We all start the New Year with making resolutions, right? People tend to think about big areas of their lives that they’d like to improve, renew, or begin. Most commonly, individuals vow to eat healthier, relax more, or lose wight. These are all fantastic ways to improve your overall health and quality of life, especially when the next 365 days are leading up to the big day.
Make your 2018 resolutions start with a new skin-care routines, these beauty resolutions are definitely worth considering, and promise a big return especially for brides-to-be. Think of them as less “new year, new you” and more “you, but better!”
Here are the beauty resolutions you can make for an extra gorgeous 2018.
Take Off Your Makeup Every Day—No Matter What!
At the end of a long day, who can wait to collapse on the couch in your coziest sweats and tune out the world until bed time? The struggle is real. Unfortunately, if your nighttime routine doesn’t include washing your face and properly removing your makeup, you can be damaging your complexion big time. Cleansing your face at the end of the day is imperative to not only remove makeup, but also oils, environmental toxins, dead skin, bacteria, and any other gunk that can clog your pores. To make this easier, consider leaving cleansing towelettes by your nightstand for no-excuses.
Don’t Overdo the Dry Shampoo
Wedding planning takes up much of your already busy schedule. So, if the idea of washing and drying your hair either before or after a long day seems exhausting, we get it. Thanks to the magic of dry shampoo, many of us are now skipping washes in exchange for a spritz of the magical powder that can freshen your look in seconds. Just be careful not to overdo it. Routinely washing and conditioning of your hair is essential to its health, and too much dry shampoo can build up in your scalp, creating less than ideal conditions like clogged pores and dryness. Some dry shampoos can also contain chemicals that are less than ideal, so be sure to read their labels, and use them sparingly.
Whether you know it or not, the sun’s damaging rays can be just as harmful in the winter as they are in the summer. Even during a quick morning commute or coffee run, the rays can damage unprotected skin. To ensure you’re always armed, incorporate SPF into your daily routine. Whether it’s applied separately or you use an SPF-containing moisturizer, you’ll be proactive in preventing sun spots, premature aging, and skin cancer.
Don’t Pop Your Pimples
We know it’s tempting and often oh-so satisfying to try to take matters into your own hands when faced with a pimple (or three), but do your best to resist the urge. Improper popping or extracting blackheads can lead to inflammation, infection scarring, and discomfort—something nobody wants to deal with, especially brides. Instead, try drying lotions or the gift of time, and if it persists, consult a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician.
Use the Professionals
Beauty regrets happen—they’re a part of life. But especially with a wedding coming up, certain things are best left to the professionals. Avoid over- or under-plucking by having your brows threaded or waxed by an expert. Instead of at–home peels, extractions, or facials, head to an aesthetician or dermatologist for the ultimate experience. And as your wedding approaches, vow to have luxurious manicures and pedicures at a reputable nail salon, instead of at-home DIY efforts and of course, any pre-wedding hair color changes should be left to professional stylists. While it may seem like added expenses (they are), it’s typically true that you get what you pay for.
Given the amount of photo manipulation we see everywhere from ads to Instagram, it might be natural to think that your wedding pics can be tweaked the same way. I mean, after all, almost anything you dislike in your final gallery can be edited out with Photoshop, right? Not exactly. Photographers caution against assuming that everything can be retouched in the final snaps. Here’s what can and can’t be done.
First Things First
Before actually signing a contract with a photographer, you need to make sure that their style matches what you are actually looking for. “I think the critical first step for clients is to choose the right sort of photographer from the start: people who like a heavily retouched look should pick a photographer who clearly leans toward that style, with lots of computer effects and ‘perfect’ airbrushed-looking subjects,” says Al Fortier, creative director at Alistbeauty. “A reportage or documentary style photographer is going to be less inclined to do major retouching, favoring the natural and organic look they captured in-camera.” The best way to make sure someone will be able to deliver what you want is take a good look at their website and see if their images fit what you have in mind.
