Last night, I was lucky enough to attend an event at the brand new NYC Flagship Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. I was on a mission to find out the latest and hottest bridal beauty trends at one of the most respected Spa's in the world. I mean, when you want experts, you go to the Red Door Spa.
I was able to chat with Elizabeth Arden's National Makeup Director and celebrity makeup artist, Lindsay Ebbin and he filled me in on insider beauty tips for the bride-to-be.
Ebbin said that there are a number of key things that a Bride can do to prepare for her big day:
1.) Begin a skincare regimen--Proper skincare practices are key during the months leading up to your wedding. Many things can effect your skin, PMS, the environment and stress. Ebbin says at the very least book an appointment for a massage or facial 4-5 weeks before you walk down the aisle.
2.) Know Your Artist--I always joke that the longest relationship I've had is with my hair stylist. She knows me better than I know myself, sometimes. And I have the utmost trust and faith in her that she won't let me walk out her door looking horrible. The same trust and faith should be applied to your makeup artist. Ebbin was adamant about scheduling a trial hair and makeup session approximately 3-4 months before your wedding. "This will increase your confidence in your artist/stylist and decrease any insecurities you may have," Ebbin said.
3.) Like a Boy Scout, Always be Prepared--Ebbin says to come into your trial appointment with as much information as possible. For example, he suggests bringing in multiple pictures of hair styles that you would like to try, your veil or headpiece and a picture of your wedding dress so that the artist can tailor your experience to be the best it can be. And most importantly bring a camera to document your many looks.
4.) Ask & Answer Questions--Ebbin stated a VERY interesting point, he asked: "How did you look when you and your betrothed first met?" Many people claim that a wedding is all about the bride, and I agree to a point. The day is about you and your future mate, and it would be incredibly romantic to include the thought of your future hubby into your hair and makeup decisions. Ebbin says it's very easy to lose yourself in the midst of planning and even in the midst of a relationship, it's nice to dial it back to when you first met and the first feelings of butterflies of when you first fell in love.
5.) Don't be afraid--Ebbin says he loves a Bride that is willing to take chances. "It's OK to take your hair or makeup slightly out of your comfort zone," he said. "This Spring, we're seeing looks across the board from a bright lip and smokey eyes to a nude pallete and a kiss of color on the cheeks."
6.) 5 and 5--If you're lucky enough to have Ebbin apply your makeup, he will ask you to bring in 5 core colors in your makeup bag and 5 products you use all the time. He says that those products will give him a sense of who you really are.
7.) Symmetry--Zahir Ziani, National Hair Director and master stylist at Red Door Spa, suggests to always look symmetric on your wedding day. "The most important thing is volume, the volume of your hair, makeup and dress you want it all to be equal and not have one part overpower the other," Ziani said. " You'll want to look yourself, just be a little bit different."
What do you think of these Bridal Beauty tips? Were they helpful?
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