

5. Wearing Lipstick or Lip Gloss
Skip these products in favor of a lip stain, which is the most long-lasting option. "Lip gloss wears off super quickly and will get all over your groom when you kiss him at the end of the ceremony," said makeup artist Donna Kelly. "Also, when your lips are too shiny, you will lose definition in your pictures, and it can leave a glare."

Another reason to forego the gloss: "If you're going to have a veil that covers your face, the veil will stick to your lips," said Liz Fuller of Makeup Artistry, Inc. "The same goes for long hair — if a bride wants to wear her hair down on her wedding day, hair can get stuck to the lips."

6. Adding Shimmer in the Wrong Places
"A little shimmer or iridescence on the cheeks looks fresh and dewy, but worn on the nose or forehead, it can look like your skin is greasy," said Gina Ludwig, CEO of Hair Comes the Bride, Inc. Makeup artist Jane Cohen likes to apply a sheer gold shimmer along the tops of the cheekbones, on the cupid's bow of the lips, and just under the brows "It makes the bride look as if she is lit from within. It's an easy trick but one that really works."

Whatever you do, steer clear of anything with glitter. "Glitter and sparkles have the unfortunate effect of reflecting back light towards the camera. This often results in white spots across your skin in the images," said photographer Johanna Jacobson, owner of Ambientimage. These spots can then turn green, orange, or fuchsia in post-production, depending on the color balancing and effects your photographer uses. "The only way to get rid of these spots is by costly retouching and individually cloning out each spot or reflection."

"Shimmery is different from sparkle because a shimmer doesn't have particles — or flecks — that cause a flashback at the camera," said Fuller.

7. Applying Blush Incorrectly
Concentrate on the apples of your cheeks, where you blush naturally. “Many people wrongly think that blush should be applied in a diagonal line under the cheekbones and up towards the temples, like we did in the '70s,” said Cohen. Further emphasize your cheekbones by applying a little bronzer right underneath and blending it into the blush.

8. Going for Too-Dramatic Eyes
Except for mascara, ban the color black from your makeup bag. "Black liner or shadow is too harsh for the majority of people," said Giannoni. "You can create a much more beautiful effect with other colors that will create a soft, glamorous, even sultry look." She recommends using browns, grays, navy, and deep purples instead.

Smoldering eyes tend to look much better in person than they do in photos; "Eye makeup looks that are too smoky can cast a shadow around the eyes in photographs," said Levy. "Instead, opt for soft and subtle eyes." And be sure that you're choosing shades that will enhance your eye color. Makeup artist Chelsea Hernandez recommends bronze for green eyes, mocha for hazel eyes, navy and dark brown for blue eyes, and purples and grays for brown eyes.

Also, opt for a cream shadow rather than a powder as your base color. "Cream lasts longer, making it better for your lid color," said Hernandez. Use powders in your crease and to highlight underneath your brows.

9. Choosing the Wrong Kind of Lash Enhancements
A popular trend now is to get eyelash extensions, which are individually bonded with your natural lashes (much like hair extensions). But master lash guru Suzette Zuena, owner of Lash House Beauty Boutique, recommends that you have these applied at least two weeks before your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction to the adhesive and to ensure that they're comfortable for you.

If you choose the more traditional false eyelashes, opt for individual pieces rather than strips. "Tears can weaken the glue at the inner corners of the lash, causing them to lift and look crazy," said Rebecca Perkins, co-founder of makeup salon Rouge New York. “A gentle coat of waterproof and a generous application of individual lashes will withstand a torrent of joyful tears on an emotional day.“ Individual pieces will also give you a more natural look than strips: "You can build up the lashes to the desired thickness," added Cohen.

Also, consider using black eyelash glue rather than clear; Gabbard says it'll blend better with the rest of your eye makeup.

10. Forgetting Your Brows
Your brows frame your eyes and can truly change the entire look of your face. Aside from having them professionally waxed a week before the wedding, you're going to want to define them with a brow powder. Follow the natural shape of your brows with a powder that matches your hair color, said Hernandez.

Next: Foundation Mistakes and More ►

11. Wearing a Foundation With SPF
Many formulas now include sun protection, which is wonderful for your everyday look. But on your wedding day, stick to a traditional foundation. The reason: "Some ingredients in the SPF formulas can cause the face to look white in flash photography," said Fuller. If you're going to be outdoors all day long, you can wear a sunscreen underneath your foundation, since that'll sink into your skin rather than sitting on top of it with the foundation, said Fuller. But do a couple of test shots before the big day to make sure that you're not left with a chalky complexion or a washed-out look, recommended Erica Bishop, makeup artist for Prescriptives.

