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Wedding-Countdown to Perfect Skin

Mindseye Photo Shoot 032With over 20 years in the beauty industry, I contend that style begins with gorgeous, healthy skin. Everything else is an accessory.

So, how do you get your skin in shape for the biggest beauty day of your life?

Let’s get started.

1. Body Waxing

Perfectly smooth skin, head-to-toe, takes time but is so worth it. Waxing is fast, inexpensive, and easy but can go seriously wrong if you don’t choose a professional who has an impeccably clean and sanitary facility and experienced practices in caring for sensitive skin.

Do: To get totally smooth, you need to start waxing three months before your wedding day, then wax every three to four weeks. Keep track of how long it takes for irritation to subside after waxing and make your last appointment based on that.

Do: It is essential that you follow post-wax aftercare directions from the performing esthetician.

Don’t: Cave and shave!

2. Brows

Do: Great eyebrow design makes a look. You’ll be close up and personal with lots of folks, and your eyebrows need to help communicate beautifully and effectively. If you are trying a new eyebrow designer, make your first appointment three months before. That allows for some re-growth/reshape time.

Do: Choose a MUA that does great eyebrow makeup using pencil, powder, and gel to guarantee a perfect brow. You don’t want your brows looking fake, but you also don’t want a disappearing act.

Don’t: Do your last wax any closer than three days before the wedding date, and only that close if your skin settles down quickly post-wax, and you’ve worked with the designer before.

3. Facials

Do: If you’ve got a skincare specialist you’re working with, you’re pretty safe to do a  facial or specialty treatment up to one week before. The sooner you start though, the better your skin will look. Starting at least three months early will give the best results, monthly thereafter.

Do: Your skincare specialist will recommend home-care as well. In the end, it’s what you do every day/night that will produce the best results.

Don’t: Try someone (treatment) or something (product) new that last month. The skin is so unpredictable, and the stress of the wedding planning alone will take its own toll on your skin.

4. Makeup

Do: Once you have your skin in beautiful shape, you’ll need to choose a professional MUA whose work you’ve seen. Start working with her at least a couple of weeks before the event to establish rapport and practice the exact look you want. Take pictures yourself of the look beforehand to see how it photographs.

Don’t: DIY.

5. Sun Protection

Every bit of skin that shows will need to be protected: face, neck, decollete, arms, and hands. You’re not going to see tanned skin on the real beauties, it’s damaging and aging. I can’t advise on spray-tan, but this would be my choice if I wanted my skin to look darker. Have it done professionally and try it out a month or so beforehand just in case you don’t like it.

Do: Use an SPF30 to prep the face and decollete months in advance for perfect skin. On the day-of use an oil-free SPF15 before an outdoor ceremony or pictures begin. Stay away from zinc oxide, it photographs blueish.

Don’t: Lie out in the sun less than seven days before your wedding. Newly-tanned skin may look “brown” to the naked eye, but the camera registers pigment colors differently and will likely see the “red” in your skin instead.

6. Changing Medications

Do: If you’re starting or changing ANY medications (like hormone-based birth control methods)  in the last three months before your wedding, be sure to discuss with your doctor how it might impact your skin.

6. Toxic Habits Stress the Skin

Do: Drink water, eat “healthy,” exercise, and get good rest.

Don’t: Try to do everything yourself!


Below are some designers’ collections from bridal market day  to show you how some of the beauties rock perfect skin, or at least the “illusion” of it, thanks to great MUAs!

Maggie Sottero: Glam dresses with a 1920s, Great Gatsby feel.

Amsale: Clean, modern gowns with show-stopping backs, with origami-inspired details.

Kenneth Pool: Luxe, glamorous gowns with sparkle – from beading to amped-up bling.

Christos: Ethereal and romantic dresses with a Shakespearean-maiden feel.

Anne Bowen: Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s dark and dreamy Alice in Wonderland.

Austin Scarlett: Classic bridal gown styles with flattering details

Reem Acra: Feminine and fashion-forward wedding dresses with some  unique accessories

Monique Lhuillier: Check out this designer’s regal and lacey/romantic new collection

CCWP member Linda Hall Ruberto, aka the Brow Boss, esthetician and owner of Star Brows in Grover Beach, is a blogger and nationally published author who recently made the cover of Skin Deep with her article, “The Beauty of Weddings.”

