Everything for the look of love.
Mascara that won't run and other beauty products for the bride and groom
The Pink Bag Wedding Day Survival Gear
This pink bridal survival bag is tried and true. Keep it in the bridal dressing room and you and your bridal party will find everything you might need as you prepare for your big debut. Scissors to snip an errant thread? Sunscreen? Lip gloss? Band-Aid? Rolaids? Makeup remover? Hairbrush? Mirror? Shoeshine wipes? Chances are if you can think of it, it’s in there! minimus.biz ➤ $45
You want to dance until midnight—but oh, your aching feet! Face it: today’s slinky shoes are great, but combine the trend to go bare-legged with the wedding responsibilities of being on your feet for endlessly greeting, table-hopping, plus dancing the night away, and you’re talking major foot pain. Enter Life Fitness gel cushions, which pillow the balls of your feet, arch and/or heels in sweet comfort. Available at CVS stores. The heel cushions are ➤ $6.99 and the slim-fit insoles ➤ $9.99.
Fragrances – BridesMade to Order
Here’s a new way to honor the individuality of each of your lovely bridesmaids. Neil Morris, a niche perfumer who has been creating fragrances for private clients, including some of Westchester’s very own brides for more than 30 years, and whose own retail line currently sells at Takashimaya New York, is taking his fragrance show on the road. Morris has a traveling studio and meets one-on-one with brides and their bridal parties to create memorable fragrances for the special day. Morris chooses a selection of appropriate aromas from 700 fragrances, and he builds the fragrance directly on a person’s skin, from scents chosen by the individual, drop by drop until it becomes just the right customized scent. To schedule your fragrance session, visit neilmorrisfragrances.com. A sit-down with Morris starts at ➤ $500 (the session takes up to an hour and a half).
Take It Off!
No, we're not talking about the garter, but the mascara. And the very best product for taking off waterproof mascara (that doesn’t have to be melted off your eyelids) is esente’s Eye-Onizer Makeup Remover. It doesn’t irritate the eye like makeup pads do. It’s not oily or messy. It gently removes every last bit of mascara and other eye makeup, so you don’t wake up next to your new husband looking like a raccoon! Available at esente.com ➤ $14
It’s the best-kept-secret nail salon in Westchester. No bells, no whistles. It’s as basic as nail salons get, but Golden Nails (285 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, 914-997-1997) will make your finger and toe nails look spectacular with custom, hand-painted designs. You'll be able to wear your strappiest sandles with floral, roses, checkerboard, swirls – you name it – a true work of art (and the prices can’t be beat) ➤ $18 for pedicure and toenail painting.
Facial Touch Ups
Need filler to plump up cheekbones, lips, or to get rid of those little droopy lines around your mouth? Try Radiesse, calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel that is injected through the gums, or into the lips and cheeks to stimulate the body to produce new collagen, producing volume for a natural look that lasts. Three weeks will ensure that you look your best without bruising or after-effects. Andrew Kleinman, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon, Rye, is one of Westchester’s Radiesse treatment experts. (cosmeticsurgerywestchester.com)
Take Care of Your Hair
Do your touch-ups, hair highlights, color rinses, and hair moisturizing treatments one week prior to your wedding, so you will have time to make corrections, and to ensure the treatments are just right for that fabulous ‘do on your day! For an excellent moisturizing treatment, stop by J’s Personal Touch Hair Salon (1457 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, 914-965-3639). Ask Salon Owner Jay for her special Moroccan Oil Treatment. The oil originates from the Argon tree, a tree exclusive to Argana, an area in Southwestern Morocco, and has been used for centuries by Moroccan women to combat the effects of that hot climate on hair and nails. The treatment can be applied alone or with highlights or color.
So, who says your man can’t use a little facial pampering before the Big Day? Alford & Hoff Microdermabrasion formulation contains mild diamond-shaped magnesium oxide crystals that polish away dead, flaky cells without scratching or irritating the skin’s surface. It evens tone, and is said to diminish fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a younger complexion. He will look (and feel) so handsome bussing all his favorite aunties! It is available at Neiman Marcus ➤ $85
Is there a bride who doesn’t get dewy-eyed as she walks down the aisle, or a mother of the bride or mother of the groom who doesn’t tear up, for that matter? If you feel yourself starting to well up, makeup artist Joanna Rothschild suggests, “Think ‘broccoli!’ No one ever cries when they are thinking about broccoli!” If broccoli doesn’t do it for you, we put three waterproof mascaras to the test:
Kanebo International 38º C
Touted as thermo-sensitive mascara, it comes off only in 100.4ºF water and, while that appears to be correct—that water temperature was too hot on our eyelids when we tried to remove it. The applicator is very thin, as is the formulation, and doesn’t really comb out the lashes as you apply it. Available online at saksfifthavenue.com ➤ $21
It stayed on but it flaked like crazy at the end of the evening and even after we tried to get it off with makeup remover. Applicator is thick and cumbersome. Available at Wal-Mart and Walgreens ➤ $7.49.