There’s a lot to consider for your wedding day, or really, any big life happening that’s going to be documented through hundreds of photos that you’ll want to look back on forever. You want the right dress, the right hair, the right shoes, the right makeup. When you’re making such an effort, planning ahead to look your best, it’s easy to go overboard on treatments and services too close to the event. And it’s just as easy to overlook little things—like the fact that you should stay far, far away from the sun beforehand (see #4!)—that can have a big impact on your overall look (not to mention photos).
Before I go on, there’s one universal don’t I should mention: don’t forget that you’re beautiful! Have fun!
1: Don’t Do Hair Removal
Of any kind. Don’t get your brows, upper lip, or underarm area waxed/plucked/Nair’ed the day before your wedding. Or the day of your wedding. Schedule hair removal treatments about a week out, so the redness can calm down and you can fix any unexpected problems. Similarly, schedule a facial at least a few days before the big day to make sure any inflammation or irritation has time to wane. If you do find yourself with redness or splotchiness, say around the brows or anywhere else, have some Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer on hand. The stuff cools and calms splotchy flare-ups instantly. It really works!
2: Don’t Cut or Color Your Hair
This sounds like a no-brainer, but remember: it’s not a good idea to cut or color your hair in the days leading up to the wedding. Think about all of those times you get your hair done in a salon and come out feeling bummed about the look. That’s exactly what you want to avoid. And if you have at least a few weeks to play with a new ‘do, you’ll feel much, much more confident.
3: Don’t Wear Non-Translucent Powder
Whenever Im asked for my top wedding day no-no, I always have one answer that’s easy to avoid: “Don’t wear a non-translucent powder.” If your powder isn’t translucent, it’ll reflect the light of a camera flash and you’ll look like a ghost in photos. My pick? RMS Beauty “Un” Powder, which is the lightest, most perfecting thing ever. Dust it on to remove and prevent shine, and you’ll get the most fresh, natural-looking finish.
4: Don’t Go In the Sun!
As tempting as it is to be a golden goddess in a gorgeous white dress, when you’re anywhere close to the day itself, don’t go in the sun! There are some things that a talented makeup artist can fix, but bikini top tan lines aren’t one of them. To get your sun-kissed look without the sun, follow my 4 Week Plan for the Perfect Faux Tan or hit up a tanning salon–but remember to go au naturel or in a strapless top to avoid those pesky lines!
Do you have any tips to add to the list? Did you encounter any wedding day beauty blunders, or know a bride who did? Let me know!
Peace Love and Lipgloss xx