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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.”

Introducing Hollywood Iconic MUA – June Westmore

I contacted Scott and Lynn from Mindseye Multimedia Studio in Oceano the other day to help launch the Bridal Division at Star Brows. They are a very gracious couple with great ideas, and I look forward to working with them.

A big surprise was that they recommended I contact June Westmore. An internationaly renowned Makeup Artist who lives and works in our backyard? Who’da thought? Excited!!

I took Ms. Westmore to lunch and was blown away by her story. What a lovely woman – an industry icon who’s still doing makeup at age 70-plus. (I can only hope I’ll still be working then.)

June lives and works here on the Central Coast and currently does weddings. Here’s her Facebook page. I’d love to take a course from her, but in the meantime I hope to become a friend. 🙂

June Westmore is an accomplished and award-winning makeup artist who has spent many years working in the television and film industries. She is a multiple Emmy nominee. Her list of awards includes a Prime-time Emmy for Star Trek: The Next Generation, an RIM Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild Award for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Her Story

“I was born in Kentucky and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to make women beautiful. I saw the television program Queen for a Day where the lady who won got an unbelievable makeover on the show. It was one of the famous Hollywood makeup artists, Perc Westmore, of the royal family of Westmores who created the fabulous look for the lucky contestant who won Queen for a Day. From that time on, I knew what I wanted to do…I wanted to be a makeup artist.

“I grew up and became a hairdresser. Years later, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Perc Westmore’s nephew, Monty Westmore, with whom I had the opportunity to study and work on various projects. Years passed, and in 1994 I became Monty’s wife after years of lovely friendship. We were fortunate enough to be able to work together on many projects before and after we were married. When I asked Monty what I could do to repay him for all his training and insights into the makeup industry, he asked me to pass on the knowledge and tradition of professional makeup artistry. Monty is no longer with me, and I try to fulfill his wish with every face I transform. Monty was and will always be my best friend. I am still a makeup artist even though I’ve given up the Hollywood life; I still love making women feel beautiful.”

I was touched by the love story she told of herself and her late husband Monty. I feel it is really important to honor women who have worked so hard, contributed so much, and still have so much to offer.

See you at the spa!