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Updated: Mar 22, 2019

Tying the knot during the winter presents a set of beauty challenges that summer brides don’t have to entertain.

Here are my top tips to make sure you are a beautiful, blushing bride even if the weather outside is frightful.

Take good care of your skin

Winter is a challenging season for our skin. Cold weather and indoor heat usually result to dehydration. Having a day and night skincare routine is essential at least 3-6 months prior to your wedding to ensure your skin is ready for the big day. Use a gentle exfoliating cream or scrub 2-3 times a week to achieve light exfoliation. This will allow your skincare products to better be absorbed and lock the moisture in. Switch to a good serum & moisturizer combination during the day and replace your night cream with facial oils 2-3 times a week to battle dry skin. If you battle with skin conditions like adult-acne or severe dehydration visit a dermatologist to help you find the correct treatment.

Keep your hair shiny and frizz-free

Ensure your locks remain shiny and frizz-free by prepping them with a serum before styling. Avoid hot styling tools without a heat protection product. Visit your hairdresser regularly for trimming to prevent split ends. If your hair tends to get oily try not to wash them every day as this will just make things worse. Try to use a dry shampoo instead to prolong the time between washes. Embrace your natural texture and go for hairstyles that compliment it. If you have naturally curly hair, do not straighten them. Go for a modern curly up do or “Hollywood” waves. If your hair is pin straight try to avoid curling. Go for a sleek ponytail or braided up-do.

Keep your makeup simple and elegant

Fairy-tale inspired makeup looks with focus on bold features and flawless untanned skin are perfect for a winter wedding. Embrace the season and make use of berry or autumnal shades. Try an incredibly flattering copper eye-shadow or a lipstick in a rich berry inspired hue. Focus on the most important elements of your look such as beautiful, natural looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathering lashes. If your get these right the rest of the makeup will fall into place.

Makeup & hair trial tips

Have your trial 3-5 weeks prior to your wedding. Wear a t-shirt or outfit in a similar color to your dress. Bring references to your trial. Start looking for images of makeup and hairstyles you like and bring them to your trial but take into consideration that if your skin is fair like Dita Von Teese then the makeup look of Jennifer Lopez won’t necessarily translate onto you.

The article is published in Ellwed Magazine. Get your copy here

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