The Bride's Ultimate Beauty Timeline for Wedding Prep

OMG you’re getting married! You’re excited, your family is excited — heck, we’re excited, too! Once you’ve pulled your head out of the newly engaged clouds, it’s time to get to the other good stuff … planning. While thoughts of venues, flower arrangements and gowns fill your every waking moment; don’t forget to take care of yourself. Happy bride, happy life, right? Well, something like that … We understand how crazy planning can be, which is why we put together a bridal beauty timeline for you to keep bridezilla away!

Bridal Beauty Timeline

6+ Months Before the Wedding

Exercise Plan:
Whether you work out consistently, every now and then, or not at all, now is the time to put a regular exercise routine into place. Set goals for yourself — whether that may be weight-loss, strength building, toning or just a way to relieve stress. Not only will you look great on your big day, but you’ll feel great, too!

Skin Diet:
Start paying very close attention to your nutrition, as the food you consume can affect your skin’s texture and clarity. We know you don’t want a dreaded pimple to pop up on your wedding day! For a healthy and glowing complexion, try this better skin diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

RELATED: 8 Foods That Might Fix These Common Skin Issues

4-5 Months Before the Wedding

Hair & Makeup Consultations:
It’s never too early to make consultation appointments for professional hair and makeup, but 4–5 months will give you adequate time to go through several trial sessions without feeling rushed. Take a few pictures of their work once complete, so you can see how your hair and makeup photographs. Not that we have to remind you, but this is a day you’ll want to remember forever! So, let’s make sure you love your whole look.

Once you’ve picked your favorite stylist and makeup artist, be sure to book them for your wedding date right away — you don’t want any last-minute scheduling conflicts.

And if you’re going the DIY bridal beauty route, check out these helpful tips!

2-3 Months Before the Wedding

Regular Facials:
To really whip your skin into tip-top shape, start scheduling regular appointments with your esthetician for targeted treatments. A microdermabrasion facial or light peel could quickly help you get rid of any discoloration, acne-marks, clogged pores and more. If there’s any specific concern or issue you have with your skin, check in with your dermatologist at this point, as any topical treatments he or she may prescribe will need about three months to start working.  

At-Home Skincare: To supplement what you’re doing professionally, an amped up skincare routine will get you on the fast track to a flawless complexion. Making sure you don’t fall asleep with makeup on, using a hydrating or brightening serum, weekly facial masks, regular exfoliation, targeted treatments — these will all prep your skin for the big day (and every day)!

Talk to your derm about introducing pure retinol into your routine like SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum to tighten pores and visibly refine and smooth your skin’s texture.

Tan Testing: If you’re going for that bronzed goddess effect (or just a less pale look), start trying different tanning techniques now to find your best match. Whether it’s a gradual moisturizer, foam, cream, spray booth or professional airbrush, give yourself time to test different options and take note of how the color fades (natural, orange, streaky?).

If a faux-glow is what you’re aiming for, check out these tanning tips!

1-2 Months Before the Wedding

Hair & Makeup Trial:
Now that you’ve already picked out your hair and makeup pros, it’s important to go through a trial run with them based on a few different styles and looks you’re fawning over. Bring in your veil if you have one and see if you think it looks better with an updo, loose curls or a chignon. Just experiment a little! The same goes for your makeup. Are you going for simple and sweet, bold and smoky, glamorous or rustic? Decide on a complete look during this testing phase so that you’re all good-to-go on your wedding day!

Teeth Whitening: With all the skin, hair and makeup love, let’s not forget about your pearly whites! Check in with your dentist for a cleaning session and brighten up your smile professionally or start using white strips now for a picture-perfect smile.

Makeup Touchups: During the wedding and reception, you may not have your makeup artist available on standby, which is why it’s essential to keep a few products on hand for touch-ups throughout the day. If you’ve settled on a lip color, purchase a tube for yourself to reapply after the dozens of wedding toasts, the cake eating, distant relative smooches and new hubby kisses. And for those with oily skin, a setting powder like Lancôme Translucence will keep your complexion looking smooth and shine-free.

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

Hair Trim & Color:
With only two more weeks to go, a regular hair trim and fresh highlights or root touchup with your trusted stylist is all you need. Nothing drastic here — this is just to get your locks looking healthy. Today is not the day to go from blond to brunette or black to platinum! What you can do, if you’re itchin’ for something extra, is opt in for a shine treatment for extra lustrous strands.

Relaxing Facial:
A soothing facial will leave your skin (and YOU) relaxed, glowing and healthy. You want your complexion to look smooth and supple, so that your makeup job comes out extra flawless! Remember, now is not the time to try a chemical peel or do something abrasive. You don’t want your skin or makeup peeling away halfway through your wedding.   

Body Exfoliation:
While in the shower, exfoliate your body 2–3 times a week with a creamy scrub like The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub to slough away dry skin, prepping it for your tan and just for all around softer and smoother skin. 

1 Week Before the Wedding

Waxing Session:
Whatever area you need to wax, do so one week prior to the big day to allow any inflammation and redness to subside. To speed up the soothing process, try Kiehl’s Centella Recovery Skin Salve post-treatment.

Brow Shaping:
Have your brows shaped by your regular specialist as well. Just be sure not to go too thin or try to make any serious changes. If any stray hairs appear before your special day, just pluck them (and only the strays!) away with tweezers.

3 Days Before the Wedding

Facial Exfoliation: Give your skin one last boost by using a manual exfoliating scrub like Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub to gently remove any dead skin cells for a naturally brighter complexion. Don’t exfoliate regularly? Here’s how to do it the right way!

Mani & Pedi: For freshly manicures nails, go in for a mani/pedi no more than a few days before your wedding. Keep in mind that a gel mani will keep chips away for up to two weeks! For some bridal nail inspo, check out our 3 must-see wedding day manicures.

Spray Tan:
Going in for your airbrush session three days prior will leave you with enough time to shower and let the tan fade into a natural color before shimmying into your gown!

1 Day Before the Wedding

Beauty Sleep & Water:
Tomorrow is THE day! Be sure to get plenty of rest (at least 8 hours!) and drink water to stay hydrated and keep puffy eye bags away!  

Hair Treatment:
Use a deep-conditioning treatment like Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment Masque on your hair today for visibly silky strands. If you’re going with an updo, it’s best to wash your hair the day before your wedding since day-old hair holds up better. Plus, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning!

Wedding Day!

— the countdown is over, and today is your BIG day! Wear a robe during your hair and makeup session so that you don’t get your dress dirty or overheat and start sweating. Before getting dressed, moisturize from head-to-toe, spritz on your perfume, and you’re ready to head down the aisle toward your hubby-to-be!

Looking for some more makeup tips and tutorials post wedding day? We’ve got the perfect ones for you!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.