Set Clear Expectations
There is hardly one blanket approach, so it’s important to find out what your photographer’s view and policy is on retouching before getting started. “It definitely varies from photographer to photographer, so it’s good to ask from the start what kind of photo retouching, if anything, a wedding photographer provides,” says Al. I generally want to provide a near perfect gallery, so I ask to retouch anything that drives me nuts [like stray hairs or weird things in the background] before I put them on my website. When it’s something beyond my capabilities and it’s bothering me, I’ll send it out to a retoucher.” Someone on Fiverr.com
If there’s something about your appearance that you’re insecure about, it’s best to give your photographer a heads up before your big day, as many things can be tweaked for your final images. The important thing is to speak up, because what stands out to you may not for your photographer. “[It’s important] that my clients tell me what they’re self conscious about before we shoot so I can be aware of it and share what retouching may be possible for them,” says Al. “For instance, a client who is insecure about yellowed teeth: I won’t insult anyone by automatically whitening their teeth on my own, but if they request it ahead of time, it’s an easy fix. If someone has bad acne scars and they ask me to fix it, I can also address that in photos that need it. However, I never ‘fix’ anyone’s flaws unless they ask me to. [It’s] sort of rude to assume!”
I love this picture but it is retouched a lot. You can tell the modles eyes are not this blue skin is too flawless and Emma had a necklace I did not love with this dress.
Wedding Hair and Makeup
Al Fortier-Parker owner of alistbeauty is a professionally trained hair and makeup artist and one of Toronto’s elite artists specializing in luxury bridal hair and makeup. He has more than 25 years experience in bridal hair and makeup and 30 the hair industry . Al’s skills have allowed him to work with some of Toronto’s leading commercial photographers as well as the Miss Universe Canada Pageant, Wedluxe Magazine, TV, and many others.
Al is a trained esthetician, which gives him a unique and deep understanding of skin and skincare. With his extensive knowledge of skin, hair and make up, Al is able to incorporate all his training for each of his clients and deliver high end results that you would naturally expect from a true professional.
Over the past 25 years, Al has dedicated much of his time training and honing skills primarily for the bridal industry and his clients. Along with a great team of artists, he has helped create hundreds of happy brides and their bridal parties – all with unique and different flairs. Alistbeauty’s bridal hair and makeup has been featured in the pages of Wedluxe, Elegant Weddings, The Knot, Vanity Fair and many more.
Al understands each client will have different needs. As such, alistbeauty takes a truly customized approach to ensure the expectations of all are met. Alistbeauty suggests you book trial for your hair and make-up, during this session we meet and talk about your requirements, concerns and answer any questions you may have. During this trial Al and his artists give you a preview of your hair and make-up style, it is all documented so it is easy to reproduce on the day of your wedding. After this initial meeting with alistbeauty, it is easy to enlist alistbeauty’s wedding hair and make up service on location in Toronto or anywhere. just fill out and the sign the contrast and put your deposit and your day is booked for you.
Alistbeauty strongly believes in no pressure sales as you already have enough stress, anxiety, and other things to take care of before you wedding day. Alistbeauty does not charge extra for travel fees within the Greater Toronto Area or for early morning weddings. There mat be travel fee depending on your location outside of the GTA.
For more information or to schedule your trial hair and makeup session, contact alistbeauty.ca today at 416- 5264580.
It’s no secret that being a bridesmaid is an expensive role for your friends to take on. They will find themselves paying for pre-wedding events, transportation costs, and of course the dress you’d like them to wear on the big day. So if you’re looking for a way to pick up some of the expenses your bridesmaids may incur, here are 6 things you should pay for, if you can, for your bridal party.
1. A Wedding Survival Kit
Whether it’s a bowl filled with travel-sized toiletries from the drug store or a personalized tote bag filled with emergency items for the day, be sure to equip your bridesmaids with any last-minute must-have items.
2. Their Transportation Home
Since the average wedding day for a bridal party is 10+ hours, be sure to provide your wedding party with transportation home or back to the hotel. You can do this through a taxi service or a scheduled shuttle for all of the guests.
