Looking glamorous for your wedding day doesn’t come without proper preparation. Following the right beauty timeline is necessary for achieving the ultimate look as you get ready for your big day. Everything from how consistent you are in following specific steps to the formulation of various products can affect your bridal glow, so it’s important to know when to get started.
To ensure you’re prepped and primed for your wedding day, follow these tips!
MEET WITH A DERMATOLOGIST
Before you do anything, schedule a consultation with a dermatologist. No matter how well you think you know your skin, getting a professional’s opinion is arguably one of the most beneficial steps you can take when preparing for your wedding day.
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Their insight will not only help you better understand your skin type and unique concerns, but it will also help you determine which skin care products are right for you to utilize throughout your transition from Ms. to Mrs. Try to schedule an appointment— whether it be in-person or through an online telemedicine platform— a few months out as openings may be difficult to find on such short notice.
REVAMP YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Once you’ve met with a licensed dermatologist, the next step is to revamp your current skin care routine. Whether you adjust the steps you follow or the treatments you invest in, it’s essential that you upgrade your daily regime so that you can better serve the needs of your skin.
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Remember that certain skin care treatments that are formulated with active ingredients may require their own timeline to visible results, so be sure to research the listed ingredients before using them in preparation for your wedding. In doing so, you’re more likely to achieve an effortlessly flawless complexion come time to marry.
UPGRADE YOUR COSMETIC PRODUCTS
For the same reason you want to revamp your skin care routine and treatment products, you should also follow suit by upgrading your cosmetics. Just like most toiletry items out there, cosmetics expire, and their shelf-life doesn’t typically last longer than a few months, meaning it’s necessary to do a once over before you even think about applying them to your face on your wedding day. This is especially true for skin makeup, as expired makeup can affect how it applies to the skin, the level of coverage, and the longevity of application.
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The last thing you want is for your skin makeup to fade or rub off midway through your ceremony, so make sure your foundation, concealer, contour, blush, bronzer, and highlighter are in good condition prior to your application. To figure out whether or not your cosmetics have expired, refer to the period after opening (PAO) symbol on the label of the product, or, punch in the batch code using this cosmetic batch code checker!
BOOK A HAIR APPOINTMENT
Figuring out how to style your gorgeous locks can be challenging, which is why you’ll want to book a hair appointment with a stylist a few months in advance. This way you’ll have time to discuss the type of hairstyle you want to wear for the day of your wedding and have a trial run ahead of time.
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To make the most use of your time, consider creating your own Pinterest board of different wedding updos and looks that may be of interest to you. Then, when you finally meet with your stylist, you two can use the time to discuss the practicality of each hair do and try out different looks throughout your appointment. Consulting with your stylist will make it easier for you to decide on which type of hairstyle you ultimately want to sport on the day you say “I do.”
Although it can be tempting to bake out in the sun or perhaps in a tanning booth, you’re much better off using a self-tanning product to darken your complexion. Excess sun exposure may work to naturally add melanin to the skin, but the damage that comes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is frightening. Between the development of dark spots, premature fine lines and wrinkles, and the heightened risk of skin cancer, there’s no denying the negative impact this process can have on your skin.
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There’s little to no time for these issues to occur when you’re preparing for your wedding, which is why getting a professional spray tan or purchasing your own self-tanner is the recommended option. Luckily, there is an endless array of self-tanning products available on the market, so darkening your complexion can be simple. Find which method is right for you and be sure to stay consistent with application as you creep closer to your wedding day.
WHITEN YOUR TEETH
Regardless of how often you brush your teeth, no amount of whitening toothpaste is as effective as an actual whitening treatment. Giving those pearly whites the extra boost and shine they need to enhance your overall appearance is necessary for achieving the ultimate bridal glow. And fortunately, this process doesn’t have to be too costly, either.
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While you certainly can arrange a professional tooth whitening treatment, you can also splurge on some other over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products at your local drugstore. Sure, they might not be the “real deal,” but some treatments, such as Crest Whitening Strips for example, have proven to be equally as successful in removing years of built up stains and plaque from your teeth. So no matter which choice you prefer, you’re bound to experience results all the same!