Wedding planning takes a lot of time and thought. The few weeks leading up to your ceremony, give yourself a little TLC too. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best when you walk down the aisle and say, “I do!”.
Exfoliate When it comes to exfoliating, you have options. Find a gentle salt or sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion for 30 seconds to eliminate dead skin and to clear your pores. Exfoliating tools are also available and work just as well. Do this once a day leading up to your wedding but be gentle on your skin to prevent abrasions or redness. Don’t forget to prevent flaking lipstick. Remember to exfoliate your lips too!
Tanning While we can all agree there is beauty in glowing skin, don’t overdo the tan before your nuptials. Wear sunscreen with UVA protection outdoors and choose safe tanning alternatives. There are now a variety of streak-free self-tanners on the market that do not give an orange finish. Spray tans are also a great alternative. We recommend you choose a shade close to your natural color and tan two to three days prior to the big day to give it time to set and look natural.
Prevent Shine Use a light foundation to hold your makeup in place and keep the powder close. Find a light-weight option that will not build-up with reapplication through the festivities. When convenient, use a tissue to lightly dab your skin to remove excess oil and sweat.
Waterproof Makeup Wearing waterproof eye makeup on your wedding day can prevent mascara and liner from running. It can also help with your tears of joy! If you are not accustomed to waterproof options, we suggest you test the product 2 weeks prior for any unwanted reactions. If waterproof makeup is not an option for you, try concealer and powder under they eye area to hold your makeup in place and finish with a setting spray. Always use a primer before application.
Hair up or down? Natural nails or flashy pink? Choosing your wedding day look does not have to be daunting. If you are in the process of finding the right style, here are some tips to get the creative beauty juices flowing.
Think about how you want to be remembered in your photos.
When choosing your best look, this should be the most important question. You will return to your wedding album to spark joyful memories for years to come. Take time to over the next week to reminisce with old photos and make beauty decisions based on your reaction to various looks. Consider makeup, hairstyles, clothing choices, and so on. Then start asking questions like, “Do I photo better with an updo or a more natural, flowing hairstyle?” “Do I prefer pictures with makeup that creates a statement or more subtle tones?” If you find it hard to settle, grab a trusted friend and a camera to create your own photo shoot. Take as many photos as possible with as many looks as you can create. Have fun!
Let your venue be a guide. If you are tying the knot in an upscale ballroom, opt for a formal hairstyle with accessories and makeup that suit the ambiance. However, if you have opted for a beach wedding, a fancy updo may not hold up well with wind and humidity (no matter how much hairspray you use). An outdoor wedding in the summer heat is also not the best place to layer heavy makeup. Consider the elements of your surroundings before each beauty decision you make.
Consider the time of day. Yes, the time of day you tie the knot should make a difference in your look. Bright lights in the morning or midday may not be the best time for a bold makeup statement. However, dim lighting through the evening hours is perfect for adding an extra touch. Bold makeup or hair may also seem out of place for an early ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to air on the lighter side early in the day.
If you are interested in getting help from the professionals, here is a list of beauty appointments you may want to schedule before the big day.
Your calendar is full, and you are running all over town pulling details together. One major piece to remember in the chaos is YOU! Leave some space for these important self-care appointments. You will be thankful when you walk down the aisle not only looking, but feeling your best.
Schedule a Mani-Pedi and bring along your bridesmaids. This is a great way to unwind and spend time with the girls. Ask in advance if you can pop the bubbly and include a snack tray to make it even more festive.
You may have secured a stylist on location for your wedding day, but don’t forget a maintenance appointment. Trim your split ends and include a deep conditioning treatment one to two weeks prior. You want your hair honeymoon ready after all! This also allows your stylist to focus solely on up-do and curls on your wedding day.
Not every bride has a make-up artist on site. Plan a visit with a professional one or two weeks out and include your maid of honor. Ask for tips on proper application and take notes on how to create an extra pop for photos.
Whether you prefer the tanning booth or a spray, it is important that you make this appointment within one week prior to your wedding day. You want to allow time for your tan to set so you walk down the aisle with perfectly glowing skin. Tans will fade over time so try to not to make your appointment too early.
This one is for you. You have worked hard preparing for this big moment, it’s time to relax a little. A massage is a great way to reduce stress and ease any tension you have developed through your planning. This is also a great way to escape by taking your mind off wedding details. You deserve it!
From wispy waves to muted lip tones, this year’s hair and makeup trends suggest the 70’s have made a comeback. Now is the time to gather those vintage wedding albums from the basement and take notes!
The relaxed looked has returned for 2018. Say goodbye to elaborate up-do’s and hairspray, and hello to loose up-do’s and natural waves. You will also see more brides wearing their hair down as they walk down the aisle this year. This trend is easy, beautiful, and much healthier for your locks.
2018’s effortless trend also makes way for the return of braids and natural head pieces. Flowers and baby’s breath are a beautiful way that brides are choosing to accessorize their style with natural elegance.
No need to spends hours applying makeup for your wedding this year. In fact, for 2018, less is more. Soft pink lips, and natural eye shadows are more desirable. If you prefer to make a statement, smoky eyes are still the way to go. No need to be too elaborate, just a simple dramatization in the corners will do. Also, toss the blush and apply bronzer instead on your cheeks, chin, and forehead to give a sun-kissed glow and a smooth finish. Finally, keep the brows full to frame your face. Over-plucked thin brows are no longer a must.
Although hair and makeup trends for 2018 welcome a more natural tone, keep in mind that you still want enough style and color to appear flattering in your wedding photos. Try to avoid colors and styles that will make you look washed-out and up-kept. Still take time with your look, even though the goal is to appear effortless. You will be pleased with the results!