Say “I Do” to a beautiful you!

make upDecember is around the corner and here in Kenya, the wedding season will be at its peak. So this is for all the brides out there busy preparing for your big day. Right now if you have not done so already, you are busy looking for the perfect dress, perfect invitation, perfect location, perfect flowers and perfect everything. Or so you think.

One of the most overlooked areas during this time is wedding day beauty. Usually the bride-to-be will have envisioned how her hair and nails will look but totally ignores the makeup department or leaves it for the last minute. Yet, you will be photographed on this day more than any other day in your life. In other words, you will be the star attraction.

Begin to think about your wedding day make up at least three months before the wedding. Remember your makeup is only as good as the skin it’s on. Hopefully you have already established a good skin care regimen. Your skin care regimen should include a good cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, a healthy diet, exercise, drinking plenty of water, facial treatments every 4 to 6 weeks and getting plenty of rest. This will ensure that you do not have any unsightly breakouts before you wedding day. If you have a blemish or a breakout just before your day, keep your hands off your face. Don’t pick or squeeze. It is almost impossible to cover a scab.  The skin that’s well looked after is the one that makeup looks more natural on.
Schedule your last facial at least two weeks before the wedding day

Are you going to hire a professional to do your makeup or are you going to go at it alone? If you are a makeup guru, then be sure you have all the products you will need to achieve a flawless look. You must do a trial run on yourself to see how you will look.

If you decide to hire a professional, have an idea of the look you want to achieve before meeting with them. Take the time to go through magazines and pull the makeup styles that you really like. Remember that on your wedding day, you want to look like you but at your most radiant and beautiful.

Do not try anything trendy. Makeup styles change as often as fashion does. When you look at your wedding album in the years to come, you want to look timeless.
Schedule a trial run with the makeup artist at least a month before the wedding day. This is to give your skin plenty of time to recover should it react to the makeup.

Your make up trial should be on a day that you can go out to see how the makeup lasts and how your friends, family, and fiancé like it. You will also get a good idea on whether your makeup artist is qualified for the job. Make sure that the makeup artist uses quality products. Good quality makeup has staying power.

Another important step in creating a flawless look for your wedding is to make sure that you and your bridal party all have a seamless look. It would be a pity to look radiantly beautiful for your photos then one of your bridesmaids out does herself in the makeup department and stands out negatively in your photos. To be safe, extend the makeup service to your bridesmaids.

Your wedding day is not the day to be stressing about how you look or how you will apply your makeup. So sit back and relax and let the experts pamper you on this day.

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Prisca Mwangi is a Beauty Consultant at The Color Palette Company. She can be reached at