Madonna Spring Bridal Show: Brides, Brows, Bikinis!

brow, braz, bik, bridesWe will be at the Madonna Inn Bridal Show in booth C6, Sunday, April 14, from 12:00-4:00. The theme of our booth this year will be Brides, Brows, Bikinis.

  • iPad Check-in: Enter to win a Spa Package for Two

Follow Star Brows on Twitter – get 1 entry

Fan Star Brows on Facebook – get 1 entry

  • Every attendee who makes an appointment with us at the show for brows, bikini, or any other service at the spa, will get a complimentary Billion Dollar Brows  Universal Brow Pencil and Makeup Bag!
  • Gift bags will be available for the first 300 brides, featuring a 20% off Coupon and more.
  • Stop by the booth and enter to win a  Spa Party for Two at Star Brows!! Pick two wedding party members to join you for a One Hour Massage and a One Hour Facial Spa Package!
  • We’ll have Heather Gardner jewelry at the Bridal Show again from her gorgeous Spring/Summer Collection!
  • Kelli June and I will be available for consultations, and our friend Chrystal from Grand Bouquet Florist will help make our booth fabulous!

See you at Madonna

October Product Feature 2012: Youngblood Eyeshadow

We offer three fabulous choices to color your eyes beautifully and naturally. These Youngblood Mineral Eyeshadow formulations are rich in color, water-resistant,  and super long-lasting!

1. Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow – Made from 100% pure minerals, these loose shadows give eyes an instant dose of color and brightness.

2. Pressed Individual Eyeshadow – Just like our loose version, these pressed shadows are made from 100% minerals to keep colors hypoallergenic.

3. Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad – Use your eye-magination! Four complementary shades come in a sleek, mirrored compact for limitless looks.

These shadows have the following attributes:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Fragrance Free
  • Gluten and Nano Free
  • Non-Comedogenic and Non-Acnegenic
  • Paraben and Talc Free
  • Recycled Materials (used for packaging)

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about the Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards! Oils range in price from $16-$43, with Rewards points totaling up to $7. Prices quoted may not be valid after October 2012.

See you at the spa!

Star Brows at 2012 Bridal Show – Madonna Inn

Announcing our first bridal show in CA! We are so excited to have a booth at the 2012 Central Coast Bride’s Fall Bridal Show.

Do you know a bride-to-be, are you in a wedding, or do you just love fun events? We’d like to meet you, stop by our booth! Here’s what we’ll have going on:

  • Heather Gardner Jewelry Trunk Show – Heather will be there with her new collection! Have you seen her Bridal Collection? She will create and customize a look just for you.
  • We are offering a Heather Gardner Show Special: Custom orders with 50% deposit at the show – 10% off!
  • Product samples from OSEA – 100% Vegan Skincare
  • Lavender essential oil  samples so you can experience a little spa at home!
  • Raffle prize at our booth: Beautiful Skin Package – OSEA Skincare Travel Set, 20 oz. Gigartina Beauty Bath, and a Deluxe Facial service at Star Brows – $220 value
  • The Big Draw Raffle prizes at the door of the event:

“Get Smooth” 3 months of Brazilian or Bikini Waxing – $222 value

“Transform your Eyebrows” with The Ultimate Brow Experience – $70 value

 

See you at Madonna Inn!

 

 

Youngblood Mineral Foundation – August Product Feature 2012

This month we feature our three  silky, natural-looking, and flawless mineral foundations from Youngblood: Natural Loose, Pressed Powder, and the new Mineral Radiance Creme Powder. What a lineup!

“Granting women the power to conceal and correct imperfect complexions has always been the mission of Pauline Youngblood, founder and president of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Pauline draws inspiration from nature as well as her own practical experience as a paramedical aesthetician to dermatologists and plastic surgeons.”

Having been a Youngblood devotee for over a decade, I can vouch for the performance of these foundations for all skin types. Not only do they offer protection from UV rays and environmental stressors, but the range of coverage, from light to full, and  the natural pigments used are amazing as well.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards! Foundations range in price from $42-$56, with Rewards points totaling $8-$11. 🙂

See you at the spa!