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Ten Things to Do Before Your Wedding to Ensure Your Best Day Ever!

On the most significant day of your life, looking and feeling magnificent is an absolute requirement. There are people to see, pictures to take, and of course it’s the first day your spouse will be able to call you his wife! It’s more than just looking great; it’s feeling great at those exceptional moments that really matters. 

In order to accomplish this level of utmost bridal beauty, it’s important to organize. So, check out these top ten tips by experts to ensure your magical day is the one you’ve always hoped for!

1. Make sure you do a hair and makeup trial before your big day to guarantee that everyone is prepared, and you look exactly as you imagined. You don’t want last minute surprises tarnishing your special day.

2. Two days prior to saying “I do,” make sure you exfoliate your skin to eliminate any rough patches. You want to have a smooth base for your makeup artist to work on.

3. Moisturize and hydrate to conserve a healthy glow. Using a water bottle with a squeeze top helps you drink much more water, much more often.

4. Don’t wash your hair the day of your wedding! Clean hair will not style easily and tends to slip and fall. Wash a day prior to conserve your hair’s oils and spot use dry shampoo if you have too much oil.

5. Eat very sensibly. A trivial and healthy diet will keep you feeling strong and happy. Stay away from starchy food as much as possible, and keep in mind that if it’s crunchy it’s bad for you (unless it’s a fresh vegetable or fruit). Also, avoid sodium so you don’t swell up. When you feel good, you look good!  

6. Select individual eye lash extensions. Your eyes will really open up and they’ll last through your honeymoon.

7. Get a mani-pedi! Fingers should always look your best, especially when he puts a ring on it. Don’t forget the pedicure! No one wants ugly toes on your beach honeymoon.

8. Avoid the sun. If you want healthy luminosity, opt for a spray tan or bronzing cream. You will get all the paybacks of the sun without the dry skin.  

9. Be sure to get enough sleep. If anxiety keeps you awake, though, and your eyes are puffy, a slice of a COLD cucumber on each eye while relaxing for at least fifteen minutes will help. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that lessen puffiness.

10. Don’t forget to SMILE!  You’re never fully dressed without one. If you smoke, drink coffee and/or red wine on a consistent basis, over the counter whitening strips do miracles for your teeth.

Moms in their 30s Love these Top 10 Make Up Tricks

It’s time for moms in their 30s to shine. Last week we went over the best make up tips for women in their 20s. It’s hard to know what to keep from your 20s regimen and what to let go of forever, but your needs change in your 30s. 

1. Face. Instead of spending 5 minutes putting on your make up in your 20s, count on spending 10 minutes doing it in your 30s. You want to spend a little more time on your face come 30-something. 

Begin by using a primer under your make up. You can use it in your T-Zone if you don’t want to put it all over your face. It will make your make up go on much more easily and last a lot longer. 

If you don’t already use concealer, now would be the time to add it to your routine. Apply with a brush under your eyes, in the inner corners, and to cover any under eye blemishes or bags. Use a loose powder on top to lock everything in and try to pick one that feels light and breathable. 

2. Eyes. Spend more time concentrating on your eyes when you reach your 30s, rather than your lips. Gravitate more towards neutral colors and try to stay away from metallics or colors with a sheen. Also try a volume boosting mascara and work on thickening and curling your lashes. A dark liner is still okay as long as you try to blend it into your shadows. Practice before going to a special event or for any close ups. 

A pro tip if you use liner: make a slight cat-eye look and have the liner curve up towards the end. It helps your eye look lifted rather than droopy.

3. Brows. Your brows are very important when you reach your 30s. Upkeep with waxing and shaping is a must. Choose an eye shadow color a shade lighter than your eyebrow’s tint to fill in the brow, rather than drawing it on with a pencil. Make sure you have a definitive arch and try to avoid making them look round. 

Your brow should start at the inner corner of your eye. The arch should be at the outer portion of your iris and the end should be diagonally out at a 45-degree angle from the outer corner. 

4. Lips. Fine lines and wrinkles appear in your 30s around your lips, which can make your lipstick run or feather. Use a lip liner before applying any lipstick and possibly consider putting some concealer on your upper lip to help prep your lips for color. This will make the lipstick really pop and stay in place. You can also consider using a lip plumping serum. 

If you’re going the lip liner route, be sure to choose a shade a tad darker than your lipstick.

5. Cheeks. Contouring is all the rage in your 30s. Use a bronzer to hollow out the sides of your cheek and jaw line. This helps add depth and makes you look thinner. Use a blush to bring life to your face and give you a little color. A highlighter will also add dimension and highlight the parts of your face you want more noticeable, like the tops of your cheeks and your brow bone. 

6. SPF. An SPF should already be a part of your daily skincare routine. If it isn’t, now is the time to add one. Most moisturizers come with an SPF, so if yours doesn’t, make the switch immediately. 

7. Cleanse and Moisturize. Be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night, to remove all impurities or make up. Add an under-eye cream to your routine and try to exfoliate, if you haven’t been already, two to three times a week. There are tons of exfoliating brushes you can buy, or you can use an exfoliating facial scrub, as long as it isn’t too harsh or course. 

8. Wax. Women in their 30s tend to see more facial hair. Makeup also sticks to peach fuzz, so if you’re seeing it build up, you might want to think about waxing it off. 

9. Stay Fit. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and daily exercise are the best things you can do for yourself to keep you looking young and refreshed. We’ve been told this a thousand times, so make it part of your life now before it’s too late. 

10. Seek Professional Advice. Make this a girl’s night out with your friends and book an appointment with a professional makeup artist. Try to avoid the saleswomen at drug store counters who only want to sell you product. Have a professional do a full face of make up on you so you can learn from them. This will help you keep your look current and age appropriate.

