June 2, 2014

bridal beauty countdown!

It's June and that means Wedding Season has officially arrived (and so has Prom season), so whichever dress you will be sporting in the coming months, follow this beauty countdown to gorgeous! Mark your calendar with this prep list, and find out which essential steps you should be taking months, weeks, and hours before your big day!

Starting Now

Give Skin Some Love
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser twice a day tailored to your skin type, exfoliate twice a week, protect skin daily with an SPF 30 or higher, and at night use a good anti-aging moisturizer.

Let it Grow!
If you dream of flowing locks on your wedding day, start working toward your goal now. Keep in mind that hair grow about a half inch per month. Tell your stylist to trim no more than an eighth of an inch each time.

6 Months Prior

Get a Facial
If you are fortunate enough to be able to get a facial every 6 weeks - do it. If you can only get one or two, make sure they are spaced 6 weeks apart, and at least 6 weeks before the big day!

Shape Your Brows
Ask your expert to follow the natural line of your brows and take a conservative approach, the most flattering shape for brides is full with a nice arch. Book shapings every 4 to 6 weeks leading up to the event, and abstain from DIY plucking between visits. The last wax should be no sooner than 2 weeks before the wedding in case of irritation.

3 Months Prior

Book the Beauty Pros
Research hair and makeup artists in your area by asking around, searching online, and checking out their portfolio. Go with the ones that fit your budget, but make you feel comfortable and listen to your beauty vision for the big day.

1 Month Prior

Brighten Your Smile
First, get a teeth cleaning even if you're not due for one. Then you can either use a drugstore whitener, like Crest Advanced White Strips, or get a one-hour whitening by your dentist. Try to avoid red wine and coffee leading up to the big day [without dying] to keep teeth dazzling.

Beauty Test Drive
Schedule a trial with your hair and makeup professionals to ensure you both know exactly what will be done on the big day. Surprises are not a brides best friend! Make sure to take pictures of your finished look both inside and outside so you can see how you look in different lighting and decide if there's anything you would like to change.

Try on a Spray Tan
DO NOT GO TO TANNING BEDS. Skin cancer is not in fashion, and you can get the same effect from a bottle SAFELY! Test out different products [St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is amazing, as is Neostrata Insta-Tan] to decide which product/colour is best on you. Your glow should last between 5-7 days, so trying this a month prior give you plenty of time to perfect your application. Final application should be no sooner than 2 days prior to the big day.

1 Day Prior

Treat yourself to a salon manicure and pedicure the day before to give yourself a moment to unwind and ensure you wont have to wait around for polish to dry the day of. Bonus points if you get a shellac mani [lipstick darling fav!] which will probably last you through the honeymoon as well!

Think Before You Lather
Wash your hair the day before if you plan on wearing it up so strands will be easy to work with. Squeaky-clean hair gives bobby-pins and accessories the slip, so don't lather up the day of.

Prevent Pimples
If there's an area of your face that breaks out under stress, spot treat it with a clay mask you've SUCCESSFULLY used before. This can prevent zits from popping up overnight.

The Day Of

Relax and ENJOY! There's nothing more you can do but enjoy your day now that it has finally arrived! Everything will fall into place and you will look stunning. Just remember to have a good time!


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