3. Hair and Makeup
If it’s in your budget, a great treat (and gift!) for your bridal party is to pick up the tab on the glam squad, paying for them to get both their hair and makeup done on the wedding day. If you can’t manage to pay for both beauty fees, opt for one or the other. They’ll definitely appreciate the gesture.
4. Bridesmaid Accessories
Any and all items you’d like your bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day to accentuate the dress can be items that you buy for each bridesmaid as the ultimate thank you gift.
5. A Mani/Pedi
There’s no better way to before the wedding than with a group outing to get a mani/pedi, especially when you’re paying for it! Treat your girls to a fun day at the spa, and get wedding-ready while doing so.
If you’re asking your bridesmaids to buy their dresses themselves, one thing you can do to help keep the costs down is offer to pay for any alterations that they might need. That way, you can be sure the dresses fit optimally and look stunning in photos on your big day.
Modern motifs meet vintage flair at this lavender wedding
Love the trendiness of mixed metals but know your an old soul? Look no further than this dreamy lavender wedding theme! Pulling inspiration from the historic gadgets and machinery that drive steampunk fashion, the elegant scene contains copper and gold table decor as well as a vintage camera. Leading the colour palette are creamy hues of lavender and yellow in the floral, vintage chair, appliquéd tablecloth, sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes and even stationery suite. Between the baroque dining chairs and the four-tier paper crepe cake, we can’t decide which detail is our favorite!
Photography & Videography: Lula King Photo and Film | Planning, Decor, Rentals & Linens: Raven Luxury Events Inc. | Flowers: Zora’s Flowers | Invitations: Flourish Grace Calligraphy | Cake: MelinArt Cakes | Makeup, Hair & Jewellery: A List Beauty | Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | Venue: Bowmanville Museum
Alistbeauty understand the challenges of finding your perfect concealer match. Depending on where you plan on using it (under eyes versus everywhere else), you’ll need more than one type. Here are three quick tricks for pinning down your exact shade and putting it to proper use.
Tip 1: Test the formula on your collarbone. Whereas your face and neck are often covered by sunscreen or makeup, your décolleté gives you the most accurate idea of your true skin tone.
Tip 2: To brighten up dark circles, go a touch lighter in color and apply around the inner corners and just below your eyes.
Tip 3: To cover up any spots (or to clean up any mistakes around, say, the lip line), use your exact match from the first step to get a seamless finish.
We all have that friend who can rock a dramatic lip. Why is it that certain colors look gorgeous on her, but heinous on us? You probably already know that your skin color has something to do with it. But did you know your skin’s undertones could be making or breaking that stunning lip look?
Alistbeauty artist let you in on how you can pick the right colour of lip stick for your skin tone. There are three possible undertones: cool, warm and neutral. A person with cool undertones sees pinkish-blue in their skin, while a person with warm undertones sees yellow and gold. Neutral undertones have a bit of both.
There are a couple different methods to help you determine your undertone. Alistbeauty makeup artist Janet Wilson recommends examining the color of your veins. If you notice green in your veins, you have warm undertones to your skin. If you see blue in your veins, you have a cool undertone. And finally, if you see both blue and green, you can classify your undertone as neutral.
Janet also recommes taking off your makeup and looking at the side of your cheek close to your ear. If you see pinkish-blue, you have cooler undertones. If you see yellow-gold, you have warmer undertones.
Finally, the metal test. Hold up silver and gold jewelry to your skin.
“If you gravitate towards wearing gold jewelry you are likely warm,” the Alima Pure team told The Huffington Post. “Cool undertones usually opt for silver jewelry. Neutral skin tones look great with either.”
So now that you know your undertone, what lipstick color should you pick? For cool, neutral and olive tones, Janet recommends rosy pinks, berry hues and blue-toned reds.
For beige, warm and olive tones, they suggest peachy pinks, corals and warm reds.
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