Bridal Beauty Part 1: Skin Care

With my own wedding less than 2 months away, it's crunch time! Not only in finalizing the last details of the wedding but also in taking care of myself and making sure I look and feel my best on my wedding day. So I thought I would put together a series of 4 blog posts all about bridal beauty. I'll share what I'm doing to focus on these areas and share some tips for what I think is working for me or what I've heard great things about from other wedding planners and fellow brides. 

Today we are kicking off this series with a topic I love - skin care! I can honestly say that I have never and probably will never go to sleep with my makeup on. There is just something about getting in bed with a fresh, clean face that makes me so happy. I usually take my makeup off first thing when I get home at the end of the day. And if I don't have any plans on the weekends or if I have an entire day to work from home during the week, chances are I have a clean, makeup-free face. That being said, it probably sounds like I am this super confident, beautiful, bohemian goddess like Blake Lively or Jennifer Aniston that looks amazing without makeup on. Not true at all. Girlfriend with the blonde eyelashes needs some serious help over here! I also don't have natural, flowing, just-got-back-from-the-beach hair for the record. So from someone who loves and appreciates makeup for all its miraculous wonders but also loves and appreciates my skin underneath for all of its miraculous wonders, I've decided to talk about both today.

Skin Care

Tip #1: Take off your makeup. Seriously, do it. Someone told me years ago that your face ages 7 days for every 1 night that you sleep in your makeup. I don't know if that someone was an actual dermatologist or if this is some myth but it sounds legit and it scared me enough to make this part of my routine for life. Leave some face wipes in your nightstand for those late nights when you don't have the energy to wash your face. No excuses, people!

Tip #2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate. Removing all of that dead skin will reveal a brighter, more even and healthy skin underneath. I do this by using a microdermabrasion exfoliator 1-2 times per week and a rotating cast of face masks 2-3 times per week. I have also been using this in shower mask lately that I love. And it's only $6! Below is a line up of some of my favorite products. 

Tip #3: Splurge on a professional facial or treatment. Unless you are a professional model, I can't imagine a day where you are going to be in more pictures than as the bride on your wedding day. So maybe this is the time to treat yourself and book a spa day. Just don't do it too close to your wedding day unless you know from experience how your skin will react to the treatment. 

Tip #4: Drink plenty of water, eat well and get plenty of sleep. The food you're putting into your body can greatly affect how your skin and body looks on the outside. More on that in next week's blog post... 

Make Up

Tip #1: Do try out new products but do not switch up your entire makeup routine right before your wedding. I've been experimenting with lip liners and lipsticks after I did my hair and makeup trial run. I loved this one color she used on me so I've been trying that out and also experimenting with other colors that are similar to see what I like for the big day. But this probably isn't the best time to totally switch up your foundation or to start wearing blue mascara for the first time ever. Stick to what you know for the basics but definitely test out some products and techniques that you might like to use on your wedding day. 

Tip #2: Keep it natural. Too often I see brides who don't usually wear a lot of makeup come out on their wedding day with a smokey eye, a dark lip, false lashes - the works! You want to look like a more polished version of yourself on your wedding day but still yourself. Your future hubby thinks you are beautiful and loves you for who you are so don't scare him by walking down the aisle looking like someone else.

Tip #3: Do your research. I always think that Reese Witherspoon looks amazing on the red carpet. I also have similar coloring to her so I found some of my favorite looks of hers and showed them to my makeup artist. Search Pinterest, look at past awards show pictures or my personal favorite, the real weddings sections on websites like The Knot, Style Me Pretty and Brides of Oklahoma/Texas. Find some pictures that you like and be sure to speak up during your hair and makeup trial run if you want something changed or altered. Most makeup artists want nothing more than for you to be happy and feel beautiful on your wedding day so it's not hurting their feelings if you say a little less eyeliner, a little more pink lip, etc. 

Tip #4: I feel like I shouldn't have to say this but, book a hair and makeup trial run. This is the biggest day of your life! All eyes will be on you and these pictures will last a lifetime. I know it seems silly to pay $200 to do a test run but trust me, it's so worth it. 

Here's a few of my favorite makeup products lately...