How to look like a princess for your wedding day

PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:16 20 February 2013

Relaxing ahead of treatment at The Bannatyne Spa, Darlington

Relaxing ahead of treatment at The Bannatyne Spa, Darlington

Excitement is building to this month's Royal Wedding. So we take a look at ways in which the region's own happy brides-to-be can look like fabulous, with the help of North East venues and experts Words by Julie Penfold

Whether you are marrying into royalty, a la Kate Middleton, or simply marrying the love of your life in more tranquil settings, all brides-to-be have the same goal.

Every bride wants to look her best on her special day, and preparation is the key. Its not just about picking the perfect dress, venue and flowers, but also ensuring your skin and nails are in optimum condition with expert help, says Louise Allan, Spa Manager at The Bannatyne Spa in Darlington.

To ensure you choose the correct skincare for your face, Louise recommends having an Elemis Skin Specific Facial (43). This includes a full lifestyle consultation that looks at how your everyday life, the environment and your current skincare routine for both your face and body are affecting your skin. After your initial facial, the therapist will prepare a unique skin prescription for you to follow at home to ensure your skin is in prime condition.

Louise also recommends having a monthly spa facial following your skin consultation, as this will help to boost cellular renewal, whilst hydrating and considerably brightening the complexion.

The key to feeling confident on your wedding day is to ensure your skin is in the best possible condition, says Nicola Caffery, Beauty Manager at Reds Hair & Beauty in Sunderland.

Alongside a healthy diet, exercise, good water intake, and plenty of sleep, I also advise embarking on a quality skincare programme at least six weeks before the wedding.

Made-to-measure facials which assess your skin type and ensure you are using the right products are a perfect way to start good skincare practices.

And these steps will also help get any skin issues under control to give you clear, glowing skin in the lead-up to your big day.

Regular body brushing at home can also help keep skin healthy and glowing, as this not only eliminates toxins, but also boosts circulation and invigorates the skin cells to enable deeper absorption of moisturiser.

For total relaxation while the spa team does the hard work for you, I would recommend the Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (30) as it is the ultimate exfoliation ritual for smooth, glowing skin from top to toe, says Louise.

Invigorating ginger stimulates the metabolism and tones the body, while the lime peel cleanses and purifies the skin. Sea salt works by exfoliating and re-mineralising, helping the skin to regain its health and softness.
Spray tanning can also offer a subtle natural glow working with your skin tone to ensure best results. And for perfectly-shaped and brightened nails, Louise recommends a Leighton Denny Immaculate Manicure (32), offering total skincare for hands, nails and cuticles.

For haircare advice to ensure your tresses look radiant on your big day, we asked the British Hairdressing Industrys North East Hairdresser of the Year, Susan Hall, and Owner of Reds Hair & Beauty for her top tips.

When it comes to wedding hair, tip top condition is paramount, says Susan. Luxurious Japanese Shu Uemera ceremonies are designed to help you unwind from the head down.

The ceremonies involve intense moisturising and shiatsu massages, that not only leave your hair soft and velvety to touch, but also restore balance and harmony to both your hair and your overall wellbeing.

On the subject of how to wear your hair on your wedding day, Susan advises: Needless to say Kate Middletons look will definitely have all brides-to-be taking note, yet I would advise not to feel under pressure to do something really outrageous for your special day.

If you really want to, then great, just remember to have plenty of trials runs. Be wary of any styles which make you feel uncomfortable as the aim for your wedding day hair is "you on a fantastic day" not "you trying to look like someone else".

Style-wise Susan recommends: Simple up-dos are perfect wedding hairstyles. Whether sleek for an elegant look or slightly dishevelled for more laidback glamour, knots, buns and twists of all shapes and sizes are making their way down the altar.

Hair swept around to the side is still very popular, so you could opt for a low side bun for simple chic that is right on trend.

If you want to wear your hair down, experiment with long, ethereal waves - soft flowing hair with romantic waves can look effortlessly gorgeous, says Susan.

The Bannatyne Spa Tel: 01325 487488

Reds Hair & Beauty, 0191 5110288

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