Over the years I’ve had many newly engaged clients come to me, all excited because they’re getting married, asking what they can do to prepare for their big day. In the end I created a beauty guide for brides to be, which had lots of information about treatments they could have, and when they might want to have them. This guide was used a lot, and not just for brides, but for anyone that had a big event coming up. So, if you’re reading this and thinking ‘has turned into a wedding blog?’, the answer is no, however, if you’re getting married in the near future or you have a special occasion coming up where you want to look your absolute best, this post (based on my guide) could be for you. As always, these are only rough guidelines of what you could do. To achieve that perfect look it’s always best to plan well in advance, and tailor everything to suit your individual needs. Here’s what I used to advise my clients:
12 months to go
Assess your diet. It’s important to have a healthy, balanced diet if we want our hair, skin and nails to look their best. If you think you might be lacking in vital vitamins etc, now is the time to address the issue. At beauty school they taught us to drink eight glasses of water a day for a healthy looking complexion. They also advised us to drink more if we needed to eliminate extra toxins such as tea, coffee or alcohol etc.
Decide if you’re getting enough exercise if you are hoping to lose some weight. Not only will it help keep you trim, but it can work miracles for tired looking skin. This is because it improves circulation and and increases oxygen levels. Never has there been a better time to think about joining the gym, or parking your car a little bit further away from work and walking there each day. Little changes can make a big difference.
A good skincare routine is a must. Try to use good quality products at home to cleanse, tone and moisturise daily, morning and evening. Don’t forget to include your lips – just think of all those people you’ll be kissing on your big day! If you don’t know how to create a skincare routine, check out our skincare section , where you’ll find posts on how to diagnose your skin type, how to create your skincare routine, choosing products and more. You may also want to think about booking a course of facials. Talk to a skincare therapist to find out more.
Now could also be a good time to think about waxing, if it’s not something that you already do. It can take a while to get into a good waxing routine, so it’s always best to ask a therapist for advice. Personally I wouldn’t start any later than 6 months if possible, but it all depends on the results you want to achieve.
6 months to go
You probably want your hands and nails to be in tip-top condition when you show off your ring on your big day, so now is the time to start having a manicure once a month, or more often if needed. Ask a therapist if there are any products you should be using at home too.
Show your therapist / make-up artist a picture of your wedding dress and discuss colour schemes so that they’re aware of the overall look you’re hoping to achieve on the day. You’ll probably want to start thinking about your make-up, finger and toe nail colours at this stage.
2 months to go
If you’re thinking about having a tanning treatment before your big day start experimenting now. Not only will you want to find the perfect fake tanning formula for you, but you will also need to decide what method of application you would like, which could be a spray tan, or a more hands on application etc.
1 month to go
Have your make-up trial around this time. It’s not always a good idea to have it too far in advance because you may well change your mind closer to the big day. Think of all those pictures you’ll probably see that could give you new ideas.
7 days to go
You might want to have your eyelashes tinted and get all of your waxing done. A week before the wedding is a good time to do this to give your skin a chance to calm down. The most common treatments are probably bikini lines, legs, underarms and eyebrows. If you’ve never had these treatments done before I would recommend having a trial run. Regarding waxing – the further in advance you start, the better the results, and it’s always a good idea to have at least one trial eyelash tint. Consider having a facial in the week leading up to your wedding day to give your skin an all over glow too. This will ensure that your make-up has the perfect base to be applied on. You could also have a body cleansing and exfoliating treatment to make sure your skin is beautifully smooth, especially if your dress shows your arms and shoulders.
Have a pedicure. Even if you’re wearing closed shoes they’ll look amazing on the beach on your honeymoon. You’ll probably want to have your tanning treatment today too, and maybe an all over body massage before hand to help you relax (as long as the products used don’t interfere with the tanning solution – ask your therapist).
On the day
Have your make-up applied and get a manicure (if not today, the day before – of course, it all depends on your circumstances). If you’re having artificial nails applied or a gel overlay etc you may well have this done much further in advance.
There are lots of other treatments that you might want to have in the run up to your big day, but I’ve just covered the basics. I used to do a lot of collagen, anti-ageing and micro-dermabrasion type facials for brides to be in the salon, and many even had whitening treatments too, to give their skin a flawless look. These days there’s a treatment to suit your every need! Now all you need to do is come up with your own personalised beauty plan to achieve your perfect wedding day look.