Illustrations by Bella Foster
Dr. Nathan Newmann, Beverly Hills, CA
“The Stem Cell Lift is ideal for brides-to-be and their moms because it is a scar free, knife-free procedure performed under local anesthesia and the results are natural,” says Newmann. During the procedure, the patient’s own fat is harvested, and using a patent-pending process, the number of stem cells are doubled or tripled before the fat is repositioned back in the face. “Brides are ready for their big day in just four weeks from the procedure. They look better but not ‘done.’”
Dr. Davis B. Nguyen, Beverly Hills, CA
“No mom wants a ‘turkey’ neck in the wedding photos, so naturally, face lifts are the first choice for moms. A good time to do this is six months before the wedding to ensure ample time for healing,” says Nguyen. “One of the most popular and common procedures for brides is the Endoscopic brow lift. The endoscopic approach, combined with fibrin glue, eliminates scars and results in faster healing—reduced from three weeks to three days. Most importantly, the results are extremely natural.”
“In terms of non-invasive procedures, brides and their moms dread sunken eyes with dark circles, so almost all of my bridal patients, both brides-to-be and moms, see me for under-eye-filler (Restylane and Juvederm) one month before the wedding.”
Dr. Rebecca Giles, Malibu, CA
“For brides, it really depends on how many months we have before the big day,” says Giles. “If we have a lot of time, I like to map out a plan with several different aspects, laser, injectables, facials…As for quick-fixes, the hyaluronan fillers are great. Two weeks before the wedding it’s pretty safe to inject them. And if the bride isn’t happy with the results, these fillers are easily removed with hyaluronidase. Botox is trickier. I would never recommend trying injectables for the first time so close to a major event where photographs will be taken.”
“Mothers of the bride tend to go for more aggressive procedures if they are months out from the wedding: think laser resurfacing—either ablative or not. They also like fillers and Botox, too.”
“My best advice is to embark on a treatment plan early—go for a consultation right after getting engaged. I have no scientific basis for saying this, but a relaxed patient heals faster and better than an anxious one, in my experience.”
Dr. Norman Leaf, Beverly Hills, CA
“There are two new procedures that seem to be tailor-made for pre-nuptial touch-ups,” says Leaf. “The new Ulthera machine treatment, an ultra-sound treatment that tightens skin and deeper tissues without surgery, lasers or acids. It’s particularly useful for the jowls and the neck, but the forehead area can be substantially improved as well. There is virtually no downtime and the collagen that’s created by the treatment gives a secondary boost six months after treatment.”
“[The other procedure is] our proprietary Intensive Vita-Infusion Facial. This consists of an hour-long facial…and a unique other modality: while you are relaxing and having your face pampered, your entire body is being nourished and strengthened by an intravenous infusion of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients administered by one of our registered nurses. You emerge with renewed energy, boosted immune system, and a glowing face.”
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Above, clockwise from top left: 1. Chanel Quartz, chanel.com; $25. 2. Dolce & Gabbana Chocolate, saks.com; $20. 3. Orly Sea Gurl, orlybeauty.com; $7.50. 4. Chanel Peridot, chanel.com; $25. 5. Butter London Wallis, butterlondon.com; $14. 6. OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, at Ulta; $8.50.
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Illustration by Bella Foster
“The brush is supercompact, lightweight, and easy to use,” says Dick Page, Shiseido Makeup’s artistic director. “I also use it to apply cream blush.”
Photo by Stuart Tyson
In the early 2000s, a Princess-Di style came with copious amounts of layers. Unfortunately, said layers had a reunion and basically did the same thing they did the first time. So, I've basically resigned to being blunt-cutted ever since. However, earlier this week I came to discover that my hair can handle layering; it just needs to be cut correctly.
When I sat down at the chair of my long-time hairstylist Valery Joseph, I found that I had no choice in whether I wanted to discover this to be true or not. “We need a change,” he said, when our eyes met in his mirror. “Either we do something different, or we’re breaking up.” Uh...snap? He was right, though. So, next thing I knew, my head was upside down and he was slashing all this under-hair (what would you call it?) away with a razor. “It’s a technique I’ve been working on,” Val explained. “It gives a lightness to the hair, and you can part it anywhere you want.” He was right. I could. And my hair does feel lighter. Now, if only Val’s technique worked on thighs.
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A rose is a rose, but don’t tell that to Lynn Emmolo and Sandy Cataldo. Their fragrance line offers 12 unique takes on the flower. The first three—primrose and peony-tinged Iced White; berry, neroli, and wood-accented Gold Rush; and Shakespeare in Love, with jasmine, gardenia, and pear—launch this month (at Neiman Marcus; $95).
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What does the color blue smell like? According to Giorgio Armani, its olfactory equivalent is a blend of chocolate, incense, and iris. Armani/Privé La Femme Bleue, the designer’s latest fragrance, was inspired by his spring-summer 2011 collection, which was dominated by a slew of navy dresses. Only 1,000 bottles will be sold, each for $600. Does that qualify as demi-couture? (at select Giorgio Armani boutiques and Bergdorf Goodman, New York)
Illustration by Stina Persson
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