Beauty Rules Every Bride Should Know

Want to look like the most gorgeous version of yourself on your wedding day? Of course you do! Commit to these 10 wedding day beauty commandments for a more polished, put-together you.
  1. 1. I Will Play Up My Best Feature

    Brides hugging and smiling
    Photo by Love and Light Photography

    You know your best feature—so maximize it! Accentuate radiant skin with fresh, dewy makeup; open up gorgeous eyes with a few individual false lashes instead of a whole set; or find the perfect lip stain to enhance your smile. Even if you never wear makeup, consider your wedding day the exception. A bit of mascara, blush and lip gloss goes a long way in making your features stand out in wedding photos.

  2. 2. I Will Have Kissable Lips on My Wedding Day

    indian couple kissing
    Photo by Abby Jiu

    Take care of your lips ahead of time and not only will you not have to worry about dry or chapped skin, your lipstick will glide on easier. Start prepping at least week before the wedding day by exfoliating (look for a lip exfoliator or lip scrub). Also, if you aren't already, make sure you're using a chapstick or lipstick with sunscreen to avoid sun damage.

  3. 3. I Will Rock a Gorgeous Smile

    Bridesmaids getting ready
    Photo by Hay Alexandra

    This will most likely be impossible not to do, but we had to put it in here because, honestly, there's no easier way to look more beautiful. For a megawatt smile, consider whitening your teeth a month or so before your wedding. Dentists remain the source for the most dramatic whitening results. In-office bleaching treatments can help remove stains to make teeth that are five to seven shades whiter. Depending on where you live, costs begin around $400 for in-office bleaching. But over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems are very effective too. Most whiten teeth by a few shades.

  4. 4. I Will Take Care of My Nails

    white manicure
    Photo by Derk's Works Photography

    Nail technicians are good, but they're not miracle workers. You can't come to your appointment with chewed up fingernails and destroyed cuticles and expect Instagram-worthy nails in an hour. If you know you're an avid nail biter, make a conscious effort to kick the habit in the months leading up to your wedding. Also, avoid peeling broken nails and picking at hangnails—that's how infections start.

  5. 5. I Will Stick to a Skin Care Routine

    bride with glowing skin
    Photo by The Schultzes

    A solid skin care regimen is important in everyday life, but the months leading up to your wedding are a great time to start pampering your skin. (After all, photos last forever!) Not sure where to start? Make an appointment with a dermatologist six months before your wedding to help iron out a solid skin care plan. At the very least, make a promise to yourself to cleanse your face before bed, and invest in a good moisturizer with SPF.

  6. 6. I Won't Overdo the Spray Tan

    Couple laughing and smiling
    Photo by Jessica OH Photography

    We get it: A sun-kissed glow looks amazing against a white wedding dress. Overdo it, though, and you risk not looking like yourself—or worse, orange! If you're going the spray tan route, schedule your appointment for at least two or three days before the wedding. Or play it safe and try a gradual self-tanning lotion.

  7. 7. I Will Not Crash Diet

    Bride walking down the aisle.
    Photo by Matoli Keely Photography

    Sure, you're likely to shed a couple of pounds in the weeks before the wedding due to a packed schedule and jitters but consider that a bonus. Don't strive to lose any more than that at the last minute. Crash dieting will make you exhausted, and no number on the scale will compensate if you're too weak to handle the demands and savor the excitement of your wedding day.

  8. 8. I Will Stay Hydrated (and Eat!)

    welcome bag
    Photo by Iris Photography

    If you're going to indulge in champagne or mimosas with your girls the morning of, be sure to keep lots of water on hand too. And make a pact to stay hydrated. On the food front, eat breakfast (even if it's as simple as granola and yogurt with fruit) and schedule lunch within your day-of timeline to ensure there's time for it.

  9. 9. I Will Find a Veil That Works With the Shape of My Face

    Long cathedral veil
    Photo by Tamara Gruner Photography

    Figuring out the right veil and hairstyle combo can be tricky. Here's the bottom line: With hair and veils, width adds width and length adds length. If your face is round, pick a narrow veil or hairstyle; if your face is long, choose one with more volume.

  10. 10. I Won't Try Anything New Less Than a Month Before the Wedding

    Bride looking at her hair
    Photo by Hot Metal Studio

    Any new procedure—whether something as simple as an eyebrow wax or something more invasive like a chemical skin peel or Botox—should be scheduled and tested well in advance of your wedding date. This way if you have an unexpected reaction, there's plenty of recovery time.

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