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4 --- A Times Newspapers Supplement --- Strictly Bridal 2013 www.times.co.nz new zealand's leading beauty website • beautybible.co.nz SHOP ONLINE FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MAKEUP & BEAUTY PRODUCTS... Skincare, Makeup, Hair, Age Defying, Bath & Body, Fragrance, Tools Brands include: Aveeno, Neutrogena, Thin Lizzy, Trilogy, O.P.I., Dr Lewinn's, Sukin, Burt's Bees, L'Oreal Paris, Elevit, Organix, Innoxa, and many more. beautybible.co.nz Radiant brides may seem like the most natural thing in the world but, actually, there is a fair bit of preparation to do in order to look one's absolute best on the big day. Where brides need to shed a few kilos, a healthy eating plan should be started weeks, often months ahead of time. Set out an achievable exercise plan, drink at least five glasses of water a day (eight if you can manage it) and keep meal portions small. Say goodbye to sauces, sugar, salt and rich dressings and cut down on bread. As well as losing weight, the benefits will include a clear complexion and a sense of wellbeing. Walking with friends, attending a yoga class or joining a gym are great ways to exercise. Alternatively for maximum results in a short period of time, try a personal trainer. Acne, broken capillaries, spider veins and other skin problems can be resolved with regular visits to a beauty salon prior to the big day. Microdermabrasion or perhaps a glycolic peel will ensure skin looks polished and in tip-top condition. Remember to maintain a daily beauty regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising. Regular facials and massages will keep you looking good and relaxed. Many salons and day spas offer a wedding package, which includes hair and makeup consultations and trials, manicures and pedicures. Others have packages tailor- made to hens' nights, where the bride and her bridesmaids can be pampered from top to toe as the wedding day approaches. In the week before the big day pay attention to brow shaping as well as brow and lash tinting or go all out for lash extensions. Long, lustrous eyelashes are an asset when it comes to photos. Hands too are vitally important especially as many photographs focus on the ring, signing of the register or the clasping of flowers. Nails should look manicured and painted. If your nails are notoriously poor, book in for a set of acrylic or gel nails then you'll show your hands confidently. Finally, don't forget that all-important smile. No bride wants her wedding photographs marred by stained, crooked or chipped teeth. These days tooth whitening is an affordable and simple way to achieve sparkling teeth while other dental work may also be required to cover a chipped tooth, gaps or loss of a tooth. Consult your dentist early so that when the big day arrives your smile will be remembered for all the right reasons. WED WITH A GLOW Golden "Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze." Lingerie can make or break a wedding dress -- visible panty lines and bulging bra straps detract from a beautiful gown but striking a balance between pretty and practical can be tricky. Prior to the wedding most brides make an effort to shape-up. Some work on general toning; others want to lose kilos but regardless of aims and achievements come the big day correct fitting underwear, combining support and comfort, will give a sleek, flattering silhouette. Purchase wedding-day lingerie before buying or having a gown made -- that way fittings can be made with the selected undergarments. Aim to be at your goal weight by time you buy lingerie and are ready for bridal fittings. Choose the right bra: A sheer dress with tight bodice will require a smooth cup while a gown in heavier material means more lace detailing is acceptable. Style will dictate the appropriate support -- a plunging neckline looks best with a cleavage- enhancing bra, while a torsolette is better with strapless dresses. Push up bras often suit small- busted women while fuller breasted women may require a reinforced style to enhance curves. When raising your arms no part of the bra should show and be sure you can breathe comfortably. In many cases, a bra may not be necessary as some bridal bodices are boned and fitted to give proper support. Knicker glory: Boy-leg pants come in different styles and like control-top underwear are ideal for eliminating visible panty lines or bumps. However, if control panties suck you in too much you may find bulges emerge elsewhere! Seamless knickers may do the trick or another option is the g-string but they're not recommended under sheer dresses. Worry less about looks and more about practicality. UNDERCOVER Story FOREVER AFTER Hair Wedding day hair needs planning just like every other aspect of the big day. Be sure to consult with your stylist well in advance of the big day to discuss not just hair, but the type of gown and head wear you have chosen. The gown, your hair type and the style of the wedding will all help determine whether you wear your hair up, down or half and half, carefully straightened or cascading curls, formal or informal. More than ever brides, their attendants, and even the guests, consider 'hair, makeup and a tan' as priorities. It seems everyone welcomes the chance to really dress up and shine. When it comes to hair consider the following: Up or down? Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Generally, loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while hair-ups suit a more formal evening look. The key is balance -- if you're wearing a headpiece or veil, for example, your hairstyle should complement, rather than detract, from it. High-necked dresses will look better with hair kept off the neckline. Some hairstyles add height, often a bonus for shorter brides. Have a test run Rehearse your hair, makeup and tan well before the wedding day and have a friend take photos of different angles and facial expressions. This will help you decide if a style accentuates your features, has too much height or not enough. Walk around with the hairstyle -- is it comfortable and will it last from ceremony to the dance floor? Stylist and salons Schedule your wedding day appointment at least 12 weeks ahead. If you want a very intricate hair-do discuss the time needed to accomplish the finished result. While stylists tend to work best in their own salons where they have all their tools, some may come to the home. If so, provide lots of space close to power points with good lighting. Expert tip: Wear a buttoned shirt when having your hair (and makeup) done. You don't want to be pulling clothes over your newly styled hair. "A bride's beauty lies not only in their attire but in the love radiating from their faces."
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