Counting the Days: Bridal Beauty To-Do List
It seems like today’s bride could use list for everything! You have a checklist for the flowers, the food, and the deejay, but what about a list for your beauty? Here is your one-stop-shop for all things bridal beauty, and when to do what. If only planning the rest of the wedding was this easy!
6+ Months Before
- Workout Regimen
Your wedding is the perfect motivation to start that workout routine you’ve been putting off! Start a routine as soon as possible so you can get in the habit of a healthy, active lifestyle, and start experiencing the benefits. Aside from weight loss, working out relieves stress, rids your body of toxins, and contributes to glowing skin! What bride doesn’t want that?
Taking your vitamins isn’t just for kids! Taking a daily multi-vitamin especially for women will help your overall health and prevent problems such as bone loss. Vitamins can also help you have shiny hair and clear skin! So grab a bottle of daily vitamins from your local pharmacy, and start getting healthy. It’s important to start this as soon as possible, since long term, consistent use brings greater results. Look for a vitamin high in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K, iron and zinc to help hair and skin, too!
- Laser Hair Removal
If you are opting for laser hair removal anywhere on your body, start the treatments now. Many areas require as many as 6-9 sessions, spaced apart. Consult your hair removal specialist and set up a treatment plan as soon as possible to make sure you are hair-free for the honeymoon.
- Skin Care Routine
No matter how great you (or your makeup artist) are at applying foundation, you need to have a clean, smooth canvas for the best results! If you don’t already have one, begin a skin care routine for both morning and night to achieve flawless skin. If you have more serious problems like aggressive acne, rosacea, or eczema, visit a dermatologist to start a treatment program.
2-3 Months Before
- Hair and Makeup Styles
Put that Pinterest board and magazine-clippings collection to good use! Now is the time to decide what you and to do with your hair and makeup for the big day. You can decide this before choosing a stylist, or meet with a stylist/artist for a consultation and make a final decision with their help. If you are getting married during spring or summer, book your hair and makeup stylists earlier, since it is busy wedding season. You should also schedule at least one preview session to make sure you like the styles.
- Professionally Shaped Brows
Your eyebrows are the frames for your eyes, so you need them to look perfect on your big day. Unfortunately, most of us have major trouble figuring out what shape of eyebrows fits our face, so hit up a pro for this service.
- Tanning Methods
If you’re looking for a little darker color against your white dress, start researching and testing out self-tanners or tanning services. You absolutely cannot leave tanning to the last minute—there are too many ways it could go wrong (cue the infamous tanning scene from Bride Wars). Give yourself plenty of time to find the right shade and application for your skin tone.
- Teeth Whitening
Your smile is one thing you can’t hide on your wedding day! You’ll be beaming from ear to ear all day, so make sure you smile is bright. If you are planning on a DIY tooth whitening kit, start it now so the full results will be visible by the wedding. If you are getting your teeth professionally whitened, make your appointment now. Even though you can get whitening done in less than an hour, it is best to do it well before your wedding in case there is any tooth sensitivity that you need to recover from.
- Beauty Supplies
Purchase all of your necessary beauty supplies now—the last thing you want is a mad dash to the cosmetics store, only to find your fave mascara sold out! Head to the cosmetics counter and buy all of your makeup supplies, perfume, nail polish, hairspray, and shampoo products that you’ll need to look your best.
2 Weeks Before
- Hair Cut and Color
Head to your favorite salon and get a nice trim and shaping. Don’t get too adventurous, though! This isn’t the time to try a new style—just stick with your tried and true cut. A two week-old haircut will have time to settle, but still look fresh.
- Final Hair and Makeup Preview
If you are doing your hair and/or your makeup yourself, these next two weeks are go time. Practice makes perfect, so set aside a few times to practice doing your hair and applying your makeup. This will also give you a good idea of how much time you’ll need to get ready the morning of. If you are going to the professionals for your beauty routine, call and confirm your schedule for the wedding, and tie up any loose ends with appointments.
1 Week Before
- Brow Touch-Up
Time to get a touch-up appointment for your eyebrows! Clean up your brows for the big day, whether with tweezing, threading, or waxing. If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, go back to the pro that shaped them originally, so she can keep the integrity of the brow shape.
Take care of any unwanted hair at least 5 days before the wedding. You need to give your skin time to recover and lose any redness, especially if this is your first waxing experience.
Remember when you tested out tanning products a few months ago? Now’s the time to get that bridal glow. Apply your tan at least 2 days before the wedding so it has time to blend in to your skin.
- Deep Condition
Freshen up your hair with a deep conditioning treatment the week before your wedding. This will ensure your hair has a shiny, healthy, and supple look to it on your special day.
The Day Before
- Manicure and Pedicure
Schedule your mani/pedi session for the day before the ceremony. Too long before can lead to chipped nails, and doing them the day of can cause smudging and wet paint problems (hello…white dress). Take a relaxing moment with your bridesmaids and mom and enjoy a little pampering. Plus, then your nails will be perfect for the rehearsal dinner.
- Relaxing Bubble Bath
The night before the wedding is the most vital time for relaxation and recuperation. You have a long day ahead of you, so take the time to rest up. Take a relaxing bubble bath or steamy shower the night before. This is also good for your hair—you want your hair to be clean, but not freshly clean, or else your style won’t have as much staying power.
The most important beauty tip is to just be yourself—after all, that’s who your fiancé fell in love with! Enjoy the day and don’t stress too much. You will look absolutely beautiful.
Victoria Ramos is a business professional who writes about advances in her field, along with her other interests which include marketing and law. She enjoys writing, throwing parties, and researching new beauty tips and tricks, from teeth whitening at Saddleback Dental (saddlebackdental.ca) to tanning salons in LA.