I do a lot of bridal makeup and one thing I always advise my brides is to look after their skin in the months leading up to their wedding. Notice how I said MONTHS and not WEEKS!! Yes – that’s how long it takes a good skincare regime to really start benefiting your skin!
You can hire the best makeup artist for your wedding day but if you’ve not done the preparation on your skin, there’s only so much they can do to make your skin look its best. A makeup artist can cover redness and spots but they can’t do much about the texture of your skin, i.e. if your skin is dry and flaky, your foundation won’t sit well and your makeup artist can’t achieve a flawless look. So that’s why it’s vital to ensure you’re doing all you can to look after your skin in the run-up to your wedding. Plus the stress of planning a wedding can really take it’s toll on your skin so you should really make the effort to look after it.
Your Skincare Regime from 12 – 6 Months prior to wedding:
- Find the right skincare regime for you and stick to it. Religiously!! A good makeup artist should be able to advise you on your skincare needs also so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. What you use will depend on your skin-type & condition but some of the best skincare products I’ve found are from La Roche Posay, Vichy, Liz Earle, NUXE, Clarins and Yon-Ka. Yes, some of these brands are expensive but believe me it’s worth it for the beautiful glowing skin you’ll have on your wedding day.
- Every morning and night, get into the habit of Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising your skin, also use a light eye gel or cream first thing in the morning.
- If your skin is particularly dry use a good rich night cream or serum to restore and revitalise while you sleep.
- Twice a week, exfoliate and use a face mask specified to your skin type. For a good exfoliator, I prefer a peel one that uses AHA’s to take off the dead skin rather than grainy particles which can irritate your skin. One I used in the run up to my wedding was the Yon-Ka Gommage which is a clear gel that you leave on your face and then gently rub off, it has no grainy bits and your skin is, literally, like new afterwards. So I love it for that reason. It also lasts a long time too so it’s a good investment.
Special Care for your skin:
You may also decide to book a course of Facials leading up to your wedding. I’d highly recommend this as it leaves your skin in such good condition. Again, I’m a huge fan of Yon-Ka facials (I swear I don’t work for them or am not paid to promote them, they’re just my favourite type of facial/luxury skincare brand 🙂 )and I booked a course of 5 facials for myself a few months before my wedding and I’ve no doubt that this was responsible for the lovely glow I had on my wedding day!
I had a mixture of the Le Grand Classique which is a deep pore cleansing facial and the Hydralessence which is a long-lasting deeply hydrating facial which plumps out any fine lines you may have. Plus the products have a gorgeous relaxing scent which really helps you to relax and feel pampered, something every bride needs! You should have your last facial about a month prior to your wedding as they can cause some spot outbreaks (which isn’t a bad thing, as it’s just drawing out all the impurities) and you want to give your skin a chance to get over that prior to your big day.
Body Skin Care:
Don’t forget your neck and décolleté in your skincare regime also. This area is often neglected and needs to be cleansed, gently exfoliated and moisturised too since it will be on show on your big day.
Also remember to exfoliate and moisturise the skin on the rest of your body, especially the parts which will be on show such as the shoulders, back and arms. If you plan on wearing false tan on your big day, this will also help the application to be smooth and streak free.
Beauty from the inside:
It never does any harm to start taking vitamin supplements, Omega 3 oils and various skin, hair and nail preparations are good ones to supplement your diet with also but again, you need to be taking these for months prior to the wedding.
Drink as much water as you can to help keep your skin hydrated from the inside. 8 glasses a day is recommended so keep a large water bottle filled at work and sip on it regularly through the day.
If you have any questions just let me know and watch out for other helpful wedding makeup & beauty tips to come on my blog!