Bridal Beauty: How To Prepare Yourself For The Big Day

You’ve finally found the perfect dress and booked your make-up artist, but there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself even more beautiful before you walk down the aisle. Firstly, keep up the basics; cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. These may seem like age-old tips, but it’s surprising how the stresses of planning a wedding can make you forget the most obvious routines. A combination of insomnia, dehydration and neglecting your skincare regimen can lead to breakouts or worse, so take time to look after yourself.

Don’t Make Any Drastic Changes To Your Routine

You may be tempted to try new products or treatments just before the event, but it can be unwise to do so. Treating yourself to something new just before may seem like a good idea, but you could find yourself being allergic to a new ingredient and you won’t necessarily feel the benefit instantly. For example, it is recommended that you begin facials a few months before a big event, and have them regularly in the run up to the occasion. One session, although relaxing, isn’t going to change anything radically. Book yourself in for a treatment once a month for six months and you’ll notice the difference. Plus it will give you time to get acquainted with what your skin does or doesn’t like. The same goes for stay-at-home facemasks; they’re great fun and an inexpensive luxury but are certainly not a quick-fix.

Getting Outside Help

If you are splurging on beauticians, be sure to get to know any companies before you step through the door. You may have a friend in the business but just because you’re socially compatible it does not always mean that they are the right match for you. Don’t just go with who you know, go with who has been recommended, and don’t be afraid to test things (and people) out. Even if you do have regular appointments for waxing, it’s worth giving yourself three days to a week to recover. Brows can sometimes bleed or feel tender, and fake tan will apply easier to your body if your skin has had time to settle.

Revamp Your Smile For Confidence

What people notice most often in wedding photos is a bride’s confidence through a beautiful smile, and there are plenty of natural ways for you to enhance this without sitting in the dentist’s chair. The alternatives are also delicious. Eating plenty of raw veggies can help remove stains, as well as rubbing teeth with lemon or strawberries and then rinsing with cool water. However, though it’s a great time to indulge on strawberries, you may have to give up some naughty treats in the weeks leading up to the wedding such as dark fizzy drinks, red wine and coffee. It may be just what you’re craving most when you want to unwind after you’ve had a difficult day, but remember that keeping these out of your diet for the last month will help with not just your teeth, it will make you feel good inside and out.

It’s All In The Preparation

Finally, make sure you’re comfortable. There’s nothing worse than trying your best to look the part for the day, but feeling restricted by your hair, make-up or wardrobe. If you can, rehearse each part of your wedding outfit just before and go with your instinct. Though you may want to do something different than your everyday look, don’t let yourself be pressured into a style that just isn’t you, even if you do think it’s glamourous. Your wedding should be a celebration of the love you and your partner share, and that requires you to feel yourself.

So though you may be hiring a professional to make you as fabulous as you can be for the big day, remember that with the right preparation, you can help to achieve even more wonderful results with winning confidence from the perfect canvas.

Natalie Little has created some fantastic looks as a freelance makeup artist and has helped countless brides settle their nerves on the morning of their big day! She’s currently sharing tips and advice on behalf of UK-based agency Beauty Call.
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