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Must-dos and beauty tips

Published:Monday | June 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Bride:

A bride has to be beautiful on her day, but her prepping has to begin long before the big day. Here are some essential beauty treatments you should squeeze in to look radiant on your day.

Plan everything in advance

Visit your dermatologist at least nine months before your wedding. He or she can recommend any peels or procedures you may need, such as gycolic peels and microdermabrasion to get your skin in tip-top shape.

Teeth whitening - visit your dentist at least three months before your wedding day to start your whitening regime. Over-the-counter whitening products are also an option.

Hair - start thinking about your hairstyle months in advance, just in case the hairstyle you want requires you to grow out your hair.

Relax your hair a week before the wedding.

Do a dry run of your hairstyle the week before - make sure to take your veil.

Never use a new hairstylist for your wedding.

Makeup - two months before, do a make-up trial, to ensure you like the look your make-up artist creates.

Brows - two days before, get your brows done. It gives you time to get over any irritation the hair removal may cause.

The day before, get your manicure, pedicure and a relaxing massage, and just enjoy.

Facial and waxing must be done a few days before as this will give your skin time to heal (pimples or blackheads can get irritated after a facial).

Choose your veil and tiara carefully (less should be more).

Nails must be done the day before.

Ensure that your gown is in good order - zipper or hooks are in place.

Proper and comfortable foundation garments are crucial for a comfortable wedding day.

Have a full-body massage a few days before.

The Groom

Ensure that all suits are paid for and collected.

Shave and trim your hair (if you wear a beard ensure it is properly groomed).

Have a full-body massage the day before.

Mani pedi is a must.

Shirtsleeves must be in line with jacket sleeves.

Shoes must be shine and comfortable.

Deodorant cannot be overstressed.

If you wear a belt, match it with your shoes.

Locks should be groomed (if you have).

Get a good night's sleep.

Information from : and and Lorraine Clunie