We polled hundreds of wedding beauty experts for their top tips for brides who want to put their best face forward — and we couldn’t believe the results. Here they are:
1. Don’t drink wine or eat dark-colored foods like berries.
Unless you want to capture a stained smile in your wedding photos, you should avoid foods that can tint your pearly whites. To get ’em extra pearly, invest in a professional teeth-whitening service. On a strict budget? “Crest Whitestrips work magic!” says Melissa Roshan of Make-Up by Melissa Roshan in Columbus, Ohio.
2. Don’t tan.
Not only are you putting yourself at risk of skin damage, but getting too dark a tan can look unnatural in wedding photos. Especially if it’s a spray tan gone wrong. “Nothing says Jersey Shore more than an orange bride in a white dress,” says Hingham, Mass., makeup artist Kelly O’Keefe of Blush. “This is one of the worst looks, and it’s not fixable!”
3. Don’t get your first-ever bikini wax just before your wedding.
If you plan to wax your bikini line, begin the process at least three months beforehand — or face the irritating consequences.
4. Don’t change your birth control, skin-care program, washing detergent, etc., less than six weeks before the wedding.
Sure, that fabric softener might be on sale, but that new rash you get from it? Hardly a sweet deal.
5. Don’t get a facial, get your brows waxed, or cut or color your hair two days or less before your wedding.
“Get these services done a week or so beforehand,” says Atlanta-based makeup artist Raney O’Keefe.
6. Don’t ingest excess sodium the week before the wedding.
That means no salty foods, sauces, dressings, or salty deli meats. Instead, choose low- or no-sodium everything starting at least seven days before the wedding.
7. Don’t flat-iron your hair before a trial or on your big day.
That cute, flat-ironed hairstyle you had for your rehearsal dinner is going to wreak havoc on the curly look you’re planning for your ceremony. “If you’re aiming for soft, romantic curls on your wedding day, you need to have fresh hair,” says Samara Binder of Bridal Beauty Chicago.
8. Don’t skimp on water!
Double up on your water intake for at least one month prior to the wedding to keep your skin clear and glowing.
9. Don’t forget your beauty emergency kit.
Include different sized safety pins, double-sided sticky tape, a small sewing kit, a small pair of scissors, a bleach pen, bobby pins, hair spray, blotting papers, gum or mints, a razor, deodorant, Band-Aids, a small packs of tissue, nail polish remover, clear nail polish, an emery board, a nail clipper, makeup remover wipes and tampons.
10. Don’t cry off all your beautiful makeup!
Tears will happen, so it’s important to know how to weep correctly. “Hold a tissue in each hand. Then press the tissues in the tear duct and let the tears run into the tissue — and keep changing the tissue,” says Catherine Sullivan of Fresh Face Chicago.