The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Healthy Bridal Glow

by Bridestory Apr 19, 2016 | 09:00 in Wedding Ideas  

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Not even the most extravagant wedding decorations and the prettiest flowers can eclipse the beauty of a happy bride on her wedding day. A bridal glow goes beyond having the perfect makeup or the most immaculate hairstyle, and it will show through both in person and in wedding photos as lasting memories of one of the happiest moments in her life. Read on to find out how you can make your own beauty shine through when your wedding day comes.


Photography: Alyssa Wilcox


How to get a bridal glow on your wedding day

We believe that every bride will always have her own particular kind of beauty, but that doesn't mean you don't need to do anything to look flawless on your wedding day. Here are some important elements you need to ensure a radiant bridal glow on your big day.

1. Maintain healthy skin

Healthy skin is the most important element as it gives you that particular glow. Choosing the right skincare regime can be tricky, but natural ingredients such as tea leaves, honey, or oats are effective to clear and prevent blemishes around your face. Read on to see how you can get and maintain healthy skin.

2. Get hair treatments regularly

It's important to also take good care of your hair, and not stress it out by using too many products on your tresses. Prepare some time to apply a set of hair treatments such as hair masks and hair oils to bring back the softness of your hair as well as avoid frizz and dryness.

3. Conceal your flaws

If your under-eye circles are hereditary, the only way to reduce them is with makeup. To conceal them, start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.

4. Highlight your features

Do not merely concentrate on hiding your flaws, but also take time to study your bone structure and get to know your face better. To look great in photos, your face has to catch the light and in order to do so, you can apply highlighter on several spots, like along the nose line, cheek bones, and the top of your lips to accentuate your features and contour your facial structure.

5. Keep oil sheets wherever you go

Simply keep a package of oil sheets in your beauty kit and dab it softly around your face to help you look shine-free at all times.

6. Be happy

This is the easiest step of all. After all, you are marrying the love of your life. Flash that gorgeous smile and spread your happiness throughout the frames so that people can see how your beauty shines from within.


Six ways to get perfect skin

1. It's all about the diet

Basically, whatever shows on your skin depends on what you consume daily. This is why consuming a healthy and clean diet needs to be on top of your priorities: no caffeine and alcohol, less sugar, dairy, and processed foods. Instead, replace them with vegetables and fruits, which are high in fibers and antioxidants.

2. In particular, eat more watermelon

It doesn't matter what your skin type is, your skin craves water. Drinking water helps a lot, but snacking on watermelon will aid your skin and make it even more hydrated. Other super foods you might want to consider are grapefruit, broccoli, and lettuce.

3. Prevent chapped lips

Chapped lips are easier to be avoid than to repair. It's a good idea to always wear lip balm with SPF 30 that can moisturize your lips and prevent cracking before and during the big day. You can also try using a lip scrub to get rid of any dry skin on your lips.

4. Deep cleanse with facial masks

Even if you think your skin is relatively healthy, you should deep cleanse your face at least once a week. Facial masks will help to clean your skin by melting hard sebum or oily substances in your pores. Peel masks are the best option because it sloughs off dead skins and brings back fresh new cells. Scroll further down to see some cheap and easy homemade mask recipes that you can make at home.

5. Clean your makeup brushes regularly

As you swipe on your blush with dirty makeup brushes, you're adding a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Clean your brushes by rubbing them with gentle baby shampoo, then rinse and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down.

6. Get a healthy sleeping habit

No beauty treatment will work well on your skin unless you have a good, healthy sleeping habit. So, always try to have at least eight hours of good sleep every night.


Homemade facial masks recipes for all skin types

Aside from detox juices, vitamins, and spa treatments, facial masks are also one of the beauty essentials to prepare your bridal glow. The best news is, facial masks and scrubs are relatively easy and simple to make. Check out some of the best natural homemade face masks you can try making yourself.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Tea - Toning

    Ingredients: A cup of chamomile or green tea.
    How to apply it: Brew a cup of chamomile or green tea and allow it to cool. Soak two clean, round makeup sponges in the tea, and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place on top of each eye.
    Why it’s good for you: This toning eye treatment will help to de-puff, relax, refresh, and energize your skin. Last but not least, on your wedding day, you'll be the center of attention.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Papaya - Brightening

