your program with your skin-care regime at least one
month in advance.
Get a professional face cleansing done from your trusted
beauty parlour once a fortnight.Be sure to get your
last done at least 4 days before the wedding day.At
home,on a daily basis follow a cleansing,exfoliating
and moisturing routine.Use a gentle fragrance-free cleansing
lotion on a damp cotton wool to clean your face and
neck.Take one teaspoon of oats in your hand, add a little
water.Aply this to your face.Let it set for a few minutes,then
with your finger tips gently rub around the nose and
chin and basically all over the face and neck to exfoliate
the skin.This will rid you off all the dead cells and
prevent the pores from getting clogged.Wash off with
water and apply your moisturer containing a sun screen
of at least 15 SPF in it.Wait for 15-20 minutes before
you apply your make-up.
When going out in the sun,carry an umbrella and wear
dark glasses for extra protection.
Repeat the above in the morning as well.On alternate
evenings use this natural bleaching face pack made of
multani mitti(Fullers earth).Take freshly ground paste
of one neem leaf and 1/2 portion of coating consistency
and apply it to the face and neck.When dry,wash off
with water.Tone your skin with hazel on a cotton wool
pad and then moisturise.This will give you a flawless
and glowing complexion.
For your crowning
glory,your scalp needs to be kept thoroughly clean by
washing your hair at least 3 times a week-you'll be
needing this as you will be out shopping most of the
days,gathering dust and pollution.
Use a "frequent use" gentle shampoo(Baby shampoo)and
in the last mug of water,after washing out the shampoo
completely,add one teaspoon of cider vinegar in it.Do
not rinse after this.Just towel dry and set as usual.Do
not comb your hair when they are wet.This will result
in shiny and voluminous hair and also keep it dandruff-free.
Once a week,use this conditioning hair pack: 2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of gram flour
1/4 cup of herbal henna mixed with warm water.
Apply on a clean scalp for an hour,wash with a gentle
If you are going to have a perm or planning your hair
highlighted or a new hair cut,be sure to do it at least
3 weeks prior to the wedding,so that this new cut gets
settled and you still have time to modify it if need
be.Do not leave it for the last minute.That way you
are not in for a shock.
Invest in good hair brushes-a wide tooth vent brush
and a medium style styling brush.For a quick curl look
,buy heated rollers or benders and a hair dryer with
a diffuser attachement.This will help you to be in control
of your look and you wont have to run to a beauty parlour.
Your body care routine should be a daily exfoliating
and moisturizing process.In a thin muslin cloth put:
Powder milk:1/4th cup
Thick starch:1/4th cup
Mix this into a paste and apply it all over the body.Let
it be dry for about 20 minutes.Bathe with warm water.Pay
special attention to your hands and heels by applying
a rich cream every night.Besides the home care get a
professional manicure and pedicure just before the wedding.Your
full body waxing should also be done just before the
wedding.You should also invest in a good hair epilator
which will come handy on your honeymoon when going to
a parlour is not convenient.
Lastly,for shopping for cosmetics,ask for testers and
test the shades on a make-up free skin.By and large
buy trusted names and ones which are least in fragrance
and grease.Buy matte finish shades for lips and eyes.This
will enhance your looks whatever your complexion may
be.These days,specialized natural looking and long lasting
make up is available that is hypo-allergic-like long
lasting lipsticks,waterproof mascara,loose yellow powder,etc.Remember,never
comprise on your make-up products.Whether your are doing
your own make-up for the wedding day or getting it done
from a professional,do a dress rehearsal to know exactly
what you will look like on your D-Day.
All these tips will help you to be in full control of
your looks,helping you savour every moment of the most
wonderful time in your life.