Your special day should be enjoyable and effortless. There are enough stress factors that go into planning a wedding...your makeup that day should NOT be one of them! Here are a few simple tips to help the makeup portion of your big day run perfectly (and, hopefully, on time!).
Before getting into the makeup chair, it’s best to have a clean face. If you have a moisturizer you are in love with, definitely use it.
If you are going to be getting a facial prior to the wedding, do so at least two weeks in advance. You never know how your skin is going to react to spa products or exactions. The two weeks in between the facial and the wedding allows the skin time to settle down if necessary.
Any facial waxing (brows or lip) should be done 3-5 days before the wedding date. This will allow time for the redness to dissipate and if needed, only a few hairs will need to be plucked.
Regularly apply eye creams and moisturizers for the two months prior to the wedding day. This will keep the face hydrated and smooth. If you are trying out new skincare items, this two-month grace period also allows you time to ensure that your skin reacts to the products perfectly. Use a manual exfoliator the day before the wedding (I recommend adding Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains to your current cleanser to avoid any product irritations). Exfoliating the skin will remove the dead skin cells on the surface and make the skin smooth. If the canvas if perfect, the makeup will look flawless.
Also, Avoid using Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxyl creams before the wedding day. They may lead to skin peeling, flaking and irritation. And all this will show in photos.
Rehearsal dinners usually take place the night before the wedding. It’s a fun time, but try to limit your alcohol in take the night before the wedding. Drinking too much dehydrates the skin, causing the skin to look flakey and makes it hard for the makeup to stay on the skin. Does this mean you can’t drink at all?! No, absolutely not! Enjoy yourself, but just be careful and drink plenty of water.
Now is not the time to get your very first spray tan. Test out a tanning salon and a darkness level two months before. If you are satisfied with the outcome, schedule your next tanning session 3 days before the wedding.
Lip colors tend to be very personal for a lot of women, so if there is a particular shade that you absolutely LOVE, bring it and let’s use it. You want to feel as comfortable as possible on your day, and if this will help, then let’s go with it!
Be aware of time. There is no guarantee that your beauty team can have you ready on time if you are not on time yourself. Allow for a cushion. And make sure that your bridal party is aware of this too.
And finally, just relax and enjoy this event. This is YOUR day…try not to stress out so much that you can’t take every piece of it in. Have fun.