Bridal Beauty Timeline: Your Head-to-Toe Prep Guide Before the Big Day
'Tis the season to say I do...to great-looking skin. As you get set to walk down the aisle (stand up next to your bestie or watch as someone you love commits to the one she loves) you'll want to make sure you look your best! To help you prep for that sought after wedding day glow we've created the ultimate bridal beauty prep guide and timeline! For the best time to get a pre-wedding facial to the skin care steps you should incorporate into your routine now, keep reading!
6-12 Months Before
Build a Skin Care Routine (and Follow It!)
As soon as you snag that sparkler you’ll want to make sure the other thing that’s glowing—besides that gorgeous ring—is your complexion. If you don’t already have one, it’s time to start a skin care routine that you can stay loyal to. To build your personalized skin care routine assess your skin type and concerns. Everyone should start off with the basics—a cleanser for morning and night, a moisturizer to use after you cleanse, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen that you’ll wear every day. These three simple steps can help to ensure that your skin is free of dirt and impurities, stays hydrated, and is protected against the harsh—and skin aging—effects of the sun. Remember to extend this love to the skin below your chin! You’ll want to make an effort to care for your neck, décolleté, arms, legs—you get the idea—so your skin looks smooth and feels soft when you’re donning that gorgeous gown!
Speaking of face and body care, consider a Clarisonic device that can help not only cleanse the skin but provide an effect of lifted and firm skin, like the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift. The device targets 15 signs of aging on the face, neck and décolleté and helps boost the absorption of your anti-aging products. “I love our Smart Profile Uplift for a cleansing and firming routine morning and night,” says Heather Forcari, Clarisonic’s VP of U.S. Education. “It can deliver amazing results to make the skin makeup-ready.” What’s more, you can use the device’s firming massage head with your serums, creams, hydrating masks, and more for a spa-like experience right at home. As you think about the rest of your skin care routine leading up to your wedding, look to the Smart Profile Uplift device to help apply your products and improve the look and feel of your skin. From there, determine what your goals are with your skin care routine. Do you have dark circles you want to make a whole lot less noticeable? Are you hoping to address any lingering breakouts and blemishes to get clearer-looking skin for the big day? Now’s the time to incorporate products that can help with these concerns. From eye creams to spot treatments to anti-aging serums, there are endless ways to customize your skin care routine to fit your needs.
Speaking of the Smart Profile Uplift device, Clarisonic is giving away a personalized Uplift device to one lucky bride along with four personalized MIA 2 facial cleansing brushes for her bridal squad! Click here for information on how to enter. But act fast! The giveaway ends on April 20.
Focus on Your Face
On the big day you’ll want your peepers and your pout to look their best. Starting now, incorporate eye care and lip care products into your skin care routine. If you have dark circles, look for a product that’s been formulated to help visibly brighten them. Puffy eyes? An eye cream with a metallic roller applicator may be right up your ally. Try to use a broad-spectrum SPF eye cream during the day to protect your eye contour from the effects of the sun.
For your lips, keep a lip care product on hand to help your lips stay hydrated throughout the day. As well, just like you’ll want to protect your peepers from UV rays, use an SPF on your pout to help to ward off any dryness that the sun can cause. Finally, once a week use a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips to help keep dead skin cell buildup at bay.
De-Stress… Well, Try To
We get it, planning (having, being in, heck…even going to!) a wedding can be stressful, but the last thing you want is for those signs of stress to show up on your skin. Starting now, find activities that can help you find a little peace of mind throughout the process. For some that may mean going for a walk, for others that could be a little mindful meditation—find what works for you and be sure to give yourself the time to do it. (Note: We like to take aromatherapy-infused baths to help unwind!)
6 Months Before
Partner with a Pro
Now is the time to start seeing a dermatologist if you have any looming skin care concerns that need a little extra attention. Often times, in-office services—like chemical peels—are more powerful than the over-the-counter products we use at home. What’s more, your dermatologist can help you create that skin care routine we talked about above.
