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It’s never too soon to get into good habits. You are what you eat, so start eating properly, make sure you get your five portions a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water.
Set aside one night a week to pamper yourself. Thoroughly cleanse, tone and moisturise your face, remembering to use an exfoliator to clear away the dead skin cells.Soak in a relaxing bath and use a body brush or scrub to clear dead skin cells. Wash your hair in a good shampoo and, if it’s been chemically treated or tends to be dry anyway, give it a conditioning treatment which you leave on for 15 minutes or so before washing it out.
Give yourself a pedicure and a manicure. Then moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
Practise makes perfect
If your skin is pale, consider using a sel-tanning preparation to set off that virginal white gown. But you need to practise to ensure you don’t end up with tell-tale ‘tide marks’ or ‘dirty’ elbows, knees and ankles..
Scrub and moisturise areas of dry skin regularly and exfoliate and moisturise all over before applying your choice of self-tan. The colour only lasts for a few days, so it isn’t a disaster if you mess it up the first time.
You’ve chosen your perfume for the big day, now splash out on all the accessories. Soap or gel, body lotion, talc and deodorant with the same scent layers the perfume on your skin and ensures your frgrance lasts the whole day. Complete the effect by spraying eau de toilette on your pulse points (actual perfume usually too strong for daytime wear so save that for your evening reception).Quick repair kit
Give your Mum or chief bridesmaid your perfume, powder, lipstick and a small can of hairspray to carry with them so you can make any minor repairs necessary during the day.
Specialist makeup artist Jane Dare, of EyeDo Makeup, has over 15 years of experience in bridal beauty and has a keen eye for what works best in front of the camera. She’ll ensure your wedding day make-up complements your skin type and tone, hair colour and overall theme of the wedding, making you look and feel amazing on your special day. And her services are available for all the bridal party, if required.
EyeDo offers a mobile service covering Somerset, Devon and the whole of the south west and Jane will come to your home or venue for your trial and again on the day itself. She also runs make-up masterclasses for destination weddings and pamper parties, perfect for hens and the bridal party.
It’s easy to see why make-up artist Melanie Thornton is a favourite with brides all over the south west. From her base in south Devon, she leads a team of award-winning make-up artists who have been recognised and voted for both by clients and by industry professionals.
Not only are they highly experienced in wedding makeup, but many have also worked with the film and television industry as well as on national commercial advertising campaigns.
Melanie herself has a wealth of experience in bridal make-up, as well as working on some famous and almost famous faces, and is continually adding to her skills as new trends and techniques appear. She also runs both individual and group lessons, perfect for all the ladies in the bridal party or as a launchpad for a glamorous hen night out.
Wedding hair specialists, Olivia Rose, have a wealth of experience and passion to share with you to help make your big day picture perfect.
The stylish hair and beauty salon in Torquay also offers indulgent manicures and pedicures as well as eye-popping eyelash extensions. And the experienced team is dedicated to creating a calm, relaxed, friendly atmosphere – perfect for the nervous bride – while giving clients the very best results every time.
They’ll also come to your home or wedding venue on the day if you prefer.