Planning a bridal look is not just focused on the actual day. There are hair and nail appointments, makeup and hair trials, dress fittings, accessories...well, you get it, the list goes on and on!
There are a few things I try to encourage my clients to remember, especially as it can save both time and stress as the wedding day approaches:
First of all - Skin care:
Use sunscreen! No matter where you are getting married, tan lines or a bad sunburn can be tricky and time consuming to cover up for even the most skilled makeup artist or photographer. If spending time in the sun, try to consider the cut of the front AND back of your dress. If the need arises, use a tanning booth, or have a spray tan done approximately 4 or 5 days prior to your event to ensure you have even lines. Please be sure to do a trial run before the final one to make sure that everything looks just the way you want it to.
In the months leading up to the wedding, adopt a consistent skin care regimen that works best for you. Be consistent and remember, great skin doesn't happen overnight! If you normally have any type of facial treatments, or will be starting them, ensure you know how your skin will react and have your last treatment at least 5 days prior to your wedding. Keep in mind, some products or treatments have ingredients that are sensitive to the sun and can create issues-be sure to do your research!
The day before the wedding, do a hydrating mask or sleep treatment to make sure you put your best face forward-as with everything else, make sure you have tried them out previously to avoid any possibility of a reaction.
Please, take care of your brows. You will be happy you did when the wedding day rolls around. At the very least, have them shaped approximately 5 days before the wedding. You may not realize it, but a nicely shaped and clean brow makes a huge difference in photos and in the finished makeup look. While they can be shaped the day of the event in a pinch, it is better to have them done earlier to avoid the possibility of redness or swelling.
Many clients choose to have lash extensions for the wedding. If so, make sure you have a fill right before you leave and be prepared to lose some lashes in the heat, humidity and salty air of Mexico. I typically recommend simply forgoing the cost and using false lashes on the wedding day. That being said, if you are more comfortable with the extensions, we can always fill them if need be.
Refresh your hair! If that means a trim, a color, or a gloss, go ahead and do it about a week prior-your stylist will thank you for it! Avoid any drastic cut or color changes in the last service before your wedding.
Fingers and toes:
I can't tell you how many clients I see fixing their nail polish on the day of their event as it chipped or smudged, despite having a really good manicure done. For fingers especially, the use of one of the many gel polishes, instead of a regular polish, will save you mucho headaches! Also, this will enable you to go have them done a couple days earlier and feel more confident that your nails will stand up through the event. The cost isn't that much more than a manicure with regular polish and you won't regret it!
Get a good nights sleep! Eat a light breakfast and make sure you are keeping hydrated. Ensure you have all your details organized and your dresses steamed. Have inspiration photos ready for your hair/makeup artist. This will ensure you have something to refer to when discussing what you and your bridal party are looking to achieve. Most importantly be on time to your appointments, enabling your artists to stay on track with your timeline will eliminate so much stress!
These are just a few simple recommendations to all those preparing for their big day. Anything that helps the process run more smoothly is always welcome in my experience. I hope these tips can be of use!