Preparing Your Face For Your Bridal Portrait

There is one thing that every bride knows: there is never enough time to prepare for your big day. You could always do more. Admittedly, it has a lot to do with self-confidence. Getting married is an emotional moment, and you want to look and feel your best on the special day.

If you are concerned about the bridal portrait, you likely have already scheduled all the necessary skincare appointments. The bridal portrait is the traditional session that showcases your look before the wedding. The dress receives a lot of attention, but most photographers will also include close up shots of your face. The right makeup and hairstyle can do a lot for you. But when all the attention is on your face, you don’t want anything to distract from your energy.

Therefore, you want to focus on managing all issues and discomfort with your eyes, smile, skin, facial hair, and nose ahead of the wedding. It will give you that extra boost of confidence. 

Healthier Eyes

There’s no secret. Healthy eyes are mesmerising. They look bright, fresh, and express your emotions. But healthy eyes don’t happen overnight. 

You can find plenty of eye vitamins off the counter. However, these don’t replace an eye-friendly diet. Vitamins are essential to avoid any discomfort on your big day, such as dry eyes or inflamed red eyes. Nobody wants to become the red-eyed bride at their wedding. Your eyes need plenty of fish oil, vitamin C and zinc to preserve their health and reduce dryness and inflammation complaints. Depending on your diet, you may need to take supplements to ensure you can get all your eye vitamins. 

As a rule of thumb, your eye-friendly diet should include: 
  • Vitamin C is present in citrus fruits, peppers, berries broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
  • Zinc found in pumpkin seeds, oysters, oats, lean beef, fortified cereals and dairy products, and chickpeas.
  • Fish oil (or Omega-3 fatty acids) in fish but also found in nuts, fortified dairy products, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds. 
These vitamins don’t prevent or fix eyesight issues. If your eyesight is blurry, getting the right prescription and correction as early as possible will avoid unpleasant thin lines on your forehead and around your eyes. We tend to squint a lot to adjust our vision! Instead, a pair of glasses – indulge in designer frames from  or contact lenses will prevent eye strain and shortsightedness wrinkles! 

Removing facial hair

Nobody likes to talk about it, but a lot of women feel uncomfortable about facial hair. Either it’s not enough or too much, depending on where it is on your face. 

Getting rid of the pesky upper lip hair can be challenging in its own right. However, with plenty of hair removal methods, you can pick something that is suitable for your skin type and prevents unpleasant reactions. Sensitive skin doesn’t react well to waxing and depilatory creams, as you can experience redness and mild swelling for up to 48 hours. Sugaring, threading and coil hair removers are friendlier on the skin and can lead to longer results. 

On the other hand of the spectrum, eyebrows are an area that many women feel concerned about because they can be too thin or sparse. If you wish to thicken your eyebrows for your wedding day, you will need to start brow treatment ahead of your big day, as seen on Oil and vaseline can help to promote hair growth and stimulate the skin. Combined with a brow growth serum, you can notice a difference within a couple of months. 

Nasal Allergies

What does your nose have to do with your bridal portrait? The nose is a sensitive area that is prone to allergic reactions. If a spring day brings you to tears, chances are that you have an allergic terrain. In other words, you could wake up with a red, and swollen nose that is either blocked or runny. There is only so much you can conceal underneath your foundation and blush! Allergy experts recommend introducing nasal irrigation into your routine, which helps rinse your nose. 

Nasal irrigation or nose rinsing typically uses a sterile saline solution which you can buy in shops and online. Neti pots are the preferred device, and they look a little like Aladdin’s lamp. The process takes only a few minutes but can remove pollen and toxic particles from your nasal cavities. And tada, you’re allergy-free. 

Prepping your skin

You probably don’t need to be taught anything about bridal skincare. The ideal skincare routine begins with identifying your skin type between dry skin, oily skin, normal combination, and sensitive skin. Each skin type has a specific problem that your individual routine needs to tackle. Your products should include at least a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and a detox mask. 

If you're under added stress or tension before the big day, another skincare option is to apply CBD creams which contain natural mineral ingredients to relax you while the CBD binds them to your body’s neuroreceptors to create a layered effect of tension release.

Additionally, a skin-friendly diet should also include essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, omega-3, and zinc (same as for your eyes). Selenium, an antioxidant present in fish and eggs, and vitamin E preserve your immune system for clear skin. You also need to avoid high glycaemic index food, such as sugary drinks, which can damage collagen and increase the risk of wrinkles. 

Wedding Smile

A bride should feel proud of her smile. However, in the UK, our love for tea can lead to unpleasant stains. You can help your teeth with safe whitening toothpastes and regular dental checks. It’s also helpful to remember that your teeth react to your diet. You can’t add food that will brighten the enamel. But you can avoid food that can stain or cause cavities. 

You can also discuss whitening processes with your dental hygienist to figure out how to include advanced care and methods into your dental routine. The whitening procedure, as prescribed and performed by professionals, takes on average up to four weeks, so it’s worth starting early! 

In conclusion, your face care routine needs to be part of your wedding preparations. Being confident in your skin, eyes, or teeth will make a huge difference not only in photos but also in the way you experience your big day. No bride wants to be embarrassed about her smile or her skin. But thankfully, these are things you can tackle and improve to make you feel like the true princess you are on your wedding day. 

Liz x

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