There will be nothing more glowing than you, the bride, on your wedding day. It is only natural that your love shines from the inside out over the excitement of your wedding and marrying the man of your dreams. However, just like the big day, the perfect wedding-day look takes some preparation and attention to detail.
To look your absolute glowing best, it is essential that you don’t overlook certain activities like getting your brows groomed, getting luminous skin, and your hair colored just right. Countdown to the big day by following this beauty checklist.
The sooner you start your skincare and beauty preparations, the better. But if you are limited on time, don’t panic; simply follow the order, but adjust the plan to your timeline and needs.
3-6 MONTHS BEFORE
Determine Your Beauty Budget
You should decide now where you can save by doing it yourself, and where it is best to enlist the help of professionals. Not sure what to do? Talk to friends who have already gone through the process, or ask one of our expert spa technicians for some advice.
Decide On The Perfect Wedding Look
Go old school and clip your favorite looks from wedding and beauty magazines, or start a ‘My Big Day’ Pinterest board and scour the internet for inspiration.
Begin A Regular Facial Regimen
Beginning this well in advance will allow you the time necessary to tackle any major skin concerns: Fine lines, acne, scarring or redness. Schedule your initial consultation and facial at Total Woman. Your esthetician will help you understand what your skin needs are. Time permitting, schedule your first facial 6 months before the big day, and additional treatments every two months. If you are tight on time, schedule your first facial 3 months before, and additional monthly treatments leading up to the day.
Start An At-Home Skincare Regimen
Forming basic habits like properly washing your face to prevent clogged pores, acne breakout, and dull complexion will help ensure you achieve the results you want from professional treatments.
Consider Your Hair + Makeup
Check out online supplier directories, wedding websites, or get recommendations from friends. Make sure to check out their websites to view a portfolio of their work. Good hair and makeup teams get booked far in advance, so book soon. Planning on doing your hair and makeup yourself, or are having a friend do it? Now is the time to figure that out as well.
No matter what route you decide to take, your trial run(s) should happen sooner than later. ry to schedule them for 3 months prior to the day, so you have the time to do an additional trial, or find someone different if necessary. It is important that you are comfortable with your wedding look. You want something that will make you feel like yourself and that will look great in pictures. If you're having your hair done at a salon make sure to bring pictures that will inspire the look you want to achieve. Once you are happy with the look it is a good idea to take pictures of your style from all angles so you can see how well it photographs.
Begin Caring For Your Hands + Nails
Your hands will take center stage in many pictures so taking care of them is essential. Begin applying a highly moisturizing hand cream and cuticle serum daily, and if you plan to grow your nails out begin applying a nail strengthener every other day to help minimize breakage.
Consider Your Hair
You need to determine early on how you want your hair styled for your big day. It may require you to grow it out or cut it if you need to. If you're still undecided, start growing it anyway! It's easier to cut it than it is to grow it. And if you are also considering a dramatic change in your color, discuss them with your stylist/colorist now. This will give you plenty of time to test it out and change it back without causing damage to your locks if it doesn’t turn out the way you envisioned.
Consider Your Brows
Eyebrows frame your face so it is important that you get the shape just right. Whether you plan to go the wax, pluck or thread route, starting your first shaping at least 3 months out will give you the time to grow out areas if necessary.
Take Care of Your Body
Your face isn’t the only part of your body that you want to look radiant on the big day. Begin exfoliating and moisturizing your body daily, and consider booking an appointment for a professional body treatment.
2 MONTHS BEFORE
Follow Your Skincare Plan
Be diligent in using the products they recommend and keeping up with the treatment schedule.
Care For Your Hair
If you plan to wear your hair down (even partially) you want your hair looking as healthy as possible. Deep conditioning treatments can be done at home, or at your salon to help keep your hair healthy.
Experiment With Your Nails
Begin getting (or giving yourself) regular manicures and pedicures. Use this as an opportunity to test out different nail shapes, lengths, and colors leading up to the wedding.
Brighten Your Smile
You will be smiling all day and night so you'll want it to be as beautiful and bright as ever. Whether you are going the professional or the at-home route now is the time to start getting your teeth pearly white.
Test out Your Tanning Options
If you want to have a perfect golden hue (and it's perfectly fine if you don't), a fake tan is the only safe way to go. If you want an even tan, and one that covers all the hard to reach areas that may be showing in your dress, it is best that you opt to go the professional route. Unless you are a regular to the tanning parlor, chances are you'll need to try somewhere new. Start off by doing your research. Having this time cushion means you will have plenty of time to try others if the first one doesn’t work out.
Book Final Appointments
Now is a good time to make all of your final beauty appointments for cut and color, spray tan, manicure and pedicure, brow shaping, spa treatments, etc. Continue reading for recommendations on timing for each.
