bridal beauty tips

makeup

Getting engaged and planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things you will do in your life.

As if that isn't enough, when your wedding day nears, you will need to focus on your beauty, hairstyle and makeup needs. How you look as a bride will one of the things people will remember about your wedding.

Videos and photos will document your glory and bring pride when taking a walk down memory lane. Planning your hairstyle and makeup in advance will assure that you look radiant and glowing with pride.

before your wedding day

The amount of sleep you get before your wedding will affect not only how you will look, but how you will feel. Keep in mind, this doesn't mean just the night before you get married. It means the entire week and how you sleep in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

Of course, planning on beauty rest and getting the rest you need are two different things. Make it a priority to get a full night's sleep, every night to relieve stress. Try to keep your daytime naps to a minimum so they don't interfere with your ability to get your night time shut-eye.

Pamper yourself every night with a warm bubble bath before bed. Get out the candles and wine if possible to set a relaxing atmosphere. Silence your phone to screen phone calls and ask family members not to be disturbed.

Some nights, your mind will be very active, so keep a notepad on your nightstand so you can jot down ideas and to-dos. This way, it won't keep you awake at night. Just knowing you won't forget the small stuff will give you piece of mind.

Eat healthy and choose your foods carefully in the days leading up to your wedding. Avoid any foods known to cause puffiness, bloating and gas. Reduce sodium. Now is not the time for a crash diet. Just be sensible and you won't sacrifice your health over a couple of extra pounds.

makeup tips

Of course you want to be a beautiful bride, so take into consideration if your wedding is scheduled for a day or night event. If it takes place in the daytime hours, your makeup should look natural. When the night falls and the party begins, touch up your makeup with darker shades if preferred.

  • Consider having your makeup done by a professional. Schedule a trial run.
  • Exfoliate your skin and follow up with a toner.
  • Your foundation should blend in with your skin tone. Blend it into your neck to avoid embarrassing lines.
  • Neutral tones are the best for daytime.
  • Use an eyelash curler to make your lashes appear longer.
  • Waterproof mascara and eyeliner is a must! Brown/black will flatter both blondes and brunettes.
  • To prevent clumping, don't use old mascara.
  • Avoid a shiny face. Powder your face with loose translucent powder after you apply your foundation.
  • Take along pressed powder for touch ups. This is especially important for your wedding pictures.
  • Stay away from crème eye shadow, which has a tendency to crease. You need some staying power, so stick with powder.
  • Apply lip liner under matte lipstick.
  • Keep your foundation light to avoid any streaking and check it outdoors or in bright light when you're finished.

personal attendants

Personal attendants are priceless! Make sure you chose a trusted friend or relative to take care of your personal needs. She will be a key player in your sanity and can carry along a large handbag to store essentials like a spare pair of panty hose, tissue, lip balm, needle and thread, make-up, hairspray and pain reliever. Prepare your personal attendant's list ahead of time so that you're not left at the altar without lipstick and other beauty essentials.

quick beauty tips

It's a good idea to get a professional manicure because your hands will show in many of the pictures. Make your appointment well in advance. Try to schedule it one to three days before the wedding.

Keep your fragrance light and romantic. Apply it before you get dressed taking care that you keep it off your gown. Even with dry cleaning, perfumes can leave a yellowish, permanent stain.

Bottled water may not be at the top of your list, but it will definitely save your make-up if your facility only offers drinking fountains. By planning in advance, you're sure to be a beautiful, blushing bride.

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today's tip

Always start with a primer. It's how you keep your skin looking fresh and helps makeup stay put all day long.