The moment the engagement is official, book in with the dentist: more extensive alterations such as Invisalign braces can take at least a year to complete. Whitening, however, can be done just one month prior. For a dazzling wedding-ready smile, Dr Rhona Eskander, cosmetic dentist and owner of Chelsea Dental Clinic, recommends Philips Zoom. ‘Patients can choose between in-clinic and at-home whitening, both of which achieve clinically proven results.’ But she does caution against some whitening toothpastes: ‘They contain abrasive particles and can damage the enamel.’ Finally, Eskander advises investing in an electric toothbrush such as the Philips Sonicare to help remove surface stains, and the AirFloss to dislodge plaque. Whitening, from £400. chelseadentalclinic.co.uk
For an ultra-luxurious, completely bespoke fragrance experience, look to Penhaligon’s. Over the course of a year, the bride will create her own eau de parfum in partnership with world-leading Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, whose high profile scents include Calvin Klein CK One, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò and Marc Jacobs Daisy. The finished product comes in two 200ml crystal bottles – and an impossibly chic travel atomiser. £35,000 at Harrods Salon de Parfums. harrods.com
KISS AND MAKE-UP
Now’s the time to contact your desired make-up artist to check availability and to book a trial. Hannah Martin, the grande dame of bridal make-up with three royal weddings under her belt, advises meeting for a trial six months in advance. ‘Feel free to ask to try a couple of different looks if you aren’t totally decided on the effect you want,’ she explains. ‘It’s sometimes much easier to see what you don’t want than to try and verbalise what you do want.’ POA. [email protected]
A radical colour transformation can take months to perfect, so be sure to allow ample time. ‘I like to practise regular appointments with small tweaks,’ explains Josh Wood, a world-renowned colourist and founder of his eponymous Holland Park atelier. ‘The earlier you start your colour conversation, the more spread out the appointments can be.’ Wood prefers to hold the final appointment seven to 10 days prior to the wedding.
For those longing for more length, regular trims are essential: ‘This will ensure the ends of the hair stay strong, as opposed to leaving longer periods of time when breakage can occur,’ explains Nicholas Hardwick, a principal stylist at Josh Wood. Depending on hair length and condition, Hardwick will advise having a ‘micro trim’ every six to 12 weeks. When it comes to wedding day styling, Hardwick’s cool-girl waves have become cult among a host of celebrities. joshwoodcolour.com
For a whimsical updo, look to society favourite Ivan Ferreira (ivanferreirahair.com); and for a glamorous Beverly Hills blow-out, as seen on the Ralph & Russo couture runway, Larry King is the cream of the crop. larryking.co.uk
BEAM ME UP
For blissful hair-free frivolity throughout your wedding and honeymoon, head to the Mallucci clinic in Knightsbridge for laser hair removal. Depending on the area of the body and one’s hair colour and thickness, it can take up to eight treatments to achieve the desired results, and a gap of four to six weeks is required between each session. The sharp discomfort is more than worth the results. From £100. mallucci-london.com
KICK THE HABIT
Whether it be smoking or nail biting, now’s the time to quit. Harley Street-based advanced clinical hypnotherapist, Fiona Lamb (from £250, fionalamb.com), requires just one or two therapy sessions to break an undesirable habit, while Jessica Boston, a straight-talking and good-humoured cognitive and clinical hypnotherapist, prefers a minimum of three. From £150. jessicaboston.com
LET THERE BE LIGHT
In the run-up to her wedding day, Princess Eugenie visited The Light Salon, and for very good reason: light therapy performs anti-ageing wonders by boosting collagen and elastin production, while brightening and plumping, and treating everything from acne to rosacea. Its healing properties also reduce the downtime for treatments such as microneedling, laser or peels. From £35. thelight-salon.com
Three-time Olympian, personal trainer and founder of Roar Fitness, Sarah Lindsay believes ‘you can achieve almost anything in 12 weeks’. The results-driven, high-performance gyms in Shoreditch and the City (Roar Kensington is due to open this year) attract fashion names such as Christopher Kane and Pixie Geldof, and are renowned for their radical before-and-after body transformations (just take a look at their Instagram @roarfitnessldn). From £3,287. roar-fitness.com
Jason Reynolds, head of fitness at Lanserhof at The Arts Club, emphasises that strength training is a nuptial prerequisite: ‘Having an increased muscle mass helps to create a feminine silhouette that will only be accentuated by a well-fitted wedding dress.’ This super-slick Mayfair medi gym also offers 3D body scanning to monitor progress and cryotherapy to aid recovery. lanserhof.com
BLINK OF AN EYE
When it comes to brows (and lashes), ‘make sure you have tried and tested everything,’ advises Vanita Parti, CEO and Founder of Blink Brow Bar, the brow specialists adored by beauty editors far and wide. Find a therapist that you like and trust, and stick with them in the months leading up to the wedding; that way, you can avoid any unwanted surprises.
If toying with the idea of microblading, a form of semi-permanent tattooing, or lamination, a restructuring treatment designed for unruly brows, it is advisable to try it out six months in advance, in case it doesn’t suit. bbb-london.com
DEFINE & CONQUER
Pay ‘The Cellulite Slayer’ a visit. Tetyana Probyy-Holova, a judo champion turned body-sculpting massage extraordinaire, can tackle even the most stubborn problem areas. Whether it is one’s back or thighs that are in need of some attention, Tetyana’s powerful combination of lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage and cupping will transform the body beyond all recognition. At the beginning and end of each treatment, she will measure the width of various points on the body: the diminishing numbers speak volumes for the treatment’s effectiveness.
Although the results are visible after just an initial session, one treatment per week during the final countdown will guarantee lost inches, as well as a reduction in cellulite and an improvement in overall skin quality. From £120. celluliteslayer.com
For impossibly glossy, healthy-looking wedding day locks, look no further than Salon Sloane. The Hair Filler treatment will hydrate, repair and add all-important volume. For maximum effect, the salon recommends two treatments in the first month and one top-up. From £60. salonsloane.com
Amanda Griggs, nutritionist at The Khera-Griggs Cleanse Clinic, advises cutting down on alcohol: ‘It can cause inflammation and irritation to your gut which can lead to bloating, and blotchiness and redness in the skin.’ To avoid further bloating she recommends cutting out simple carbohydrates, carbonated drinks, fried food and chewing gum, in addition to high-fibre foods such as beans and lentils. Finally, Briggs warns against eating when anxious. ‘Eating too fast can lead to overeating as it takes around 20 minutes for your tummy to signal to your brain that it’s full.’ urbanretreat.co.uk
Beauty sleep is no myth. Invest in a Slip silk pillowcase (from £85, slipsilkpillowcase.co.uk) to reduce tension on the skin, mist with This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£19.50, thisworks.com), and enjoy eight hours of uninterrupted, restorative slumber.
This article was originally published in the Tatler Wedding Guide 2020
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