Beauty tips and tricks for confidence and radiance on your wedding day….
The Make-Up Artist
If ever the moment was right to call upon a make-up artist, then your wedding day is one of them! The Luxury Channel loves Daniel Sandler’s style and trusts his tips. In fact, he introduced us to the lovely Lara Rorich. Lara is a model but also a make-up artist who loves working with brides and with ten years of experience in the modeling industry, she certainly knows the tricks of the trade. She studied at The Academy of Freelance Make-Up, where she also studied hairstyling, so her brides benefit from both her skills! Lara loves the natural look and specialises in clean, pretty and feminine make-up. She always recommends a trial run before the wedding day and likes to share ideas and be inspired by a bride’s natural beauty. Lara recently got married herself in her native South Africa so she understands all the nerves and fears of a blushing bride-to-be. Hiring a make-up artist is a luxury but also a necessity; it will make for wonderful photographs and add to the ritual of getting ready!
For more information on how to book Lara for your wedding, contact her directly (charges are individually priced as each wedding differs from one to the next):
The Royal Treatment
We salute the Lady-In-Waiting package at The Chelsea Day Spa. We hoped to catch sight of Kate Middleton in there but we soon forgot to keep an eye out as we started out on a red carpet overhaul. The package begins with an A-List favourite, o2 Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion. This airy light facial instantly boosts the skin with plumpness and vitality, giving a radiant, healthy-looking glow. Next up is the incredibly soul-soothing De-Stress Aromatherapy Massage to calm butterflies and finally, Everlasting Nails by Jessica. Wafer-thin gels, available in clear and a spectrum of shades, paint on as naturally as a manicure but last for up to three weeks. We adore the classic regal shade of Royal Red for the bridal occasion.
Lady-In-Waiting Package: approximately £150.
Tel: 020 7351 0911
All A Flutter
Tears of joy are lovely, but panda eyes on your wedding day are certainly not! If you’re a well-known weeper, you need to book an appointment with Flutter. They will send an artist to your home to delicately apply incredible false lashes one by one to flatter and enhance your natural beauty – giving a voluminous, dramatic effect. Book your appointment for two to three weeks before the big day for the best results, with an in-fill at the start of the wedding week to fully perfect your feathery flutter.
Lash extensions start from £180. Home visits within London and neighbouring regions.
Also available at The Dorchester Spa and Harrod’s Urban Retreat.
Tel: 01372 386 312
Every bride glows on her big day, but if you want to keep that all-over glow all day, you might need a little extra help. This luxurious, paraben-free tanning range makes our must-have list by helping to do just that. Using natural and certified organic ingredients, Beau Bronz remains a beauty secret but we know it won’t stay that way for very long. Prep with Exfoliese, a spray-on body polish with organic aloe vera and fruit acids to remove oils, impurities and surface skin cells, and allow even tanning. Then apply the Advanced Medium Bronzing Tanning Cream 4 using circular movements across the body. The glide-on texture made it easy for our bride-to-be to get the right finish, looking sun-kissed rather than streaky-orange. The Tan Extender also helps prolong and protect your sunless tan life. Experiment at home at least one month before the wedding to achieve the right intensity on the day, or contact the team for a professional application.
Products from £25. Price for professional application on consultation.
Tel: 020 8788 7770
Complement the sparkle of your ring with a manicure by creative nail artist to the stars, Leighton Denny. Magically restore weak, cracked, dry and brittle nails into healthy talons by following his advice: ‘‘Try to begin your hand and foot care regimen at least six months before the wedding. Visit the same technician weekly or every other week for manicures and monthly for pedicures. The consensus for wedding-day fingernails is pale shades and natural French polish. The contrast between a white dress and a dark fingernail is too strong. The trend now is pink washes, white washes, and pale pastel shimmers versus the chalkier traditional French manicure.’’ We tried Natural White and Barely There by his collection, Leighton Denny Expert Nails, for a beautiful natural-looking French polish – perfect!
A sparkling smile is the key to health, youth and radiance but if a trip to the dentist leaves you cold, try The Covent Garden Dental Spa on London’s trendy Neal Street, a cosy practice with a boutique spa interior. Founder Dr. Flora Chigwedere advises brides to have a thorough check-up and Diamond Sparkle & Polish Hygiene Clean to lighten and brighten teeth before they even think about whitening. However, if only the purest of white will do, Dr. Chigwedere recommends a tooth whitening at least 10 days after your hygiene clean. Using a special high-grade system, a concentrated gel is applied to the teeth and activated by laser light. For sensitive teeth, try one of their Take Home Kits made up by the dentist. If you get a little anxious at the dentist, the practice also uses holistic therapies to help settle you in, such as aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and massage.
Prices on consultation.
Tel: 020 7836 9107
Cheryl Cole is rumoured to have her own Hypoxi machine at home (although denied this during her Piers Morgan interview, when he teased her about using vacuums to stay fit!). But other celebrity fans and women the world over have sought out the Hypoxi method because, in just a few weeks, you can lose 3cm off your waist, hips, thighs and bottom. It is a good option for when you have been exercising and eating well but need that one final push to get into your dress for the big day. Created by Dr. Nobert Egger of Austria, the patented process is more than just exercise. It combines exercise with vacuum pressure to increase the circulation to the area where the troublesome fatty deposits are located. By increasing blood flow to these targeted areas, you increase your metabolic rate. Hypoxi is also a fantastic cure for cellulite and uneven skin tone.
The Body Clinic in Harrods has two machines and you can alternate which one you use for maximum effect. A pretty chandelier, all the magazines a girl could desire, plus lovely Crème de la Mer products in the changing room, makes this a fitness moment with a lux vibe.
Hypoxi Therapy: starting from £600.00 at Urban Retreat, The Body Clinic, Harrods.