You just got engaged, and you’re probably eager to get married. After all, your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Not only do you want the venue and the food to be perfect, but you want to look perfect too, right?
Many people dream of their wedding look from what they’ll wear to their hairstyle. But it takes more than dreaming to make wedding glam a reality. It takes planning, and now is the perfect time to start. From swapping out your skincare products to managing your stress, here are six ways you can achieve your ideal wedding look.
1. Focus on Your Skin
You want your skin to appear flawless at your wedding, right? Well, you should start taking extra good care of it. The healthier your skin is, the smoother your makeup will go on and the better you’ll feel. If you have blemishes or pigmentation, focus on treating those issues first. That might mean swapping out your cleanser or introducing another product to help your skin stay clean.
You should also consider acne treatment. These days, you can even get meds sent directly to your door after an online consultation with a professional. They will evaluate your skin, determine what’s causing your problems, and identify the right treatment option for you. They may prescribe tretinoin cream as a way to combat acne to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Either way, you’ll be on your way to flawless skin in no time.
Whatever route you choose, just remember to be kind to your skin. Drink water, follow a skincare routine, and don’t forget to wash your face.
2. Practice Before Your Wedding
Are you applying your own makeup for your wedding? That’s great as long as you remember to practice well in advance. You want time to experiment with several different looks so you can figure out what works. You also want to be sure you can replicate your ideal look on the actual day.
It’s a good idea to start practicing weeks (if not months) before your wedding day. Make sure you document via a video or notes exactly what products you use and how. Then on your wedding day, you can reference these notes and hopefully achieve the perfect look.
It’s worth mentioning, you should do a trial run of your makeup look before deciding it’s the right choice. Spend a full day wearing your makeup. This lets you see how it looks in certain lighting and how long it stays on. If you don’t like something, you have plenty of time to make a change.
3. Schedule Appointments ASAP
If you’re having your hair and/or makeup done professionally, you should book your appointment as soon as possible. You might be thinking, “I have a year until my wedding.” While that’s true, every other newly engaged woman is saying the same thing. Professionals get booked quickly—especially the good ones.
Once you know your wedding date, start searching for a hairstylist and makeup artist. Make sure you do your research. Scroll through their portfolios, check out their Instagram and LinkedIn profiles, and read their reviews. Then schedule a trial appointment.
Before your trial, spend some time figuring out your ideal look. You don’t have to have everything figured out, but it would be helpful to have ideas ready for your stylist. The more they know, the better prepared they’ll be. If you like what they create during the trial, go ahead and hire them.
4. Invest in the Right Products
When it comes to your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect; including your glam. To do that, you need to make sure you’re using the right makeup products.
For example, use a primer. Some people forget about this step because it’s not seen as an absolute necessity. However, a primer can improve the coverage of your makeup and help it stay on longer. You should also consider waterproof mascara since there’s a good chance you’re going to shed a few tears. A setting spray, concealer, and foundation for your skin are also products to consider.
And while these products aren’t cheap, you won’t have to purchase them all at once if you plan ahead. You could purchase your concealer one week, your primer the next, etc. Thankfully, makeup products last for a while (as long as they aren’t used everyday).
5. Remove Unsightly Facial and Body Hair
If you haven’t already, consider getting laser hair removal before your wedding to ensure your skin is smooth all over. While laser hair removal can be expensive, it can save you time from having to shave yourself. It may even make you feel more confident.
Not to mention, the prices vary depending on where you go and the type of removal you need. Make sure you plan for this ahead of time. It can take between four to six sessions to see permanent results, and each session should be spaced out from one another.
Make sure you do research before going to a salon or studio for laser hair removal. Not everyone is equally as skilled, so read the reviews and ask questions to ensure you’re in good hands.
6. Manage Your Stress
Planning a wedding is stressful, and that stress can show itself on your skin. That’s because stress weakens the immune system and can cause inflammation in your body. If you’ve ever experienced skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, there’s a good chance you’ll notice flare-ups when you’re under stress.
Stress can also cause anxiety and depression. Both of these conditions can disrupt your sleep, which can cause your skin to look a little worse for wear. Do your best to manage your stress as much as possible. Go on walks, exercise, eat healthy, and spend time with friends. Make time for the things you enjoy with the people you love. If your stress doesn’t improve, consider reaching out to a professional for guidance.
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to get started. Schedule your hair appointment, practice your makeup, and keep stress to a minimum. And remember, it’s your wedding so try to have fun and enjoy the process.