Get ready for the wedding season. Kicking off the spring-summer bridal wave is first daughter and former party-girl-turned-author Jenna Bush. The first twin is getting married this weekend in Crawford, Texas, at the Bush family ranch.
Miss Bush will wear an Oscar De La Renta gown, a favorite designer of her mother, first lady Laura. It's rumored that her dress is made of organza, with some embroidery and beading.
For her "house party" of 14 as they say in Texas, designer Lela Rose has made silk crinkle chiffon cocktail-length dresses in a rainbow of colors to match the colors of Texas wildflowers. Each dress is unique in design — some halter, others strapless, all adorned with silk flowers and a sash. Rose, a Texas native, says it's common to see more color in southern weddings than what you would conventionally see on the East Coast.
However, not all brides have the luxury of getting hitched while their dad is president. But most brides would agree that planning a wedding is time-consuming and overwhelming. What bride doesn't need at least some help when it comes to looking her very best on her big day?
Even celebrities who are used to being in the spotlight need help with their hair and makeup when it's their turn to walk down the aisle. Celebrity makeup artist Nicole Williams has worked with performers Mary J. Blige and L'il Kim, who need to look their very best at every hour on stage.
Williams has never made up Jenna Bush's face but is familiar with the challenging climate of Texas. She says she wouldn't be surprised if Jenna replaced traditional liquid foundation with an airbrush formula. The technique is seen flawless by most cosmetic artists.
"It will keep [on] all day long and doesn't have to be touched up."
Airbrushing virtually guarantees your makeup will stay in place and won't streak. And you won't need to worry about foundation for your wedding day if your skin is in tip-top shape.
According to Cherie Buziak, a licensed esthetician, brides should start preparing for their wedding by taking a very close look at their skin.
"As you order your gown, look at your skin and consider things you want to improve," says Buziak, who runs her own beauty consulting company called Beauty Edge Inc.
She also suggests setting up a skin care regimen around the time to place the dress order.
Try buying a package of facials at a spa (they're often cheaper as a package), or visiting a dermatologist if you have specific skin issues, like acne or broken capillaries. If you can't afford to visit a spa, you can easily keep your skin looking fresh and healthy at home.
Buziak likes the over-the-counter peeling kits, including one from MD Skincare that can be found at skinstore.com. She also recommends steaming your face with water and lemon oil, which is available at most health food stores.
Planning ahead and being consistent with your routine are key — whether you do at-home facials or head to a spa.
"You don't want to do anything at the last minute," says Buziak.
And don't forget about the back and chest area, especially if you are wearing a low-cut dress. Buziak also recommends pre-booking a dermatologist appointment for two days before your wedding. This way, if you discover a nasty zit, you won't have to treat it with Windex, like in the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Dermatologists can reduce redness and inflammation by injecting medicine directly into the pimple.