    Ingredients: Papaya peel.
    How to apply: Rub the insides of a papaya peel on your cleansed face. Focus on lines around your mouth, eyes, crow’s feet, thinning temples, neck, and hands.
    Why it’s good for you: According to the experts, the enzymes in papaya can repair sun damage, diminish age spots, and smooth the skin. Your skin will look brighter and more polished.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Olive Oil - Cleansing

    Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and half a tablespoon of lemon oil.
    How to apply: Combine all the ingredients altogether, massage the mixture over your skin.
    Why it’s good for you: If done daily, your skin will be clean and acne-free.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Egg - Moisturizing and soothing

    Ingredients: 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl, and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt.
    How to apply: Mix the egg whites and yogurt, then apply to your face.
    Why it’s good for you: These two ingredients are the recipes of the coveted dewy skin. They can moisturize and soothe the skin, the ultimate formula for soft-like-a-baby skin.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Yogurt - Tightening

    Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
    How to apply: Combine the ingredients and apply it to your cleansed face and neck.
    Why it’s good for you: As you leave the mask to dry for 20 to 30 minutes, you will feel it tighten your face and neck, creating a lifting and firming effect. It helps to fade age-spots, acne scars, blemishes, and gets rid of uneven skin tone.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Honey - Exfoliating

    Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a packet of plain oatmeal.
    How to apply: Combine the honey with olive oil. On separate bowl, combine the oatmeal with a little water until it forms a thick paste. Add the honey and olive oil mixture to the cooked oatmeal. Apply as a scrub by gently rubbing it in small circles over your skin. Remember to avoid the eye area. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
    Why it’s good for you: The oatmeal in the scrub exfoliates, while the honey and olive oil moisturize.

  • Photography: Rebecca Yale

    Credit: Rebecca Yale

Please note that some of these masks should stay on for 10-15 minutes, then be washed off with a steaming hot washcloth. Run the washcloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess water, then press it to your face for a full minute. Afterwards, gently wash off the mask in a circular motion.


Photography: Myra Fotografie


How to rock glasses on your wedding day

Should you wear glasses on your wedding day? It's completely up to you! If you are not used to wearing contact lenses, unable to see clearly without your glasses, or simply feel more comfortable wearing them, then you should definitely consider having them on. We love seeing brides who choose to celebrate their true identity and personality, after all. Just follow these tips to make sure your glasses will work well with your wedding hair and makeup.

1. Keep it natural

Your glasses will attract attention straight to your eyes, so keep the other elements in your face as natural as possible. If you're doing the smoky-eyes look, wear lipstick in soft shades, and if you're going with a bolder color on your lips, keep your eye makeup subtle.

2. Fix the falsies

Fake eyelashes are known for enhancing your eyes. But when you're wearing glasses, super-long falsies may obstruct your vision and clash with your lenses, making it less comfortable for you. Pick ones with thicker yet shorter lashes for a more natural look.

3. Conceal red marks

Eyewear tends to leave marks on your face. Annoying red marks are often left on the bridge of your nose. To avoid having marks on your face, apply some beauty balm or BB Cream to the particular spots in order to neutralize them.

4. Keep note of your brows

Just because you're wearing glasses, don't think that your eyebrows will be hidden and you can leave them untreated. In fact, glasses will only draw more attention to the eye area, which is why perfectly-shaped brows are important to have.

5. Pick the right specs

For the sake of your comfort, it's totally fine to stick with your regular black-framed glasses. If not, simply go out and buy new glasses especially for the big day. You can try to match a pair of retro-styled glasses with a vintage wedding theme or pick ones with extra colors or rhinestones on the frame for a more party-appropriate look.

6. Choose a great veil

You want to wear glasses and a wedding veil at the same time? No problem. The key is to try as many veils as you can while wearing your glasses in order to find the one that is both beautiful and comfortable. Find a fabric and that won't restrict your vision, also make sure you have a practical hairdo to avoid having too much going on in your face area.

7. Make sure you'll be photographed well

Glasses can reflect a camera's flash, so make sure your photographers are able to capture your moments perfectly. Ask them to be creative with different angles to prevent a straight flash to your lenses while still managing to take beautiful pictures of your face.



Photography: Thinkstock


Simple ways to get pearly white teeth

A gorgeous smile is one of the best accessories a bride could ever have on her wedding day. You might have flawless makeup and the perfect shade of lipstick, but you'll also want your smile to dazzle. Now, the great news is that there are many ways to brighten up that smile with things you'll be able to find in your fridge, bathroom, and kitchen cabinets.