Experiment With Lashes
Love the big lash look, but lack the natural length and volume? Considering extensions or falsies to achieve that? If you're not used to wearing lashes, there is a chance that you might find them uncomfortable, which is the last thing you want to deal with on your big day! Practice wearing them now so you can get used to the feeling.
Pick Out Your Wedding Day Fragrance
You may already have a scent you love, but consider switching things up for this special occasion. If you find something that smells great and comes in a pretty bottle, it will make a great photo op on the big day.
1 MONTH BEFORE
Do A Final Hair + Makeup Test Run
If you are going the professional route, and were happy with your first trial then don’t sweat it. Remember they do this for a living! However, if you are doing it yourself, or even having a friend do it, you may want to do another test run or two to perfect the look.
Head in for your final facial.
In order to give your face ample time to recover, plan on getting your last deluxe facial no later than a few weeks before the wedding. If you get extractions during facials, you know how irritated your skin can get. Make sure there's a buffer between those post-facial breakouts and the big day.
Get it Straight
If your hair needs it, plan to have a straightening or relaxing treatment done 3-4 weeks before the wedding. This will give the treatment enough time to settle, and appear more natural.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Perfect Your Eyebrows
If you plan on getting any waxing, tweezing, or threading done, this is the time for that as well. Try and steer clear of any makeup 24 hours after since pores can be particularly susceptible to breakouts.
Get Your Hair (Cut + Color) Done
Although it is tempting to push your final hair appointment to the last minute to ensure your hair is at its best that can be dangerous. You want your hair to look fresh, but still have time to fix any mistakes, and for it to settle and look more natural.
Put Together Your Day Of Emergency Kit
Pick out your own lip color instead of using what the make-up artist has selected, so you can touch up your lips later if needed. Plus, consider packing things like Oil Absorbing Sheets for your face, and hair pins for any stray pieces that fall.
Keep Things Consistent
When it comes to your skin, stick to what you know and don’t risk introducing anything new this close to the wedding. Trying out new products on your skin can lead to breakouts, rashes, or other irritations.
1 WEEK BEFORE
Time Your Waxing Carefully
Body waxing should be done at least five days prior to the wedding. This will allow your skin time to heal before the wedding. To soothe any irritation apply coconut oil or baby oil.
Prepare Your Hair
If you’re planning on wearing your hair down, (even partially) go for a professional hot oil scalp treatment or deep conditioning treatment, and add a frizz-free treatment before-hand. If you plan to wear it up, skip the treatment, it is better if your hair is drier and textured.
Exfoliate + Hydrate From Head To Toe
In anticipation of your spray tan, start sloughing off the dead skin cells on your body. Start by allowing your skin to steam in the shower while you use an exfoliating scrub to polish your entire body. Next, while fresh out of the shower, smooth a moisturizing lotion over your entire body.
Get Lash Extensions
If you have decided to go the lash extension route, plan to get them done early in the week to allow ample time to get used to them.
1-3 DAYS BEFORE
Get Your Glow On
One to two days before your wedding, depending on how confident you are with your tanning artist, get your bridal spray tan. You'll have time to touch up any minute errors and wash off all of the guide color. Remember to moisturize daily to keep it looking fresh.
Relax + Enjoy A Stress Relieving Massage
Set aside some time from the chaos of last minute preparations to pamper yourself and collect your thoughts.
Get Your Nails Done
It is best to save your nails until a day or two before the wedding to ensure you don’t end up with any chips or smudges in your polish. Go the gel route if you really want to avoid any accidents. Gel manicures are completely dry when you leave the salon and will stay chip free for at least a week or two, which means they will still look good for the honeymoon!
Wash Your Hair Early
Your hair should be washed the day (or night) before the wedding. It will be easier for whoever is working on your hair to style it if it is a little dirty, and will hold the style longer. Bobby pins and accessories won’t stay in place in freshly washed hair.
Get your Beauty Sleep
The best thing you can do the nights before the big day is to get some sleep. You’ve done a lot of work up until this point; now take some time to relax. You don’t want to wake up on your Wedding Day with dark circles.
Drink plenty of water the day before and run a humidifier in your room that night to ensure you and your skin is hydrated and luminous.
THE BIG DAY
Eliminate any under eye bags or puffiness by placing green tea bags that have been steeped in cold water over your eyes for ten minutes.
If time permits, treat yourself and your bridesmaids to a pre-makeup oxygenating O2 facial. Your foundation will go on like a dream.
Time Your Hair + Makeup Just Right
Have your hair and makeup done last on the day of, after all your bridesmaids. Your hair should be done two hours before pictures and makeup one hour before. This will ensure that there is enough time to get your hair right, and your makeup has time to settle, but not enough time to wear off.
Take A Deep Breath
Forget about the color of the napkins and the hemline of your bridesmaid’s dress and smile. All that matters now is getting down that aisle to the person of your dreams.