Look youthful and well-rested when you walk down the aisle.
makeup basics rebecca hollis

The skin around our eyes is very telling: It crinkles up when we smile and laugh, but it swells and darkens when we're stressed or exhausted. Because the area surrounding the orbital bone has no oil glands, it's often where we see the first signs of aging and/or stressed skin. There isn't a bride on this earth that doesn't spend sleepless nights worrying about the wedding details, so some makeup artists need to work a little harder to make sure their brides look refreshed and rested.

Here are some tips to prepare your eye area before the wedding, which will help you to look healthy and awake, and will allow your eye makeup and concealer to be applied more evenly.

Lay off the salt.

This is good advice for a variety of reasons, but you will see a noticeable difference once you make an effort to reduce your sodium intake. Too much sodium causes the body to retain water, which will make your whole face look puffy. If you tend to get bags under your eyes after eating sodium-rich foods, a few weeks of no salt will make a world of difference.

Drink a ton of water.

This is the oldest and most common advice that you hear when it comes to health, wellness, and beauty, but seeing is believing. You will see big results as soon as you start drinking enough H20 each day. Your skin will look vibrant and plump and your under-eye area will not look dehydrated or puffy, as the water will flush out sodium and prevent water retention. Also, make sure to drink even more water after you have consumed coffee or alcohol, which counteracts the benefits of the water.

Use eye cream twice a day.

Applying eye cream twice a day is the gold standard, but most women are lucky if they remember it just once. As your wedding day approaches, you need to give your eye area extra TLC. Pop an anti-puffing, tightening eye gel in the fridge and grab that each morning while you drink your coffee. To make sure you use your eye cream before bed, place a reparative, hydrating formula on your nightstand so you have no reason not to put some on before you fall asleep. This routine should ideally begin once you get engaged, but starting it even a month or two before the big day will prove fruitful.


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