Photo Maggie Sottero Fall 2020.
Skin has proven to big the biggest beauty obsession in the last few months. As we are staying home and wearing less makeup, the ritual of skincare has taken on new life and been a mainstay of self-care for many of us.
With minimalist looks and less makeup wearing (or going completely barefaced) I personally have been paying more attention to my skin. A radiant face not only makes you feel great but is essential on Zoom and FaceTime calls with work colleagues, friends and family. Giving your skin extra love especially in the lead up to your wedding is of course and added bonus because when the time comes you will be a seriously glowing, gorgeous bride!
To boost my skin, masking has been my go-to lately and is a great one to bump up—it helps smooth and clear your skin texture. I have also been stepping up exfoliation and hydration making sure to give my skin a good massage a few times a week to stimulate collagen and diminish any puffiness. I love making my own DIY face scrub—the recipe is easy, quick and gentle on your skin. Combine a teaspoon of sea salt with a base like coconut or olive oil and you have a magical skin treatment. I recommend scrubbing up no more than three times a week so you don’t sensitize your skin, then follow with a moisturizing mask afterwards to plump and hydrate, I personally love Wander Beauty Staycation Hydrating Mask—it’s an amazing multitasking product giving you instant hydration, all-day moisture and you can use it as an intensive overnight treatment.
In addition to taking extra time for you skin, now is also a great time to dedicate to some brow love. If you are trying to re-grow or re- shape your eyebrows, isolation has been a perfect way to achieve this. Use products containing ingredients like marula oil (I love Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil) to keep brow hairs conditioned and even castor oil which can help with growth. Be sure you have a great pair of eyebrow trimming scissors to trim any stray hairs as they grow out (my faves are Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush set ). Be very carefully before you do any snipping as you don’t want to compromise your brow’s existing shape. Always brush up and trim brow hairs towards the hairline because as hairs grow in that direction.
Nikki Strachan has been working at a professional makeup artist for over 14 years and is currently the key makeup artist for Your Morning, The Social and an instructor at Toronto’s George Brown College with a focus on bridal makeup. She has beautified numerous celebrities and brides and loves to bring a trend-focused eye to all her clients’ beauty looks.
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