A flawless bridal look is a must on your wedding day. So, while you’re busy researching wedding trends and creating a guest list, don’t forget about a little self-care.
Your quest for glamorous wedding day hair and makeup should begin at least 6 months before you walk down the aisle. Naturally, you’ll need to devise a wedding day beauty plan to ensure that you achieve the look you desire when you say “I do.”
Wedding Beauty Plan for Gorgeous Skin
Establish a Daily Skincare Routine
It’s time to establish a healthy daily skincare routine that will leave you looking (and feeling) your very best on your wedding day. Stock up on the right products to create a daily routine that leaves your skin clean and hydrated.
These are the key products that you’ll need for a simple, but effective, skincare routine that you can start today:
- Facial cleanser: Choose from a foaming, cream, or lotion cleanser to rid your skin of impurities every day.
- Toner: Use a toner like rose water to gently remove any excess dirt and oil after cleansing.
- Moisturizer: Hydrate your skin with a gel, cream, or lotion-based daily moisturizer.
- Serum: Target those fine lines, wrinkles, or dark spots with an anti-aging serum. Look for effective ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol, depending on your specific skin needs.
- Mask: Incorporate a mask into your weekly skin care routine for additional moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.
- Exfoliator: Use an exfoliating cleanser or mask once or twice a week to slough off dead skin cells that leave your skin looking dry.
Incorporate Skin Treatments to Fight Flaws
In the months preceding your wedding, visit your favorite spa for some wedding skin prep. Facials are an effective way to rediscover healthy, glowing skin, and there are many types of facials available.
- An LED facial can fight breakouts and inflammation if you’re prone to acne.
- A brightening facial fights dull skin, creating the healthy, glowing skin that you dream of for your wedding day.
- If dry skin is a concern, request a hydrating facial to give your skin the punch of moisture it needs to look its best.
Consider having a monthly facial between now and your wedding day–focusing on your areas of concern.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle to Boost Your Skin
Your lifestyle can impact your skin’s appearance, so start living a healthy life today. First and foremost, you need to hydrate. If you suffer from dry, tight, or flaky skin, it’s possible you’re simply not drinking enough water.
Avoid grabbing that can of soda and pick up the nearest water bottle instead, aiming to get at least 64 ounces of water a day. Some evidence indicates that drinking water can improve your skin’s appearance, giving it the added moisture it needs for that sought-after, healthy glow.
Bridal Hair Tips for the Perfect ‘Do
When it comes to your hair and your wedding, you might want to focus on finding the right stylist for that perfect updo to coordinate with your wedding dress silhouette. While those tasks are important, other hair-related duties are an equally essential part of your bridal beauty preparation.
Follow this timeline as you prep your hair for the big day:
- 6 months out: Book your stylist. It’s never too early to secure your favorite stylist to do your wedding-day hair.
- 3 months out: Schedule a hair trial with your stylist. This trial ensures that there are no missteps on your wedding day. Bring pictures of bridal hairstyles that you want to try, and settle on a look during this trial so you and your stylist are on the same page.
- 1 month out: Book a hair conditioning treatment to make sure your hair looks its best. Consider a hair glossing or deep conditioning treatment, depending on your unique hair needs.
- 1-2 weeks out: Touch up your color. While you don’t want a dramatic hair color transformation in the weeks leading up to your wedding, you do want a fresh color. Give your hair a touchup about one or two weeks before your wedding.
Wedding Day Makeup Prep
Complete your bridal beauty checklist by devising a beautiful makeup look for the big day. Whether you’re doing your makeup yourself or using a professional, you can create a wedding-day look that accentuates your natural beauty.
Follow this timeline for a wedding day beauty plan that works:
6 months out: If you plan to outsource your wedding-day makeup, schedule a professional makeup artist at least 6 months before your wedding day.
3 months out: Schedule a makeup trial, which you may be able to do with your hair trial, to sample different looks. The makeup trial also allows you to test out new types of makeup to ensure that you don’t have an allergic skin reaction.
1-2 months out: Start building your makeup collection if you plan to do your makeup yourself. Try out the products to test their color and durability, as well as your skin’s reaction to them. If you aren’t sure where to start, visit a makeup store or counter to get some guidance from a professional on colors that complement your skin tone.
Wedding day: Give yourself plenty of time to do your makeup. Plan to do your makeup last, after your hair is done, so that it’s fresh when you walk down the aisle. Pack a small touch-up kit, and ask a bridesmaid to hold onto it, so that you can blot any oil or freshen your lipstick throughout the celebration.
Wedding day preparation begins long before you walk down the aisle. Your main focus will be on wedding tasks like booking a venue, hiring a photographer, and designing a menu your guests will love. In the midst of all that planning, though, don’t forget to take care of yourself. By establishing a healthy skin care routine now, you can ensure you have a flawless look on your wedding day.
So, line up the hair and makeup professionals that you want to use, or start practicing your bridal beauty look at home. It’s never too early to start creating the beautiful skin and hair you desire on your big day.