Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, but it can also be nerve-wracking. Brides are under an immense amount of pressure to give their loved ones a memorable party while making the whole process seem joyful and effortless. A woman is never photographed more on any one day than she is on her wedding day, and it’s a miracle that brides manage to look beautiful in the midst of all the chaos. Here are some suggested treatments to pamper yourself and make yourself look your best on your special day.
But first, a preface: be conservative with treatments, especially in the days immediately before your wedding. If you are already in the routine of getting treatments on your face, you likely won’t react badly to them. However, you should try to schedule all your treatments at least one week in advance of your wedding day. Stress can intensify your body’s reactions to products and procedures that usually don’t cause any aggravation. Your face especially is sensitive, and after any treatment, it will need a few days to recover if you want to look your absolute best at your wedding.
Get a Soothing Facial
It is tempting to try the latest anti-aging treatments in the weeks leading up to your wedding, but that could easily end in disaster. Many brides have ended up with raw, red skin after going overboard with chemical peels. They still look beautiful at their weddings, but their skin feels uncomfortable and they may have to wear heavy makeup to hide the damage. A gentle facial will even out your skin tone and plump up any fine lines, making you look more youthful. Healthy skin wears makeup well, which is crucial when you are going to be photographed.
Brighten Your Smile
Your smile will look even brighter in photos if you get your teeth cleaned and whitened as part of your pre-wedding regimen. According to Cedar Grove Dental, “Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, teeth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients.” You don’t have to make your teeth Hollywood white; even just whitening one or two shades makes a huge difference. People subconsciously register whiter teeth as a sign of youthfulness. You can use an at-home kit to lighten your teeth, which will take multiple prolonged treatments, or you can achieve the same result in a few hours at your dentist’s office.
Full brows are on trend in women’s makeup, and this look can be achieved in a number of way depending on your natural brow, your taste, and your budget. Plucking, threading, trimming, waxing, tinting, tattooing, microblading—the options for your brows are highly adaptable. Just make sure to trust your brows to a licensed beautician if you decide to put them through any procedure.
When it comes to lashes, there are slightly fewer options for alteration. There is of course the classic option of false lashes, but if you decide to go this route, make sure to evaluate what kind of lashes best compliment the shape of your eyes (and don’t forget to test the lash glue on a small patch of skin to make sure you don’t get a bad reaction). If you want a more permanent lash boost, you can opt for lash extensions that blend seamlessly into your own natural lashes but look as full as any falsies.
If you’re considering getting fillers to enhance your lips before your wedding, you need to make sure and schedule the procedure well in advance of the wedding day; according to Coco Ruby, “you’re best to start at least 5 to 6 months before the big day – ideally as far ahead as 10 to 12 months if possible.” Short of botox and other injections, there are a lot of simple ways to get your lips ready for your special day. Start by ensuring you stay hydrated and eat plenty of vitamin A in the weeks before your wedding day. Both of these steps will nourish all of your skin, including the skin on your lips. When it comes down the final week of your wedding, be consistent with using lip scrubs and lip moisturizers. When the day of your marriage arrives, don’t forget to use a lip primer underneath your other lip makeup.
When planning the weeks leading up to your wedding, how you feel is even more important than how you look. Choose treatments and experiences that make you feel good, and your happiness will make you look even more beautiful.