The world may be going through a lot right now, but it doesn’t mean you and your betrothed cannot enjoy your big day. It is because circumstances are so dire that you and your spouse-to-be deserve all the love, joy, and happiness you can have on your wedding day—and one of the best ways you can achieve this is by looking and feeling good.
If you are getting married soon, here are some essential beauty and skincare tips you need to do and when you need to do them.
Twelve months before
Consult with a board-certified dermatologist to see if there are major problems with your skin that need addressing, and ask them to help you get started on a regimen that can heal your skin. Ask for a whole-body inspection, too—you never know if there are hard-to-reach areas that might be suffering from pimples or other skin issues.
Now is also the time to consult with your hairstylist about how to invigorate your hair, especially if you have been battling dryness and brittleness for a while now. You can ask for a hair regimen that can help bring back your hair’s shine and vitality.
Six months before
Now is a good time to test out new hair colors because your hair would have healed significantly by now, and you also have time to change it if the color does not work. It’s also a good time to get started on laser hair removal to fully remove hair from unwanted places. You need to start this early, especially since there are usually four to six weeks between sessions.
Three months before
If you are undergoing non-invasive treatments, now may be the best time to do so. Many anti-aging treatments usually show their best results after three months, but it will also depend a lot on your age. Your consultation with your dermatologist months prior should help you find the best timeline for your specific needs and context.
When looking for a clinic to do these treatments, opt for ones that partner with reputable distributors. For example, suppose you’re to undergo a threading procedure for your eyebrows. A reputable clinic will have a PDO thread distributor with FDA clearance and machines created to the highest and safest standard.
One month before
Decide on how much bronze and glow you want and test it out with your makeup artist. Make sure that they are prepared for how tan you will be on the big day—so a few makeup test runs are key during this time.
Now is also the time to choose your final hair accessories, so sit down with your hairstylist and wedding gown designer to ensure that your dress and hair accessories look good together. Choose your nail colors during this period as well.
Other errands that are optimal during this time are teeth whitening and Botox, especially since the latter usually takes weeks or months before it looks its best.
Two weeks before
Have your hair trimmed and get a Brazilian blowout to add to its shine. If you must add some subtle colors, now is the time to do so because you want to ensure that you have enough time to change it if you don’t like it. Subtle color changes like ombré or Balayage highlights always look good with bridal waves.
Go for a spa day with your girls and have your entire bodies exfoliated.
One week before
Get a gentle facial and remind your esthetician not to try new products on your skin since you’re getting married in a week and you don’t want to experiment right now. Have the roots of your hair retouched so that it’s fresh for the big day.
Do some mild at-home treatments to boost your skin’s natural glow. Ask for some recommendations from your dermatologist, and do a skin patch to ensure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.
One day before
Get a spray tan, and make sure it’s the one you and your makeup artist pre-approved months ago. Get a manicure and pedicure and ask for gel polish or acrylic nails so that the color doesn’t chip on the big day. Get plenty of beauty sleep and drink plenty of water.
You should feel the most beautiful and confident on your wedding day, and you can achieve this by preparing even a year in advance. But remember that nothing makes you glow quite like love and happiness, so don’t forget to enjoy and revel in the celebrations—and you and your fiancé will surely be the main event. Congratulations and best wishes!