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Brides and grooming

Didn’t she look GORGEOUS?!

On May 19th we all fell in love with Meghan Markle when she married Prince Harry…

Unless you actually want a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the key to wedding beauty is to keep things simple. Don’t make dramatic changes, leave the spray tan in its can and ditch any ideas of Botox. And really, what is the point of vajazzling??!!

However, if you want to dazzle your guests and of course the lucky groom, well shaped and maintained eyebrows will ‘open’ up your eyes and define your face. Start early, as it might take a month or so to get it right. Tinting can make a huge difference if you are fair or red haired.

Dark circles and puffiness are common bride-to-be afflictions (all those late nights pouring over the seating chart is bound to take a toll, after all). Since the skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive, be gentle take off eye makeup with a water-soluble remover (don't scrub). A nightly application of eye cream, in combination with adequate sleep, will improve the appearance of dark circles. During the days before the wedding, steer clear of too much salty food, which can cause eyes to look swollen.

Make-up wise, avoid pink-based concealer or foundation and ditch the sunscreen. They all do weird things to your skin tones in photographs. A facial on the afternoon before the wedding is great for containing any outbreaks of spots and will give you a radiant glow on the big day.

For that all-important kiss at the end of the ceremony, you'll want your lips to be in the best possible shape. A Vitamin E stick (sold at pharmacies and health food stores) can combat cracks and creases that weather and nervous lip biting can cause. You should also exfoliate your lips at least once a week, to clear away dead skin Wet a toothbrush with warm water and brush lips with a gentle back-and-forth motion. Finally, protect your kisser with sunscreen, as the sun can leave lips looking and feeling parched.

Since your gown no doubt shows off a little (or a lot!) of neck and décolleté, start taking care of this overlooked region as soon as you can. Think of it as an extension of the skin on your face - but remember that this fragile skin is thinner, has fewer oil glands than the rest of the body, and requires special care to keep it supple and smooth. Exfoliate it with a gentle face scrub every other day, apply a light moisturiser daily, and use sunscreen when heading out in a chest-baring top.

Right, I’ve got my placcy tiara from Claire’s, you just tell me when and where!

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