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How to look divine on your wedding day
Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
November 15, 2013
First Published: 16:09 IST(15/11/2013)
Last Updated: 16:32 IST(16/11/2013)

Nothing at a wedding glows brighter than a bride. Her radiant smile and that slight blush on her cheek is something even the best makeup artist can’t replicate.

Still, many brides end up looking like tired versions of themselves on the big day. That’s why professional expertise is essential. “In order to look your best, you have to pay a lot of attention to your skin,” says beauty expert Blossom Kochhar. “The groom also needs to pay equal attention to his skin, in order to match up to his bride.”

Starting off
Determine your skin type. Oily, dry or combination. Let an expert determine what your skin needs and pick the right treatments.
Begin with sunscreen. “Invisible ultraviolet rays affect your skin all day,” says Delhi makeup artist Niti Luthra. She advises slathering on sunscreen every time you step out. “And male skin is as prone to harmful rays as a female skin is.”
Pull night duty. Cleanse, tone and moisturise before bedtime. “This ensures that your skin is problem-free,” says Kochhar.

The groom needs to pay attention to his skin to match up to the bride

From the top
Feed your hair. “Nourish your hair with a good diet,” recommends Luthra. Eat fish, nuts and eggs, get regular scalp massages and a deep conditioning treatment, at least one month before the wedding. “If you suffer from dandruff, go in for hair spas too,” she adds.
Quick fix. “Get a Moroccan oil treatment for your hair,” says Sushma Khan, national skin and makeup trainer at Lakmé. 
And keep it bare. “Avoid wearing a heavy dupatta as it might spoil your hairdo. You can also opt for different styles for different functions,” says Khan.

Best face forward
Take care of problem areas. Brides should start taking care of their face six months before the reception. “For problems like acne, visit a dermatologist,” suggests Valerie Culmann, spa director at Jean-Claude Biguine. “Get facials after determining your skin type.”
Yatan Ahluwalia, a stylist and corporate grooming trainer, points out that grooms need to pay special attention to their skin. “Men should go in for a cleansing session or a facial to address specific concerns,” he says. “Regular moisturiser and sunscreen are a must.”
Eyes right. “Get adequate sleep,” says Khan, adding, “Keep eyes hydrated by cutting down on salty food.” She also advises using a good under-eye cream every night.
Kissing zone. Moisturise your lips every day for a week before the day.
Smooth operation. If you plan to bleach, don’t go overboard. “It won’t make you fairer, and will actually give you a grey cast,” warns Khan. “Bleach your face only once every six months, and if you’re concerned about facial hair, opt for laser removal.”

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