After quite a harsh winter for most of the country, we couldn’t be more thrilled that spring is in the air and wedding season is approaching! But before you step out into the sunshine, be sure to treat yourself to some of these lovely spring beauty products. Exfoliating scrubs, body washes, and anti-aging creams are just a few of our editors’ picks this season that will keep brides looking flawless and fresh-faced for all of their upcoming wedding events.
An excellent idea for bridesmaid gifts, the Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection by Crabtree & Evelyn offers a variety of bath and body products that feature a fruity-and-floral springtime scent. Brides and bridesmaids can start their morning routines with the gentle cleansing body wash, then choose between the lightweight body lotion or whipped body soufflé to moisturize, and finish with the aromatic eau de toilette for a sensual and smooth essence all day long. Pictured from L-R: body lotion ($22), body wash ($20), body soufflé ($36), and eau de toilette ($47); crabtree-evelyn.com.
We encourage brides to consider Clinique’s Lash Power Feathering Mascara for gorgeous lashes that will flutter throughout their entire wedding days. This brand-new, must-have product features a clump-resistant formula and a soft brush that work together to achieve longer and fuller lashes for up to 12 hours with no flaking or smudging. Perfect for outdoor ceremonies and tropical honeymoons, the mascara is resistant to tears and sweat, as well as pool and ocean water. $17.50; clinique.com.
The Sweet Tea Whipped Body Scrub by FarmHouse Fresh is the perfect way for brides to relax on a warm spring day. Inspired by the iconic vision of sipping a sweetened ice tea on a Southern porch, this refreshing scrub features an herbal scent with notes of peach, ginger, orchid, and white teas. The product’s shea butter ingredient leaves skin feeling hydrated while sugar grains and peach stone powder exfoliate skin for an enticingly smooth result. The 90% natural formula is also gluten free. $34; 888.773.9626, farmhousefreshgoods.com.
Spring calls for a high-intensity lip color that will accessorize a bride’s everyday brights and wedding whites. Maybelline New York “Color Elixir” offers just this in enticing shades such as Rose Redefined. With the color of a lipstick, the care of a balm, and the shine of a gloss, this three-in-one product is perfect for busy brides-to-be. The smoothing applicator wand provides a polished, even application to lips whether brides are on the go or in the bridal suite. $8.99; available at mass-market retailers nationwide.
To achieve youthful looking skin at any age, we love Resvology with 4-AR Molecule’s Age Corrective Wrinkle Treatment and Age Corrective Eye Cream. The 4-AR molecule – also known as the "youth molecule" and the only stabilized form of resveratrol – is capable of activating 85 skin genes to produce radiant skin just in time for the big day. The wrinkle treatment deeply moisturizes and rejuvenates skin to reduce wrinkles, while the eye cream lifts, firms, and tightens skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. Age Corrective Wrinkle Treatment ($129) and Age Corrective Eye Cream ($89); resvology.com.
To protect your skin from premature aging as well as skin cancer, we recommend always using an SPF during prolonged sun exposure. Keep Erbaviva Sunscreen at an arm’s reach for an outdoor ceremony and reception, throw it into welcome bags for a destination wedding, or pack the 2.5 oz. bottle in your honeymoon suitcase. The SPF 30 product with UVA and UVB protection features a naturally crafted, light and silky formula (that won’t leave white residue), and it’s free from unwanted chemicals. $22; erbaviva.com.
To achieve a timeless makeup look on your wedding day, take note of actress Christina Hendricks’s character on Mad Men, Joan Harris. Celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali uses HD Blush by Make Up For Ever in shade 210 Cool Pink to achieve her sexy on-camera look, which also deems perfect for springtime nuptials. The light and creamy formula blends seamlessly into skin and gives brides a radiant wedding-day glow. $26; now available at Sephora and makeupforever.com.
For those busy days leading up to weddings that are packed with fittings and cake tastings, brides often don’t have the time to wash their locks. For moments like these, we suggest “One More Day” Dry Shampoo by Philip Kingsley to transform day-old hair into visibly fresh tresses. Simply spray onto roots, leave in for ten seconds, and massage the light-weight formula into the scalp and surrounding strands to reduce excess dirt, oil, and odor while also providing volume, texture, and shine. $25; philipkingsley.com.
Gleam Body Radiance by Melanie Mills gives women the highly sought after face-and-body glow they’ve been searching for. The all-in-one makeup, moisturizer, and glow provides brides with velvety complexions that maintain radiance throughout the day – and look absolutely flawless in wedding photographs. With four shades available to achieve varying levels of coverage, Gleam also enhances natural skin tones, diminishes flaws, fills wrinkles, and tightens the skin for a gleaming appearance. $15-40; 818.248.5565, gleambymelaniemills.com.
Opening photograph by Harwell Photography