Perhaps, the big day is over, but what shall follow is a series of post wedding dinners, luncheons and evening parties; meaning you really cannot bid adieu (even for a day) to the make-up kit just yet.
Countless layers of makeup products and loads of hairspray and pins are used to make one look no less than a queen on her big day, but as events pass, these products can build up and cause skin problems, and lead to hair fall.
The temptation to hit the bed after an exhaustive day sounds appealing, but that is the recipe for future skin maladies, which afflicts almost all new brides, one way or the other.
BREAKING IT ALL DOWN
A simple facewash is not enough to remove all makeup, let alone remove the traces. When you have layers, start off with an oil based cleanser, or Micellar water. These help to break the makeup down, making it easier to remove. Apply it all over the face, neck, behind the ears, and all other places you have makeup on.
Different cleansers are removed differently, so read the instructions on the one you have just purchased, or found in your wedding trousseau.
For Micellar waters, use cotton pads to remove the gunk, even if some can be washed away with water only. Swipe them on, let them sit, and then swipe again; do not rub as it will irritate the skin.
As an extra step, one can start off with using steam to open up their pores to allow the cleanser to do its job more efficiently.
EXTRA ATTENTION FOR THE EYES
Wedding eye makeup comprises waterproof elements, like eyeliners and mascaras, and false lashes.
First of all, soak two large cotton balls in eye-makeup remover. Let them cover the eyes for a while.
After 15-20 seconds, slowly rotate the cotton pads and discard. Now you can pull out the fake lashes and proceed with cleaning the rest of the eye makeup.
This is time consuming, but necessary, and goes recommended, as it removes most of the makeup without distressing the sensitive nature of the eyelids.
FOLLOW UP WITH THE LIPS
In the same way as before, soak another cotton ball in an oil based cleanser, as without it, pigmented lipsticks cannot be fully removed.
Take cotton pads and swipe them all over the face to make sure you have removed every last trace of makeup. Make sure to cover the eye areas to prevent mascara residue from appearing the next morning.
Now you can finally go in with your regular face wash, and follow up with a toner and moisturiser like you normally would on a daily basis.
SOME EXTRA CARE
Extra care never hurts, especially when it is for the skin. If you still have energy left in you, follow up with a hydrating serum, or a sheet mask before finally hitting the bed. The smoother your skin is, the better your makeup will go on the next day.
No matter how tired you may be, a quick shower will help you freshen up. Besides, your body needs the moisture after dealing with all the chemicals on your skin.
Take a hot bath instead of a quick shower. Drop in some essential oils of choice or bath salts to de-stress from the hectic day and prepare for busier times ahead.
Understandably, it is hard to let go of that glammed up look we have been dreaming of for so long, but we can always get a new makeover the next day. Let us not sleep in it, for the sake of our own skins. Leave it away from the bed for the sake of your healthy skin and naturally beautiful hair.
Photo: Prito Reza, Wedding Diary Bangladesh