12. Using Airbrush Foundation
Airbrush foundation can be "the bride's best friend" — if you're someone who doesn't need a lot of coverage. "The finish is very lightweight, so the bride won't feel as though she is wearing a mask," said Mary C. Rascon, director and owner of Cambio Salon and Day Spa. But if you need more coverage, you may want to stick with a traditional formula. "If there's an appearance of any smudge due to an accidental rub or too much perspiring, it's a problem to repair airbrush makeup," said Hope Henderson, makeup artist and founder of Beauty Mark.

13. Piling On the Foundation
"Many brides believe that they have to have a heavier foundation in order to look good in photographs, but in fact, it's the opposite," said Cohen. "To be able to see the skin glowing underneath, a sheer foundation creates an amazing close up beauty shot in bridal portraits." And piling on the makeup won't make it last longer. "Just be sure to use a good primer and follow with a medium coverage foundation," said Misha Shahzada of Artmix Beauty. Primer gives your foundation something to adhere to, helping it last all day long. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, giving you that porcelain look. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is always a top choice among beauty pros. But you don't just need a facial primer — you also need an eye shadow primer to keep your shadow fresh and avoid creasing. Fuller recommends Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

14. Overdoing it with the Powder
Powder can be great for mattifying your look, but when used under your eyes, it can sink into any tiny wrinkles and magnify them. "The under eye area can end up looking dry in photos with too much makeup," said Giannoni. "To prevent this, you want to use very little powder under the eyes or skip it all together. The less powder, the better, to keep the under eye skin looking fresh and beautiful."

15. Skipping Body Makeup
Makeup doesn't end at your jaw line; Lauren Knuckles, professional makeup artist at Pucker, points out that it's important to even out your complexion on your décolletage and back as well, since these areas are on display in a wedding gown. And Cohen likes to sweep a gold shimmer powder along the collarbones: "It helps to light up the face."

16. Not Waterproofing All of Your Makeup
You already know to wear waterproof mascara. But you should also wear waterproof foundation. "As a bride, you are bound to shed a few tears," said Ludwig. "There is nothing worse than having streaks of black mascara running down your face or white streaks where your foundation came off." And when you do cry, don't wipe those tears — dab them instead. "Even if a bride does use waterproof makeup, consistently wiping her face of tears or sweat is going to completely destroy her makeup."

17. Not Giving Your Makeup Time to Set
Between each step of your makeup, give your makeup some time to dry. "Use a hair dryer set on the cool setting if time becomes an issue," said Giannoni. “Your makeup will last longer if you let each step dry before the next one.”

Also, never apply your foundation with your fingers. "Using your fingers brings bacteria, germs, and even sometimes fingerprints," said Nicole Zerafa, owner of Original Diva salon. "Using a sponge or brush will give your foundation a more natural look and will blend it more evenly into the skin."

18. Over-Tanning
A lot of brides try to get some extra sun during the week of the wedding. But remember that you are wearing white — "The contrast makes it look even more dramatic," said Zuena. And, of course, trying to get a natural tan means you run the risk of burning or getting tan lines, meaning that your makeup artist will need to spend extra time combatting those problems.

19. Getting a Spray Tan Too Close to the Wedding
Don't book your tanning session the day before the wedding; instead, build color gradually over several sessions in the weeks leading up to the big day. “Get the lightest shade possible, and let it build,” said Kelly. "This will let you test whether or not you like it, and you can control the evenness of the tan better." Plus, your faux tan needs time to set in — if you get it done the day before, you run the risk of it bleeding onto your gown, according to Kristin Alexander of Esoteric Events.

Worried about it wearing off before the big day? Giannoni recommends placing an "emergency touch-up appointment" on hold for the day before the wedding in case you end up with any streaks from your previous sessions.

20. The Mono-Tan Look
A spray tan often looks unnatural because it coats your body evenly with color; a natural tan simply doesn't work that way. Instead, opt for airbrush and ask your artist to skip your face on the last pass. "It doesn't look natural to have the entire face and eyelids all one deep tanned color," said Giannoni. "It's better to use a bronzer on the face to deepen the color of the complexion. The face and chest should match, but the center of the face should reflect light."

Next: Skincare Blunders and More ►

21. Changing Your Skincare Regiment
If you're prone to breakouts, you may feel inclined to pile on the products to pre-empt pimples in the days leading up to your wedding, but it's best to keep your routine consistent. "A few days before your wedding is not the time to experiment with skin treatments, peels, or products you are unfamiliar with," said makeup artist and beauty expert Lindsey Lopez. “The best thing you can do is keep up with your skincare regimen as normal, and hydrate in the morning and night.”

If you don't regularly get facials, don't get one right before the wedding. "Beginning too soon before the wedding will encourage impurities and therefore pimples and blocked pores to come to the surface and spoil wedding day skin," said Cohen. "It takes a few weeks before they are eventually cleared, so I always advise my brides to begin the facials at least three to four months in advance so that by the time their wedding day comes, their skin is totally clear and glowing."

