Bridal Beauty Prep Guide

*MUA: Faces By Labisi

Oooo-la-la you have dreamed of that big day. Hair and makeup must be on maximum fleek. (Do people still say fleek?) Here are some beauty prep tips before the big day:

Face

For those fighting acne, or looking to bring a dull complexion to life, an aesthetician at your local spa can provide a series of facials that clear blackheads, slough off dead skin cells, and improve circulation. Start these visitations six months prior as well-and don't dare get a facial within ten days of your wedding. Our favorite spas in Lagos are The Facial Bar at the Radisson Blu Lagos and the all natural spa at Oriki Group. 

Oriki Group Spa in VI, Lagos

Can’t get to a spa? The Nectar Scrubs are great to use at home, our fave is Lolly Lavendar to scrub all the stress away!

But the real secret to great skin? Water. Drink tons of H2O before and on your wedding day to make your face look dewy and radiant.

Eyes

All those late night packing up aso-ebi orders can lead to dark circles and puffiness. Since the skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive, be gentle take off eye makeup with a water-soluble remover (don't scrub), and keep rubbing to a minimum. A nightly application of eye cream, in combination with adequate sleep, will improve the appearance of dark circles and a cool compress once or twice a week (or as needed) helps keep puffiness at bay. During the days before the wedding, steer clear of too much salty food, which can cause eyes to look swollen.

Lips

For that all-important kiss at the end of the ceremony, you'll want your lips to be in the best possible shape. A Vitamin E lip balm like eos lip balms can combat cracks and creases that weather and nervous lip biting can cause. You should also exfoliate your lips at least once a week, to clear away dead skin Wet a toothbrush with warm water and brush lips with a gentle back-and-forth motion. Finally, protect your kisser with sunscreen, as the sun can leave lips looking -- and feeling -- parched.

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