Your six-week bridal beauty bootcamp
When it comes to your wedding, your beauty preparation program is just as important as your on-the-day look.
Here’s how to make sure your skin is ready and glowing for your big day.
Six weeks before your wedding
- Hydrate and moisturise your skin with serums and masks. Take the time to really massage the products in to achieve a glow and define contours.
- Start giving your hair a weekly mask or at-home treatment to ensure it is healthy and glossy on the day
Four weeks before your wedding
- Keep your skin care simple from now on to avoid breakouts.
- Diet is also key. Stock up on skin-friendly superfoods such as grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale, drink plenty of water and snack on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon.
- If you are planning on a fake tan for your wedding day, it’s best to experiment now in case you have a reaction. Consider the colour of your gown, and any existing tan lines you need to cover.
- Speaking of tan lines, you should now be protecting your skin every day with SPF 30, particularly on your face, and even your lips.
Two weeks before your wedding
- This is your last chance to have any professional facials and treatments done, so that any reactions or irritations have plenty of time to recover before the big day.
- Cut down on tea and coffee now and try whitening toothpaste or strips.
- Get your final haircut or trim so your ends are neat and fresh on the day.
One week before your wedding
- To boost your pre-ceremony glow, exfoliate a couple of times this week with a mild exfoliating cream.
- Despite the nerves, stress and excitement, ensure you are getting enough sleep, exercising, and maintaining a well-balanced diet.
- Do not try any new products or aggressive treatments.
- Apply moisturiser to your face and body regularly. Use a night cream for extra hydration and an eye serum to avoid puffiness around the eye area.
The day before your wedding
- Moisturise your elbows, feet and hands.
- Get a manicure.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Give your face a deep 20-minute massage to remove tension and fluid, and plump up the muscles and skin overnight.
- Before applying makeup on the day, smooth a hydrating serum on to your face, neck and décolletage to enhance your glow.
More beauty tips and tricks
- Your best-time beauty calendar
- How to get a glowing complexion
- How to look after your skin as you age
- Skin no-nos you should stop doing now
Written by Anna Byrne.