You're almost there! Six months from the big day, and it's time to kick your beauty routine into high gear. Whether or not you've started our wedding beauty timeline, now is the time to get serious.
Is your skin freaking out? Hit up your dermatologist and splurge on a facial. Looking to recruit the perfect hair and makeup team for the big day? You'll want to get on that, stat.
Time's ticking, and there's no time to waste! As a busy bride-to-be, you already know that organization is key, which is why we've designed a beauty checklist to kick off six months from your wedding day.
1. Glam squad auditions.
It's time to make your Pinterest hair and makeup dreams a reality for the big day. If you're not going the DIY route, ask friends for recommendations and see if your venue has a preferred vendor list of hair and makeup pros. If you have a trusted, go-to hairstylist you've seen for years, ask if they would be up for doing your hair on the most important of days. Another popular way of stumbling upon talented hair and makeup pros is social media—check geo-tags and scroll through your favorite bridal feeds to see what catches your eye. Who knows, you might find your dream glam squad on the 'Gram! Either way, it's time to start searching because time's ticking and hair and makeup trials are coming up soon.
2. Get your color in check and start growing out your locks.
The time to start making those big hair decisions is now. Do you want to grow out your locks or transition your tresses back to their natural hue? Hit up your salon and talk it out with your stylist. If you're thinking of rocking a wedding-day updo, consider letting your hair grow as long as possible, before going in for a simple, clean-up trim close to the wedding date. When it comes to color, Stephanie Brown, colorist at Nunzio Saviano in NYC, says to steer clear of big changes and go for as natural of a look as possible. According to Stephanie, if you're coming back from platinum or a bold hue, you'll need at least six months to transition. "Platinum hair is very hard to come back from [because] your hair is stripped of color and very porous, so that makes the new color either absorb too much or just slip right out of the hair," she explains "Hair color is not like painting on a white wall, it isn’t easy to just go back to what you were before."
3. Get brows in shape.
Avoid magnifying mirrors and drop the tweezers because now is the time to leave it to the professionals. Treat yourself to a shaping by a brow expert so you can work on maintaining them for the next few months, plucking only a few strays here and there. If you're DIY'ing your brows, we recommend checking out Benefit's Brow Try-On tool to virtually shape brows and get product recommendations to achieve the look you want. For arches on the sparse side, apply RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner ($55, available at Nordstrom) on your brows every night for an impressive boost in growth.
4. Relax and treat skin to a facial.
Whether your skin's freaking out or you need a mental break from wedding planning, this is the perfect time to indulge in a trip to the spa. Something as simple as a traditional facial, which includes cleansing, exfoliation, and extractions, can make all the difference in your skin. Think of it as a refresh of sorts—you'll squeeze in some much-needed relaxation while achieving clear, brighter skin all at once. And when time is of the essence, a two for one deal is always a good idea.
5. Consider hitting the weights.
If you want to tone your arms for that strapless wedding dress, there's no better way to sculpt your muscles to perfection than a little weight lifting. "Training six months out from the wedding is important because it gives your body time to strengthen and condition, ultimately giving the body time to see the changes that brides ultimately want to achieve," says Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger founder of Elements Fitness. To tone the upper arms, Fornarola recommends doubling-down on moves like push-ups, under arm presses, and armpit twists. "Physical exercises work in conjunction with healthy eating habits to increase the metabolic rate, burn fat, and sculpt and tone the body."