1. Water - drink it!
Dehydration affects our entire bodies, as well as our appearance. You will be
doing a lot of eating, stressing, drinking alcohol and staying up late in the
weeks before your wedding - make it a point to take care of yourself during this
phase. Water is the simplest and most effective defense against getting sick,
over tired and cranky. I’ve heard so many times from brides that they stopped
taking care of themselves while doing all the planning and running around while
creating their perfect wedding.
2. Brows - the
architecture of the face and the frame for
your eyes. Clean, full and softly arched brows can change the entire
face, they can rival a facelift when done correctly! Visit a professional as
soon as possible, but at least two months before the wedding have them
professionally shaped either by waxing or tweezing (if you are super
sensitive). Earlier is better because often there are sparse areas that need to
be regrown, visit again once or twice before the wedding (or whatever your
artist recommends) perfect brows are not made in a day ladies!
3. Trial - the day of your
makeup and/or hair trial, set yourself up for success. Find inspiration images,
have a clean face and clean dry hair (your artist can make hair dirty, but not
clean!) wear a nice white blouse or dress and your wedding jewelry - this will
help you to envision yourself the way you will actually look, bridal hair and
makeup looks a little confusing when paired with sweats or jeans and a T-shirt!
your artist - “natural” or “glam” can be interpreted in many ways, so be
specific if there is something you really DON'T want, or something you really
After your trial is
finished, take pictures and check yourself out in different light throughout
the day- photos steal makeup, you may be surprised when your natural look is
too natural in photos- this can be fixed by tweaking blush and bronzer, as well
as the size of your false lashes- without changing your overall look.
4. Acne - Aside from
visiting your Esthetician to keep your face blemish free, here are some other
suggestions that you may not have considered: Wash your pillow case frequently
and keep your phone and hands clean. They are in constant contact with
your face and a source of bacterial contamination.
5. Arm Bumps - If
you have small red bumps on the back of your arms, chances are it's not acne.
Keratosis Pilaris is a very common skin
condition that occurs when dead skin cells don't shed as they should. Use
lotions and washes with lactic acid to help unclog pores leading up to the big
6. Back Acne -
Wedding dresses often show off a brides back and shoulders. Keep those areas
free of acne and bumps with three simple steps.
- Use an anti-bacterial body
wash to keep acne stimulating bacteria away.
- Use a body brush or long
handled loofah brush to exfoliate your back.
- For problematic skin, have
your Esthetician use a clarifying mask on your back once a week to remove
any lingering impurities in the skin.
7. Cellulite - a
nasty little problem that can affect any bride. Whether you are 110 pounds or
210 pounds, cellulite can find its way onto your hips, butt and thighs.
Cellulite is a buildup of fluids, fat and toxins that are trapped under your
skin, which causes that orange peel effect. They are built up under the skin in
that area because of poor circulation. To make the appearance of cellulite
better in time for your honeymoon, try these tips:
- Use an exfoliating glove in
the shower to boost your circulation in cellulite ridden areas.
- Use a body scrub that has
caffeine in it. Caffeine also boosts your circulation.
- Drink at least eight glasses
of water per day to flush out toxins.
- Exercise more! Regular
exercise boosts circulation and will also help detox your whole body.
8. Smooth Skin. If
you want smooth hair-free skin for your wedding day, there are a variety of
ways to achieve it. Although shaving is quite common and inexpensive, hair
tends to resurface after only a couple days. Waxing is a great alternative
because it last for several weeks - which means you will be hair free through
the honeymoon. Waxing is best left to a professional as it can be time
consuming and more painful when done at home.
9. Smooth Lips - You can relieve yourself of
dry chapped lips by following these tips:
- Exfoliate your lips with your
wash cloth in the shower. Rub gently for 30 seconds to de-flake.
- Apply a heavy lip balm every
night to moisturize dry, cracked lips.
- Avoid long-wearing lipsticks
and lip glosses - they are more drying than anything else.
- Switch to a tinted lip balm
for color and moisture.
10. Eat! - Exercising and eating well to trim down for
the big day is one thing. Not eating to look as slender as possible is just
silly—and it will backfire. When blood sugar levels drop, your skin can get
pale and clammy.