If your concerns are more surface-level—think: you’d like a fresh, glowing complexion...and don’t we all—now’s a great time to book a few facial appointments with your favorite esthetician. If your budget allows, a monthly facial is a great way to pamper your skin with a thorough—and customized—service.
Wear a Mask
If face and hair masks aren’t already a part of your weekly routine, it’s time to make them one! Hair masks can help to hydrate your strands to keep them looking and feeling healthy and soft. Find a mask that was formulated for your hair type and if it has a complementary shampoo and conditioner pick those up as well, often using an entire system is necessary to see results.
Face masks are a huge part of our routines at Skincare.com—many of us mask up to three days of the week to address different skin care needs. Masks—whether you just use one or a few as part of a multi-masking routine—can help you not only address certain skin care concerns like a dull-looking tone, they also give you a chance to kick back and relax. So pencil in those pampering sessions ladies!
2-3 Months Before
Schedule a Hair and Makeup Trial
Unless you’re planning to do your own hair and makeup, it’s a good idea to book a trial appointment a few months out to make sure you and the person (or people) you hire are on the same page. Bring lots of photos with you as inspiration—we recommend finding pics of women who have similar features as you do so that you can best meet your expectations. Also bring a photo of your dress if you have it so that you can be sure your look for the big day complements that gorgeous gown.
2 Weeks Before
Go to the Salon
Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you’ll want to book an appointment for a fresh trim and color—most experts don’t recommend a drastic change right before your wedding day.
Get a Final Facial
Book your final facial a couple weeks before you get set to walk down the aisle and say “I do!” Since some facials require a little downtime—hello, extractions—you’ll want to give your complexion a chance to calm down after your trip to the spa. (While you’re at it, book a massage—you’ll likely need all the de-stressing help you can get at this point!)
1 Week Before
Tame Those Brows
Whether you’re partial to microblading, waxing, or going the DIY route with a pair of tweezers, now is the time to tame those eyebrows. Since it’s your big day you’ll want to steer clear of trying something new—read: stick to the shape you know and love ladies!—but you’ll definitely want them groomed for your upcoming nuptials.
If you don’t incorporate body exfoliation into your weekly shower routine, you’ll want to give your skin a scrub down a bit before the big day. This will help you prep your skin for any upcoming spray tans and just help you slough away any dead skin cell buildup that’s been lingering on the surface. Make sure you moisturize after your scrub to help replenish your skin with hydration!
1-3 Days Before
Get a Mani-Pedi
From long-lasting gels, glittery nail art, and more—you’ll want those fingers and toes in tip-top shape for your wedding and your honeymoon! Book an appointment at a nail salon for a mani-pedi with your bridal party and enjoy having everyone dote on you for a bit before the big day! Prefer to get your pedicure on at home? Check out our step-by-step pedicure tutorial.
Pack a Beauty Survival Kit
From a botched winged line to a smudged lipstick, on the big day you’ll want to be well prepared for any beauty snafus. Prep ahead of time by packing a beauty survival kit!
Get a Wax
If your go-to hair removal route is waxing, now’s the time to tackle those strays! Check out our guide to waxing here.
The Big Day!
Let the amazing team around you pamper you pretty and get ready to knock ‘em all dead when you walk down that aisle! The months of preparation will have left you with silky-soft skin, the perfect canvas upon which to build your makeup application. If you’re aiming for an airbrushed makeup look, ask your stylist to use Clarisonic’s Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush to perfectly blend any cream, stick, or liquid makeup you’re using. "The bristle itself is a wavy bristle instead of the straight bristles of our cleansing brushes, so it disperses makeup over the skin beautifully," Forcari says. "You can use it to apply your foundation, your color-correcting concealer, primer, cream blush, highlighter, and/or contour product." The only thing you don't want to use the brush head for are any powder products.