[By Kendall Gan]
It was the summer of 1971 when one half of the golden couples of ABBA BjörnUlvaeus and AgnethaFältskog exchanged vows in what was later dubbed the wedding of the year in Sweden. Resplendent in full hippie galore, Agnetha was the picture perfect summer bride, with her signature ramrod straight hair adorned with a white floral crown, set flawlessly against her sun-kissed skin with barely a hint of makeup. With its radiant sunshine and clear blue skies forming a picturesque backdrop, summer is the perfect season for a memorable wedding. Summer nuptials work well with out of town guests too as this coincides with the kids’ school hols and bosses are often more partial with vacation time. One major drawback of a summer wedding got to be the weather, which can wreak havoc on a bride’s hair and wedding makeup. But if you aren’t put off by a by a little bit of extra heat and humidity and willing to take a few more steps in preparing your beauty looks for that big summertime day, the rewards are definitely worth the trade off!
Engage professional help
Instead of blowing your wedding budget on a dress that you are not going to wear a second time, stretch the mileage of your dollar by investing in top notch professional facials and skincare treatments that will garner you much better returns that will guarantee to outlast any amount of Instagram LIKES for your OOAK couture gown. A wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering, with monthly facials to refresh your skin, or scheduled appointments with your aesthetics physician to up your beauty quotient to the next level.
“One of the most sought after pre-event ritual of our celebrity clientele is no doubt our award winning Go Glow Facial,” Says Miss Noelle Tan, senior beauty therapist with The Sloane Spa. “This is often paired with our premium 3-in-1 Nova 3R therapy done by our trained physicians, an excellent multi-tasking Swiss based technology that uses 3 types of light energies to give you the simultaneous effects of pigment removal, skin tightening and cell renewal for a triple helping of unparalleled radiance on your big day.”
Prep it right at home
When it comes to summer bridal makeup, less is usually more. With your adrenaline pumping at an extra mile on your big day, the nerves and excitement combined with the heat means that a ton of makeup won’t sit too well. Get round this by stepping up your daily skincare regime way in advance and let your flawless complexion takes centrestage on your wedding day without the bells and whistles of a Patone colour palette. Starting at least a month ahead, exfoliate regularly to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells which over time, can lead to clogged pores, uneven skin tone, blackheads and possible acne breakout.
Coax your skin to narcissistic perfection with the ultra luxe Sloane Inc Gold Glow Recovery Mask. Thanks to Sea Buckthorn Berry added to an enriching mix of multivitamins topped with a generous helping of real 24 carat pure gold flecks, this soothing complexion-enhancing mask helps increase skin moisture levels and oxygen uptake to lull all skin types to a luxuriously luminous finish. For the busy bride with an unending checklist to tackle, keep your skin camera-ready for wedding trial, hen party and other pre-wedding engagements with the convenient, ready-to-use Sloane Inc Glow Therapy Mask Box. With 3 delectable choices of Water Infusion, Glow Therapy and White Luminosity to choose from according to your needs, these DIY beauty aides are saturated with derma-licious goodness from astaxanthin to vitamin c, tailored to nourish your skin’s natural emollient system and prep your skin in the best possible way, making your makeup artist’s job a total breeze on any given day!
Slow down on shimmers
If you are planning a summer wedding especially if it comes with an outdoors ceremony, the risk of a makeup meltdown cannot be denied. If you had followed tip #1 and #2 and start off your big day with really good skin, that’s half the battle won. Use a light moisturiser and top that up with an oil-free lightweight primer to create a smooth canvas for your makeup artist to work his magic. Skip the heavy foundations and use a light concealer to cover blemishes which shouldn’t be many if you had pampered and prepped your skin well. Nothing says summer like bronzed skin but you need not conform to this look if “it’s so not you” to begin with. Makeup should bring out the best of your features and style in an enhanced way so let the summer sun provide the natural sheen. In bright sunlight, skin will appear very shiny so slow down with the shimmers. Instead of a liquid or cream bronzer, opt for a matte bronzing powder which tends to hold up better in the heat. Over dramatic eye makeup should be avoided as shadows cast by an overhead midday sun might result in unflattering dark eye circles. Even if you don’t think of yourself as the crying type, one should always be prepared for a sudden surge of emotion and waterproof mascara to guard against sweat and tears is definitely in order on this day!
Choose styles that work
While having a summer wedding means fabulous weather, late sunsets and dancing right through the night, it can also mean your bridal coiffure can fall victim to the grueling heat and humidity. A sleek, structured up-do probably won’t hold its shape for long. Choose a hairstyle that seems a bit more effortless and easy, like a tousled or windswept look that appear as if you could have ALMOST done it yourself,without the need to fuss too much over flyaways throughout the day. For the bride on the fashion radar, the trend has really been leaning towards long, down do’s and braids. If you have your heart set on wearing your hair down, adding a row or two of clip on hair extensions can give it much longer lasting hold with added impact even to the most simple styles. Exercise control and hold your reins because the last thing you want is to end up looking like you’re wearing a drag queen’s wig!
Stop the drip
If you’re going to wed in July, be prepared to tackle the sweltering summer heat head on! Sweating is possibly the least glamorous topic but it is real and something every bride should be prepared for. After spending all morning getting ready with your makeup perfectly put on, beads of perspiration could threaten to ruin it all in seconds. Be reminded that no one wants to see the sweat stained pits of a blushing bride that even the most spectacular Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier gown cannot distract us from. To safeguard yourself from this fashion faux pas on your midsummer wedding day, consider Body Botox for Hyperhidrosis, a clinically proven and effective way to reduce sweating in targeted areas such as the underarms and palms. Generally, one will start to notice decreased sweating or even completely sweat-free days in less than a week. Results typically last for 6 to 8 months after just a single session and those treated often wish that they had opt for this much earlier, to avoid those years of social embarassment and teasing they had to put up with.