Photography by Chris Nicholls. Fashion styling by Tara Williams. Makeup by Grace Lee, lead artist Maybelline New York Canada/Plutino Group. Hair by Tony Masciangelo, Alcorn Hair/P1M. Beauty direction and art direction by Caroline Bishop.
Acne, dullness, pigmentation issues… these are all common skin problems for anyone, but also the ones that can get amplified leading up to your wedding day if you aren’t taking proper care of your skin. A great bridal beauty look (and flawless photos!) begins with a solid skin regimen that you need to be relentlessly loyal to in order to see results. If anyone knows great skin it’s Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, the cult brand loved for its comprehensive product line that smells as amazing as it works on skin. We recently spoke with her about her thoughts on the best bridal skincare practices.
What is the number one thing a bride-to-be should be focused on when it comes to creating a skincare regime leading up to her wedding? “Consistency is key when creating a skincare regime. You want your skin to be prepared for the products you’re going to use because the last thing any bride would want is last minute surprises prior to her wedding day. Choose a routine that you’re with and makes you feel confident. For me, it’s double cleansing and using brightening, lightening products from Caudalie Vinoperfect line to ensure my skin glows.”
How far in advance does a bride need to start working on her skin? “I usually suggest 6-8 weeks in advance.”
What products are you loving for brides to be? “It’s always about brightening and lightening–the brighter, the better! Our Vinoperfect line is fantastic for this as it’s made with our patented Viniférine (think: dark-spot lightening). I also always suggest a mask to help prep the skin for make-up. Caudalie’s Glycolic Peel mask restores radiance within just 10 minutes. I also recommend our Beauty Elixir—it’s a refreshing mist made from 100% natural ingredients that can be sprayed before and after the make-up to set it on the skin. It visibly smooths the skin and gives you a wonderful burst of radiance.”
For someone who has never been on a regular regime, what is it important to stick to it and when will results be visible? “Something I tell everyone is cleansing the skin and prepping it for make-up is one of the most important steps. This helps eliminate unwanted blemishes and keeps skin glowing. Results are usually visible within two to three weeks but it depends on the type of skin you have. For those with oily, acne-prone skin I suggest our Vinopure line because it works to reduce the appearance of sebum and minimizes the appearance of pores within weeks."
Adult acne is a concern for so many. What's your best advice for beating breakouts? “I’ve said it before and I will definitely say it again–properly cleansing the skin is a key step to calming flare-ups. When I was living in Hong Kong I learned the “double cleanse” technique. This ensures all additional make-up is properly removed from the skin so that pores are not left clogged overnight. We recently introduced a gel cleanser to our Vinopure line, which creates a light foam that helps cleanse the skin of impurities. If you want to really concentrate on the blemish, my recommendation is to apply a concentrated amount of the Vinopure Skin Perfecting serum on the blemish, then apply our Purifying mask as it works to absorb sebum. Then, finish with a spritz or two of Beauty Elixir.”
Facial treatments pre-wedding—when to start, how often to have, and when should you have your last treatment before the wedding day? “To ensure the wedding-day glow, I tell brides to give themselves a two to three-week window. For those looking for that post-facial glow, I suggest a mask the day before or day of their wedding.”
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