Bridal beauty countdown-Wedding preps

Wedding-day beauty shouldn't only be on the day-of. Start now to ensure you look your bridal best when you make your grand entrance. A clean and fresh-looking complexion is a must for making perfect canvas to be painted upon. So, proper skin preparation is important to ensure your wedding makeup stays put. The summer months especially can be brutal on your beauty efforts, so if you don’t already have one, a good skin care regimen is ideal to ensure you get your skin in perfect condition before the “Big Day”.


When it comes to the best way to care for your face, there are many schools but here are a few good pointers for common issues A dermatologist can help those fighting a losing acne battle, by prescribing creams and oral pills. Start seeing a dermatologist six months before the wedding-your skin's renewal cycle is once every 40 days.

 If you're looking to bring a dull complexion to life, an aesthetic at your local spa can provide a series of facials that clear blackheads, slough off dead skin cells, and improve circulation( but don't dare get a facial within ten days of your wedding, and definitely not the day of).  But the real secret to great skin? Water. Drink tons of H2O before and on your wedding day to make your face look dewy and radiant.  Sometimes even adding the simplest efforts to your routine can help your skin look more luminous. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol consumption, do not stress out about the little wedding planning details before your big day, and get plenty of rest the week of will help your skin glow and allow your wedding makeup artist to make you into the beautiful bride.
On the morning of your wedding, skip the lotions, toners or any products that will be between your skin and your makeup before you get your wedding makeup done. This step will help your makeup adhere to your skin better with less chance of slippage when you start to get hot and sweat, because there is a fine line between a sweaty shine and a dewy glow. Be sure to let your makeup artist know about your skin concerns or any allergic reaction (if yo have any) so that they may use additional products if necessary to help achieve the best application, or abide from using certain products that would cause you inflammation or infection. 


Dark circles and puffiness are common bride-to-be problems (all those late nights pouring over the seating chart is bound to take a toll, decorating your new home, making sure everything is just in place, after all). Since the skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive, be gentle take off eye makeup with a water-soluble remover (don't scrub), and keep rubbing to a minimum. A nightly application of eye cream, in addition to adequate sleep, will improve the appearance of dark circles and a cool compress once or twice a week (or as needed) helps keep puffiness at bay. During the days before the wedding, steer clear of too much salty food, which can cause eyes to look more swollen. Try Almond oil, peppermint oil, and black tea cooled in the fridge masks for your under eye area right before your bedtime.


A Vitamin E stick (sold at pharmacies and The Body Shop store) can fight cracks and creases that weather and nervous lip biting can cause. You should also exfoliate your lips at least once a week, to clear away dead skin Wet a toothbrush with warm water and brush lips with a gentle back-and-forth motion, or with a lip scrub. Finally, protect your pucker with sunscreen, as the sun can leave lips looking - and feeling -dry.

Neck and Decollete

Since your gown no doubt shows off a little (or a lot!) of neck and decollete, start taking care of this area as soon as you can. Think of it as an extension of the skin on your face -- but remember that this fragile skin is thinner, has fewer oil glands than the rest of the body, and requires special care to keep it supple and smooth. Exfoliate it with a gentle face scrub every other day, apply a light moisturizer daily, and use sunscreen when heading out.

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