It's almost time to party!
You've got the dress, but there's still tons to do before that walk down the aisle. It’s understandable that when dealing with pressing concerns like dress fittings, selecting the perfect shoes, and finalising
the flowers, there’s a chance you may overlook the more minute, yet not insignificant, particulars of getting your brows groomed, your skin into shape, and your hair colour the right shade.
Preparing in advance means you can relax on the day knowing that you've taken care of the details!
Remember, these tips are here to help prepare for your event, but are definitely not required, or even necessary for everybody.
Just choose what fits in with your budget, lifestyle, and current beauty regimen, and go from there!
Wedding beauty prep 101
Skin care prep
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering and now is the time to start incorporating a routine. If you have major skin concerns like acne and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to see an expert to get the situation under control well in advance. You'll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin, but be wary about trying any new products or aggressive treatment.
Compound the effects of your facials by drinking loads of water, getting adequate sleep, exercising, and maintaining a well-balanced diet. At home, wear extra sun protection, use a mild exfoliator, and apply moisturiser regularly. And don't forget your lips- it's easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them. If you spend lots of time outdoors, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated.
A week before your wedding, go in for a soothing, hydrating facial. Since facials tend to cause redness, a week usually allows enough time to heal. For a boost on the morning of your wedding, smooth a hydrating serum onto your face to enhance your glow before heading into hair and makeup.
Book a trial run
At your trial, aim to look like yourself but better with defined brows, lashes and lips, and giving skin a healthy glow. Send through any reference pics and ideas that you like with you so you can talk with your stylist about what you want to achieve. Take pictures of your finished face so you can see how you look in different lighting. This can help you determine if you want to pump up your shadow or switch from a foundation to a tinted moisturiser.
Shape your brows
Book shapings every four to six weeks leading up to the wedding, and ask your expert to take a conservative approach, following the natural line of your brows. The most flattering shape for brides is full with a nice arch. Be sure to schedule your last appointment for at least a week before your wedding to prevent any redness on the day and abstain from DIY plucking between visits.
You may wish to whiten your teeth, in which case you can purchase white-strips that whiten in a week or less for a quick boost, or you can check in for a clean / whiten at your dentist.
Check in with your hair
If you're wearing your hair down or half up, you’ll need to get it looking as healthy as possible. Try for a couple of deep conditioning treatments at your salon or you can use your favourite deep conditioner at home. If you’re planning on an updo, skip the treatments in the weeks before your wedding. Hair is easier to work with when it’s more textured, rather than sleek and overly conditioned.
Get a root touch up and trim
If you colour your hair, consider touching up your regrowth a few days before your big day. Take heed though: this is not the time for drastic changes. Trust me! It's best to be the colour that makes you feel most like yourself. Touching up your regrowth two weeks before your event is ideal, as it will give the dye a chance to settle while still looking fresh, without your roots growing in.
If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference. Have a trusted stylist do a very light trimming of the ends a week or two before your big day.
Hands and body
Schedule regular manis to create a uniform length and shape for nails. If you haven't yet chosen a nail polish for the wedding, pull a dozen colours you like and try a new one each week. Once you decide on colour, buy a bottle for emergency touch-ups.
If you're into tanning, start experimenting with the right shade a few months before your wedding to adjust to seeing yourself with colour. Work continuously with the same specialist to avoid any surprises and book your final pre-wedding session three days before the ceremony. If you’re using an at-home tan, exfoliate before each session and then again every two to three days afterward to avoid streaks and unevenness.
No matter what your skin type is, it craves water. Drinking lots of water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face include grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale