Whether you're leaving it to the professionals or planning on creating your look yourself, taking the time to pamper yourself in the lead up to your wedding can make all the difference on the day.
From finessing your routine to indulging in some precious you-time at Urban Retreat at Harrods, be the happiest, healthiest and most beautiful version of yourself when you walk down the aisle with our need-to-know countdown guide...
Taking the time to create a mood board before booking into treatments will help crystalise the look you are after for your wedding day. It will also give your hair and make-up stylists a clear direction to work on with you. Consider taking your plan of action to Urban Retreat at Harrods and join their Brides-To-Be club. Following a half-hour consultation the Urban Retreat experts will help you tailor your beauty preparations to suit you, for a stress-free lead up to the big day.
Add some beauty-boosting supplements into your daily routine to help support a healthy immune system and protect skin from free radical damage around the clock. And if wedding jitters are causing you to lose out on your beauty sleep, soothe frazzled nerves with a calming mug of Bodyism's delicious and guilt-free chocolatey Serenity.
Book a consultation at Urban Retreat to experiment with any dramatic colour or length changes well ahead of time. Unruly tresses could be best served with a Brazilian Blow Dry. Eliminating frizz for up to three months, the six month mark is perfect for testing it out for the first time, leaving plenty of time in your schedule for a top up treatment just before the wedding. If you don’t already, start using a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner to protect your new colour; we love Fresh Seaberry Revitalising Shampoo and Conditioner for achieving soft, silky locks.
Don’t be tempted to crash diet, instead start introducing a few extra exercise classes you enjoy into your routine and make sure to add a portion of fruit or vegetables to each meal for a vitamin hit. Smoothies are a delicious way to up your fruit and vegetable intake and adding just a spoonful of The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens into the mix further assists in helping your body function at its very best.
As Fernando Cadavid, Chantecaille Global Make-Up Artist, says, “Skin that glows with health is flawless, and the way to get that, honestly is firstly with proper skincare”. Chantecaille's Rose de Mai Oil is a must-have addition to your dedicated skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising routine for a glowing complexion on the day. Meanwhile, a layer of La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 will help protect from UV damage.
Add in some much-needed you time and relax and unwind with a ritual in The Moroccan Hammam at Urban Retreat. The Hammam’s hot steam helps open the pores to get rid of impurities, the deep exfoliation during your treatment means you will glow from head to toe and the relaxing atmoshpere will help rebalance both body and mind.
Opt for a series of facials targeting your personal skincare concerns at Urban Retreat, or bring the luxury home with cult-favourite Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask to help reenergise tired skin.
Book into Urban Retreat for your one-to-one bridal hair consultation. Make sure to bring along your inspiration images and a picture of your dress to help find the perfect look to complement your personal style. Planning on doing your hair yourself? Urban Retreat's Braid & Dry Styling Class will give you the expert know-how for stress-free on-the-day styling.
Double up at Urban Retreat with a Bespoke Make-Up Lesson in the Make-Up Suite. The in-depth application and technique lessons are a must for those planning on tackling their make-up themselves. A group class is the perfect excuse for a get-together with your bridesmaids too.
The humble body scrub can work wonders not just for your skin, but also for the senses. Look to the origin of sugar scrubs with Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish to gently exfoliate while reinvigorating the senses with its revitalising citrus, ginseng and peppermint scent. Feel in need of a little more zen? Consider taking up yoga alongside your current exercise regime for a boost of positivity. If nothing else, investing in some new workout gear for a bit of shopping therapy won't go amiss.
Now is the perfect time to book in for your make-up trial, making sure you’re happy with your make-up artist and the look they create for you with plenty of time to spare. You want to look like the best version of yourself and, as Clinique’s UK Colour Pro Artist Florrie White notes, “you don’t want to surprise your husband to be, nor do you want your photos to date because of your current trend look.” The quickest way to take your look from afternoon ceremony to after-dinner dancing is with a swipe of red; get your make-up artist to note down the exact colour so you can have it for touch-ups on the day.
Revisit Urban Retreat’s Moroccan Hammam and make a truly indulgent day of it with your hens. The Half Day Moroccan Hammam Experience includes a treatment, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, make-up application and lunch or afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne; the perfect preparation for your night ahead.
Keep skin hydrated, stay on top of any break-outs and ensure you are eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and indulging skin to regular masks and overnight treatments.
Now is the time for your final cut and colour, giving any last minute changes time to settle before the day. And if you're opting for an ultra-chic and sleek style, a week will also allow plenty of time for your final Brazilian Blow Dry to set.
With your special day fast approaching it’s more important than ever to stay calm, even with maddening eleventh hour seating plan changes. Luxuriate in a warm bath with an atmospheric Diptyque candle. A gentle yoga or meditation class can also work wonders for soothing frazzled nerves.
“Eyelash extensions instantly give the illusion of a made-up eye without applying any other make-up,” says Brioni Irwin, Urban Retreat’s Expert Make-Up Artist, so pay a visit to The Eye Zone at Urban Retreat for beautiful brows and lashes. Eyebrow threading is perfect for creating your ideal brow shape, while lash extensions are the ultimate way to avoid smudged mascara during an emotional service. Urban Retreat’s Flutter Lash service offers instant impact without the need for mascara, and the expert lash technicians will tailor lash length and volume to you; lasting from two to four weeks they’re also a must for carefree honeymoon beauty.
Even professionally applied make-up requires a few touch-ups throughout the day, so prepare a beauty touch-up kit for your Maid of Honour to look after. For smudged mascara, Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown PRO Make-Up Artist, recommends “dabbing under the eyes with a cotton handkerchief, as a sweeping motion will shift your make-up and tissues can leave residue on the skin. Also carry some cotton buds to dab directly under the lower lashes.” Hannah also suggests packing the Bobbi Brown Face Mist to instantly refresh and rehydrate tired skin, adding, "a bit of a blush does wonders for reviving a tired-looking complexion. Finally, if you’re looking to reduce shine, carry some blotting papers to absorb any excess oil on the skin before re-powdering.”
Treat yourself to Urban Retreat’s Everlasting Manicure and Pedicure for beautifully shiny polish that lasts for up to two weeks - ideal, once again, for honeymoon beauty too. If you prefer to do your own nails CHANEL LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour creates the perfect finishing touch to your look.
The day before is not the time to try anything radically new, but give skin a boost with a gentle cleanse, tone, moisturise routine. In a perfect world, your skincare regime leading up to the big day will prevent any breakouts, but "if you get a blemish before your wedding, do not squeeze!” says Hannah; “this will only aggravate and irritate the blemish and it is much easier to conceal a bump than it is to conceal a scab.” A multi-tasking spot saviour, Bobbi Brown's Retouching Wand effortlessly blurs and conceals imperfections with a beautiful, airbrushed finish.
Perfectly prepped for the day ahead all that’s left to do is relax. Give your skin a final boost with an Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask then slip on an Otis Baterbee Eye Mask for a restful night of beauty sleep. Relax, and, most importantly, enjoy!