Waiting till the last-minute to start thinking about your makeup and hair is not a good idea. Most brides put it off till as little as 2 months, only to start panicking about this one aspect that would make or break all the pictures. Carly Cardellino, beauty editor of Cosmopolitan advises, “while your dress is definitely crucial, your makeup is equally important.” As with anything important, proper preparation is necessary to look your best on the most important day of your life.

To radiate a better version of yourself, Dex Phillip - Celebrity beauty expert and founder of DEX New York Cosmetics suggests that brides-to-be should start nurturing their beauty at least 6 months prior to their wedding day. “This is the time to improve on any beauty habits that are lacking”, says Dex.

6 MONTHS

It seems like you still have so much time to prepare for the big day. You don’t!!! Beauty is not just makeup and hair, it’s a lifestyle. 6 months is not a lot of time, but you still can look like the best version of you if you start doing these things.

1. Hydrate your skin!

Moisturize your skin every day, and at night when you sleep. This habit will keep your skin soft and give you a more radiant complexion. Hydrating does not stop there! While your skin is moisturized on the outside, you also need to drink lots of Alkaline water. Alkaline water hydrates your body more efficiently and the benefits will show when your skins starts feeling healthier and more radiant.

2. Consult a dermatologist or an aesthetician.

Problematic skin is very common and the best way around it is to see a professional. This way, customized regimens can be created to best suit your skin. With at least 6 months before your big day, your skin will have the time it needs to heal and rejuvenate.

3. Seeing a plastic surgeon.

If you have been thinking about any type of enhancements, reductions, or rejuvenations, now is the time! Make sure you give any surgical procedures ample time to heal. You want to look like the best version of YOU, don’t lose sight of yourself and try to look like somebody else. Dr. Darrick E. Antell, who was voted one of the best plastic surgeons in New York and recommended by Harper’s Bazaar, says that “plastic surgery should whisper, not scream.” Keep that in mind when making your first appointment!

4. Changing your hair.

A new hairstyle could be a good idea to give yourself a fresh look on your wedding day. However, remember that hair takes time to grow! If you are thinking of cutting your hair or changing the color, 6 months before the wedding is a good time to start trying it out just in case you change your mind.

5. Get a trainer!

Feel healthier to look better. Working with a personal trainer is crucial in preparing and enforcing a healthy diet and workout regime. Execute these regimes at least half a year before the day you get into The Dress to feel the results. A healthy lifestyle is key to achieving your desired figure, improving your skin, and giving you the confidence you need to be the best version of you. Celebrity fitness instructor Harley Pasternek suggested to Rachel Torgerson at The Knot that you should begin “as soon as you set the date.”

4 MONTHS

It feels so close yet so far! Only 4 months left to your big day! Time for some research and trials.

Now is the time to get your eyebrows professionally shaped, and to start maintaining them. You want to start now so that your eyebrows look perfect but also natural on your wedding day. Your eyebrows should complement, not outshine the makeup and hair look that you also need to start researching on pronto.

Dex highly recommends using Pinterest for research, ideas, and inspiration. On Pinterest, you can create pinboards to save ideas shared by millions of users. It is the perfect tool to organize makeup and hair ideas, and to compare each one side by side. Inspiration from this platform is limitless - you will find that even if you don’t know anything about makeup and hair, there are people who do and are willing to share on what the CEO, Ben Silbermann calls a “catalog of ideas.”

At this point, you should already have narrowed down your choices of makeup and hair professionals to just 2 each based on your budget and what they can offer. You’ve got your pinboards, now show them to the professionals so that they know what kind of aesthetics you are drawn to and have an idea of what you want to look like.

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, same logic applies to the makeup and hair professionals for your wedding day. You need to book trials for your wedding makeup and hair before you decide whether you can trust them. This is also a good opportunity to further discuss your ideas with the professional. 

3 MONTHS

Time is flying by and you’ve only got 3 months to your big day! Make your choices now and stick with them. Things need to start getting set in stone.

You need to confirm your makeup and hair team ASAP so that you can start scheduling your engagement photo session. By now, your team must be very familiar with your ideas and how you want to look, so use the same team for the photo session and the wedding day itself.

Start brightening up your skin by exfoliating, and incorporating a brightening serum to your daily regimen. Exfoliating brightens your skin by removing old and dead skin cells and should be done up to 3 times a week depending on your skin type. Don’t forget to brighten your teeth too by using teeth whitening products.

Decide whether to fake it or not! If you want to glow on your big day but never spray tanned before, now is the time to start trying it out. Research on what types will suit your skin best and ask friends for referrals.  

6 WEEKS

You’re starting to countdown in weeks! Only 6 weeks before the day you’ve been dreaming of. There’s still time for some non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

Botox? Fillers? Maybe even a chemical peel or Mesotherapy with PRP. If you are wanting to soften a few unwanted facial lines or plump up your lips or cheeks with injectable, consult with a plastic surgeon or licensed medical professional about the available options for non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

The best way to tackle the wrinkles that you don’t want appearing in pictures is through botox. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of botox procedures performed has risen to 6.7 million in 2015, making it the most popular form of minimally-invasive procedures. Another good way is through fillers which according to ASPS, can “help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness of the face.” If you have problems with acne or rough skin, a chemical peel could do you wonders by removing and smoothening the outer layers of your face. Dex also recommends Mesotherapy with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), also known as the vampire facial, for skin regeneration. This procedure involves drawing a small amount of blood to create the activated platelets that are specific to you. This method can heal scars, reduce wrinkles, treat acne, and more without any risk of allergic reactions because your blood is being used.

Your bridal party should look as youthful and radiant as you. To not ruin your wedding day pictures, send them a memo and get them on-board your beauty program too. They will be sure to appreciate the hours you put into researching each program.       

1 WEEK AND HOURS TO GO

You are looking your best and ready to be a bride! It’s only 1 week to the wedding, and very soon this week will just be hours! Everything is going according to plan and you love what you see in the mirror.

Do not, absolutely do not attempt to use any new skincare products in your daily beauty regimen. “Make things as easy as possible when it comes to your beauty routine,” says Dex. Keep moisturizing, drinking tons of alkaline water, and getting plenty of rest. Never forget how important hydration is for beautiful skin.

If you had opted to fake it with a spray tan, now is the time. Dex suggests doing it no less than 7 days before your big day for it to look natural. What you should save till just the day before is getting a manicure and pedicure because “any earlier, you run a much higher risk of your polish chipping,” says Dex. Also, be prepared - don’t forget to buy the same color polish as backup.

Wash your face, moisturize all over, drink a large bottle of water, and get to bed early the night before. Your skin will love you the next day, and will certainly glow all day long.

You are officially a Mrs.! You look at all your pictures and cannot be happier. Because of all the careful planning on your beauty regime, the pictures you shared needed little to no editing at all. Thanks to Dex, and your good intuition for making your beauty a top priority, you have successfully become the most beautiful version of you on the most important day of your life.

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