Ummm ... Can I just say how excited I am to be sharing this with you?! When I met Kristi Collings at a networking event and found out that she is a makeup artist and esthetician I HAD to ask her what secret tips she has for glowing, wedding day ready, skin. You're welcome. <3
Also, how chic and glamorous is Kristi?!
Exfoliate: Our skin naturally sloughs off close to one million skin cells each day. I know, eww. But as we age, the number of cells rejuvenating themselves slows down, which is known as the aging process. By exfoliating daily or even weekly, we are helping those cells replace themselves quicker which helps achieve a deeper cleanse for our pores reducing the production of blackheads and congestion. We are also smoothing out the texture of our skin to give the appearance of more supple and smooth texture. Lastly, we are stimulating blood flow to the surface and creating a natural glow. And who doesn't want a bright and natural glow?
Hydrate: Did you know that when your body needs moisture, the first place it takes it from is your skin? Well It's also the last place it replaces moisture to. Kind of unfair, huh? Our skin cells are made up of water and without proper hydration, they won't function properly. Luckily, we now know that there is an exact science to how much water you should be drinking daily. Take your body weight and divide it in half, the number you are left with is the number of ounces you should be drinking in water per day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. At first, it will feel like a full time job taking in this much water. But once you make the shift, and see the results for yourself, you won't need any further convincing. Your cells will be fuller and healthier and your skin is sure to reflect that.
Moisturize: Our skin loses moisture daily due to lifestyle, environmental elements and poor diet. Lack of moisture results in tight, flakey skin with crepy fine lines. A dehydrated skin needs to be tended to from both internal and external support. As stated above, drinking adequate amounts of water will certainly benefit your skin and the cells they produce. Applying a moisturizer to your face and neck will help reinforce hydration and lock some in to maintain moisture throughout the day. When choosing a daily moisturizer, take your skin type into consideration. If you're on the oily or acneic side, tend towards a light-weight, oil free moisturizer. For normal to dry skin types, consider a heavier facial cream.
Highlight: Highlighting, strobing, whatever you want to call it, it's all the rage, and it's easy to see why. With a slight application of brightening cream on your high points (above your brow bone, cheekbones, bridge of your nose, corners of your eyes and your Cupid's bow) you will bring your facial features to life. Couple tricks for mastering this. First, don't use a frosty shimmer. Stick to a highlight that compliments your skin tone with a subtle sheen. Next, avoid applying this all over your face. Stick to the high points or you'll look sweaty and greasy. And lastly, blend out your edges. Whether you use your fingers, a fan brush, or a makeup sponge, make sure there are no harsh lines streaks.
Brows: Eyebrows are meant to frame your face. They hold purpose and power as one of the more important facial features that you actually have control of. A proper shaping can lift your lids and give your eyes an overall appearance of being more open and awake. My advice is to grow your brows out for 6-8 weeks then get a professional shaping that suits your natural shape. Honor your features and your unique expressions by fine tuning your brows and anchoring your eyes with personality and precision. Keep in mind bigger is better when it comes to power brows!
Now you're wedding ready and prepared to put your best face forward as you step into this bright and beautiful new stage in life. Cheers