Style Files: Justine Santaniello’s beauty tips for the bride to be

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Justine Santaniello

Justine’s Tips:

Your smile is going to be your most important accessory for your wedding so you want to make sure you start in advance to get the smile you want. Start with your lips. Take care of your lips each night by applying a generous coat of Vaseline.  Rub it over your lips in a circular motion with a wet washcloth to exfoliate and soften your lips at the same time.

Start using whitening toothpaste now in conjunction with whitening strips and, of course, if you want to splurge you can get your teeth professionally whitened. Just make sure not to go too overboard on whitening because it can become almost too prominent in photos. I recommend getting a professional whitening about 6 months before so your teeth aren’t too artificially white the day of.  If you want to change something about your smile, check out Invisalign. I’m actually finishing up my treatment now and I couldn’t be happier I’ll have my perfect smile for my wedding.

Once I got engaged I started a new skincare regimen right away. The reason I recommend starting early is because it gives you time to see results.  You want to choose a regimen based on your skin type and, if you have any special skin conditions, its best to see a dermatologist first. For women with normal to combination skin, here is what I’m doing that has really shown results. Make a plan for both day and night. You may want to introduce a toner and a serum. In the morning I use toner, serum, and then I layer my moisturizer over the serum. Using just a facial moisturizer alone is not going to penetrate into the skin the way you need it to. Facial moisturizers mostly sit on top of the skin and protect us from things like wind, smog, pollution — which is important — but serum will penetrate into the skin for  deep moisturization.  Make sure to apply an eye cream as well. At night, after washing your face, use a midnight recovery serum. Night is when the skin naturally regenerates itself, so this is the perfect opportunity to use a recovery serum. Exfoliate about twice a week to remove dead skin cells and allow your lotions and serums to do their job.

Now that your face is cared for, it’s time to move on to your body. Set up the right diet and exercise plan. I know it sounds obvious to work out on a regular basis, but in addition to tightening and firming your body, it also helps to detox your skin. It also give you energy, which you need for wedding planning. As a bonus, it releases endorphins to keep your stress low and keep you happy. I recommend adding weights to your workout routine. Some simple dumbbells are not going to bulk you up, but they will make all the difference between toned arms and that little bit of arm fat. If you plan on wearing a strapless or backless dress, in addition to these arm workouts, you can also use a toning & firming formula like Soap & Glory The Firminator. This gel is for your arms and it tones, exfoliates and even blurs away back-of-the-arm bumps. Make sure to exfoliate your body about twice a week and keep it moisturized. You don’t want dry skin on your wedding day. Don’t forget to eat right, especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on green vegetables, fruit and lots of water – which appease food cravings and benefit your skin. Watch out for carbs, fried foods, and too much alcohol. It makes your skin puffy and dry.

Work with your hairstylist to map out your hair care plan. I know most of us want shiny, healthy looking hair. Start weekly treatments at home. An easy one is to mix your favorite conditioner and mashed-up avocado. The creaminess of the avocado will increase your hair’s silkiness. Start these treatments months before your wedding to get the full effect. Also look for shampoos and conditioners infused with olive oil. The oil helps tone down frizz and boost shine. Of course if you want to splurge, you can always go to your salon and have your stylist give you a customized conditioning treatment for your hair type.

If you  don’t have the long lashes you always wanted, consider false lashes. If you don’t want to look overdone, apply half lashes in the outer corners of your eyes. Longer lashes will enhance the shape of your eyes.  If you want something that lasts longer you can always try RapidLash.  You should have your brows shaped as they can mold your whole face. Your salon will offer suggestions for the best brow shape according to your face. You want to start shaping appointments about  six months out, waiting three to four weeks between sessions. Schedule your last shaping a month before the wedding in case you need to grow out any areas.

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