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Let’s face it, a British summer isn’t predictable. So when you schedule a summer wedding, the dream of beautiful sunny weather isn’t always a reality. That being said, sometimes the weather comes through and we experience those sunny blue skies, warmth and a light breeze. But what to do about your makeup?! Though always tempting on a sunny day to just put on some suncream and go barefaced, a wedding is a special occasion and it’s nice to make an effort and look your best, especially if you have a role in the wedding. So here at Spicy Hen, we’ve decided to bring you a series on wedding makeup, starting with preparation the night before.

Prep is a really important part of getting ready, especially for an event. Makeup applies much better if the canvas is as clear and moisturised as possible. For many, this means the preparation starts the night before, with a deep cleansing ritual, exfoliation and moisturising.

1. Cleansing

There are many different ways to cleanse the skin. It’s probably not the best idea to try out new products the day before the wedding as you never know if this is the day you’re going to find out you have an allergy. So use tried and tested products. One option is to use a deep cleansing mask. Make sure you use one for your skin type, so if you have dry skin, aim for a cleansing mask that is moisturising, for combination or oily skin, a charcoal based mask might be a good idea. Apply to clean skin and follow the instructions on your product. If you have extremely sensitive skin and don’t feel like a mask is for you, you might like to try cold cream, such as the Boots Tradition Cold Cream or Ponds, which is very gentle on the skin yet also gives you a deep cleanse.

2. Exfoliation

There are also many different ways to exfoliate the skin, both physical and chemical. The difference between the two is that physical exfoliation, sometimes called mechanical exfoliation, employs the use of a tool, such as a brush or sponge, like a Clarisonic or Soniclear, which allegedly clean up to 3x better than with your hands alone. Physical exfoliation also encompasses substrates such as oats or a scrub product. These will give varying results depending on the type used, oats being fairly gentle and other products that can create more friction. Again, make sure you work with your skin type and use a product that will help your skin the most.

Another option is chemical exfoliation. This includes Hydroxy Acids such as Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Glycol Acid, Retinol, and enzymes. These affect the skin over time, primarily acting to normalise cell turnover in the skin, which ensures that dead skin is a thing of the past. There are also other benefits to each one, such as Lactic Acid, which some studies have shown, can increase the production of chemicals that moisturise the skin. Retinol, can also help anti-aging but Salicylic Acid is generally viewed as the most effective for exfoliation.

3. Moisturising

This can be a two-step process. Firstly, apply a serum suited to your skin. One option is the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which is anti-aging and can also help with acne. Another option is the No.7  range of serums, which are tailored to suit your age. These help to deeply moisturise the skin but also target specific skin problems, and are a perfect way to add in an anti-aging element to your skin-care regime. The second step is, of course, moisturiser! Your normal moisturiser will be best here as changing too much of your routine may have a negative effect on skin. Just make sure that it is tailored to your skin type and is effective!

We hope these tips help your wedding preparation, but don’t forget your beauty sleep!

Wedding Makeup 101- Preparation
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