It’s so easy for your beauty plan to go wrong on your big day. Shellac-ed helmut hair, a makeup mask, even a teensy skin flare-up can turn any cool-as-a-cucumber bride into a wild-and-crazy bridezilla. Follow these do's and don'ts and you’ll be the prettiest—and calmest—bride on the aisle.
DON'T skip the hair and makeup trial
The trial is where things can go wrong—and be fixed. Lindsey Regan Thorne, a bridal hair stylist and makeup artist in Charlotte, North Carolina, says to “be upfront with your stylist and make sure to communicate your exact thoughts. Bring a photo of the styles that you like.”
DO get your Botox and/or other cosmetic procedures at least a month before the wedding
Needles can injure the surface of the skin, and the resulting bruises can take over a week to subside. If you get any injections too close to your big day, you might need to rely on heavy-duty concealer as cover-up. Also, the wrinkle-smoothing effects of Botox and other injectables can take up to a week to set-in. Even if you’re thinking of a glow-getting spa treatment like a peel or facial, make the appointment two weeks before the big day so any potential redness or irritation has time to fade.
DO steer clear of stiff hairstyles
Too many times, brides end up with crunchy ‘dos thinking that extra hairspray, gel or mousse will help the veiled style last all night. But Samira Eid, a wedding consultant at Cristophe salon in Beverly Hills, says if you pick the right products for your hair type, you can achieve a soft, feminine style (with hold). “It’s all about how and when you use the product to make it work for your hair. I’ll spray the entire head with hairspray, then comb through the hair and set it in hot rollers,” says Regan Thorne. “This combo leads to loose, romantic curls that only need one spritz of hairspray but will last all night.”
DO choose makeup that reflects your personality
Your wedding day is not the time to try out that awesome new shade of electric pink lipstick unless, of course, you always wear electric pink lipstick. “Your bridal makeup should look like you, but a more defined version of you,” says Kimara Ahnert, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ wedding day makeup artist. If you prefer to play up your eyes, Ahnert suggests shades of grays and plums because “browns can look muddy or make the bride tired-looking after several hours.”
DON'T experiment with a new skincare regimen
See a derm early on for any skincare concerns and create a reasonable regimen that targets your skincare goals. Once you’re given specific orders, don’t stray. “I once had a patient that over-exfoliated and caused dermatitis, an angry, red rash across the face,” says D.C.-based dermatalogist, Elizabeth Tanzi. “Luckily I was able to help her clear it up in time for the wedding.”
DO take pics of your trial hair and makeup
Sometimes there’s a big span of time between the hair and makeup trial and the actual wedding day. While you might remember the exact placement of every bobby pin, your stylist is probably a little foggy on the details. Makeup.com reader Kelly Petrone recalls that on her wedding day, her stylist forgot the agreed-upon ‘do. “I looked like I was going to a prom in 1988. It was definitely not what I wanted,” Petrone says.
What did you (or will you) do on your wedding day for picture-perfect hair and makeup?