Bridal gown? Check. Venue? Check. Glowy skin and shiny hair? Coming right up. You’ve set the date, and—admit it!—you have a countdown clock that scrolls in your head every single day (or maybe minute). The trick to not getting stressed out is using your time wisely and knowing when to tackle different projects—like getting your hair and skin right where you want it. That’s why we’ve created this easy-to-follow schedule for your bridal beauty lewk. Here's when you need to cut and color, primp and prep, ahead of your big day.
When the big day is mere days away, it's crunch time for your wedding beauty checklist. Yes, in addition to all your last-minute to-dos, there's also some final beauty prep left to do in the week leading up to the wedding.
No need to panic—we've outlined all of your last-minute bridal beauty must-dos, below. You got this, girl!
Stay the Course
Relax and stick to bread-and-butter skincare. “No new products or treatments the week before,” stresses New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman. “Even a basic facial can make you break out. Get a massage or a mani-pedi instead, but keep your face untouched.” For a last-minute breakout, try a benzoyl peroxide product like Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion, or ask your derm for a cortisone injection that will zap the zit within two days.
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Pack Your Day-Of Beauty Kit
Yes, your makeup artist and hairstylist are the pros, but we all have our favorite beauty products, and it's totally okay to bring them for your wedding day. Besides, it's better to be prepared than to panic over a makeup meltdown or bad hair day. Use the week leading up to the wedding to pack your favorite essentials—don't go crazy and pack a full suitcase. Just bring along those must-have products, like that dry shampoo you can't live without or the concealer that magically erases dark circles.
Legs, bikini line, arms—whatever you wax, do it about five to six days before the wedding to let any inflammation and redness calm down. Go straight to the professionals for your wax and steer clear of DIY treatments to avoid any beauty mishaps. If you're all about keeping things au naturel, then that's one less thing on your list.
Book a Manicure and Pedicure
Carve out some time during the busy week to enjoy a mani-pedi. Have your colors of choice in mind beforehand or have some nail art inspo handy when you go in. If you're still unsure, you can never go wrong with neutral nudes à la Meghan Markle. Either way, give yourself enough time to sit under the dryer or better yet, opt for gel to ensure zero chips.
Get a Spray Tan
If you're an expert at self-tanning, then go for it two or three days before the big day and bronze up. Otherwise, leave it to the professionals and treat yourself to a spray tan with enough time to rinse and let the tan develop into a natural shade. Pro tip: Book your appointment in the evening so that you can go straight home and avoid spending the entire day in fear of staining every surface you touch.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It goes without saying that a good night's sleep and tons of H2O are essential to anyone's well-being—and are a major priority in the week leading up to your walk down the aisle. In addition to snoozing for eight hours a night, reach for water all day, every day to remain hydrated and keep puffy skin far, far away. Take things a step further and hydrate skin with a nourishing moisture mask and hair with a deep conditioner.
And One Week After...
Just because you're saying goodbye to wedding planning, doesn't mean you should be bidding farewell to your beauty routine.
Stay Sun Safe
Cute bikini. Sexy lingerie. And a cartload of sunscreen, of course. On your honeymoon, load up on UV blockers from head to toe. (We’re loving Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50.)
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