All right brides. I see you over there, Pinning all the things and bookmarking pictures you want to show your photographer. Meanwhile you’re negotiating your guest list like you’re defending a bill in Congress, sending cute packages to your bridesmaids, and trying to fit in a date night with your fiancé that doesn’t include wedding talk alone.
But girl, don’t forget to take care of YOU!
I wish I could go to coffee with each of my brides to prep them for their wedding and give them a plan, but Lord knows you don’t have time for that in the middle of cake testing and engagement shoots.
I started my professional hair and makeup artist before Beyonce went solo, and before blowouts were something you could do on your way home from Target. Yep, I’ve been doing this for a while.
So as I think about the 16 weddings I have booked in the next few months, and more specifically, the 16 brides who want to look and feel their absolute best on their most important day, here’s what I want them to know:
Take notes, honey.
Don’t neglect this part! Taking care of your skin in the months before your wedding is key, and I see brides skipping this all the time. When your skin is healthy and nourished, your makeup looks just that much better in person and in photos/video. (What we all want, right?!)
A regimen includes 4 steps:
Pro tip: Repeating your regimen every night and every morning will yield maximum results.
On the day of your makeup trial and wedding day, wash your face, tone your skin, skip the serum but don’t forget to moisturize— your skin can never be too hydrated. Serums can sometimes create a peeling look on your skin with the makeup; avoid it before your makeup is professionally applied.
A few other reminders when it comes to skin:
Add teeth whitening to your daily regimen! I love the Pearly Pen because it’s quick, easy, and gives you instant results. (No seran-wrap whitening stuff over here!) Don’t forget to pair it with the Pearly Tooth Brush and use code Barton50 for 50% off your order.
Let’s be honest, everyone wants a little extra glow on their wedding day! When it comes to spray tans, here are my tips:
I love eyelash extensions, and I’m also a fan of false lash strips. Here are my thoughts on extensions:
Whether you get your eyebrows threaded or waxed or you tweeze them on your own, have them maintained for both the trial and the wedding day. I would recommend having your appointment 1- 1 1/5 weeks prior to your event.
Start any professional facial and skin treatments no later than 6 months out. Keep them regular and consistent. Don’t plan on doing any skin treatments so that you won’t be healed/recovered from too close to your day. Random red bumps and rashes? No, thank you.
All right babe, you feel ready? I know there’s a lot you’re thinking about as you get ready for your wedding day, but I mean it when I say don’t forget to take care of you. When you’re cleansing at night or booking your eyebrow appointment, enjoy it. Take it in. Let it be your little act of self-care while you manage the mental load of planning a wedding.
And may it slow you down enough to remember what this day is all about you: you and your fiancé making the most important commitment to love, and to each other.