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More Wedding Day Mistakes to Avoid: Waxing, Artificial Nails and Concealer (part 2)

Tips, questions and advice for avoiding wedding day mistakes bikini and eyebrow waxing, nails and concealer.

Bikini Waxing, Eyebrow Waxing and Lip Waxing

  • Bikini Wax: The only exception to the above rule would be bikini waxes. Bikini waxes can be quite painful for first-timers, so be warned. Only go to a esthetician who has been referred to you. If you want to look good in your bridal thong, consider a Brazilian bikini wax, but again, do it with an esthetician you completely trust. Do not take aspirin before the waxing, because aspirin thins the blood, which can lead to increase bleeding and even bruising of the skin. Also, be aware of post waxing skin care. Ingrown hairs can be avoided by exfoliating the bikini area daily or by the topical application of bikini line creams or stringents that prevent them. Depending on your hair regrowth cycle, a bikini wax can start to grow in after two to three weeks. If the window of time is shorter for you, schedule the final bikini wax a day or two before the ceremony--especially if you are going on a honeymoon where you will be on the beach.
  • Lip Wax: If facial waxing leaves you with a slight breakout in the area for a few days afterward, or if you tend to have acne-prone skin, skip the heavy creams some esthetician apply mmediately after pulling the wax. Stick with an application of apply a layer of anti-acne cream on the waxed areas.
  • Eyebrow Wax: If you are trying to change the shape of your eyebrows for your wedding, give yourself ample time (>at least six months) for the brow to be ready. Also, remember that eyebrow hairs do diminish with repeated removal from the root. You may be attempting to grow back a classical, slightly thicker brow for the wedding, only to find that it's a lot harder at 30 than when you were 20. Don't despair: A good makeup artist will teach you how to complete your look for the big day without appearing overly made up. In any case, attempts to change to brow shape should be done with plenty of time. Also, if you are waxing them for the first time, it's essential to experiment a few time before the big day. You want to have a shape you are happy with.

Artificial Nails and Manicure

Wraps and tips are one beauty indulgence that makes perfect sense for a wedding, although most estheticians would advise against it for 14 years-olds preparing to be a flower girl or bridesmaid. The primary benefit is a manicure that lasts two weeks with little or no chipping. Since you have so many other things to worry about on that day, it can be a relief to have at least one thing absolutely in your favor.

Most important, if it is your first time, you should get a set of nails done two to three weeks before the big day so you can accustom yourself to how fake nails feel. They do take getting used to. You might also get a sense for how long you want your nails to be, although almost all nail esthetician will agree that, for the first time, shorter is better. If you feel comfortable and decide to keep the artificial nails for the wedding, the other benefit is that the next trip to the manicurist is simple for a fill-the application of acrylic or nail bonding material to the regrowth area at the base of the nail--and a polish change. The initial application is more time-consuming, at least 45 minutes. Fills should be done religiously every two weeks, so plan accordingly.

First Time for Artificial Nails? If it is you first time, go to a salon for which you have a reference from a friend or relative. Make sure the place is immaculately hygienic; it would be awful to have your nails beautiful for the wedding, then end up with a fungal infection that takes a year to clean up. Tell the manicurist exactly how many eighth-inches or centimeters you want added to the nail. Being as specific as possible will help avoid misunderstandings. Remember that what may seem "short and functional" to an esthetician who is used to giving customers extremely long nails may seem awkward and unsightly to you. Tell her exactly what you want.

For color choices, keep nails simple, neutral, and sheer. Avoid designs, even if they are subtle (French manicure looks perfect).

Concealer Tips

Selecting the right concealer for the under eye are requires more attention than most women think. Use a formula that "brightens" the eye area. A brightening concealer should reflect light, as opposed to giving opaque coverage over the skin. The difference is noticeable as the day wears on. A covering concealer masks the skin and looks fine upon first application, but by the end of the day it has disintegrated, broken up, and collected into the fine lines around the eye. A brightening concealer is translucent enough to show your natural skin as it blends fluidly in the eye area.

But for women with extremely dark circles especially those with dark skin - the situation calls for something different. Using a concealer that is too light creates a grayish, ashy cast over the under eye area. The result is a tired, unhealthy look that actually draws attention to the problem instead of minimizing it.

Tips for choosing a concealer: When choosing concealer, select one that minimizes the darkness (orange corrector) of the under eye area by blending it well with the face. This technique requires special attention to how you make up the rest of your skin. Choose a darker blush, for example, to maintain a smooth color transition in the area where you are essentially blending two skin tones; and select lighter colors for eye shadow, so as not to add to the darkness around the eye.

Concealer Warning: This is one of the most important and misused beauty products. The first place you need to apply it is the inner corner of the eyes, right next to the bridge, which is the darkest area around the eye. Use your fingers to dab on the concealer. You will be surprised at how little you need to brighten up the eye area. The less product you use the less likely it will be to clump and accumulate in the fine lines of the under eye area as well. Selecting the right concealer is tricky. Check out the concealer consejos/tips on top. Concealer also evens out the tones and texture of the eyelid, creating a uniform canvas for eye-shadow application. Another of its functions is to maintain eye makeup and prevent creasing or sliding. For people with particularly oily skin, concealer helps eye makeup adhere and "hold on" to the lid. Again, use your finger in a light tapping motion to apply concealer on the lid, blending gently as you go along.

Read Part 1, How to Avoid Wedding Day Mistakes By Experimenting with Beauty Treatments

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