[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 holiday 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 24K Uplift treatment.” Says Miss Noelle Tan, senior beauty therapist from the SW1 Spa. “As a bridal prep treat for skin rejuvenation focusing on keeping undesirable signs of aging at bay while refreshing your overall complexion, this medically inspired clinical facial does it with finesse.”

Back by scientific studies and tested by clinical experts, it engages FDA-approved Sygma Lift technology to provide an advanced, non-surgical alternative to skin rejuvenation, stimulating the production of collagen to tighten and lift sagging, loose skin over the face and neck with the use of a patented 2nd generation High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU technology that radically transformed facial lifting into a virtually painless experience sans needles.

Sygma Lift treatment which combines focal lines and micro ultrasound HIFU technology with low level cold lasers can concentrate up to 1000 intersecting beams of ultrasound energy, delivering them with extreme precision to pre-calibrated depth of the treated areas to bring about a progressive thermal and mechanical action that works from inside out, unlike lasers and radio-frequency treatment which penetrate the skin from the outside in. Furthermore, the cold laser acts as a trusty sidekick, enhancing drainage of fat cells and further increases the rate of collagen synthesis. Hence, this treatment is ideal for patients seeking out the much coveted V-Shaped face, with skin tightening and improved contours of the neck and jawline, reduction in prominence of double chin, diminished fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth, as well as overall skin rejuvenation. 24K Uplift is without doubt a superb option for the blushing summer bride who desires some degree of aesthetics improvement without the cost and recovery time of other skin lifting modalities or surgery.

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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 centre-stage on your wedding day without the bells and whistles of a Pantone color 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.

Pave the way for immaculate skin this spring and leave no pores un-preened with, CHAI  CRYSTAL HEALING Oxygenating Facial Scrub, an exfoliator extraordinaire aimed to uncover your skin’s true inner brilliance in a New York minute. The closest home experience you can get to a professional skin polishing Microdermabrasion therapy at any upscale spa downtown, this is an insider’s secret of doctor-inspired, and scientifically formulated skincare gem favored by those in the know. A dual-phasic mask+scrub combo getting twice the work done at half the time, it exfoliates and moisturizes concurrently to improve your skin texture in a jiffy. Harnessing the cell renewal power from champagne extracts which uses active polyphenols with protective and antioxidant properties together with trace elements extracted from grapes, it magically transforms into a fine crystal scrub for effective exfoliation. Micro-ionized pearls stimulate microcirculation at the same time, with a special oxygen-releasing formulation giving lackluster complexions a much needed O2 boost for enhanced radiance. Gear up for a refreshing overhaul to reveal a fresher, silky smooth and more youthful-looking skin, just in time for saying “I Do” under the balmy summer skies.

Coax your skin to narcissistic perfection with the ultra luxe CHAI  24K GOLD MASQUE. Thanks to the infusion of colloidal gold, suspended in hyaluronic acid and glycerin, topped with a generous helping of real 24 carat pure gold flecks, this lavish 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 SW1 WATER INFUSION Mask. This DIY beauty sidekick is inspired by the moist dewy complexions of classical Korean beauties, formulated with highly concentrated ionized mineral water and saturated with derma-licious hyaluronic acid, it aimsto nourish your skin’s natural emollient system for intense hydration, prepping your skin in the best possible way to ensure your makeup artist’s job is a total breeze on any given day!

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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 moisturizer and top that up with SW1 HOLOGRAM Pore Minimizing Skin Primer to create a smooth canvas for your makeup artist to work his magic. Enriched with optimal amount of vitamins A, C and E in its freshest and most absorbable forms, illuminating skin primers act as an invisible veil to ace the base. 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!

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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 fly-aways 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 simplest 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!

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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 embarrassment and teasing they had to put up with.

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