Bride’s Head, Revisited

Posted on June 28th, 2010 by Michelle

Wedding DayWe’ve seen it already this summer.  June brides who tried something new to look special on their big day, only the special look they ended up with was especially a bummer.  So for the rest of you summer brides, (and this goes for mothers and grooms as well) before you say “I do,” there are some don’ts that you should keep in mind:

Of course you want your skin to be bright and glowing, but don’t schedule a facial treatment close to the big day.  If you’re considering a facial or any sort of peel, you have to make sure you give your skin plenty of time to recover, a minimum of a week.  Facials draw out impurities and can lead to breakouts, and if it has been over a year since you had one, or maybe you’ve never had one at all, you must expect some type of skin reaction.  And depending on the level of the peel, the new skin it unveils will be red for several days to 2 weeks.  Make sure there’s time to heal before you walk down the aisle.

Give the same consideration to any facial waxing.  If you’ve never waxed before, just prior to your wedding is not the time to start – at least not with regard to your face.  I regularly wax my chin and eyebrows … and I regularly break out a couple of days later.  Plan accordingly.

Even if your color theme includes orange, it doesn’t apply to your skin unless you are one of Willie Wonka’s Oompa Loompas.  Don’t go overboard tanning, especially if you’re wearing white (and/or strapless).  Fake tans — spray-on or otherwise acquired — are not fixable and they will still be very obviously fake decades later, regardless of how good your photographer is.  Spend the money to try a couple different techniques a month before the wedding, then choose.

Most importantly, don’t go crazy with your makeup, and if you are using a professional, have a makeup rehearsal weeks before the event.  You want to be a blushing bride because you’re excited and glowing, not because you’re over-painted.  Too often, we see brides who go for the extra eyeliner or lipstick or blush because they think the pictures will look better. If you’re taking the stage at the community theater or running off to join the circus, you can make an argument for changing the way you wear your makeup.  But you’re getting married because somebody loves the way you look every day.  “Something blue” should not be your eye shadow.  If you don’t normally wear blush or magenta lipstick, don’t do it for your wedding.  Whether you hire a professional, put your face in the hands of a friend or do it yourself, accentuate the positive.  Enhance what you have, don’t hide it under layers of cosmetics.

When it comes to your wedding day, if you only remember one thing, remember that those pictures you shelled out thousands for are going to be passed down through generations.  Make sure they look like you.

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