By KATHRYN RIDDLE
While all brides are beautiful on their wedding day, preparation should begin many months beforehand to achieve perfection of the skin, not only the face but also the body.
At Seriously Skin, the luxury skincare, medi-spa and boutique in Chagrin Falls, owner Georgia Weisberg said that the most recent addition to its specialty treatments is CelluSmooth, an outpatient procedure that removes fat and significantly diminishes the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite, or dimpled fat, is the result of tissue laxity and becomes more noticeable with age; also, some people are genetically pre-disposed to having cellulite.
“CelluSmooth is a minimally invasive surgical procedure,” said Georgia. “Unlike traditional liposuction that only removes fat, CelluSmooth is the only thing that really helps with cellulite.”
Prospective clients need to be realistic about their expectations, in addition to making a commitment to post-treatment exercise and proper diet for maintenance. Exilis is another non-invasive procedure, said Georgia, that utilizes infrared light and radio frequency over the skin surface, stimulating collagen production and tightening of the skin of problem areas on both the face and body. “It’s great on tightening the jowls and neck, lifting the jaw line and around the eyes,” said Georgia. Seriously Skin offers a variety of different facials, too, all designed to make the bride, and mothers of the bride or bridegroom, be a beautiful, enhanced version of themselves.
Book your makeup artist well in advance of your wedding day, too. Ideally, said Kelly Miron, owner of The Powder Room Makeup Oasis & Boutique at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, “the initial consultation should be at least six months before the wedding. It’s enough time for a skin care regimen to begin; eyebrows can grow in, if that’s an issue; we can take care of things like hyper pigmentation or skin-lightening. Makeup is only as good as the skin underneath.”
Kelly has a bridal makeup book for clients to look at to help them, she said, “to narrow down the look of something they like. It’s all about our working together. I need to know about her hair, I want to see her dress, the flowers, the invitation, attendants’ dresses — anything for me to create the look that reflects who she is and what she wants. I use my creativity as a makeup artist to achieve that.”
Of course, there is always a “trial run” on the makeup, whether the bride-to-be wants a natural look or something more glamorous. Kelly encourages her bridal clients to buy the “tried and true translucent pressed powder, lip liner, lipstick or gloss for wedding day touch-ups because we know they perform well.”
Martha Vucsko, owner of La Look Skincare & Makeup Boutique in Chagrin Falls, likes brides to book first appointments at least three to four months out. In addition to addressing skin care needs, she offers what she calls “bridal boot camp,” incorporating personal training, nutritional coaching and perhaps a cleanse as part of a personalized physical regimen for the bride to get into shape. Martha always does a pre-wedding makeup trial, especially if the bride wants eyelash extensions or a spray tan application. It’s important for the bride, said Martha, “to keep her look real; you don’t want to look radically different on the wedding day.” She too suggests that the bride get lipstick or gloss, powder, blush or bronzer for those touch-ups on wedding day.
My daughter-in-law Lauren Nichols is an aesthetician and makeup artist who owns her own business, Dollface Skin and Make-Up Lounge, in North Carolina.
“I already have brides booked into June next year,” said Lauren, who said that a year or more in advance scheduling is common practice. “I start with tons of questions about their skin, if it’s oily or dry, do they tend to breakout, before putting them on a facial regimen. Then we’ll talk about what they want their makeup to be — do they usually wear a lot or not so much. My brides want their eyes to stand out on their wedding day — they always want lash extensions. Powder is important too to prevent any shine on the face, neck, décolleté or even the ears.”
Lauren’s makeup trial usually is for the formal wedding portrait photographs, perhaps a little more dramatic and then softened for the actual wedding day. Lauren always goes to either the venue or the hotel suite the bride has reserved for herself and her attendants on the wedding day. While Lauren’s brides get the makeup products, too, more often than not they want her to stay through the wedding to do any touching up.
“I want my brides to be an enhanced version of themselves,” said Lauren. “My advice to them is to just soak in the moment of your wedding, relax — it’s a beautiful day!”