VIDEO: ‘Face’ time with randy

By Novia McDonald-Whyte jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, October 05, 2013

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Renowned bridal expert and author Randy Fenoli was recently on The Rock as the special guest of Kingston Bridal Week.


During his whirlwind visit and hectic commitments, Under the Dryer was able to catch up with the very affable New York-based star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, Randy Knows Best, and Randy to the Rescue at the spa oasis of Marie Hall-Smith’s The Face Place — to pick his brain on the how-tos of staving off wedding day blues and why, for such a festive occasion, sparkles aren’t always a great idea.


Under the Dryer (UTD): How instrumental are spa treatments in counteracting the stresses associated with the ‘big day’?


Randy Fenoli (RF): Well, I think weddings, in general, can be really stressful events — if we allow them (to) — it’s really important to be well prepared. A nice spa treatment is a great way to start the day. It gets everyone off to a really nice start; everybody’s relaxed; they’re together; it’s very zen.


You should be able to enjoy your wedding day, and if you’re not in the right frame of mind — something a nice massage could easily take care of — then you might be a little anxious.


What you really want to do on this day is to be in the moment. They say pictures last forever. They don’t. Memories do. So many brides rush up the aisle and they forget to just take a little time to make a memory.


UTD: What treatment should you never leave for the day before or the day itself?


RF: You don’t want to leave a facial too close to your wedding day. It should be done several days before the wedding, just in case you break out from the procedure or anything like that.


A chemical peel is a treatment I’ve always been interested in; it clears the whole skin. That should be done a month in advance, though; definitely not the day before. With regard to Botox, I’ve heard it takes about a week to settle in, but I would not suggest getting Botox the first time before you’re getting married.


If you’re going to do Botox, I would recommend at least six months prior to the special day or even a year, just to see how it works on your face or to see how your face reacts to the procedure; because you may end up looking like the Joker, if you get the wrong job done. Remember, always go to a reputable place! Personally, I like to see expressions, you know.


So on your wedding day you want to see the tears and the joys and the smiles. I don’t think a bride’s face should be frozen from Botox. If she wants to preserve it before and after, I’m okay with that — but on her wedding day I want to see her emotions.


UTD: What treatments would be perfect for a bride and groom respectively?


RF: You know what? Here’s the thing; so many guys have this hang-up about getting a manicure and a pedicure; they need to just get over it!


Their hands are going to be closely photographed during the exchange of the rings, so in order to get a really nice shot, they need to have presentable nails.


This is your wedding day and your hands are a very important part of it. You’re joining hands with your significant other and you are sliding a ring on that finger, most likely. Your hands will be photographed a lot so they need to be looking good.


There’s nothing wrong with a guy having a really nice manicure and buffed nails. A pedicure as well is a must, because after the wedding, guess what, you’re probably going to a beautiful destination like Jamaica and you’re going to be on the beach; and you don’t want some gnarly toes. So men need to get over some of that.


If they have hairy backs, they could maybe try a body wax or something like that. In any case, both bride and groom need to be well groomed and looking their best, as this will probably be the day that they are photographed most — in their lifetime, and especially together.


So if the bride is getting all these treatments done and the groom’s just coming in with a hangover and not going to get his nails done or anything else, then he’s not going to be a very good frame for the picture of the bride.


UTD: What nail colours do you think best complement a white or ivory gown?


RF: I prefer a nude nail, or a very soft pink or flesh-toned polish, and though I’m personally not a fan — maybe even a French manicure.


The French manicure has started to go out of style, but what is coming into style are these really crazy colours, and painting each nail a different colour, and the adding of sparkles and appliqués, and painting under the nails.


These are all trends, but I think that on your wedding day you want to look timeless, so that when you inevitably look back at your wedding album, 50 years from now, on your 50th anniversary, you don’t want to say, ‘


Oh, that’s what was in, you know, in 2013’, instead you want to say ‘I looked beautiful then and I could put that on today and still look just as beautiful.’ So I say, for your wedding day stick with the classics.


If you want to go crazy, go crazy on Halloween or any other day of the year. There are 364 other days to go crazy.

    

    


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