When preparing for your wedding, skincare should be put on the priority list! The better condition your skin is in, the better your makeup will look and feel. Keeping your skin smooth and hydrated should be your main focus during the months leading up to the wedding. Don’t worry if your skin isn’t absolutely perfect – no one has that good fortune! As long as the skin is well-maintained, makeup can easily and seamlessly cover imperfections like dark under-eye circles, blemishes and redness.
6 MONTHS BEFORE…
Make a trip to your favourite spa, and get a good facial to address any problem areas that you would want cleared up six months from now. Continue to get facials once every 2-3 months. The last facial you have should be about 1-2 weeks before your big day.
If you are not already on a skincare regime that works for you, I recommend starting one now, for both day and night. Visit your local drugstores/pharmacies/department stores to find a good skincare consultant, who will recommend the proper products for your skin type. Finding a consultant who is honest and not simply trying to “make the sale” can sometimes be a challenge, but it is important to avoid getting sucked in by the hype – stick to the goal, which is finding what works for you, not falling for the latest “fountain of youth” fad.
A good skincare routine typically consists of the following: cleanser, toner, moisturizer and eye cream, as well as a gentle exfoliant used 1-2 times per week. Depending on how much money you’d like to invest, specialty serums added into your routine can do wonders for your skin over time.
1 WEEK BEFORE
Have your brows professionally shaped. And, since you will be getting ‘up close and personal’ with the camera on your wedding day, having your upper lip waxed may also be desirable.
1 DAY BEFORE
Exfoliate your face with a gentle scrub to loosen any dull, flakey patches that may clutter the surface of your skin. Apply a facial mask that caters to your skin’s needs – a hydrating mask for dry skin, or a clay mask for oily skin. You may need to use one type of mask on your t-zone and the other type of mask on your cheeks. These two steps will ensure that you have a great base for a flawless makeup application.
Also, tweeze any stray brow hairs the day before so any redness or swelling will have time to subside.
THE DAY OF
Before your appointment with the makeup artist, cleanse your skin and apply your usual daytime moisturizer. It is best to forego applying any makeup yourself, so that the artist has a perfectly clean ‘canvas’ to work with – if he/she has to spend time removing stubborn waterproof eyeliner or mascara, the rubbing could irritate the delicate area around your eyes (not to mention adding to the length of time spent ‘in the chair’).