Your wedding day will undoubtedly be one of the biggest and most memorable days of your life. Chances are you’re worrying about your trousseau already-but not your beauty routine yet. Big mistake! Think of this as your bridal beauty timer!
On your big day, you’ll have all eyes on you and, of course you’ll want to be absolutely flawless. But achieving that runway-inspired bridal look takes some preparation and planning (yes, the same amount of prep you put into the dress, the venue and your trousseau).
It’s time to step up your daily beauty routine. We’re arming you with the tools for looking your best before, during and after your wedding.
Before The Wedding Day
- Eat Healthier: If you can bear it, try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on green vegetables, fruit and lots of water—all great for staving off food cravings and clearing up your skin. Watch out for carbs as well, especially fried foods (that means no French fries!).
- Work Out Regularly: We know it’s an obvious one—work out on a regular basis. Working out will help tighten and firm your body while also detoxing your skin. A good workout gives you a boost of energy, helps you lose weight and makes you feel happier (hello, endorphins!).
- Whiten Your Teeth: You want pearly whites for all those beautiful pictures you’ll be posing for (but we also know how crucial coffee is right now with all the planning). Most toothpastes have whitening ingredients, but for faster results, choose a special whitening one. White strips are also a great option. You could also go for skin whitening treatments – but consult your dentist first.
On the Wedding Day
- Go for An Enhanced Version of Yourself: Your look should be timeless and you should really just try to look like a more enhanced, fresh, beautiful version of yourself. So if you don’t normally wear a dark smoky eye, your wedding isn’t the place to try it out! You don’t want your husband-to-be or partner to not recognize you! Stick to a natural, romantic color palette on the eyes, and don’t forget waterproof mascara, because most brides shed a few tears. Also, stay away from really strong colors (like bright pink) or too much gloss.
- Don’t Cut Corners When it comes to Your Hair: You very much do get what you pay for. Many brides feel comfortable going with their regular hairstylist who cuts and colors their hair in the salon because they are comfortable with that person and used to their prices. But the truth is that many of these hair pros don’t have expertise in bridal styling. Always do your research, get referrals and book well in advance to look your absolute best on your big day!
- Test Your Makeup with & without Flash: It’s true: Makeup can look totally different in photos than it does in real life. To avoid having a total bridal beauty fall, be sure to take some photos at your trial of your makeup (both with and without the flash) to see how it will translate. Red lips on brides can appear ‘goth black’ in black and white wedding photos, and if your face foundation doesn’t match the skin color of your body, it will look like you have a floating head in photos! Brides should also be mindful of HD powder and products with shimmer, as they can both reflect light when the camera flash goes off, creating unsightly white spots on your face (yikes!).