Attention all brides-to-be, this one's for you. There's so much to think about in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding day. And with everything swirling around in your head (dress, guest list, cake, reception venue, band — the list goes on and on), sometimes beauty can take a backseat. So, to make things easier, we've created the ultimate bridal beauty checklist to take the stress out of your wedding beauty prep. These are all the beauty-related tasks you'll want to complete before you walk down the aisle. We've also come up with a product checklist of all your wedding day makeup bag essentials so you can avoid any beauty-mergencies (that's a beauty emergency, FYI). So grab a pen, start checking the list off, and before you know it you'll be saying, "I do."
☐ Research and book a hairstylist.
☐ Select a hairstyle and go in for a trial run. Take plenty of pictures so you can see ahead of time how the style photographs.
☐ Schedule a trim and color refresh for a few weeks before the wedding. Don't experiment with any new cuts or colors right before the big day. Stick to what you know works.
☐ Schedule any extra treatments you want in addition to your basic cut and color, like a keratin treatment.
☐ One day prior to the wedding do an at-home conditioning treatment of your choice, like a moisturizing mask.
☐ Make an appointment with your dermatologist months in advance and see what type of prep she suggests for your particular skin type.
☐ Based on what your derm suggests, schedule an appointment for that targeted treatment (i.e. hydrating facial, microdermabrasion, peel, etc.)
☐ A few days before the wedding give yourself an at-home facial with an exfoliating scrub and a brightening sheet mask.
☐ Use under-eye patches in the months and weeks leading up to the wedding to combat dark circles and puffiness.
☐ If you're hiring a professional to do your makeup on the big day, research and book at least one month in advance.
☐ Do trial runs of your eye makeup look, and take selfies to see how your look reads in photos.
☐ If you want false lashes, experiment ahead of time and see if you prefer a full set or just a smaller cluster.
☐ If you want extra length, but don't want to hassle with falsies, book an appointment for lash extensions weeks ahead of time.
Lips & Teeth
☐ Working with your makeup artist (or alone, if you're DIY-ing it), choose a lip color that complements your overall look.
☐ Use a lip scrub regularly in the week leading up to the wedding for extra-soft lips.
☐ Go in for a routine teeth cleaning at the dentist. If you'd also like your teeth professionally whitened, book the appointment months in advance.
☐ Use over-the-counter teeth whitening strips right before the big day.
☐ Research beauty looks and choose one that fits your dress, personal style and setting. For example: Do you want something natural and beachy or glammed-up for a formal affair?
☐ Whether you're hiring a makeup artist or not, do a trial run of your selected beauty look beforehand, including the exact products you plan on using on your big day.
☐ Book an appointment for a final brow shaping a week before the wedding.
☐ Make an appointment for a mani/pedi a few days before your wedding. If you're getting gels, then you can get it done earlier because a gel mani won't chip nearly as quickly.
☐ Schedule an appointment for all your waxing needs one week before. Make sure to give yourself enough time for any redness to go down.
☐ For some added indulgence, get a massage/body scrub or any other spa treatment that will calm your wedding jitters.
☐ For a subtle glow, get a professional spray tan a few days before the wedding. Make sure to take care of your waxing and/or massage appointments first, and your spray tan second.
OK, so you've checked off all your beauty tasks. Now there's just one last thing: packing your makeup bag. To make things easier, here's a list of all your touch-up essentials and products that will prevent any beauty emergencies.
☐ Nail polish (for touch-ups)
☐ Fashion tape
☐White chalk or a Tide bleach stick (for covering up dress stains)