From professional facials and beauty supplements, to gemstone rollers and must-have make-up, friends of BAZAAR share the products they used, and treatments they tried in the run up to their wedding day…
RUMANA NAZIM - Owner of The Edit
“As I have very sensitive skin, I stayed away from facials for fear of breaking out right before my wedding. I focused more on body treatments and exercising every day (sometimes twice a day). One of my favourite experiences was the Moroccan hammam at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Talise Spa. I also meditated every morning to de-stress - it’s the one piece of advice I give to all brides-to-be. The night before, I drank lots of water and ate nuts for energy, and used facial oils followed by a jade roller. Even though I didn’t manage to get much sleep, I made sure I was hydrated enough to fake the well-rested look. My go-to product on the day was Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro, in Blush. It hydrates lips, has great staying power and doesn’t transfer easily - so it’s perfect for long days and nights”.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY - Make-up artist and beauty entrepreneur
“I always say you can’t have a beautiful painting without a beautiful canvas, so in the lead-up, I regularly had laser facials with Debbie Thomas at her Chelsea Clinic in London, for flawless, glowing skin. For my wedding, I wore my Pillow Talk lipstick, which smooths and shapes the lips, and lasts from the vows to the dancefloor. On your wedding day, I always think that you should have the most beautiful lips. From the magical first kiss to talking all day to your loved ones, a long-lasting, pout- perfecting, sumptuous lipstick is, for me, a bride’s must-have.”
NINA CATT - Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Bride
“Trying to achieve a flawless complexion was my number one focus when it came to planning my bridal beauty look. I wanted to look natural, but an elevated version of myself - still me, but just a little something extra. Three months before the big day, I really amped things up on the professional treatments front. While continuing with my regular skincare regime of cleansing, hydrating and applying sunscreen every day, I invested in three-times-a-week facials that included a combination of peels, microdermabrasion, light therapy and oxygen facials. I also added The Beauty Chef’s Glow Inner Beauty Powder to my daily water to enhance gut health, and improve my skin from the inside out. By the time my wedding day came around, my complexion had never looked so good”.
MARYAM ZAMANI - Aesthetic Doctor and creator of MZ Skin
“From past sun exposure I had a bit of sun damage, so I had two IPL treatments to help lighten pigmentation, and improve collagen production. I also had a relaxing and hydrating facial the week prior to our wedding, and I treated myself with a small amount of botulinum toxin in between my eyebrows to make sure they were line free! My wedding day essentials were Tom Ford’s bronzer in Gold Dust for a glowing complexion, eye lash curlers, and Dolce & Gabbana’s red top perfume that they have since discontinued. I have my last three bottles left!”
LIDIJA ABU GHAZALEH - Founder of Lidija’s Kitchen
“I had a few facials in the weeks before my wedding, and I made sure to drink plenty of water and exercise regularly before the big day. Since my wedding dress was quite simple, I wanted my make-up to be as natural as possible. My goal was to look like the best version of myself without being overdone. I used Guerlain’s Aqua serum for great hydration, Keristase Elixir for shiny hair, and NARS Bronzing Powder in Golden Shimmer.”
BOUCHRA EZZAHRAOUI - Founder of Aurate
“I started my beauty treatments in New York about two or three months before the big day. I had a customised bi-weekly regimen of facials at Joanna Vargas, and Galina Kerer in New York. They left my skin toned, smooth and bright for the big day. My workout method was also important... I went to Hatha flow yoga classes to tone but also relax my body. For me, mindfulness was the most important thing before our big day. I put on a Twilight face mask by Joanna Vargas, used some pure lavender oil to relax and burned some sage and oud in our room. I love anything oud and rose. I wore Oud Ispahan by Dior on my wedding day. Benefit’s Boi-ing brightening concealer was my saviour which I discovered a few months before my wedding. It erases my dark circles, and always gives me the eight-hour sleep glow. Laura Mercier’s face illuminator was great for pictures too!”
AERIN LAUDER - Founder and creative director of Aerin
“My wedding was held in the country with tonnes of fresh flowers. I can still remember the scent of the garden roses during the ceremony; they were all around us. Rose is an eternal symbol of beauty and femininity, so I wore Aerin Rose de Grasse, a modern interpretation that captures all its beauty in a bottle. It’s sophisticated, unexpected and iconic: exactly what a modern-day bride should be. Fragrance is a personal expression. Pick a scent that has a special meaning - something that evokes personal memories and emotions. Whether it’s the perfume you wore when you first met your partner, or the one that highlights your favourite flower - it should be something you will never tire of or forget.”