Wedding day makeup and skincare is about more than just sticking to your regular routine. Good skincare is a great habit to get into, whether you wear makeup or not. You’ll find that your skin deserves as much care and attention as the rest of your wedding plans.
We’ve put together this guide of things to bear in mind when you’re considering your skin and makeup for your big day.
Don’t Risk Reactions
The last thing you want on your wedding day is an allergic reaction to a change of makeup, hair product, washing powder or diet. If you you do need or want to make a change to anything that could affect your skin, it’s recommended that you don’t do it three weeks before your wedding. Leaving a longer gap between trying new products and your wedding means your skin has more time to recover if you do have a reaction.
Get a Facial
As mentioned in our Prewedding Celebrations – Part Two, getting a facial is a great way to relax by yourself or with friends in the run-up to the big day. It’s also a good chance to talk to an expert about your skin, especially if you have concerns about it or are looking for guidance on how to treat it. Any facial therapist will be happy to write out a list of recommended products for you to adopt into your skincare routine so you have a great base for your makeup on the day.
If you don’t have time or budget for regular facials, then we highly recommend these series of self-massage videos.
Test Your Makeup (and Artist) in Advance
Don’t be afraid to try a few different artists before you make a final decision if you can. Makeup is part of your overall wedding look, and takes just as much consideration as the dress, shoes and other accessories. You should also do a test run that takes into consideration not only the makeup itself, but how well you work together with the artist. If possible, you should have two tests: one approximately six months before the wedding, and then another two months in advance to solidify your plans. You will have a firmer idea of what you want by then, and can make any changes or tweaks as required.
If you have bridesmaids, it’s worth getting their makeup tested at the same time so both they and the makeup artist have an idea of what to expect from the process and to get an idea of the final look.
Your makeup is only one part of your wedding outfit, so remember to make your look co-ordinated by testing everything from lipsticks to eyeshadow to nail varnish to make sure they all work together. If anything, this can be a good excuse for a night in with friends.
Don’t Experiment on the Day
The last thing you need on your wedding day is extra complications. Just like your dress, shoes, hair and accessories, wedding makeup should be chosen to compliment your ensemble and tested in advance of the day. This doesn’t mean you have to go for a style that doesn’t suit you. You’re simply avoiding making decisions that can take up valuable preparation time and unnecessarily raise your stress levels.
Eat, Drink, be Merry
As long as it’s the right stuff! Drinking water and green tea has long been known to have health benefits, one of which is hydrating the largest organ of your body – skin. Eating healthily is great for your body, and giving it a boost with supplements is no bad thing. Stress and anxiety can sometimes show itself on your skin, so it’s best to avoid getting yourself wound up. Check out our guides to de-stressing here:
If you are making dietary or skincare routine changes, bear in mind that as just as with exercise, the results take time to materialise. You’re realistically looking at a few months before any noticeable change is made, but by then, you’ll be the proud owner of better habits and better skin!
Part Two coming soon!