How to Solve Any Wedding Day Skincare Dilemma
Woke up with a zit? No one has to know! Arm yourself with these fast fixes for perfect skin.
As a bride you're probably working out to get your body in shape, eating healthy, and following a skincare regimen so you're a glowing bride on your big day. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, a blemish or other skincare emergency pops up.
Don't sweat it, and possibly make it worse. Even for the most irritating problem, with the right advice, you can make it disappear or hide it so no one but you and your makeup artist knows it's there.
To help you avoid a meltdown on your big day, here are simple solutions to eight common wedding-day skin emergencies:
Problem: Woke Up with a Zit
The key to hiding an unwanted blemish is to "blend the concealer on and around it because you don't want the concealer, or the blemish underneath, to be obvious," says makeup artist Laura Geller.
Before your makeup artist works her magic, cleanse your skin with a mildly exfoliating but gentle cleanser and follow up with a tinted anti-blemish cream, such as Guerlain's Crème Camphréa, suggests Lindsay Neeley, Assistant Director of Spa Operations at Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Adding, "The salicylic acid in the cream will go to work eliminating your blemish while the mild tint helps conceal and blends smoothly under makeup."
As for makeup, Geller recommends first using a primer to even out your skin's texture as much as possible. Next, apply concealer on and around the blemish, making sure to blend in the concealer and finish by setting with a translucent powder.
Problem: Puffy Eyes
The key to reducing the puffiness of puffy eyes is having something cool applied to them. "A cool compress or cooled cucumber slices applied for 5 to 10 minutes can constrict blood and lymph vessels," says Dr. Sapna Westley, a consulting dermatologist for Jergens. You can also use cool tea bags, which contain tannins that will help reduce swelling.
If your bridal suite doesn't have cucumbers or tea bags you can also use a teaspoon, says Dr. Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist and Dermatology Advisor for YouBeauty.com. Soak one in ice water and then nestle the back onto your lower eyelids and push gently for 5 to 10 minutes. And since puffy eyes can be caused by a high salt diet or alcohol, try to cut out both the week of your wedding.
For extra help try these eye creams from MAC for instant puffy-eye relief.
Problem: Sunburned Skin
To help with both comfort and color, take a cool bath and then apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help with redness, Dr. Wechsler says. To reduce swelling, use a cool compress and apply a cream containing aloe like Jergens Soothing Aloe Relief Lotion to soothe your skin.
Problem: Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
Use foundation under your eyes, along the lash line, to conceal them, Geller says. "Foundation is less opaque than concealer, so you'll receive more uniform coverage instead of the lighter, raccoon eyes you would get with concealer."
Check to see how much coverage your foundation provides, if you need more, you can always add concealer on top.
Problem: Cold Sore
Call your doctor and ask her to call in a prescription for Valtrex, Famvir, or Acylovir, Dr. Wechsler says. If you can't reach her, and you probably won't on a weekend, you can pick up Abreva, an over-the-counter medication. If you can't make it to the pharmacy, you can try some old-fashioned remedies: Visine will help take the red out and Preparation H will reduce swelling. So will a cold compress and Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Linsey Snyder Wachalter, owner and makeup artist with Facetime Beauty, suggests lightly exfoliating the area so there is no rough skin on the top layer. Then pop a little concealer on it and if the cold sore is directly on the lip, go for a dark berry lip color or deep red-like these from Lancôme-to cover it up as much as possible.
Problem: Allergic Reaction
The first thing you need to do is stop eating or using whatever is causing the allergic reaction. If the reaction happens a few days before your wedding Dr. Wechsler recommends using hydrocortisone cream twice a day and taking Benadryl at night or trying a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day.
For allergic reactions the day of your wedding, use the hydrocortisone cream and then cover up redness by canceling it out entirely. "The opposite of red is green, so apply green tinted concealer on the red area," says makeup artist Linsey Snyder Wachalter. The combination will create a flesh-toned hue.
"A good quality tinted moisturizer naturally has green/yellow undertones and also provides moisture to dry skin; Laura Mercier has a terrific one and is a great option to take red out and quench thirsty skin," she adds.
Problem: Red Eyes
Remove the makeup that is causing the reaction and buy an over-the-counter eye drop like Visine, Dr. Wechsler says.
"If a few drops doesn't do the trick, you may have a very common allergy to blue/green toned eye makeup," Snyder Wachalter says. "Try using a light colored eye makeup which tends to be less irritating to the skin and eyes."
Problem: Dry Skin
To help hydrate your skin and to ensure that your makeup lasts for hours, Snyder Wachalter suggests using a good silicone-based primer. "Use moisturizer first, wait a few moments for it to set in, and then apply the primer. Once the primer is set, you can go one step further and use a tinted moisturizer for a foundation."
And to prevent dry skin, Dr. Wechsler advises to cut down on exfoliating and avoid scrubbing your skin.