Ladies, do not be ashamed to splurge on your wedding day looks. There will never be another day in your life in which you are more in the spotlight.
We’re sharing some of today’s most popular beauty treatments that will help you look your best on your wedding day.
Sunless tanning is healthy and quick. Avoid harmful UV rays and tacky tan lines by getting your sun-kissed hues hand-sprayed. It also makes sense for time management reasons.
“With spray tanning, in as little as 10 minutes busy brides are bronzed,” says Tiff Peck, owner of a mobile tanning operation called Tansformations. She offers single and monthly sessions, as well as bridal packages.
Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are one of the hottest trends in bridal beauty. They last several weeks and the look can range from subtle to dramatic.
Jennifer Buenviaje co-owns Makeup for Your Day, an on-site hair and makeup team with a local studio near Brier Creek. She notes that spending a little extra to have your expert stylist apply only one false or mink lash per individual natural lash “can make the difference between haphazard placement of glue that destroys your natural set, and a gorgeous set of Bambi-inspired flutterers.” For more info and advice, read Jen’s full blog post on the topic here.
Bella Trio Day Spa in South Durham offers a lash lift service, which curls your natural lashes for a period of 6-8 weeks, helping them look fuller and thicker.
The list of wedding events gets extensive and it’s often more time-consuming to style your own hair than to pop into a drybar for a shampoo and styling.
Mary Long, owner of 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar near Duke East Campus in Durham, says that they can often even accommodate last minute appointments for rehearsal dinners and other events, “as we keep a large staff ready to assist with all bridal needs and every member of the party.” She adds they utilize reasonable flat-rate pricing for specialty blow-outs and up-dos.
Non-Surgical Face Refreshers
Enjoy facials and massage to relax leading up to the day, and to leave skin glowing. Look for our spa resources here. “Monthly facials or a series of peels for even just six months can really improve acne, fine lines, redness, dark spots and the overall quality of the skin,” shares Emily Richardson, general manager of Bella Trio Day Spa. “If brides wait until the last minute, a nice microderm facial can remove the top layer of dead skin and help achieve the bridal glow in just one treatment.”
For face wrinkles, particularly frown lines, Botox has become the most logical solution. Although long-term treatment does prevent wrinkle development, just one session will do the trick for relaxing existing lines and shadows.
“Botox begins to take effect within 48 hours, and results settle in over the course of ten days,” says Dr. Brian S. Coan of Care Plastic Surgery in Durham and Cary, NC. “Brides and mothers of brides all enjoy how Botox softens the fine lines and wrinkles for their big day. It’s a quick and virtually pain-free procedure that gives a rejuvenated, refreshed look – the biggest risk is that you’ll want to come back for another treatment!”
Photos: Casey Rose Photography