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7 quick tricks for a beautiful body

1 May 2012

From bloat-inducing foods to avoid, to fast and cheap beauty routines you can do at home, check out these simple ways to look perfectly polished and camera-ready from head to toe.

Have a last-minute workout

While regular exercise is the best route to a great body, some last-minute toning before the ceremony can help your body look better. To accentuate any muscles on show and/or stomach muscles, give them a workout with some last-minute targeted exercises, such as crunches, lunges and bicep curls. The rush of blood to your muscles will temporarily tighten them up to leave them looking more defined. Not only that, the endorphins released by exercise will help you feel more self-confident and calm. So squeezing in a last minute session is well worth it!

Avoid gas and bloat-inducing foods

Although the best route to a flat stomach is an ongoing regime of healthy eating and exercise, you can cheat your way to a svelte frame prior to a special event with some careful eating. To prevent bloating, on your wedding day limit your intake of high-fibre foods, such as certain fruit and veg, beans and grains, which are renowned for causing intestinal gas. Also avoid salt, carbonated drinks and chewing gum, all of which can cause bloating.

Stock up on tummy-flattening foods

As well as avoiding certain foods, there are several foods you can incorporate into your diet to keep your tummy looking flat. To counteract bloating caused by salt overload in your diet, up your intake of potassium-rich foods such as bananas and dried fruit. Alternatively, get rid of excess gas by supplementing your meals with digestive enzymes (such as papain and bromelain) and taking charcoal capsules, which can help to soak up the gas and toxins that lead to bloating.

Sport some strategic underwear

While it may be “cheating”, we’re betting there isn’t a celeb out there that hasn’t employed a bit of help in the underwear department to create the perfect silhouette. If you’re looking to smooth out lumps or bumps, treat yourself to some slimming underwear to pull in any wobbly bits. Alternately, try a push up bra to help create a great cleavage or some padded knickers for a more voluptuous derriere. Be careful though, we don’t want you to look like a Barbie bride!

Become a bronzed beauty

Not only will a wash of colour make you look slimmer, but fake tan can also help disguise cellulite and blemishes and give you that A-list glow. With a bit of strategic bronzing you can easily create the illusion of toned body; to create the appearance of slimmer legs, apply a bit of bronzer down the sides of your legs and some shimmer lotion down your shins. For a better cleavage, dust some bronzer between your breasts and blend to create the illusion of shadow. Just be careful not to get any on your wedding whites!

Get a celebrity smile

If your pearly whites are looking a little off-colour you can still pull off a dazzling smile on your wedding photos with a couple of sneaky tricks. Firstly, to make your teeth look whiter try using a cool-toned red or pink lipstick with blue undertones, and steer clear of yellow or orange toned lipsticks which will emphasise yellow teeth. Secondly, dust a bit of bronzer on your face, which will not only give you a healthy glow but will also make your teeth stand out and give them a brighter whiter appearance; perfect for the wedding photos.

Create a flawless complexion

Spots have an annoying habit of popping up when they are least wanted and your wedding day is no exception. But the good news is there are many things you can do to create the illusion of perfect skin. If you have an inflamed, hard-to -cover spot, try applying an ice cube to the area for a couple of minutes before applying makeup, which will reduce the inflammation. To conceal and counteract redness, apply some green concealer or a bit of white eyeliner to the spot, under your usual makeup. Your guests will never know. Read more on getwed.com...
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