June 14, 2010

Makeup & Skincare Before Your Big Day

Flawless finish

Start a skincare regimen at least six months before your wedding day. If you don't already have one, visit a dermatologist who will help get you on track.

Skin savers

Purchase products that work with your skin—not against it. Harsh scrubs or cleansers will only make sensitive skin break out more, while mild cleansers won't effectively clean oily skin.

Top service

Get regular facials at a reputable salon. If you don't have a facialist, seek recommendations from friends and brides in your area.

Sun safety

Wear sunscreen every day. Seeking out a moisturizer with a built-in SPF (15 or higher, please!) is a foolproof way to make sure you incorporate it into your daily routine.

ABC’s of skin care

Don't forget that healthy skin doesn't only come from cleansers and moisturizers. Eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep.

Best face forward

Use makeup to accent your best feature: Draw attention to your eyes, for example, by using subtly contrasting colors (think slate blue for brown eyes and soft violet for blue eyes).

A bit bolder

Your wedding day is not the time to attempt a new look—you want to feel comfortable in your own skin. But realize you’ll want to apply your makeup a bit darker than normal. Photographs can make you look washed out.

Hands on care

Starting weekly manicures at least two months prior to your wedding will give you the healthiest nails possible. Apply cuticle oil and moisturizer regularly at home.

Smile bright

Visit your dentist for professional whitening treatments, or use whitening toothpaste and a do-it-yourself bleaching kit at home.

Wax pretty

Schedule final waxing appointments a week or two before your big day. If you’ve never had your eyebrows shaped, start two months in advance to perfect the look

Brides Magazine