Some people look like it’s their wedding day every day; their hair is perfectly blow-dried and styled, their makeup looks tip-top, they are hairless and tanned, never go out in their track pants. Most people are not like this, and fair enough, because who’s got time for that?! If this sounds like you, you are probably not in need of an article like this.
But most people do want to look like the most beautiful version of themselves on their wedding day. So how do you approach this, and what do you need to think about?
Firstly, what you should NOT do, do not to try out new things too soon before the wedding or on the wedding day. I’ve seen all kinds of disasters, from patchy and smudgy fake tan to allergic reactions and irritated skin from beauty products to terrible eyelash extensions.
So what should you think of, you ask? We’ve got you covered!
To make sure your hair looks healthy on the day, talk to your hairdresser as soon as possible to get a professional opinion on how to get your hair to look the best. Look at styles you like and what hair length you need for those. Also, think about using conditioning hair masks and products to give your hair an extra boost. (6-12 months before)
Adopt a healthy diet. Experts say that foods like fish, nuts, leafy green vegetables, beans and eggs (high in Vitamin B) will help you maintain healthy, shiny hair. I guess it’s always a good idea to watch your diet, so there is no reason not to start with this today!
If you consider extensions, get them well in advance (4-6 months) and try them out to ensure it’s the right color and that you like the look. Also, wear them during your hair trial so your stylist knows what to expect.
Everyone’s skin is different and what works like a charm for one person causes another person to break out. If your skin looks good, I would recommend not changing your beauty regimen at all. If you want to give it some extra care, you can visit an aesthetician for a facial treatment, but don’t start doing this less than 3 months before the wedding, as you don’t want to deal with reactions in the weeks leading up to or on your wedding day.
If you have any skin issues you are worried about, see a dermatologist well in advance (>6 months).
Plan a makeup trial at least 3 months before your wedding. You can try to time it together with dinner, event, or party. You have to test the makeup’s look and durability. Another idea is to get the makeup artist to do your makeup for an engagement photo shoot so that you can also see how it looks in photos and discuss it with your makeup artist accordingly.
Last but not least, drink plenty of water. Hydrated and radiant-looking skin comes from within.
False lashes can be a beautiful option for your wedding day. They emphasize the eyes. If applied properly, they shouldn’t come off. If you’ve never worn them before, ask your makeup artist for single lashes, as you won’t feel those, and it doesn’t matter if one or two fall out.
Lash extensions are a great option for your wedding day, as you won’t need mascara on the day, so you can cry as much as you like! Get a trial run done at least 2 months before to make sure you like the length and volume, as there are many different looks possible, and you don’t want to look like a drag queen (unless you’re into that, of course). You have to get them touched up every few weeks, but consider it an investment for your wedding day. The last touch-up can be in the week before the big day.
You don’t want to have dry or chapped lips on your big day, so start taking care of them at least 3 months in advance. Exfoliate once a week with a sugar scrub, or just brush your lips with a wet toothbrush in a gentle back-and-forth motion (start 2 months before). Moisturize your lips each night and make sure to use special sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun; burned lips look and feel horrible (always think of protecting your lips against the sun, regardless of your wedding).
If you want to wear a bold color lipstick, be aware hardly any product will be completely smudge-free. If you’re not used to wearing long-lasting lip products, they might feel (and look!) drying. Your makeup artist may advise, but it’s also a good idea to search for the perfect product and color yourself, as everyone’s lips react differently to these products, and you don’t want to worry about it on the day.
Whether you’re a fan or not, lots of brides are going for that sun-kissed look, even if they’ve never had a fake tan before. All good, but do not ever decide to use a fake tanning product on the morning of your wedding day unless you’ve been using the product for at least a few months and know exactly how it will look and are 100% sure it won’t rub off to your dress!
If you’d like to get a natural, healthy glow, go for a gradual self-tanning product. Try it out 3-6 months before the wedding to see the results. If you’d like to try a spray tan, one is probably sufficient, but try it out a couple of months ahead of time to make sure you’re happy with the look (and make sure it doesn’t make you look orange!).
In terms of hair removal, choose whatever option you suit best. If you want to try out a new method, such as waxing, start at least 3 months in advance to find out how your skin reacts. Do not get your skin waxed less than 3 days before the wedding day!
For smooth-looking skin, use a natural body scrub or a scrubbing mitt or brush once a week. Moisturize your skin generously after showering.