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Weddings · May 8, 2018

The Ultimate Wedding Beauty Timeline

Three Months Prior:

  • Schedule a visit with your derm: If you have skin concerns like acne or pigmentation, get a consultation as early as possible in case he or she prescribes you a topical treatment that takes time to reap its benefits.
  • Book your wedding hair and makeup team: Be sure to figure out if you'll also use the pros for your bridal party, the mother of the bride/groom, and any other people you'd like to pamper on the day of the wedding.
  • Start exfoliating regularly: Unearth that coveted bridal glow with a luxe coconut oil exfoliator like Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish for your body and a gentle physical exfoliator like Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract for your face. When your skin's not wet, dry brushing your body with the Birchbox Dry Brush is a great, no-mess option when you're on the go. Not only will exfoliating slough off dead skin cells, it'll help your skincare products absorb easier.
  • Consider your brows: A professional brow groomer can help you figure out the best shape for your brows and give them time to grow out if needed.
  • Strengthen your hair: Using a blend of omegas, silica, and vitamin E, the OUAI hair supplements for dry, thinning, or oily strands revive your hair with the help of vital nutrients so it looks shinier and feels smoother. The formula, which takes 90 days for you to start seeing results, even helps promote growth and prevents breakage so strands are healthier too.

Two Months Prior:

  • Pick your wedding day fragrance: Smell fresh throughout the day (even as you tear up the dance floor) with something unique for the occasion that'll remind you of all the fun times long after your wedding day. We love Etat Libre d'Orange Yes I Do Eau de Parfum not just for the appropriate name, but it'll also make for total Instagram bait in pre-wedding photos.
  • Get a spray tan trial: A trial run gives yourself a chance to see what shade works best for your skin tone.
  • Do hair damage control: Your hair goes through a lot (from color treatments to heat styling to product buildup). Use a weekly hair mask like Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque in the shower to reverse damage and rejuvenate dry strands.

1 Month Prior:

  • Select your own lip color: If you're having your makeup professionally done, you'll want your own tube or gloss for touch-ups throughout the day.
  • Have your hair and makeup trial: You still want to look like yourself on your wedding day. Bring a photo of yourself in makeup where you felt most comfortable and liked how you photographed. Bring the lip color you plan on wearing that day. Make sure to have a photo of your dress so your hairstylist can tailor the style to your neckline.

2 Weeks Prior:

  • Get a trim and color touch-up: Check this off your list before your final hair trial so that your stylist knows exactly what she's working with and to give your hair some time to grow into its look. If you color your hair, take care of your hue with a protective cleanser like Davines MINU Illuminating Shampoo and its complementary conditioner.
  • Book a facial: Consult with your aesthetician to make sure your facial is customized to your skin type. If you need extractions, this timeline will allow your skin to recuperate. Keep up the glow post-facial with an at-home face mask that works with every skin type like Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask.
  • Begin any at-home teeth whitening treatments: Either at home or DIY, it typically takes a couple of weeks to see results.
  • Have your final hair and makeup trial: Try to also book your final dress fitting the same day so you can see the whole look together.

Three Days Prior:

  • Get eyelash extensions: While mascara works wonders to lengthen and volumize your lashes, extensions provide an extra eye-opening effect. Plus, they'll last way into your honeymoon, too.
  • Pack an emergency beauty kit: Include the lip color you plan to use, translucent powder, concealer, a small can of hairspray, Q-tips, safety pins, perfume, bobby pins, bandages, a to-go stain remover, mints, toothpicks, and (of course) tissues to discreetly tuck into your bouquet.
  • Consider a wax: Whether you get hair removal for your legs, bikini line, or face, waiting a few days before your big day allows time for bumps and irritation to calm down.

Two Days Prior:

  • Pamper your eyes: Last-minute details have you stressedand you probably have the eye bags to show for it. Store the Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before using them to make the most out of their magical, depuffing powers.
  • Get a spray tan: Safely glow (sans sun) with a spray tan. Remember to exfoliate beforehand and visit the same specialist you went to for your trial.
  • Get a final brow shaping: Make sure any strays are in check.

The Day Before:

  • Do your mani/pedi: Whether you get it done at a salon or DIY, make it a bonding event by inviting your maid of honor and bridesmaids. Stuck on the perfect shade? Try Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Powder Posse. It's a classic neutral with a slightly lavender twist that works perfectly for all your honeymoon outfits, too. Plus, if you bring your own color, it'll make it easier to fix any last-minute nicks the day of.
  • Get a massage: Clear your mind and make the most of its stress-reducing benefits.
  • Soften your lips: Get your pout ready for your first kiss with Sara Happ Sweet Clay Lip Mask, which soothes, moisturizes, and lightly exfoliates dry skin.

The Day of:

  • Use a sheet mask: Need some extra insurance for your glow? Take advantage of the calm before your busy, celebratory day with a soothing, brightening 10 minute face mask like Dr. Jart+ Dermask Brightening Solution Ultra-Fine Microfiber Sheet Mask.
  • Have fun! Whether you checked off all, one, or none of these recommendations, the most important thing to remember is that you're marrying the love of your lifesoak in every second!

Alexis Bridenbaugh