1. Oil pulling

Oil pulling helps whiten teeth and improve gum health by removing toxins and dental plaque. Swish one or two tablespoons of oil (preferably coconut) for 20 minutes, spit it out, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, then brush your teeth normally.

2. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

This bleaching solution will tackle teeth stains. Combine one tablespoon of each hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, then apply the mixture to your teeth using a washcloth or cotton ball. Avoid the gums and rinse well.

3. Use orange and banana peels

Orange and banana peels can be effective stain removers and teeth whiteners. Take the peel, rub the insides on your teeth, and leave them on for a few minutes. Repeat everyday for a week. Caution: don't overdo it with the orange because the acid can damage your tooth enamel.

4.Water wonder

To prevent food stains, simply swish water in your mouth for 30 seconds right after eating.

5. Opt for a professional whitening treatment

In our vendor directory, there are professionals who are excellent at what they do: brightening your teeth. Check out the profile of Hendra Hidayat Dental Center and contact them for further information about teeth-whitening procedures.



Photography: Thinkstock


Five other body parts that you should pay attention to

Brides these days know the importance of having the perfect body shape, shiny hair, spotless face, and flawlessly-manicured nails. But in between facial schedules, yoga classes, and hair treatments, some brides forget about the small and hidden areas that also need to be prepared for the big day. Here are some oft-forgotten body parts along with the best health and beauty vendors to take care of them.

1. Armpits

Dark underarms are not pretty, especially if you're wearing a sleeveless or strapless wedding dress. Three months before the wedding, try waxing your underarms instead of shaving them. For a practical home remedy, mix baking soda with water to make a thick paste, scrub it to the armpits, then wash it off. Do this a few times a week. If you're looking for professional procedures to brighten and smoothen your underarm area, try visiting Zap Permanent Hair Removal, Dandelion Waxing,or De-Hair.

2. Elbows and knees

The thick, dead skin that builds up on your elbows and knees can cause your skin to turn dark and rough. To tackle it, mix the juices of one lemon with one tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture on your elbows and knees, then leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties, while honey moisturizes the skin and prevents darkening. Alternatively, throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate every time you dip into the bath tub. It will break down the dry patches and act as a sponge for extra moisture. Find skin experts for further consultation at The Clinic Aesthetic Skin & Dental Center.

3. Heels

Aside from not looking good, cracked heels can also hurt when you walk. Try mixing a handful of ground rice with a few teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar until it becomes a thick paste. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, then gently scrub them with rice flour paste. It will help to exfoliate the skin on your heels, remove the dead skin cells, and moisturize your skin as well. To take it one step further, visit pedicure experts such as Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa.

4. Scalp

As trivial as it seems, an unhealthy scalp can actually cause problems, like dandruff. Try fixing it with an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce fungi; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungi; salicylic acid, which works as a scrub to slough of dead skin; and ketoconazole, which works against the fungi. If you need more help from the pros, try visiting Irwan Team Hairdesign.

5. Back

Backless dresses obviously require flawless skin on the back area. To clear this part of your body, grab a loofah and get rid of oil clogs, dirt, and pollution while you're in the shower. Use products with benzoyl peroxide to fight acne and don't forget to scrub and moisturize regularly. And because this area is quite hard to reach by your own hands, you can also get the help from Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa or Puriwanoja and just relax.



Photography: Zap Permanent Hair Removal


What you need to know before booking a waxing appointment

Every bride wants to look her best on the big day. After all the other beauty treatments, the last thing to do is clearing all that unwanted hair by paying a visit to your favorite waxing parlor.

1. When should you go for bridal waxing?

Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you might want to start three months before your wedding day. Don't do your first waxing treatment the day before your wedding day, as you might never know if you'll get skin irritation or swelling. Then, depending on how fast your hair grows, continue waxing treatments up to two or three days before the wedding day.

2. Why is waxing an ideal form of hair removal?

Waxing removes hair for a longer period of time, with better results than other methods. Waxing pulls hair out from the roots, not just at the skin level.

3. Which area needed to be waxed?

You might want to consider waxing your underarms, arms, and legs for starters. Also, a bikini wax is worth considering especially if a tropical honeymoon is on the agenda.

There are several amazing waxing parlors in Jakarta who also happen to be our vendors, such as De Hair, Pink Parlour and Zap Permanent Hair Removal. Visit their page on our site to find the best choice for your wedding needs.


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