Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, so of course you want to look absolutely perfect. But, it’s easy to go overboard on beauty treatments or forget to do the little things, especially as your nuptials draw ever closer. There are many things you should do prior to wedding week — like scheduling a hair and makeup trial — but today, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Wedding Week Beauty Do’s and Don’ts to keep you looking your best for your wedding day! Check out SB&G’s recommended hair and makeup artists to help you achieve your ideal bridal beauty look!
Wedding Week Do’s
1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This will scrub away dull, dead skin cells and stimulate new growth, giving you that beautiful bridal glow. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub the night before the wedding. This will ensure that your lipstick goes on smoothly and lasts longer! You don’t want flakey lips for your first kiss with your husband!
2. Keep showers on the short side the week before the wedding, and don’t overuse soap. Lots of soap and extremely hot water can dry out your skin and leave you with itchy, ashy patches.
3. Pack a bag of the essentials. Get a cute clutch for your Maid of Honor to carry on the wedding day, and fill it with some beauty essentials — pressed powder, lip color, bobby pins, and shine control face blotting sheets. Even if you hire the most wonderful makeup artist and hair stylist, you’ll need to do some minor touch ups throughout the day to keep you looking picture perfect!
4. Get your beauty sleep. All of the excitement leading up to your big day can be exhausting, and tiredness can take a toll on your appearance. Avoid black circles and bags under your eyes by ensuring you get at least 8 hours of sleep each night the week before your wedding, especially the night before you say “I do!”
5. Think waterproof. It’s inevitable that you’ll shed a few tears on your wedding day. Chat with your makeup artist about what works best for sweat, humidity, and tears — like airbrush makeup, false eyelashes, and waterproof liner. They know what they’re talking about!
Wedding Week Don’ts
1. Don’t do hair removal of any kind less than five days before your wedding. Schedule treatments like waxing or threading about a week out so that the redness and irritation have a chance to calm down. This will also give you time to fix any unexpected problems, like small bumps or breakouts from the wax.
2. Don’t drastically cut or color your hair. Have you ever gotten your hair done at a salon and come out feeling less-than-thrilled about the result? You certainly don’t want that to happen mere days before you walk down the aisle! If you’re going to wear an up-do, don’t cut crazy layers into your hair…it will make it much more difficult for the stylist, especially if it’s drastically different than when you had your hair trial. Similarly, don’t try any major color changes — stick with what you know you like. It’s hard to correct a color mishap without ample time, and a week before the wedding is definitely not enough!
3. Don’t go in the sun without sunscreen! It’s natural to want a little more color than usual for your wedding day, but be careful! The last thing you want is sunburnt bikini lines peeking up around your wedding dress’ neckline, especially if you’re wearing something strapless. If you want a little extra color, think about spray tanning — but make sure you try it out several times before the big day to be positive you like the hue and the salon.
4. Don’t try any new beauty products. Stick to what you know works well with your skin. Trying a new moisturizer or cream might be tempting, but it’s just asking for trouble. You don’t want an itchy red rash or allergic breakout on your wedding day!
5. Don’t ingest excess sodium. Hold fast to your normal diet and workout routine the week before the wedding — you don’t want to bloat too much from eating a lot of salty foods, but you also don’t want to lose so much weight that your dress doesn’t fit as perfectly as it did at your final fitting. Just keep doing what you normally do!