Bridal Beauty Checklist: 13 things to do one month out from your wedding
We all have varying visions of what our wedding day will look like, or rather, what we will look like on our wedding day, knowing full well that we have a free pass to indulge in whatever it takes to achieve one thing: feeling and looking our most beautiful.
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It’s important for a number of reasons. We want to spend the day focusing on everything but what we look like. And we’re willing to spend what it takes for that kind of luxury, even if it means going through a little temporary pain. So, in a way, being high-maintenance is, in the end, the least selfish thing a bride-to-be can do, right? Oh and the photography. There’s a chance that we will never be photographed as much as we are on our wedding day so it’s important that we reduce the margin for bad angles as much as possible.
Enter, the ultimate four week beauty plan comprising of both DIY and in-salon treatments before your big day:
One month out
Quick note: Realistically, if you’re one month out, you should read this list in reverse so you can make sure you have all of your bookings lined up, knowing what to schedule and where to start.
Hair & makeup trials: By now you should have chosen your wedding makeup artist and booked - this is when you should be trialling both your hair and makeup looks for your wedding day And if you’re undertaking these tasks yourself (go you, btw), now’s a good time to start practicing. By this stage you should have your dress and beauty inspiration covered. The true test on whether a certain look will fly is to take plenty of photos in natural light to see how it photographs. Also, consider getting a full day’s wear out of your makeup too, to see how it wears. You’ll know you’re onto a winning combination if it lasts all day and performs in different types of lighting.
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Pop it: … And no, we’re not referring to zits (which you should definitely not pop). We’re talking about supplements; collagen powders, omega-3s, and multivitamins are all going to set you in good stead for a glow from within, plus help you grow long, strong healthy hair and nails. If you’re susceptible to stress, which is fairly expected when you’re organising a wedding, having extra nutrients in your armoury by way of a multivitamin will help keep you functioning at your optimum and steer you clear of burn out, hormonal imbalances, illness and fatigue which undermine all of your beauty efforts.
Skincare: If you’re looking to overhaul your complexion four weeks out from your wedding, think again. Starting a new skincare regimen too close to your wedding will likely cause breakouts or purging. Instead, you should focus on remaining hydrated, getting ample sleep, choosing wholefoods rich in an array of vitamins and minerals and being consistent with your morning and evening product application. However, if you’re itching for a facial, book a consultation to see if there are any treatments that are suitable to your skin that are generally beneficial as one-offs ahead of your wedding day.
2- 3 weeks out
Teeth ‘n’ tan: Nothing radiates youth like a sun-kissed complexion and a set of glistening pearly-whites. Dentists have plenty of options when it comes to getting whiter teeth, fast. There are in-chair whitening options which can deliver instant results after a 2 hour session, and at-home tooth whitening kits which are a safe and convenient way to get your smile noticeably whiter in one to two weeks (great if you suffer from tooth sensitivity). Now is also a good time to start trialling your tanning options so you know which tone suits you the best. No one wants to walk down the isle feeling like Ross from Friends in *that* episode.
One week out
Iron out the kinks: It’s time to treat yourself to a massage and feel any stress, pain or muscle tension melt away from your body. This is your wedding week, needless to say you want good vibes only. But a few words of wisdom: make sure you book this one in before getting your spray tan.
Top up your faux glow: Hopefully by now you’ve had a bit of a trial one with spray tans to determine which shade makes you feel confident and carefree. Book in a top up a few days out from your wedding.
Cut & Colour: If you colour your hair, leaving your cut and colour more than a week out from the big day runs the risk of uneven roots or less than crisp ends. Give your hair one final treatment to maintain its shine and gloss, and, if you can avoid it, refrain from using heated styling tools until your wedding.
Wax: If your preference is to wax, give yourself up to a week before the wedding to prevent any irritation. Waxing not only gives you a longer window of being hair-free as you breeze into your honeymoon, but it also softens the texture of the hair. If you can’t handle the pain, shave using a new razor the morning of, going slowly to avoid any nicks.
Brows: Sculpted brows go a long way when it comes to perfectly framing your face. Get them shaped and tinted a week prior or enlist the help of a brow pencil to fill in gaps and provide colour depth. If you’re looking for a longer term option, feather-touch microblading is a popular solution. Otherwise, if in doubt, you can always call past a Benefit Cosmetics counter for a quick shape up.
Lash Out: Now, if you’d planned ahead, you could have used a lash growth serum and booked in a lash tint and lash lift for a natural yet full sweeping of lashes. But if you’re only a week out from your wedding and need luscious lashes, stat, lash extensions will eliminate the need to fuss with falsies and can last up to three weeks if you avoid getting them wet. Either way, lash attention is a non-negotiable.
One day out
Get your nails done: Your hands are going to be in full view as you exchange wedding bands, hold bouquets, raise a glass and so on. Apply a nourishing hand cream to keep cuticles clean and hands supple the day before.
Prioritise a good night’s sleep: Allow extra time to wind down as you’ll undoubtedly be full of excitement and nerves. Try resting your head on an elevated pillow to allow any excess fluid to drain away from your face, leaving you bright-eyed and de-puffed come morning.
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On the day
Eat well, stay hydrated, and remain calm. Stephanie Miller (nee Claire Smith) revealed on her social media of doing a Keep It Cleaner yoga flow with her bridesmaids to ease into the day and fueling up on pancakes and berries for breakfast and a vegetable platter for lunch. You know, if you’re short on inspiration…
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What did you find the most valuable ahead of your wedding day? Was there anything you’d do differently to get bride-ready?