Bridal Beauty: Jade Cottee

A wedding is the perfect excuse to splurge on your skin, but we get that it can be overwhelming. There are a lot of treatments and not a lot of time. That’s where Gritty Pretty’s Bridal Beauty section comes in – a destination dedicated to word-of-mouth bridal beauty tips from those in the know.

In this edition, we’re taking you behind the pre-wedding beauty routine of Jade Cottee (née Healy), new mum and Commercial Editor at the Australian incarnations of POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Byrdie and MyDomaine. Cottee, recently married her partner [Lachlan Cottee] earlier this year at the grand Hopewood House, Bowral.

Prepare to take notes and fall in love with this bride, her young family and that Inbal Dror dress.


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“I already had a pretty good routine (I’m a skincare obsessee!), however I enlisted the help of Jocelyn Petroni and Dr Jeremy Cumpston about six months prior for a customised plan.”


“Writing this down makes it seem a little OTT, but why wouldn’t I use the wedding as an excuse to treat myself to perfect skin? My ongoing concerns are oiliness, congestion and some leftover acne scars from when I was a naughty teenager and picked my face. To target the boxcar scars on my cheeks, I had two rounds of PRP Dermastamp with Dr Jeremy, six weeks apart. It didn’t completely remove the scarring, but it certainly made my pores smaller!

I saw Jocelyn for facials every six weeks. She combines reiki and meditation with her individualised treatments. My skin has never felt cleaner! In addition to regular facials, she recommended I add the Ultraceuticals Ultra MD Brightening Serum to my existing at-home routine, to keep my pores as clear as possible. I used Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser, Bioderma Sensibio Micellar, The Jojoba Company 100% Jojoba Oil, Alpha H Liquid Gold and Skinceuticals C E Ferulic religiously, in addition to mineral sunscreen from Mecca, Ultraceuticals and Bioderma (I couldn’t commit to just one as I like them all too much).

As the wedding drew closer, I had two sessions of microdermabrasion, and Omnilux light therapy twice a week — I believe Omni is a must-have for brides. Plus, lying under the light for 20 minutes is HEAVEN.


“I’d get more sleep! (With a baby that was basically impossible… but one can dream.) I also wouldn’t trial a new moisturiser a few days before the wedding. I broke out — after having perfect skin for weeks it was very stressful (#firstworldproblem). I also would have used some form of retinol if I wasn’t breastfeeding!”


“I don’t think “wedding beauty” should be any different from regular beauty — as a bride, you should still look like yourself, albeit the most gorgeous, glowy version of you.”


Jasmin Lo. She’s a star! She nailed the brief — I wanted to look like me, just prettier. This broke down into super light Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation (so my skin looked like skin), strategically placed lashes, rosy cheeks and lips. I’m obsessed with brows, so I made sure I had regular appointments with the girls at Kristin Fisher Eyebrows in the lead up, and Jasmin could use a light hand to fill them in on the day.”


“I had regular cuts by Anthony Nader [at RAW Salon], then Sarah Johnson styled it on the day. Again, I wanted it to look like my hair… if I had the skills to make it look perfectly tousled — with just the right amount of volume. I didn’t want anything stiff or too “bridal”, and I think my hair looked better as the night wore on — messy, a bit sweaty (!) but very undone and chic.”


Tarte Butter Lipstick in ‘Pink Peony, covered by Lanolips Tinted Balm in Rhubarb. It was my natural lip colour on steroids.”


“Oh man – I’m embarrassed to admit I bought three fragrances because I couldn’t decide! I ended up wearing ALTAIA Don’t Cry For Me during the ceremony (it paired beautifully with the fragrance white flowers we were married under), then Mohave Ghost by Byredo for the reception. Lachlan wore Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford, which he started wearing a few months before the wedding. I’m always reminded of the planning and day when I smell him!”


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