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Bridal beauty timeline WHAT to do and WHEN to do it

When it comes to visualizing a wedding date, most brides want to look their best on this special day. After all, looking radiant and picture-perfect on your big day takes some work and planning— actually, months of work and planning. To help you avoid any last minute beauty disasters (assuming that you don't want to look dull or orange or have peeling skin on your big day), we have put together the ultimate wedding beauty timeline for every bride. From when to get waxed to when to schedule your hair appointments, this guide will ensure you look radiant and beautiful when the big day arrives.

Test a new hair color: Thinking about having a color change for your wedding? Now is the time to try it out—if you hate it, there is still plenty of time for you to grow it out or change the color without frying the hair.

Revive your skincare regimen: If you have been slacking on your skin routine, now is the time to start incorporating a more strict system. Cleanse, tone, target, and moisturize every morning and night—and don’t forget to exfoliate once a week!

Fitness and nutrition plan: Avoid crash dieting before your wedding by starting a nutrition and fitness plan now. You will look healthy and glowing on the big day, instead of exhausted and weak.

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3 months before the wedding

Beauty accessories: S elect any beauty accessories, like earrings, necklace and hair accessories.

Hair and makeup trial: Start pinning your dream bridal hair and makeup style. Communicate that to your bridal hair and makeup artist. I would recommend trying your dream wedding hair and makeup style about 2-3 months before your wedding. It is important to have a trial session scheduled so that you can have a realistic expectation on how the hair and makeup will turn out. It will also be a good time for you and the artist to get to know each other better. It will help things go more smoothly on the big day. Bring your accessories to the trial so you can see how thing go with each other.

2 months before the wedding

Tanning options: If you want a bronzy glow on and want to get a spray tan, book one now, rather than a few days before your wedding, as a test run.

Nail color: Two months out is the perfect amount of time to pick out your bridal nail color and design —make sure it has the right tone next to your dress and decorations.

Teeth whitening: Most professional teeth whitening sessions take more than one appointment. Book your first appointment now, and use an at home whitening kit after your last session to maintain your pearly whites. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is sensitive teeth.

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Avoid getting sunburn: Wear sunscreen and avoid getting sunburn. Excessive sun exposure can damage your skin and cause your skin to peel and develop sunspots. Most brides would want to avoid having peeling, uneven, sensitive skin on the big day.

2 weeks before the wedding

Hair color and trim: Get a hair color treatment at your salon for shiny locks on your wedding day, and trim any split ends while you are there.

Exfoliate: If you have not been doing so, start exfoliating your body at least once a week. Try a gentle body scrub, like Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish, that sloughs off dead skin cells without stripping your skin of moisture.

Brows: Get your brows waxed, threaded, or shaped at the two-week mark—tweeze any stray hairs at least one day before your wedding to avoid bumps and redness.

1 week before the wedding

Gentle facial: A week before your wedding, go in for a soothing, hydrating facial. Avoid any major exfoliation or unusual treatments, as you don't want your skin to have an adverse reaction.

Wax: Get waxed at least five days before the big day so your skin has time to heal.

Discontinue Some Skincare: We all love retinol, but using it the week before your wedding has the potential to irritate your skin. Stop regular use of retinol, Vitamin C, and any chemical exfoliants at this time unless directed by your esthetician.

3 days before the wedding

Manicure and Pedicure: Make sure you are using a gel nail polish to avoid any chips and cracks on your nails. Most likely, you have determined your nail tech and color long before the actual manicure, so just relax and let yourself enjoy the process. It is also a good idea to have your bridesmaids get your nails done with you.

Spray tan: Get your spray tan (if you are getting one) three days before your wedding—the extra time will allow the tan to fade in and look more natural.

1 day before the wedding

Beauty sleep: The best thing you can do at this point is to get some rest—you have done your work, now take some time to relax (or at least try to). Sleep early!

Hydrate: Drink lots of water the day before to ensure you and your skin are hydrated.

Follow the hair and makeup artist's prep instruction: Your bridal hair and makeup artist should have provided an instruction on how to prep your hair and makeup the day before the wedding. Make sure you follow the instruction provided.

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Congratulations—you have made it to the big day! Now all you have to do is smile. Just relax and let your hair and makeup artist make you look beautiful!


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