Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day. But all too often, we see brides that put so much thought into everything else about the wedding that they forget that they are supposed to be the star. So, if you are a bride-to-be and you want to make sure you look great on your wedding day – you need to start getting ready well in advance, and here’s how.
From the inside out
Our bodies always reflect how we feel inside. This means that lack of sleep, stress and other poor decisions will show on the big day. Try to always have a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep on time and get seven to eight hours of sleep every day. Go through with that schedule on the wedding day as well, and if you can’t sleep from the stress, you should have mastered stress-relief techniques a long time ago. Practice yoga and meditation to clear your mind and emotions when things get tough. For me, it was of great help to go for a walk through Ballast Point park and just spend some time in nature, so find what works best for you. If you’re not already eating well, then you definitely need to start. Not only is a good diet going to help you feel more energized, but highly processed foods can make your skin break out with acne, get too oily and just not be at its best. Lastly, you want to make sure you stay hydrated, especially on your wedding day. Have one of your bridesmaids carry a small water bottle in her purse and remind you to drink often.
A little help towards perfection
Many brides do something special for their wedding day to make sure they feel like they are the most beautiful woman in the world. For some, that means getting lip fillers or dermal fillers to smooth out their fine lines. It can also be microblading your eyebrows to give them a full look, or lash extensions for the perfect eye makeup. For me, it was going for teeth whitening in Sydney, to get rid of all the coffee stains from long-night planning the previous months. You can also think about more temporary options like gel nails, brow threading, facial massages and treatments, as well as hair coloring and extending. If you are doing any procedures on your skin, you should make sure you either do them well in advance or have done them before – to minimize the risk of skin reaction and redness on your big day.
The makeup look
The last step to your beauty routine: your perfect bridal look. Since each bride is unique, it’s hard to give general advice on what your makeup should look like, but there are others things you should be aware of. Firstly, you always want to have a test run with your makeup, to catch anything you’d like to change before the actual day. Secondly, when planning your look, you should try on several different looks. You might think you know what you want, but until you’ve seen them all, you won’t be able to know for sure, and it can be a fun girls’ night in trying on different looks. Make sure that your makeup doesn’t eat up your face – you should be the star of the show, not the makeup. Use it to accentuate your features, not to make you into a completely new person. Applying primer, moisturizer and a setting spray is crucial if you want your makeup to last throughout the day. Have your lipstick with your maid of honor for any touch-ups and blotting paper shouldn’t be far behind. For your hair, you also want to do a test run, and if you are changing the color, do it at least a week in advance to make sure you have enough time to do corrections if needed.
No matter which look you go for, your smile should always be there to finish off the look. This will be one of the happiest days of your life and you’ll have a wonderful time with your friends and family, no matter what.
Contributed by Diana Smith