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Bridal Beauty Countdown

Posted on: January 24, 2011

We all know brides are radiant but that is with good reason. As well as your natural “I’m the happiest girl in the world” glow, this is probably the one time in your life where you will put the most effort into your beauty regime. So enjoy taking care of yourself and if you need some guidance of when and where to start then we have compiled a beauty countdown for you.


6 Months Before:

Hire a hairstylist
This is not the time for experimenting or chopping and changing between hairdressers. Do some research and get some recommendations for a good stylist. Once you have found your stylist explain that you are getting married in 6 months and what kind of bridal style you are interested in. Together the two of you can come up with a hair care plan to follow over the coming months.

Schedule a makeup artist
Again, do your research. Request references and ask to see photos of recent work. A good make up artist who is confident in their work will not charge you for a make up trial.

Clear your skin
Blemishes, acne scars and other skin problems can all be resolved if you begin a regimen now. To improve your complexion, consider monthly facials and treatments like fruit-acid peels, which refresh skin’s outer layer. Microdermabrasion, a form of exfoliation that uses tiny crystals, is better for sensitive skin or a glycollic peel. Many salons now offer special offers for these treatments on certain days or a discount if you book a course.


3 Months Before:

Target areas
Be it bingo wings or that spare tyre that is bothering you now is the time to get serious and attack that target area. If you think about, 3 months of sit ups and bicep curls are not that bad really…….

Shape your brows
Research is important here again. You will be amazed what a difference a good brow shape makes to your face. Personally I think you can’t go wrong with benefit brow bars. Go for follow-ups every three weeks.


1 Month Before:

Brighten your smile
Visit the hygenist at your local dentist for a teeth cleaning. If you are in the mood to splash then perhaps a professional teeth whitening session is on your list. We do not advise home teeth whitening treatments as they have been proven to damage the enamel on your teeth. Look after your teeth from here on in. If there is one thing that is a given on your wedding day that is the fact that you will be smiling from ear to ear.

Hold a beauty rehearsal
Do a trial run of both your hair and make up so you can see them together. Then hit the town, no point sitting at home all dolled up with nowhere to go.


2 Weeks Before:

Cut and colour
Cut your hair two weeks in advance so it won’t look too blunt. Have colour touched up now as well to give it time to settle in.


The Week Of:

Smooth skin
Make an appointment to have your eyebrows shaped and other areas, like bikini line and legs, waxed. This way, there’s enough time for any redness to fade. Maybe you might fancy treating your husband to be with a brazilian? Make sure a take two Panadol 1 hour before the treatment if you do.

Pack an emergency kit
Fill a cosmetics bag with supplies: tissues, a nail file, breath mints, and hair pins. Ask your makeup artist for powder, lipstick, and concealer to put in a custom makeup palette. Also, bring your nail polish for quick fixes.


The Day Before:

Put on polish

Get a manicure and pedicure a day ahead so nails can thoroughly dry. Should you nick or smudge a nail, gently even out the area with a buffer and smooth on a dot of color.

Wash your hair

“The buildup of oils overnight makes hair easier to work with the next day.

Exfoliate and Tan

We advise having this professionally applied.


The day of the Wedding:

Just relax
The more at ease your mind and body are, the better you’ll look. Stress can show up on your skin in the form of acne or eczema. To help stay calm, take slow, deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.

Pace yourself
Allow ample time for hair and makeup: Three hours before is when many brides begin their hair, followed by makeup, with each taking around an hour. Pull on your dress only after hair, makeup, and perfume are set (oils in fragrance can discolor your dress). Lastly, arrange hair accessories and veil.



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