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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.”

Judge Me – Please

Do you use Yelp to review places? I do, and I have been soooo tempted to give different businesses I’ve had negative experiences with a bad review. It feels cathartic. You get to tell someone what you really think. In fact, I am most proud of my review of Yelp itself. They deserved it, and I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings because it’s an entity using machines to make decisions with algorithms, right?

Some people do that for a living, like Perez Hilton. But that’s different because he targets celebrities and they’re fair game. Right, again?

Well, to my point. I’m a businesswoman, and like my “friend” Seth Godin  says, “You have a choice – to be ignored, or talked about.” I guess I have to “choose” to be talked about. Otherwise I wouldn’t get much business.

Since I’ve added serving the wedding market to my business, this whole “judging thing” has really come to the forefront. Star Brows is in the process of joining The Central Coast Wedding Professionals. It’s a really great group, and I’m excited to join. They require four bride’s reviews from the past year and three reviews from wedding professionals you’ve worked with. Fair enough. But getting them is another story:

  • Women who just got married are kind of busy, and writing a referral is not on the top of their to-do list. Plus, they’re done with you. You’ve served your purpose.
  • Asking people once if they’ll give you a review (and possibly reducing your price as compensation) is uncomfortable enough, but having to remind them is annoying – for both of us!
  • Most businesspeople are so busy (enter wedding professionals) that they seem to be really responsive only on the front-end when there’s money to be made.
  • Asking brides to judge your work is unsettling since it’s a pretty high stress day, something may have bugged them, and when they write the review they may purge.

Just going to the meet-n-greets held by organisations like Central Coast Bride, whose group I love, can be stressful. You don’t know many people, if anyone, and face it – there’s judging going on. I’m guilty too. Why, just the other night I was sitting in a bar after the meeting and one professional said to the other, “Business good for you?” She asks, “Yeah, great.  You?” He says, “Really good!” She says, “What recession!?” “I know, right?” he says.

What recession?*@! I guess maybe the wedding market will stay strong in any economy, people aren’t going to quit getting married, and spending money on it.

Wedding Wire is a new “review site” I’ve joined. Whah, I only have one review, and it’s 4 of 5 stars. Some makeup artists have 60 or more reviews. Granted, they have been around longer, and they probably would have been Homecoming King/Queen or Student Council members. Popular. Cool.

And then there’s Facebook, which has Likes, Check-ins, and Friends. People can decide if you are popular or not just by looking at your numbers.

The whole thing reminds me of when I’d stand on the sidelines in school while they were picking teams and I was last, even when it was a friend who was captain. Seriously, I need to move on, get over it, right? What recession?

So what’s the take-away for you (and me), after you’ve spent your precious time to read my rant? I think it’s the basic stuff we learned in kindergarten: Be nice. Don’t say mean things to or about others. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Respect others. Don’t pout. Do your own personal best.

Got it.

See you at the spa!