Posted by Alison Rowe 02/16/11 at 05:56PM
To prove it, we chatted with makeup artists Sonia Lee and Coleen Campbell-Olwell to get their top grooming tips. (Oh, and just so ya know, they prepped screen hunks Hugh Dancy and Dominic Cooper for appearances at Sundance. So they know a thing or two about making guys look smokin'. Tough job, huh?) Here's what they said:
Tip 1: Have your guy get a facial a week before your wedding, as "dead skin cells can make skin look tired and dehydrated," says Campbell-Olwell. If that's a little too "girly" for him, he can opt instead to use a gentle exfoliating mask at home, or he can massage his face lightly using a washcloth and basic cleanser. Follow with a light moisturizer. (Try Votre Vu Men's Daily Face Creme SPF 15 , $33).
Tip 2: Tell him to "trim those long hairs growing from [his] eyebrows, ears and nose," says Campbell-Olwell -- yeah, you know the ones she's talking about.
Tip 3: His hands will be photographed a lot (hello, new shiny ring) so make sure they look good, says Lee. He should use clippers to cut his nails (biting or tearing is not acceptable), and Campbell-Olwell suggests he use moisturizer on his dry cuticles each day for the week leading up to the wedding.
Tip 4: If your guy is getting a haircut before the wedding, suggest he go five days to a week beforehand, says Lee. That way, it will have time to "settle" and won't have that freshly cut look.
Tip 5: Shaving the night before means he'll be rash free on the big day. Campbell-Olwell recommends having him put a hot washcloth on his face to soften the hair before he whips out the razor, or try using Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Face Scrub, $5.99 instead. Both will give him a closer shave. Note: If your guy has a heavy dark beard, shaving the night before might not be an option. Just be sure he uses a fresh razor, shaving cream and properly warms up his face before shaving to avoid irritation.
Tip 6: If he happens to breakout before the big day (this tip will work for you, too), he can "take an ice cube and wet it (so it doesn't stick to [his] skin) and gently rub it on the pimple for at least 30 seconds," says Campbell-Olwell. "This will take down the inflammation. Then dab on some benzoyl peroxide acne medication like Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 Maximum Strength, $4.99) and [the] pimple should soon disappear."
Tip 7: Before you take the first picture, lend him a blotting sheet or two, she says. A few dabs on his forehead, chin, nose and cheeks and he'll look shine free in all the photos.
Tip 8: If he's super pale and wants a little "pick me up," he may want to consider using a gradual self-tanner for his face, suggests Campbell-Olwell. "I would recommend Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer, $8.99 -- it's oil free and won't cause him to break out. Try using it two weeks before [the] wedding for a few days, and if [he] likes the extra color, great! It should look natural and not too tan -- just a shade darker than [his] natural skin tone." (We're not talking George Hamilton here.) "Remember to exfoliate before for an even application," she says.
And don't forget, just like you, he should stay consistent with any products he uses leading up to the wedding to ensure he'll be "reaction free" on the big day.
If an emergency does strike, be prepared with the items in this wedding beauty survival kit.
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