Source: The Knot
You want to look like the most beautiful version of yourself on your wedding day, of course. And what better way to do that than planning out a beauty routine in the months leading up to your wedding day? Check out the pro tips below to look and feel beautiful from the inside out.
- Schedule Frequent Manicures
Get ready: As soon as you get engaged, everyone is going to ask to see your ring. Keep those nails and hands primed and pretty with regular manis. This is also your chance to experiment with colors and get to know your manicurist. Pro tip: Let your nail beds dictate the shape of your nails. Matching the two will give your hands and nails a balanced, elegant look.
Special splurge: Gel manicures use UV technology for a harder and smoother finished nail. They’re a bit pricier but can last up to twice as long as a traditional manicure.
- Whiten Your Teeth
You’ll want pearly whites for all those pictures you’ll be posing for (but we also know how crucial coffee is during the planning process). Most toothpastes have whitening ingredients in them, but for faster results, choose a special whitening one. Whitening strips are also a great option.
Special splurge: Head to your dentist’s office to get your teeth professionally whitened. “Just don’t go overboard,” warns makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, founder of her eponymous makeup line. “Anything that looks too artificial becomes too prominent in a picture.” Pros suggest getting a professional whitening about six months out so your teeth aren’t too brilliant the day of. Also keep in mind that continuous teeth whitening can wear down your enamel, making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold.
- Eat Healthier
If you can bear it, try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on green vegetables, fruit and lots of water—all great for fueling your body, boosting your energy and clearing up your skin. And while a glass of celebratory champagne is to be expected from time to time, keep in mind that too much alcohol makes your skin puffy and dry (not to mention, you crave more snacks and junk food when you’re buzzed).
- Get Active
“Working out will help tighten and firm your body while also detoxing your skin,” Kashuk says. A good workout also boosts energy and makes you feel happier (hello, endorphins!).
Special splurge: Join a gym. This way, you won’t be able to use the weather as an excuse, and you’ll have all the equipment you need for any kind of workout all in one place. Plus, exercising with others is always a huge motivation.
- Lift Weights
A set of dumbbells will be your key to a more toned back, arms and shoulders. Try a trainer-approved exercise like a seated dumbbell press.
Special splurge: Consider a personal trainer. Your fitness pro will customize the session to help you achieve your goals. If months of personal training just isn’t in the budget, consider splurging for a few weeks and have your trainer create some plans that you can do on your own.
- Pack a Day-of Bag
Whether it’s flyaway hairs or false lashes that keep falling off, make sure you have an arsenal of bridal beauty fixers the day of. Start adding items as you begin to work out the details of your wedding, as well as during your makeup trials. You should have a plan of attack with your makeup artist should they not be there in a moment of need.
Special splurge: If you don’t have the time to pull it all together, you can buy premade kits that come with hair spray, clear nail polish, deodorant and all those things you haven’t even thought of.
- Prep Your Face
Weekly exfoliation, either physical or chemical, can provide you with a smooth surface for makeup application. Adding a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid can also help to plump up fine lines around your face. Apply it daily before your makeup for softer and smoother skin.
Special splurge: At least three months out from your wedding, start planning monthly facials with a professional. Facials boost your skin’s health, helping it to look clearer and brighter. We’re loving microcurrent facials. Microcurrents help to lift the facial muscles and depuff the face. Think of it as the perfect pick-me-up for your face.
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