Winter bride – survival plan!

Winter weather poses a few challenges: chapped lips, dry skin, and dullness. This article will help you prepare yourself for your special day, because come hail or storm- you’re getting married! So start from the basics, and keep these in mind.

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Skin and Hair care:
Nourish your skin-
Drink plenty of water and don’t leave your skin feeling thirsty. Hot Herbal teas are also a great way to replenish your body and moisturize it from the inside. Help your skin retain its shine by using body butters and oil based creams. Always remember to do this when the skin is slightly damp to help lock in the moisture. Apply a primer 2 minutes after applying a moisturizer. This helps keep your makeup in place for hours.

Exfoliation-
Our skin gets dull in the winter months and dead skin cells keep increasing making exfoliation a key step. Scrub thrice a week, not more. Over exfoliation will make your skin dry.

Protection from the sun-
Yes, it is possible to get a tan in winter. Protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun by investing in a sunscreen with an SPF30. Do this in the months before your wedding and reapply often.

Lip care-
Chapped lips are not a good look in any season, and especially not on your wedding day. In the days prior, make sugar and lemon lip scrubs and always use a balm with SPF for protection. Never lick or bite your lips!

Hair care-
Your hair is also a very important part of your look, so depending on your hair type, apply a deep conditioning hair mask regularly for your hair to be luminous and bouncy. This is often overlooked, but you must oil and massage it regularly to increase nourishment. And always remember, never wash your hair with hot water because it damages your hair follicles more than you can imagine.

Relaxation-
Make the spa lady your best friend and go at least thrice a month before your wedding. Indulge yourself and try not to take on too much stress as this hampers your skin, making it look worse.

Makeup:
Morning or evening wedding-
Knowing the time and setting of the wedding should impact your makeup style largely. If it’s a morning wedding, opt for lighter, more natural pastel shades. If it’s an evening wedding, go for a more dramatic vibe with deep shades of berries, reds and crimsons.

Foundation-
This is the base of your skin and makeup. Choosing the right shade is essential because you don’t want to look ghostly pale or darker than you really are. For winters, try a mousse base instead of a powder, which doesn’t dry your skin out. A yellow-based foundation will look good in photographs while a pink-based one could make you look washed out.
This may seem extreme, but you must apply foundation on all exposed parts of your body (arms, back, etc.) to make it seem more natural.

Use a highlighter-
The main aim should be to make your skin look glowing, not shimmery. So skip the glitter and use a highlighter to increase luminosity instead. This step is key especially in winter, because the weather makes your skin dull.

Do up your eyes-
Your wedding is not the time to be experimenting with blue and brown liners. Stick to black and define your eyes on the top and bottom waterline. Create a winged cat-eye look for a dramatic effect. For eye shadows, stick to peachy shades which light up your face. Gel liners give better precision and staying power. Use mascara that is less than 3 months old and make sure its waterproof!

Lip loving-
On D-Day, use a long lasting lipstick in the shades of reds and berries. If you have thin lips, invest in a lip plumper. People with thick lips can apply a gloss instead. Apply a lipliner that matches your lipstick, as this will help define the outline more prominently.

Blotting paper and compact-
Keep blotting paper handy on your day to get rid of extra shine. This will also help in getting rid of excess eyeliner or lipstick. Use a compact for a quick cover up and to look less dull.
Makeup artists-
If you’re hiring a makeup artist, explain the kind of look you are going for beforehand! Always go for a trial session before your big day and make sure the products they use suit your skin. if you’re considering doing your own makeup, practice a couple of times before hand. Remember, this is NOT the time to experiment, so stick to using the brushes, sponges and shades that you are comfortable with.

Moderation is key-
Take a look at your wedding clothes and jewelry and make sure that your makeup does not clash with it. The aim is to compliment. Indian brides are loaded with heavy clothes and jewelry as it is, so it’s best to keep makeup in line and not overdone.

Content contributor – Saumya Chawla for IndiBrownBeauty
Photo credit – http://www.fb.com/weddingsbyemagination

Winter skincare tips for Men.

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With so much focus on women skincare, the men are often neglected. So here we are putting the spotlight on Men and their skincare needs.
Gentlemen, we understand well that Winter can be harsh for your skin. And there is no reason for you to not look your best now.
So, it’s time to step up your regime. And no, there is nothing unmanly about making sure that you have healthy, clear skin. These simple tips and tricks should get you through the winters, which can cause havoc on your skin, making it dry and dull.

1. Lather up and cleanse: A good cleanse helps slough away the dead skin cells and dirt that stick together, making your face look dull. Preferably, use a wash with glycolic acid or any other not so drying face wash twice a day. Also, try to use an exfoliating scrub thrice a week. This preps your skin for a cleaner and closer shave with minimal ingrown hair and also unclogs your pores.
2. Moisturize: Yes, men can moisturize. No, it does not make you any less of a man. This should be the next step after cleansing, especially in winter when your skin becomes dry. Apply when skin is still slightly damp to lock in the moisture. Look for water based one if you have oily skin prone to breakouts. There are lots of new products from nivea, ponds, garnier, vaseline to choose from!
3. Shaving: Shaving in winter can be cumbersome and tiring because your hair grows out thicker; thus making it more painful to shave. Exfoliate skin before shaving, and wash your face with warm water to open up your pores. Apply a pre shaving cream or gel to ensure the skin stays moist and warm. You can also use a cream enriched with Vitamin E oil post the process. Remember, smoother the skin, closer the shave.
4. Lip service: The skin on your lips is super sensitive, and there is nothing more revolting than dry cracked lips on a cold winters day. It takes longer to repair if it gets damaged, so it’s all about protection! Use a flavourless chap stick (try carmex or Vaseline) with SPF to lock in the moisture.
5. Use sunscreen: Yes, you can get sunburnt even in winter. No matter what season it is, this step is key. Damaging rays slows down the production of collagen, speeding up the aging process. Protect your skin from the harsh UV rays using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
6. Stay hydrated: As your body is composed of more than 60% water, drinking water helps hydrate the body from inside out. Drink lots of it, hot or cold, whatever suits you. Also keep tabs on your alcohol and caffeine intake; which make you dehydrated, reversing the progress.
7. Exercise: Working out makes you sweat, purging your body of toxins that clog your pores and cause breakouts. It also boosts oxygen and blood flow to your skin, instantly making it more radiant and healthy.
8. Get good sleep: No, looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead is not a good look for you. Clocking in the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep will give your skin plenty of time to catch up with the day’s wear and tear.
9. Eat healthy: Always remember, you are what you eat. Fruits and vegetables are your friends. Variety is the key aspect here, so stock up! Each fruit or vegetable is filled with vitamins, fibre & antioxidants, which help clear and nourish your system from the inside.
10. Oil it up: in winters you require extra moisture to avoid your skin and hair from drying up. So indulge in a good olive oil massage for your whole body and scalp at least once a week. You could add some baby oil or vitamin E or aromatic oils to your base oil and enjoy the process. Its ideal in winters to soak up some sun after the massage and follow with a hot shower.

In short we hope these tips help you look your best this winter 🙂

Contributed by Saumya Chawla