When should you begin a beautifying routine? What else should be included? Evil Journal had a brilliant entry from before my wedding…
5 to 6 Months Before…
- Begin a stress-relief regimen; and reserve one night a week for some non-wedding fun or quiet time.
- Start experimenting with different hair (styles, colors, cuts, etc.) now. (I cut my hair around this time and really enjoyed the length it grew out to.)
- Start a good cleansing and moisturizing regimen and consider consulting a dermatologist or making appointments for monthly facials.
- If you don’t already, start exercising. You’ll look great, feel better and be less stressed out.
- If you want to lose weight, consult your doctor or nutritionist to develop a nutrition and fitness plan. Set a weight loss goal and meet it before dress fittings begin. Once fittings are underway, you’ll need to stay the same size. (Or reconsider weight loss. Your guy thinks you look fab. Remember, my dress couldn’t be altered – I didn’t lose any weight for my wedding and still felt fabulous.)
- Start paying attention to your nutrition. Bad food habits and too much caffeine mixed with wedding stress can transform you into “Bridezilla.” (Honestly, I think a number of things can turn you into a Bridezilla and coffee is not one of those things…)
3 to 4 Months Before…
- If you don’t plan on using your regular hairdresser, make consultation appointments with potential candidates. Bring along pictures of styles you like, even a picture of your veil and headpiece. If you want to wear an up-do, discuss how long it will take to grow out your hair so it’s the proper length. (I had my friend -who is a fashionista! -do my hair and make-up in my mother’s bathroom. Cheap and awesome!”
- Make consultation appointments with potential makeup artists. Be sure to take pictures and analyze them. Do your features stand out? Do you look like you’re wearing a mask?
- Decide on a makeup artist and hairdresser and book them for the day of your wedding. Set a wedding day schedule at this point as well, including the hair and makeup times.
- Now is the time to experiment with self-tanners. Consider the neckline of your gown and whether you have existing tan lines you’ll need to cover. (I went pasty as an uncooked pancake -never heard that one before have you? -my skin was no wear near tan. And I don’t believe in fake-bakers.)
1 to 2 Months Before…
- Meet with your makeup artist for a trail run. If you don’t hire a pro, like I didn’t, then go get a makeover at a department store and buy anything you might need.
- Bring your veil to your hairstylist for a trial style.
- Now is the time to have you eyebrows professionally shaped. (I don’t actually know if I plucked my eyebrows…)
- Use an at-home face mask or get a facial. Don’t risk an allergic reaction any close to the wedding day.
- Cut down on tea, coffee and red wine. Try a teeth-whitening system.
2 Weeks Before…
- Get your final trim -just split ends -and stick with the look you love.
- Remember to eat right: fruits, vegetables and fiber! No salt. No fat.
- Exfoliate and moisturize. Soft and silky elbows, hands and feet are musts.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated (body, skin, hair, etc.).
- Keep up the exercise!
- Touch up hair color.
- Confirm all your big day beauty appointments, as well as all of those annoying things we have to do that day…
- Remind your man to get his final trim, too… They’re so messy.
1 Week Before…
- Avoid overindulging in salty snacks and alcohol.
- Get a bikini wax (OUCH!), a final eyebrow shaping and shave your legs.
- Get a massage -from a professional or from your fiancee. You deserve it.
1 Day Before…
- Drink lots of water.
- Pack your emergency beauty kit. (For tomorrow!)
- Deep condition your hair.
- Exfoliate your skin with a familiar product.
- Have a professional pedicure and manicure.
- Take a long relaxing bath. You definitely deserve this.
- Be sure to eat something. This is not a day to operate on an empty stomach.
- Get your hair or makeup done. Wear a robe or button-down shirt, a color that matches your gown to get the makeup right.
- Take a few minutes to reflect on the day before giving yourself one last look over. And remember… you’re beautiful. Get going!
Tomorrow… Bridal Beauty: Your Wedding Day Toolkit