The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Beauty

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring/Summer 2014 collection | Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

Huda Kattan, our beauty editor and resident bridal beauty and makeup pro, knows what to do and what not to do in the run up to your big day.

Bridal season is upon us, and there are tips and tricks you can employ right now to make sure you shine on your special day. You don’t need to spend days in a spa prepping yourself. The difference is in understanding what small changes you can make to create the ultimate beauty canvas for your skin, meanwhile ensuring that all other beauty factors are in check. Sometimes, adding a ten-minute routine to your daily beauty grind can make a world of a difference. Here, we divulge all the bridal do’s and dont’s that will make everyone think that you had your own glam squad prepping you for your wedding day.

  1. Do Get a Facial – One of the best facials you can get before any important event is a diamond microdermabrasion. This treatment gets rid dead skin and eliminates rough patches, turning your face into a flawless canvas that is perfect for makeup application and photos. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you can ask the spa to start with a patch test to see how your skin reacts to the treatment.
  2. Don’t Overindulge in Snacks – You may think that the only consequence of eating fried foods and sweets in the run up to your big day is the chance that you may not fit into your dress, but, truthfully, you’re risking more than that. Fried foods and sweets will leave you with clogged pores and incredibly unattractive, greasy skin. And, if that wasn’t enough, fatty foods can also drain you of energy, leaving you fatigued on your wedding day. Instead of reaching for chocolate, opt for some smoked salmon and low-fat cream cheese.
  3. Go Natural – As the big day nears, it’s always a good idea to skip makeup for a few days. On your wedding day, you may wear more makeup than you ever have, so give your skin a chance to breathe in preparation. Steering clear of makeup during the week prior to the wedding will ensure that your pores are clear and your skin is glowing.
  4. Don’t Try Any New Procedures – Often times, when it comes down to getting ready for their wedding day, many women start considering lip augmentation, fillers, and Botox. If you’ve tried the procedure before and know how it works and how you react to it, then chances are you will be happy with the results. However, if you’re trying it for the first time, you may not only be surprised by the results, but you may also be unhappy with them. If you have enough time, try the procedure at least six months before your wedding day.
  5. Do Cleanse – Most women assume that a cleansing diet is specifically for weight loss, but cleanses actually help achieve unbelievably radiant skin. Flushing out toxins gets rid of a lot of the factors that cause lack-luster skin as well as fatigue. While radiant skin may be easy to fake with makeup, the type of glow that you get from being clean on the inside
    cannot be recreated.
  6. Don’t Overdo the Tanning – While your skin may look gorgeous in person when you’re tanned, it could appear orange or an unpleasant shade of brown in photographs. Keep your tan just slightly deeper than your natural color for a sun-kissed look and avoid heavy tanning during the week before the wedding.
  7. Do Stay Hydrated – Drinking water is the best way to keep impurities away. Increasing your intake of water will not only help remove the excess sodium in your body, but it will also help de-puff the area around your eyes, make your skin glow, and speed up your metabolism. It’s the best way to get ready for any big event, especially your wedding day.
  8. Don’t Change Your Hair – Though the urge of trying a drastically different hair do for your wedding may be strong, remember that, in most cases, it’s irreversible. Unless your hair is desperate for a cut or root maintenance, keep hair changes minimal. Anything that goes wrong will be difficult to fix as hair often needs time in between treatments, meaning that it may be ruined not only for your big day but also for your honeymoon.
  9. Do Try Bikram Yoga – It may not sound easy, but Bikram Yoga is a great way to cleanse and strengthen quickly. It helps you sweat out toxins and tone your body. Keep in mind that rapid weight loss may cause your dress size to change, so make sure you factor that in.
  10. Don’t Overdo the Makeup – One of the worst things you could do on your wedding day is go into makeup overload. Wearing too much makeup not only makes you look unrecognizable, but it can also take away from your natural beauty. Work with a makeup artist who understands makeup photography and only add makeup where necessary.
    Also, remember to keep colors as natural as possible to bring out your own skin tone.
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