Whether you’re the one getting hitched, in the bridal party or just a guest, we’ve gathered your pre-wedding and bridal beauty tips to prep you for the big day.
If you’re the bride or one of her lucky, chosen few, you’ll have the pleasure of spending some quality girl time before the big day.
DO throw your girls a pampering party!
Face masques, hair treatments, nail color experimentation, and cocktails are great for a girls night in.
If you’re an overachiever, hire an in-home masseuse to come to you and let the girls really indulge!
If you’re considering trying a spray tan, eyelash extensions, waxing, peel, teeth whitening, or some other temporary bridal beauty treatment for the big day, this might be a good time to experiment with the girls and let them weigh in so you avoid any major mistakes close to the big day.
DO get some quality advice.
This is a great time to browse online or in your favorite bridal mag for the perfect lingerie for your first night as wifey. Dare we say, even try some on and let your girls give it to you straight about what is flattering and what is faulty.
DON’T make any beauty decisions that could be a mistake with long-term implications.
This is probably not the time to try a new laser treatment, injection or filler for the first time.
If you’re dead set on going this route, give yourself several months to recover if the worst happens.
WEDDING DAY PREP
There are virtually a thousand topics to cover here, and just as many sources to get that information, but we’re going to stick to the basics.
DO start a regimented skin care routine at least 30 days out.
The invisible-pore, even-skinned, dewy glow doesn’t come natural to everyone. Fair enough. Here’s a helpful tutorial on pre-wedding skin care tips to start 2 weeks out.
DO think carefully about what you’re putting in your body.
The last thing you want is to feel bloated and uncomfortable on your wedding day. If you do find yourself in that situation, here are the 10 best foods to help with bloating.
But we suggest playing the long-game by eating foods good for your skin and overall health when planning your meals in the months before the wedding. In general though, stay away from fad diets that could have unexpected negative health effects, and instead be thoughtful and conscious about your nutrition.
DON’T forget to do trial wedding hairstyle and makeup sessions.
This might seem obvious, but because it is so important, we couldn’t leave it off the list. Yes, it’s an extra cost but achieving the perfect bridal look might take more effort than you think…
Even if you’ve nailed your perfect everyday cat-eye after years of trial and error, you may still be a bridal beauty newb.
Remember that bridal makeup needs to have enough color to photograph well but you also want to look like you. It’s a fine line to walk. You might consider wearing a white t-shirt for your makeup trial so you can see how the colors and overall look will fair against your white dress. And snap some photos, near and far, so you can gauge how it will look in your photo album – or better yet, Facebook album!
DO your homework.
Bring photos for both hair and makeup sessions so you’re not starting from scratch. Obviously Pinterest is a great place to start but it may also be helpful to bring photos of yourself from looks you’ve liked on yourself over the years. To get the ball rolling, here are 30 romantic bridal updos for inspiration.
Don’t get caught up in trends, choose colors and styles that make you feel confident and feel true to who you are. You wouldn’t want to look back at the wedding pictures in 10 years and not recognize the girl in them. Afterall, the person waiting for you at the end of the isle is hoping to see you when you lift that veil (if you go the veil route – to each their own!).
DO have a backup plan.
While we’re on the topic of wedding hairstyles and makeup, it’s worth mentioning that even if you do your trial and land on a look you love, it’s never a bad idea to prepare for being unlucky. What if your hairstylist gets ill or your makeup artist has a family emergency? Pay close attention to the details of how they achieved that look and consider bringing your maid of honor with you in case she needs to step up to the plate!
ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID
If you’re in the wedding party, or even just a guest, you’ll still want to look your best! That being said, you’re likely not looking to make the same investment (time or money) if you’re not the bride – unless perhaps you’ll be facing an ex during the wedding. So for you, we’ve gathered some more low maintenance beauty advice.
DON’T outshine your bride.
It’s her big day and all the attention should be on her. In the spirit of a low maintenance approach, your hair and makeup should be simple and not overdone – natural wedding makeup is likely the way to go. If your bride asks you to go a little outside your comfort zone to adhere to the group’s overall look, you comply. If she has big drooping diamond earrings, you wear small diamond studs – get the picture?
DO all of your beauty rituals before before the big day.
Ensure that everything from your hair to your pedicure is primed and ready to go on the day of the wedding because your bride will need you to tend to her and the guests. Planning will go a long way; be sure to take care of yourself, but you might also consider bringing your bride’s favorite lip gloss or your blush that she always compliments you on in case it’s needed during the prep.
PLANNING GOES A LONG WAY
We know it’s a lot to think about, but ultimately, if you do your research, put together a plan, have a good group of girls by your side and enjoy the small moments along the way, you’ll be just fine. Besides, the most important DO, if you’re the bride anyway, is to say “I do” when the time comes.
ALWAYS BE IN THE KNOW
Perhaps weddings aren’t on your agenda for this summer but a vacation is, come back next week to learn how to travel like a boss
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