13 Beauty Mistakes You Might Be Making Before Your Wedding

Beware of these common beauty don'ts leading up to your day.
by The Knot
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Of course, you don't have to do anything to get gorgeous before your wedding (you're already flawless in our eyes)—but if you're using your upcoming nuptials as incentive to tweak something in your beauty routine (think: try laser hair removal, whiten your smile or get a little more definition in your arms), that's great! Whatever your bridal beauty goals, we're here to help, starting with 13 common beauty mistakes you don't want to make.

1. Going overboard on red wine, chocolate or super-dark foods like berries.

Unless you want to capture a stained smile in your wedding photos, avoid foods that can tint your pearly whites (when you can, obviously). And to keep your smile extra white, invest in a professional teeth-whitening service. If you're on a tighter budget, Crest Whitestrips are as close to magic as over-the-counter products get. For the best results, start any whitening regime about one month before your day.

2. Tanning too much.

Not only are you putting yourself at risk of skin damage, but getting too dark a tan can actually look unnatural in wedding photos—especially if it's a sunburn or a spray tan gone wrong. Do what you need to (or want to) to achieve a healthy and natural bridal glow. Anything more and you'll be that orange bride in a white wedding dress.

3. Getting your first-ever bikini wax just before the wedding.

If you plan to wax your bikini line, begin the process at least three months before the wedding. The thing about waxing such a sensitive area is it becomes less painful everytime you go—but the first time could result in pain, irritation and discomfort that you don't want sneaking up on you on your wedding day. You could be absolutely fine, but it's not worth the risk.

4. Changing your birth control, skin care routine, laundry detergent (etc.) less than six weeks out.

Sure, that fabric softener might be on sale, but that new rash you get from it is not worth the deal. Introducing new products or altering your medication could lead to unexpected reactions. Sometimes there's nothing you can do, but if possible, try to make any big changes with enough time to test them out or switch back to your old routine if you need to.

5. Getting a facial, brow wax, haircut or hair color two days or closer to your wedding.

You should be getting any beauty treatments like these no later than a week before your nuptials—just in case there's a mishap or funny reaction that needs fixing. 

6. Eating too much sodium the week of the wedding.

Sadly, that means no salty snacks, sauces, deli meat or dressings. Starting at least seven days before the wedding, load up on fresh fruits and veggies and opt for low- or no-sodium foods whenever possible. (Note: We aren't saying not to eat! Simply be more mindful of the sodium content in your choices). Since sodium holds 50 times its weight in water, cutting back can help you feel way less bloated the week of your wedding. You'll look and feel amazing.

7. Straightening your hair on the day of your hair trial or wedding.

Give your hairstylist a fresh canvas to work with on your wedding day or at your hair trial, especially if you're going for soft, romantic curls. So even if you decide to run your flat-iron through it for a smooth rehearsal dinner look, wash it out before your wedding day so your pro can work their magic from scratch.

8. Sitting around in a bra the morning of your wedding.

You've probably never thought of this one, but wearing your usual underwire bra might not be the smartest idea the morning of your wedding. Avoid unsightly pink indents or red lines on your back and shoulders (especially if you're wearing a strapless dress), by wearing a soft, wireless bra or bralette, or just going sans bra (you bought that bridal robe for a reason!).

9. Not drinking enough water.

Double up on your water intake for at least one month prior to your wedding to keep your skin clear and glowing. To avoid getting dehydrated the night before your wedding, switch back and forth between alcohol and a glass of water. Your skin, head and stomach will thank you.

10. Forgoing a beauty emergency kit.

Trust us—a wedding day emergency kit will be a lifesaver. 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, tampons, and anything else you think you might need. 

11. Forgetting to touch up.

It's okay to be a little high-maintenance. Bring a touch-up bag and actually use the products at your reception. Your hair and makeup pros will have done an amazing job, but even their expertise can't stand up to hours of toasting, newlywed kisses, happy tears, dancing and cake. Use that handy emergency kit to have makeup reinforcements at the ready throughout the party.

12. Crying off all your makeup.

Tears will happen, so it's important to know how to weep correctly so you don't melt your makeup away. With a tissue in each hand, press them (gently) into your tear ducts and let the tears run into the tissue (and don't forget to change out your tissues). This little trick will help keep you from rubbing your makeup off during even the most sentimental moments.

13. Not sending photos to your hair and makeup artists.

Your pros want to see how beautiful you looked, so don't forget to send a few of your favorite shots. Beyond that, you'll actually help them build their portfolio and book more clients once then see how stunning you looked.

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