10 Bridal 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.

    Bride with low updo and dangle earrings
    Photo by Jen Huang Photography

    You know your best feature. Maximize it! Accentuate radiant skin with fresh, dewy makeup; open up gorgeous eyes with a few loose false lashes instead of a whole set; or find the perfect lip stain to enhance your smile.

    Knot Note: Even if you never ever 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.


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

    Makeup artist applying lipstick on bride before wedding
    Photo by Rachel Joy Baransi

    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.

    Mismatched pastel bridal party
    Photo by The Nichols

    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 mega-watt 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.

    Light pink, blush and neutral bridesmaid manicures
    Photo by Carol Oliva 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 Skincare Routine.

    Bridal portrait in pearl necklace and lace gown
    Photo by Nadia D. Photography

    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 skincare 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.

    Boho bride with wildflower crown and bouquet
    Photo by Carlie Statsky 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 and groom ride tandem bicycle
    Photo by Larissa Cleveland 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.

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

    Bride and groom sipping water out of mason jars with paper straws
    Photo by Buffy Dekmar

    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.

    Bride laughing with blusher veil and turquoise earrings
    Photo by Paper Antler

    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.


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  10. 10. I Won't Try Anything New Less Than A Month Before The Wedding.

    Bride getting makeup done on wedding day
    Photo by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

    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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