10 Beauty Appointments You Should Make Before Your Wedding Day
We're here, of course, to get you as prepared as possible for your wedding day—and even if aesthetics aren't that important to you, you might want to consider booking the below beauty appointments before your "I dos" (not only so you feel as confident as possible on your day, but also so you love every single photo). For the record, we think you'll look beautiful no matter what—but here are some appointments you may not want to skip.
No matter what your skin issues might be, visiting your dermatologist will help ensure your skin's on track before your wedding. Whether you're dealing with adult acne, psoriasis or just plain, old dull combination skin, your doctor can work with you to determine the best skincare routine for your skin type. A trusted derm can also be the one you call to zap the zit with a cortisone shot if an unexpected blemish pops up the day before your wedding.
2. Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a splurge, but the thought of never having to shave again is probably worth it. Plan accordingly and get it far enough in advance before your wedding—it takes about four to six treatments for the procedures to be effective—and you'll be hair free on your honeymoon.
It sounds cliché, we know, but your smile really is your best accessory on your wedding day. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a quick teeth whitening and deep clean.
4. Hair Colorist
If you're highlighting or coloring your hair before your wedding, it's important to start early. Book a hair consultation three to six months before your wedding to talk to your colorist about your vision. It's also a good idea to bring any examples of hair accessories you plan on wearing so your colorist can determine the best spot to place highlights.
Obviously, there are tons of options when it comes to your day-of hairstyle. and your stylist can walk you through all of them. It's customary to visit your stylist for a hair trial a few month before your wedding, but for even better results, you can take it a step further. Visit your stylist twice—once for a cut and once for a style. It'll give your stylist the chance to familiarize themselves with your hair type and help you brainstorm the best style for you.
This one isn't exactly a beauty necessity, but a nice facial is a prewedding ritual (and treat) we highly recommend. Schedule an appointment for two or three weeks before your wedding if you plan on getting something for the first time (since you won't know how your skin will react) or something harsh like microdermabrasion (since it tends to leave your face red for a few days). If you're just planning on a soothing treatment that you've gotten before, the week of is fine.
7. Makeup Trial
It can take a few tries before your makeup artist totally nails your ideal beauty look, so don't be discouraged. Make sure you set aside a few hours with them and bring lots of beauty inspiration to look at together. It's also important that you're specific: matte or dewy? Bronzy or smoky eye? Don't leave anything out—and if it doesn't look right, speak up. They'd rather you be honest so they can fix it.
8. Hair Extensions
Want to give your updo a little bit of something extra on your wedding day? Extensions could be for you. First, do your research to determine which type you want—clip-ins, tape or keratin bonds. Then call your salon to see if they offer extension services and actual extensions or if you have to provide your own. If you do have to provide your own, it's a good idea to bring them to your other hair appointments so your stylist or colorist can get familiar with them.
9. Tanning Salon
To tan or not to tan? It's totally up to you, but a subtle glow on your wedding day might be just what you're looking for. (Just picture how gorgeous your glow will look against your white gown.) You can make an appointment at a salon for a spray tan with an aesthetician—they'll know how to give your body the perfect coat of bronze that doesn't look orange, streaky or fake.
Save this particular salon visit for a day or two before your wedding—your options run the gamut, and you want to make sure they look as fresh as possible on your wedding day.
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