We all want to be the best possible version of ourselves on our wedding day, but to achieve that takes much more than a Pinterest-worthy dress and pretty makeup. Below is my bride-to-be guide that I send to each of my Brides to look and feel great on your big day.
6 Months before the Wedding
Start a Skincare Regimen—Flawless, glowing skin is easily achievable with a proper skin care routine suitable to your skin type. Start by going for a skin care analysis to determine your skin type and issues. The aesthetician will recommend a routine and products that are best suited for your skin to get you picture perfect for your big day.
Drink a lot of Water—Getting plenty of hydration is more important now than ever. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water will keep your skin clear and radiant, help maintain your diet and weight, keep your sleep cycle in check and so much more. Add some lemon for some detoxifying benefits too!
3 Months before the Wedding
Plan & Book your Service Appointments—Begin to plan out the services you’ll need just before the wedding, such as a mani/pedi, and begin to book your appointments to ensure your desired time slot.
Book a Facial…or Two—Booking a facial is often over-looked in the bridal beauty process but the benefits speak for themselves. A facial will balance out your skin’s pH levels, deep clean, and remove excess skin leaving you fresh-faced and ready for makeup. This is especially recommended if you have oily/acne prone or problematic skin.
Book a Makeup Preview—Booking a professional makeup artist is just as important to how your photos will turn out as your photographer is. Only a professional artist knows which products are camera-friendly, which will suit your skin type & tone best, and the techniques to long-lasting makeup. Most artists offer a Bridal Preview which is the perfect opportunity to meet the artist, share your visions for your big day, and design a look you’ll love.
2 Months before the Wedding
Try out your Tan—Every bride wants a healthy glow on her big day. A few months before your wedding, book an organic spray tan (not too dark!) to see how it turns out. If it’s the right shade and not streaky, book with the same artist for two days prior to the wedding. Always wear SPF and avoid excessive sun exposure, burnt skin and bikini strap marks are hard to cover up!
Just Before the Wedding
Get your Hair Done (2 weeks prior)—Touch up your colour and trim those dead ends. Stay with a natural colour or very similar to what your current shade is, this isn’t the time to try something new!
Hair Removal (1 week prior) —Brows, arm pits, lip, legs, bikini. Whether you’re waxing, plucking or Nair-ing, give yourself at least 5 days before the event to alleviate any irritation that might occur.
Drink a lot of Water—Yes, it’s important enough to be on the list twice. Drink up!
Get a lot of Sleep/Avoid Caffeine—With stress, excitement, and to-do lists piling up, it’s easy to have a few short nights in the final weeks before the big day. Getting enough rest is crucial to how you look and feel on your special day, so say no to that 3pm coffee (grab some lemon water instead!) and don’t be shy to take an afternoon siesta to get you through the day.
Enjoy the Pampering—This is by far the most important piece of advice, and the one that’s most easily forgotten; Enjoy yourself. Enjoy people catering to your every whim, having luxurious services we don’t always treat ourselves to. This is your special moment, soak it up!