We are all about the groom beauty tips today on the blog! I love my beauty products, coconut oil is a wonderous moisturiser for absolutely anything and hair treats, always happy to try new ones. However not the same for hubby ……. at all. I love him, but boy does Mr T go all caveman when you mention male grooming, including me running around the house after him like a Benny Hill sketch, trying to attack him with moisturiser.
But every now and then when I have treated myself to a new and expensive beauty treat, I visit the pot to find that a far amount of it gone! When questions Mr T always admits that he has used it, but in the completely wrong area for the wrong thing AND “you told me to moisturise”!
To fathom this out, today’s guest blogger and beauty expert Carey Hawkins is going to share with us her expert mail grooming tips.
Carey: “There is one thing I commonly hear said in the run up to a Wedding by all the ladies “don’t the men have it easy!” For most men the morning of the wedding involves nothing more than a shower, shave, splash of cologne and into the suit.
So gentlemen, show the ladies there is more to it! There are plenty ‘non girly’ beauty preparations that a man can do too, ensuring that he looks his best for his girl in the photos and to feel great too!
Here are my top five easy to follow ideas to try:
1.) At least a couple of months before the wedding invest in some good skincare.
This does not have to be expensive to improve the texture and look of the skin. Mens skin benefits greatly from a once weekly face scrub/exfoliate. Try the amazing Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant for super clean skin and double up for a smoother shave too. After shaving try The Real Shave Company Soothing Balm. Calming, natural and no chemical nasties. Don’t forget around the eyes. L’Oreal Men Expert Vita Lift 5 eye roll on – a fantastic roller ball eye gel – a doddle to use and feels good too! And lastly sun cream. No one wants to see the Groom with a red nose so take care in the sun leading up to the wedding. Choose a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15 or invest in a facial sunblock.
2.) The lead up to a wedding is stressful for the men too!!
Look after yourself from the inside out with a good multi-vitamin (Vitabiotics Wellman Original is great) benefiting not only the bodies energy levels but the skin too. Don’t forget that the best and simplest thing for your skin is to drink water and lots of it. Beer does not count!
3.) Don’t shy away from make up.
I am not talking ‘Boy George’ but a concealer or an anti-shine product will keep you looking fresh in all your photos. Having worked in television/film for years – all those lovely male presenters you see all wear make up (especially the footballers!) to help them look better under the harsh studio lighting. Ask for help from a female friend or your ‘wife to be’s’ Make Up Artist, who would be delighted to help/advise. I recommend Mac Matte (an invisible anti-shine product) and their Blot Film papers that will keep your skin fresh even in the heat of the French summer. Remember all you want to do is correct not add visible make up to the skin.
4.) Don’t forget those hands.
Your hands will be on show and photographed with the rings. Use a hand cream every evening before bed (Nivea Hand Age Defying Q10 is excellent and not greasy) and massage into hands and around cuticles. Or even better treat yourself to a relaxing manicure and have those nails buffed to a healthy shine.
5.) Stress! Weddings are stressful and this can affect you and your looks before the big day.
Take some time out to be with each other and talk about your hopes and dreams for the future. The main reason for your wedding can get lost in all the planning and preparation. A lovely evening out together as a couple should be in the diary before your big day. Also treat you and your partner to a relaxing massage. Many of the salons now do ‘his and hers’ treatments which are great fun and you can spend some quality time together too.
Just remember that you too also have to look at your photographs for years to come, so try some of the above to ensure you are every bit the handsome groom!”
I shall be printing these out and may place it on Mr T’s computer as this is great advice not just for weddings days, but anywhere your gorgeous man is going to be in front of a camera.
Guest Blogger: Carey Hawkins is a Make Up Artist and Hairstylist living in France and has worked with brides for the past 10 years, as well as working on a wide range of films and TV. For more information visit: www.careyhawkinsmakeup.com