Bridal Beauty Prep With Model Portia Freeman

Top model and Platforms and Pushchairs blogger Portia Freeman talks us through her pre-wedding skincare and beauty regime. For anyone who's used to having sensitive, acne-prone skin, this guide could be great for you!

07 Jun 2018

For over a year now, I have been searching for the perfect bridal skincare products, tips and tricks in various magazines, on Instagram and via Pinterest, too! I never really understood how a bride could become so obsessive, yet, here I am, completely obsessed!


I suffered with very bad acne when I was younger and went through a phase in my mid 20’s. I’d spend a good hour trying to conceal blemishes and spots, so the idea of going near anything that could potentially irritate my face – let alone a facial – petrified me. Because of this anxiety, I wanted to find a facialist who would understand my skin, and who also specialises in acne prone skin. I was introduced to Jasmina Vico and, after our first appointment, there was no going back. My complexion has never looked better. She gently introduced me to peels, extractions and laser to strengthen my skin along with producing more collagen. Win! Armed with some of her secret tips and magical touch, I feel like I’ve been placed in very capable hands before my big day – and forever more.

Skin food

I’ve also learned the importance of not only how you look after your skin but also what you should consume to maintain a healthy glow. Supplements such as Vitamin C and Zinc repair and, of course, don’t forget your Omega 3’s. Avocados, raw fish, nuts for essential oils. Through learning all of this, I’m becoming a healthier me. Another win.

Morning skincare routine

My approach to skincare has always been somewhat trial and error, but, over time, I have definitely found some favourite products. Now, in the 3-month countdown to my wedding, I can't get enough of face masks, serums and moisturisers. I like to use a cocktail made up of them all on my face. Like I mentioned before, it’s trial and error but, right now, my skin has never been better, which is ideal with us being so close to my wedding day. Each morning, I use La Prairie Cellular Serum before putting on anything else. It has a glittery shimmer which is absolute heaven – my face drinks it right up. Straight after, I add a tiny amount of Nars’ Luminous Moisture Cream, along with a drop of Radiance Booster by Indeed Labs, which soaks up any of the glittery gorgeousness leftover from La Prairie. I always ensure I’m covering my whole face and neck, then leave this to settle for a while before applying my make-up for the day.

Evening skincare routine

Once it’s reached 6:30pm, and I’m not doing anything that evening, there’s nothing better than removing my make-up. I do this with Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser. With its Lavender scent, it couldn’t be more perfect to use before going to bed. As soon as I have cleaned my skin I use the Elemis Night Recovery Cream-Oil, along with the brand’s Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream. These bad boys go together perfectly. But the most important thing is that I wake up with the dewy glow I desire.

Big day beauty look

Now that I’m satisfied with my skin care routine, I’m super excited to start thinking about what my actual beauty look will be at my wedding. I’ve always been obsessed with make-up; applying it, playing with it to create different looks and transforming myself into different characters. I have my bridal make-up trial later this month with my all -ime fave make-up brand, Tom Ford Beauty. I use their products daily, so feel like I’m already one step ahead. The only thing now, is to actually choose my daytime and evening looks for on the day. Mood boards at the ready... So far, I have Kate Winslet in Titanic (random I know), Rosie HW and Vanessa Paradis as just three of my bridal beauty inspirations... I want to exude a radiance that I’m sure all brides long for, so think that keeping the make-up fresh and light is key. Being recognisable to Pete when he sees me walking down the aisle is also very important to me.

The spray tan

In order to achieve that all-over glow, I’ve decided to book in for a cheeky spray tan. For this, I’ll be in the very safe hands of fake tan guru, James Read. I’m thinking that my subtle sun kissed tan paired with a Tom Ford Beauty look and well-looked-after dewy skin, will all make me a very happy bride.

Read more by Portia about her wedding planning process, from designing her own dress to planning a 'non-traditional' wedding. She also runs her own blog, Platforms and Pushchairs, on motherhood, modelling, getting married and more!