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Written by Ruby Buddemeyer
It does not need to be said that planning a wedding involves a whole lot of stress. Even if you have people to help you out, it is your wedding day. You are in charge of deciding everything – from choosing the floral arrangements and cutlery ranges to getting fit for your dream dress, to making sure you do not get a zit on your face right on your wedding day.
It can be quite nerve-wracking, to say the least, even if you consult all the best wedding planning books. It can be very difficult to save your skin from all the stress and come out looking all bright and radiant on the D-Day.
But trust us when we say this, if you plan your wedding beauty regimen from well ahead and follow it routinely, you will be glowing on your wedding day and everything will go as smoothly as you had planned.
To help you out, we present you with a beauty timeline. Keep reading!
6 months to go
Appointment with Your Dermatologist
While 6 months can feel like a lot of time is left, the earlier you start, the better it is.
The first and foremost thing you should do is to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. For brides with major skin issues like acne, large pores, pigmentation, redness, or rashes, you must get these conditions treated early on.
Your skin takes time to heal and some of the treatments that your dermatologist will recommend you will require several sessions. If you start early, you can get all these treatments done in time.
Your dermatologist may recommend you retinoids, laser treatments, peeling treatments, and microdermabrasion. This may not be limited to your face, but for your body as well, if you have opted for a backless dress or an off-shoulder dress.
Along with this, you should start on a diet enriched in vitamins to help you get healthy hair, skin, and nails. Hydration is the key to good skin. Drink up!
If you need to lose a few kilos or need to gain some weight, start your diet plan and exercise routine now. Join a gym if you are not motivated enough to lose a few kilos by yourself, or get a personal trainer if you do not have time to head to the gym.
If you do not want to do the regular workout, there are many other options, such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, Zumba, or you can even sign up for any sports. Swimming, basketball, tennis, kickboxing – anything that you are passionate about.
3 months to go
Check-in with Your Dermatologist
It is time that you check in with your dermatologist to see if the treatments are bringing out any results or not. If you do not see any changes, do not worry – you still have plenty of time to change the wedding beauty regimen and add new products or treatments.
You cannot neglect your brows which is the most defining feature on your face! You need your eyebrows to be on fleek on the wedding day!
3 months gives you plenty of time to try out different brow shapes and see what suits your facial features the best. Apart from the shape, you also have to choose the perfect tint for your brows. The wrong tint can ruin the whole look!
Popular aestheticians will recommend you to keep your brows as full and as natural as possible to maintain that soft, youthful look. Your aesthetician may opt to tweeze your brows instead of waxing to avoid over-plucking your brows.
2 months to go
For brides who want that beautiful golden glow on their wedding day, you should go for a professional tanning session. If you have chosen the professional already, do not switch to another professional, work with the very same person to bring out the right color. For the final tanning session, schedule it 3 days before your wedding day.
Self-tanning is also an option. If you are running a low budget or you simply do not have the time to go to a professional, get a spray tan and start experimenting to find the right shade for yourself now.
Remember to always exfoliate before each session. This ensures that you do not end up developing streaks, which honestly does not look pretty. You should also exfoliate every 3 days to make sure that the color is even with no streaks.
For brides that are not too sure about doing it themselves, you still have another alternative – a body bronzer. A body bronzer is a temporary solution that does not transfer, so you would not have to worry about the color transferring to your wedding gown and ruining it!
The color will be gone as soon as you shower! Hassle-free and least expensive!
1 month to go
If you are going to get eyelash extensions, get them done one month before the D-day. For brides who never had eyelash extensions before will have plenty of time to get used to it.
Fake eyelashes are also an option, but they do not hold up as well as eyelash extensions do. The glue in eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and will not come off even if you rub your eyes or cry buckets of tears on your wedding day!
One month will be enough to find the right set of lashes and the perfect length. Plus if you have any allergic reaction to the glue used in the eyelash extensions, you can address the issue well before the wedding day.
Frizzy hair is a nightmare. It is impossible to tackle frizzy hair without a good keratin treatment.
For really frizzy and rebellious hair, we recommend you visit a salon a month before the wedding and get a keratin treatment for your hair. The keratin treatment will reduce the frizz in your hair and give your hair a natural shine.
The first few days after you get a keratin treatment, the hair generally falls flat on your head, which is why we recommend you get the treatment 1 month prior. Your hair will be shiny and bouncy on the wedding day minus the frizz!
If your friends want to give you a pre-wedding gift, you can ask them for hair spa vouchers. Alternatively, you can also go DIY and try out different hair care regimens at home.
3 weeks to go
Brighten your Teeth
On your wedding day, your smile needs to be camera ready! Go to a professional to brighten your teeth. Remove any stains or cavities to have perfect pearly white teeth! You can also find teeth brightening products in drug stores. Use those products to maintain the whiteness.
2 weeks to go
Perfect your Hair Color
Get your hair color done 2 weeks before the wedding, whether you need to get new highlights, or lowlights or need to touch up your roots. Experts recommend brides not to experiment with hair colors and opt for a color that you know suits you the best.
1 day before the wedding
Manicure and pedicure
Your hands and feet should be looking pretty too, in the wedding pictures! Get yourself a fresh manicure and pedicure session done the day before the wedding day.
Last but not the least, you should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep before the wedding day. You should look well-rested and happy for your big day!