Groundbreaking Makeup Tips to Adopt in your 30s

You’ve reached a place in your life you’re proud of and did it while aging gracefully! You don’t need to be a supermodel to want to know the secrets of makeup. This list has our favorite tips for making you look brighter, lifted and youthful.

Begin with the right primer. A light-reflective primer will help your complexion glow before you even put on your makeup. In addition to filling fine lines and wrinkles that have started to form, it’s the fastest and easiest way to create a clean, smooth base.

Prep your lids before your eyeshadow. Creased eyeshadow can make other fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent. Use a small amount of eye shadow primer to help prep your lids for your favorite pallet and lock everything in place.

Use the proper tools. The fastest way to make yourself look older is by using a tool that leaves your foundation cakey or blotchy. Use a dampened make up sponge to apply your foundation and then your concealer. The dampened sponge helps you achieve the most accurate and even coverage, while leaving your skin look air brushed and flawless.

Try a yellow-toned foundation to warm up your skin. As long as you don’t stray too far from your skin tone, a yellow undertone will help you get that sun kissed glow, which immediately makes you look more youthful and vivid.

Consider rethinking where you put your blush. Rather than applying on the apples of your cheeks when you smile, apply a little higher underneath your bronzer to make your cheeks look lifted and lively.

Use your favorite highlighter strategically. It isn’t just for your cheeks: use on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten, underneath your brows to bring eyes upward and around your smile lines to lighten the appearance of wrinkles.

Tone down the brow shade. Strive for fuller-looking brows instead of fake ones. Take a shade lighter than your normal brow shade, fill in your brows with short, sparse motions, and extend all the way to end.

Try a new mascara that helps lengthen your lashes. Heavy, thickening mascara can weigh down your lashes. Focus more on a lengthening one to help give you a wide-eyed effect.

Lighten up that lip color! A pinky nude or soft berry color is the ideal color to brighten your face. Add a touch of gloss to your lips for the allusion of a pout. Darker shades tend to make your lips look small and are too severe.

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.

Skincare in Your 30s…. What now?

Since you’ve surpassed your 20s (gracefully we might add!), now is the time to establish a skincare routine that will prolong aging and help you achieve lifelong happiness with your skin.

Your 30s are a stressful time no matter your circumstances. Your body is going through hormonal changes, so your skin can’t repair itself like it used to. Breakouts become more common, age spots appear, fine lines and wrinkles grow more noticeable and your skin grows thirstier for hydration. No more neglecting your skin!

That’s why we spoke to a handful of industry leading experts, who gave us their best advice on how to change up your skincare routine now that you’ve reached the big 3-0 milestone. The good news? It’s easier than you think to maintain great skincare well into your 30’s.  It’s all about establishing good habits and maintaining an easy routine. 

Use your foundation as a shield! Many women avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis in order to let their skin “breathe,” but experts say makeup can actually help protect your skin. Sun damage is the number one cause of aging. Foundation can act as an extra barrier between your skin and the sun. Most people don’t wear sunscreen, if any at all, so foundation as a back-up is your best insurance policy.

Don’t worry about makeup clogging your pores. Most foundation now is non-comedogenic and will be fine as long as you’re using the right kind for your skin type.  

Don’t forget your neck! Estheticians agree that as you age, it becomes especially important to treat your neck and décolletage. The more delicate areas are the ones that tend to show the first signs of aging. Think of your “face” as beginning from you hairline and going all the way down to the center of your breasts. Be sure to give your neck its own step in your daily skincare routine, using leftover moisturizer that you applied on your face isn’t good enough. Also, don’t forget sunscreen!

Eye cream is a must! Under your eye is the most sensitive and thinnest skin on your face. These areas show the first signs of aging because of smiling and other facial expressions. Be sure to add a well formulated under eye cream to your skincare routine and apply it properly. Sweep under the eye with your ring finger, around the orbital bone, and avoid tugging or pulling your skin. Lightly dab until absorbed and remember to also get the corners of your eyes where crow’s feet form.

Swap out those make up wipes for a real cleanser! You were lucky if you remembered to take off your makeup at all when you were in your 20s, but now we’d like to think you’ve learned from your mistakes. Try to use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser to wash your makeup off rather than a makeup removing wipe. Wipes tend to push dirt around your face and don’t do a good job at removing makeup anyway. The cleaner you get your face, the better your moisturizers and serums will work.

Retinol! Retinol! Retinol! Aside from sunscreen, a Retinol product would be your best protection against aging. It’s important to start using anti-aging products now, before the serious signs begin. This ingredient has been proven countless times to smooth your skin, make your pores appear smaller and diminish wrinkles. Start by using a Retinol cream you can get over the counter and then if need be, upgrade to a stronger prescription form.

Switch to a night cream! In your 30s, you want to make sure you change up your skincare routine to tailor it to mature skin. During the day, our skin is exposed to UV rays and environmental stressors that age us; then at night, our skin goes into repair mode to rejuvenate and recover. Thus, your morning skincare routine should be all about protection, involving an antioxidant serum and sunscreen. Then your nighttime routine should focus on rejuvenation, incorporating products like retinol, peptides, and chemical exfoliation, followed by night cream.

Beauty rest is essential! Odds are you didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night in your 20s, and that undoubtedly took a toll on your skin. As our experts mention, the late hours are when your skin repairs itself. Consistently getting 8 hours of sleep at night ensures your skin has adequate time to do so. You can also sleep on a satin pillowcase (fancy!) to help make sure you skin doesn’t tug or go bump in the night.