You want to look your absolute best on your wedding day!
But while every bride pays loads of attention to her dress, her hair and her makeup, it’s easy to overlook one super important factor: your skincare routine.
Make up can hide imperfections and enhance your natural beauty – but for that unforgettable wedding day glow you need to make sure your skin care regimen is on point in the lead up to your nuptials.
So with that in mind, here are my top tips as a professional makeup artist for getting healthy glowing skin by your wedding day.
1) Start as early as possible
You can’t get flawless skin overnight. So the sooner you start preparing and repairing your skin for your wedding day the better!
Ideally, you want to start thinking about your skincare routine no less than three months beforehand.
This will give you time to trial makeup products, facials and exfoliating treatments, address lifestyle issues that can lead to dull and lifeless skin and correct any flaws and blemishes.
But don’t worry if your wedding is sooner, if you use the tips below you’ll still see amazing improvements by your wedding day!
2) Follow the big three
Every time there’s something even vaguely health related the big three always come up: sleep, diet and exercise.
And there’s a reason for that – they’re really important. Especially if you want glowing skin, because glowing skin is healthy skin.
You already know them, but here are a few skin-related tips for each one:
During sleep, your skin makes new collagen and growth hormones peak which stimulates cell and tissue repair.
When you don’t get enough sleep this can’t happen, so your skin starts to sag, bag and dull. Something you definitely don’t want on your wedding day!
So make sure you get around 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
And wash your bedding, especially pillow cases, every few days on a hot wash. This will kill bacteria that can otherwise wreak havoc on your skin.
For glowing skin it’s all the usual advice about eating healthy, but with an emphasis on high-quality protein like fish and poultry or tofu, low GI carbohydrates like fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains and healthy fats like nuts, seeds and olive oil.
These will keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable and inflammation down, which is great because inflammation can affect your skin’s appearance.
Salmon and trout are especially good choices for a glowing youthful look as they have high omega-3 content.
And nuts are a great source of healthy fats, which you need to prevent your skin looking dull and dry.
Sweating helps your skin remove environmental toxins and exercise has been shown to increase collagen production and strengthen skin, all of which will give you a lovely glowing complexion.
A mixture of aerobic exercise and light resistance training works best.
3) Facials, exfoliation and testing
You don’t want your skin going crazy on your wedding day.
That makes about three months out the perfect time to start planning your wedding make up by trialing any products you’re planning on using, including face masks, foundation, concealer and anything else going on your skin.
It’s also a great time to get an exfoliating treatment and facial.
That way you can see how your skin reacts and know how close to the wedding to get your final pre-wedding facial. The last thing you want is an allergic reaction or red marks on your big day.
And be sure you don’t exfoliate too close to the wedding or you might end up with red, dry irritated skin – something no bride wants!
Youthful, glowing skin is hydrated skin, so be sure to moisturise at least twice a day in the months leading up to your wedding.
And especially on the day, as dry skin absorbs makeup which can make wrinkles more obvious as powder settles into fine lines.
For truly glowing skin your whole body needs to be well hydrated. So be sure to drink six to eight glasses of water a day for at least a month before the wedding.
5) Sun protection
Make sure you’re wearing daily sun protection for at least a month before you’re set to get married to stop any sun damage and keep your skin well-hydrated.
Avoid sunbathing as it can leave you with an uneven tan or unsightly tan lines as you walk down the aisle.
If you want the tanned look for your wedding, fake tan will be easier on your skin. Just make sure you get it at least a week before to lessen the likelihood of streaky patches come the big day.
If your current skincare routine isn’t getting you the results you want, now is the time to experiment, as it’s best to avoid trying new products close to the wedding because you don’t know how your skin will react to them.
A month before your wedding try to be as consistent with your skincare routine as possible. Even minor changes can upset your skin’s normal balance and lead to breakouts and blemishes.
7) Clean makeup brushes
This is an often forgotten step, but as a make up artist, I’m meticulous about cleaning my brushes. And you should be too, because they can harbour acne causing bacteria.
Luckily this is really easy to do, just shampoo your brushes regularly, rinse them and leave them to air dry.
As an added bonus, this will make your makeup products work better and produce a more accurate colour as you’re only applying what you want, rather than the remains of old products still on the brush.
8) Remember your whole body
And finally: It’s not just your face that’s on show. Depending on your dress, a lot more skin is likely to be the centre of attention, from shoulders to elbows to arms.
So make sure you look after your whole body. If you don’t use one already, get a moisturising body cream and start using it daily.
A salt scrub works great for tough, dry patches that can develop on the elbows.
And of course, when the rings are exchanged, the hands will be the main focus, so a good moisturising hand cream is a must.
If you follow these top tips, your skin will be wedding-ready in no time.
If you live in the Bristol area and are looking for a professional make up artist for your wedding, you can contact me here.