22. Not Prepping Your Skin Properly on the Big Day
Before you start applying makeup, it's important to prep your skin properly. Hernandez recommends washing your face with a gentle cleanser, then using Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Lotion, which moisturizes while toning down any redness in your skin. Follow it up with a CC cream to even out your skin tone. And be sure to use a hydrating cream around your eyes — this helps your under eye concealer go on smoothly.

"I can't tell you how many brides, bridesmaids, and moms show up with skin that is not exfoliated or moisturized," said Fuller. "It is extremely difficult to apply makeup on to skin that is dry or flaky." And if you have a breakout before the big day, leave those pimples alone. "Pimples that have been picked and are scabbed over on the wedding day — yikes! It's easier to cover a pimple than it is to cover a scab."

23. Waxing the Day Before
"Wax brows or any other area of face at least five days before the big day to avoid marks or scabs," said Dimitri James, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Skinn Cosmetics. And if you've never waxed before, don't start now. "You can break out in a little rash around the area if your skin is not used to it," said Kelly.

24. Forgetting About the Bridal Party's Makeup
Your bridesmaids are going to be in dozens of pictures with you; give them some guidelines regarding their makeup so that everyone looks cohesive. "You don't want each of your bridesmaids with different hair and makeup because it looks ill planned and will ultimately distract from the bride, who should stand out from everyone else," said Karuna Chani, international makeup artist and skin care consultant.

25. Not Packing a Sufficient Emergency Kit 
Even with the most budge-proof makeup, you’re going to need to keep a few things on hand for touch-ups – the wedding day is long! "No bride wants to look oily on her wedding day," said Zerafa. "Oil absorbing sheets are the best way to avoid this; they don't remove existing makeup." Some other key products: your lip color, cotton swaps and tissues to fix any smudges, translucent powder, and lash glue if you’re wearing falsies. 

Author: kogorman
Posted: April 11, 2014, 6:23 pm

Bridal Beauty: A Two-Week Countdown

Naima DiFranco

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Two Weeks Before: Final Trim & Color:
Two weeks before the wedding is the perfect time to book your final trim and any needed color touch-ups.

Akira Yamane of Eiji Salon recommends getting a clear gloss treatment. Glossing closes the hair’s outermost cuticle while it conditions and locks in color, leaving a silky smooth texture that will reflect a lot more light and leave strands with a softer feel. The result: head-spinningly shiny hair!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom via



10 Days Before: Teeth Whitening
According to Beverly Hills celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands, "the best time to get your teeth whitened is 10 days before the wedding, to allow for some time to pass in case there is any posttreatment sensitivity."

After whitening avoid stainers like coffee, red wine and dark colas. At home, try Rembrandt Deeply White 2 Hour Whitening Kit to whiten in just one go.

Photo Credit: Terry Doyle



One Week Before: Waxing
A perfectly arched brow can be as transformative as an eyelift, sculpting and defining the face. Book your wax 7-10 days prior to avoid any redness or swelling. If you encounter a skin reaction, you’ll have enough time to heal.

According to esthetician Pamela Jeschonik, founder of EyebrowMBA, "timing is critical for facial waxing due to all the wedding pics, but it’s just as important for waxing below the belt. No one wants to have irritated skin on her honeymoon!"

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4 Days Before: Cleanse
Drinking lots of water helps to detoxify the skin, giving you an amazing glow! In these final days before the wedding, stay away from salt, alcohol and carbonated drinks, which can make you puffy and bloated. This would be the ideal time to try a 3-day juice cleanse.

BluePrint Cleanse, with its strong celebrity following, offers a variety of wedding-worthy regimes to promote radiant skin, increase energy levels and improve sleep. The Renovation (beginner-level) cleanse is perfect for newbies. It begins with fresh greens and ends with yummy cashew milk.

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Three Days Before: Spray Tan
Cheat your way to a flawless glow with a spray tan. Make sure you ask the tanning technician to give you a color that is a "healthy" or "golden" glow as opposed to a deep tan. The aim is for your skin to look bridal radiant, and not like an über-tan reality TV star.

Plan your time to allow 12 hours afterward with no showers or tight-fitting clothes. Airbrush tans take approximately 24 hours to fully develop and often are darkest on day two.

Scheduling your session 3 days before your wedding will allow the spray tan to achieve peak perfection. Extend the life of your faux glow by moisturizing daily. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie extends the life of your tan.

Photo Credit: Tom Corbett

wedding bouquetOne Day Before: Manicure
All eyes will be on you, and especially on your hands as you carry the bouquet, cut the cake and show off your sparkling ring all day. Ensure that your nails are clean and beautifully polished.

Make it a fun event and go to the salon with your bridesmaids the day before so you can coordinate colors.

Photo Credit: Tom Corbett




Author: ssainato
Posted: March 25, 2014, 1:22 pm