With over 20 years in the beauty industry, I contend that style begins with gorgeous, healthy skin. Everything else is an accessory.
So, how do you get your skin in shape for the biggest beauty day of your life?
Let’s get started.
1. Body Waxing
Perfectly smooth skin, head-to-toe, takes time but is so worth it. Waxing is fast, inexpensive, and easy but can go seriously wrong if you don’t choose a professional who has an impeccably clean and sanitary facility and experienced practices in caring for sensitive skin.
Do: To get totally smooth, you need to start waxing three months before your wedding day, then wax every three to four weeks. Keep track of how long it takes for irritation to subside after waxing and make your last appointment based on that.
Do: It is essential that you follow post-wax aftercare directions from the performing esthetician.
Don’t: Cave and shave!
Do: Great eyebrow design makes a look. You’ll be close up and personal with lots of folks, and your eyebrows need to help communicate beautifully and effectively. If you are trying a new eyebrow designer, make your first appointment three months before. That allows for some re-growth/reshape time.
Do: Choose a MUA that does great eyebrow makeup using pencil, powder, and gel to guarantee a perfect brow. You don’t want your brows looking fake, but you also don’t want a disappearing act.
Don’t: Do your last wax any closer than three days before the wedding date, and only that close if your skin settles down quickly post-wax, and you’ve worked with the designer before.
Do: If you’ve got a skincare specialist you’re working with, you’re pretty safe to do a facial or specialty treatment up to one week before. The sooner you start though, the better your skin will look. Starting at least three months early will give the best results, monthly thereafter.
Do: Your skincare specialist will recommend home-care as well. In the end, it’s what you do every day/night that will produce the best results.
Don’t: Try someone (treatment) or something (product) new that last month. The skin is so unpredictable, and the stress of the wedding planning alone will take its own toll on your skin.
Do: Once you have your skin in beautiful shape, you’ll need to choose a professional MUA whose work you’ve seen. Start working with her at least a couple of weeks before the event to establish rapport and practice the exact look you want. Take pictures yourself of the look beforehand to see how it photographs.
5. Sun Protection
Every bit of skin that shows will need to be protected: face, neck, decollete, arms, and hands. You’re not going to see tanned skin on the real beauties, it’s damaging and aging. I can’t advise on spray-tan, but this would be my choice if I wanted my skin to look darker. Have it done professionally and try it out a month or so beforehand just in case you don’t like it.
Do: Use an SPF30 to prep the face and decollete months in advance for perfect skin. On the day-of use an oil-free SPF15 before an outdoor ceremony or pictures begin. Stay away from zinc oxide, it photographs blueish.
Don’t: Lie out in the sun less than seven days before your wedding. Newly-tanned skin may look “brown” to the naked eye, but the camera registers pigment colors differently and will likely see the “red” in your skin instead.
6. Changing Medications
Do: If you’re starting or changing ANY medications (like hormone-based birth control methods) in the last three months before your wedding, be sure to discuss with your doctor how it might impact your skin.
6. Toxic Habits Stress the Skin
Do: Drink water, eat “healthy,” exercise, and get good rest.
Don’t: Try to do everything yourself!
Below are some designers’ collections from bridal market day to show you how some of the beauties rock perfect skin, or at least the “illusion” of it, thanks to great MUAs!
Maggie Sottero: Glam dresses with a 1920s, Great Gatsby feel.
Amsale: Clean, modern gowns with show-stopping backs, with origami-inspired details.
Kenneth Pool: Luxe, glamorous gowns with sparkle – from beading to amped-up bling.
Christos: Ethereal and romantic dresses with a Shakespearean-maiden feel.
Anne Bowen: Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s dark and dreamy Alice in Wonderland.
Austin Scarlett: Classic bridal gown styles with flattering details
Reem Acra: Feminine and fashion-forward wedding dresses with some unique accessories
Monique Lhuillier: Check out this designer’s regal and lacey/romantic new collection
CCWP member Linda Hall Ruberto, aka the Brow Boss, esthetician and owner of Star Brows in Grover Beach, is a blogger and nationally published author who recently made the cover of Skin Deep with her article, “The Beauty of Weddings.”