6 Simple Steps to prepare your skin for your bridal makeup trial
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1 Double cleanse
Cleanse and then cleanse again. It's as simple as it sounds. Wash once and then wash again. This will ensure that your face is clear from any dirt, sweat or bacteria that you might have picked up during your sleep or on your travels to your trial location. We want to be clear of anything that can lead to a spot forming before you layer on any products or foundation. Use lukewarm water, not too hot and pat dry with a soft clean towel. If you have particularly dry skin, then only a single cleanse may be needed if your skin cannot take a double cleanse.
If you use any serums, now is the time to apply this to your skin, and let it sink in, it should feel cool and soothing after your cleanse. Use whichever serum you like, you can use a hydrochloric acid, Vitamin C, or a simple Rose-hip oil. I use a collagen serum that has a mixture of a gel/liquid consistency. However, you can totally skip this part altogether.
3 Eye cream
once you have left the serum to sink into your skin, you are ready to apply your eye cream. I would use a moisturising, hydrating, or eye brightening cream. Pat onto the under-eye area and blend in, this will help with puffy eyes or dehydrated skin. The eye area can get neglected, especially the inner corner, this is always a dry area as the skin is more fragile than the cheeks. Be careful not to be too rough and don't pull on the skin. The skin under your eye is thinner than in your cheeks.
4 Hydrating spray
Spritz with hydrochloric spay or antioxidant hydrating spray, to refresh and revitalize your skin, plus it is a great way to help you wake up and get ready for the day. It's a great product to introduce into your skincare regime or even keep a small bottle in your bag and add a little spritz while you're still at your desk in the office, on the tube or while you take your coffee break. You can get small sized bottles, so it's a perfect 'pick you up,' that you can carry around with you, to use at any time.
Seal all the moisture into your skin with again a hydrochloric acid or hydrating day cream. After washing all the dirt, oils, sweat away, you have also washed away some of the natural oils, your skin may feel tight and slightly vulnerable to the air around it. We need to get that moisture back in there to help support and protect your skin. I would recommend a day cream or any light face cream. You don't want anything too heavy and thick before applying your BB cream or foundation. Save that for your nighttime skincare routine.
Try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Its great for hydration.
6 Drink More.
This last one is a given. Drink lots of water! And I MEAN lots of water. You won't realise how dehydrated your body is and how much water it needs. You will be crazy busy planning your wedding day, and drinking water will be the last thing on your mind. But it is very important for your skin and general health. Water will keep your skin happily hydrated, plumped up and help the makeup application glide on smoothly. After I give my brides a little lecture at their trial and teach them about their water intake and skincare regime. They manage to take a little more care, and believe me, the difference is noticeable on their wedding day. Sometimes they can see no change until the day, but once I have applied their makeup, they look fresher, dewier with a beautiful natural healthy glow to their skin.
Read the labels of your products before use to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Do check that your products are still in their use-by date and that it hasn't been sitting at the back of the cupboard for the past couple of years.
Most beauty and skincare products have a 24 month date from opening, but not all products have that long, so do check that one. Yes, these things can go off as much as anything in your fridge. Don't forget to read the label for the recommended amount that you should be using. Using the wrong amount can end up in problematic skin, from not using enough, or by using far too much and creating a product overload. Please also use products recommended for use on your skin type. If you have dry skin, oily, etc...
Do use the correct products. However, you may have combination skin, which is most common among my clients, some have normal skin that is just very dehydrated. Do the research and find the correct products for the particular areas of your face. There is no "one size fits all", in the skincare world.