Photography courtesy of L’Estelle; creative planning and design by Luxia Jewelry and RojaLux Luxury Event Decor as seen in this styled shoot this styled shoot.
Healthy, glowing skin is not something that we are all blessed with. In fact, most of our daily habits play a big role in the way our skin looks. Environmental factors, diet, masks and even our own day to day stressors can present unwanted blemishes, dullness, and just an overall unhealthy appearance.
In our current pandemic lives, the skin sins you may have looked to a facialist or beauty pro to help you control are now exclusively yours to remedy. Here are my beauty insider tips on how to take the best care of your skin at home so when your wedding day arrives you are gorgeous and glowing.
The Power Of Steam
The goal of any skincare routine is to ensure your complexion is getting what it needs daily to look it’s very best. Since we can’t run out and get our have our favourite treatments done, one of my favourite ways to balance and boost skin is with steam. Fill your bathroom sink with hot water create and hang your head over the steamy water and inhale deeply. Not only is this relaxing, it will open up your pores and loosen any build-up of dirt, product and pollution.
Operation Depuff Eyes
We all have tired eyes these days—blame it on a combo of increased screen time and not enough sleep! If you have puffy eyes, an easy way to sooth and smooth is by using iced tea cubes. Fill an ice tray with cold black tea, wrap a cube in a flannel face cloth and gently rub around the eye area. This will not only decrease puff but darkness and inflammation.
Beautiful Brows By You
We all have a preference of waxing, sugaring or threading for our brows and at the moment we are all on our own wielding tweezers and brow scissors! Now is a great time to foster some healthy brow growth. If you have wanted to change the shape and density of your brows, let them grow. Do a little maintenance to keep things in check and that begins with brow mapping. Take a pencil and line it up with the inside corner of your eye. The place where the tool overlaps your brow is where your eyebrow should begin. Mark the spot by making a dot there here with your eyeliner pencil. Follow the same step on the other eye. If you have close-set eyes, space your brows a bit farther apart. If you have wide-set eyes, space your brows a little closer together. This will help to balance your features. To find the proper arch, look straight ahead in the mirror and line up the tool with the outer edge of your nostril and the outer edge of your iris. The place where the tool crosses your brow is where your arch should peak. Mark it with a dot and follow the same step on the other eye. If you have a round face, aim for an angular brow and if you have a square or oblong face aim for a softly rounded brow. The brow should cleanly end above where your outer lashes start.
Give Some Lip Love
At this time of the year dry, chapped flaky lips are definitely a thing. This is lip scrub season and my favourite formula is a simple one I make at home. Start with a base of raw brown sugar, then add coconut oil and lavender oil (this anti-inflammatory wonder works miracles!). Mix ingredients to a silky scrub consistency then lightly massage your lips for one minute. Gently remove scrub with a warm cloth and marvel in how refreshed and revitalized your lips look and feel.
Nikki Strachan has been working as a professional makeup artist for over 16 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. Nikki also brings her makeup tips and tricks alive on TV as a beauty expert for Your Morning and The Social. 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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