I will say something really shocking right now. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. Yep. And for this honorable purpose millions of brides go great lengths and, sadly, very often forget about caution, reason and common sense. We’ve seen it all: sunburned brides who wanted to look tanned on the wedding pictures, swollen eyes – traces of excessive drinking and salty food during the rehearsal dinner, red spots after a “revolutionary” facial, injuries after a killer-workout the day before the wedding… Oh dear, we have witnessed a disaster when a bride had a fantastic idea to bleach her teeth several hours prior the ceremony. Did I mention she used chlorine to do that? Please. Do. Not. Do. That. Ever.
To avoid disappointment, tears and even health hazards, I decided to make this compilation of the main bridal beauty don’ts. For this, apart from my own experience, I used tips and advice of the leading wedding industry professionals, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and my colleagues, wedding planners.
I want to believe that this post will help future brides to avoid unfortunate mistakes and to really make the best out of the happiest day of their lives. So, here we go, top-15 bridal beauty don’ts:
Now, there is nothing wrong with looking rested and slightly sun-kissed. What is disastrous is apache-red bride with skin flakes falling off her face as she walks down the aisle. If you decide to use spray tanning, you risk to become known as the orange bride. Nothing contrasts orange more than white. And this something that not a single wedding planner will be able to fix for you. Often spray tanning looks very nice and natural. But it can also go terribly wrong. Don’t take chances. And check that Anne Hathaway’s “Bride Wars” look. Just in case.
Do not exaggerate with sports the day before the wedding. Stick to your regular workout routine.
Whilst it is always a good idea to go for a run or go for a yoga session to unwind the night before the big day, don’t forget that your body is already under a huge amount of emotional stress and adding physical stress to it might not be such a great idea. Take it easy.
Do not experiment with your hair. If you want to, leave at least 4 weeks before the wedding.
Make sure you go for colour or highlights at least 2 weeks before the wedding. This way you will have enough time to change, if something goes wrong.
Do not use a hair iron for a trial do or before the big day.
I know that flat-ironed, shiny hair looks great and is loved by many of us. But if you are planning on having romantic curls at your wedding, make sure you wash your hair before you go for a trial. Your hair will most likely take a completely unexpected turn, if ironed before.
Do not wax the night before the wedding. Especially do not do that if this is a bikini wax and you have never done it before.
It might sound obvious but trust me, many brides do that, believing it will guarantee them silky skin for a long time. And it will, probably. Just not the next day, when what most of us will have is rash, redness and/or irritation. Make an appointment at least a couple days before the big day.
Do not skip on water.
I cannot emphasize it enough. You have to drink enough water. Actually, you should always drink enough water. But in the run-up to the wedding especially. And if it is a summer wedding, increase your water intake by 20%. And if you are planning on losing some kilos to look stunning in that mermaid dress, start drinking 2 liters of water per day at least 2 months before the wedding. Combine it with regular exercise, a healthy diet and you will be surprised with the result.
Do not wear bra the morning of your wedding.
This is especially important for those of you who has strapless dress. Your bra will inevitable leave nasty little stripes on your back and shoulders and this is the last thing you want to show off during the ceremony and during the photo shoot.
Do not change your skin care products or washing detergent less than 2 weeks before the big day.
I am always attracted to new skin care products. All that sumptuous expensive packaging that promises all the world’s gold to be found in one bottle… If you are like me, feel free to succumb to temptation – but not less than 2-3 weeks before the big day. A new serum can have an amazing texture and smell like the garden of eden but if your skin develops rash (and you can never foresee it), you will be doomed to wear that veil for much longer that you think.
Okay, this one is rather a “do” than a “don’t”. But it fits in.
So, if your are wearing your hair up and this is not something that happens to your hair very often, do have a pain-killer at hand. It is very likely that you will get a headache at some point and you don’t want this to ruin your mood.
Do not eat food or drink liquid that contains strong colour pigments the night before and the day of the wedding.
Read dark berries, red wine, coffee, black tea and other food and drinks that will tint your teeth should be outlawed.
Do not forget to put together a bridal emergency kit.
This is one of the many things that you won’t have to bother about if you are using the help of a professional wedding planner. However, you can also do it yourself or ask one of your bridesmaids to take care of it. This should contain, among other things, wet wipes, pain killers, band-aids, deodorant, matting wipes for your t-zone, nail file, hair spray, small sewing kit (the one you find in hotels, for instance), double-sided scotch, mints or chewing gum, a bleach pen, tampons, a pair of scissors, a razor and other items that you might need during your wedding day. Trust us, one of those items missing is enough to create a big problem. Why complicate?
Do not eat too much salt less than 2 weeks prior the wedding.
This means no pizza, salami, sauces and savory salad dressing and other foods that contain a lot of salt and taste enhancers. Salt holds water. Just by opting for a low-sodium meal can make you lose 2-4 kilos in two weeks. And if on top of that you increase your water consumption, you can easily shed 4-6 kilos by the day you will put that dress on. Just watch out not to exaggerate here as well – otherwise you might have to call someone in for the last-minute dress adjustment!
Do not forget to refresh your makeup.
To fix the makeup right from the beginning, use one of the makeup setting sprays. I personally like Model in Bottle (for sensitive skin) or Urban Decay. However, be it summer or winter wedding, you will be dancing, kissing your hubby and drinking champagne (or other stuff), so chances are, you will break some sweat and your lip colour will wear off. Make sure you bring a touch-up bag and actually use it regularly during the evening. You do, after all, want to look best on those wedding pictures, don’t you?
Do not hold those happy tears.
Some brides demonstrate incredible strength and will power while holding back their happy tears during the ceremony. This is just so sad… There are no better, more emotional and romantic wedding photos than those showing just how heartbreakingly sweet and tender you two were while reading your vows to each other. Don’t be afraid to ruin your makeup. Just make sure you have a tissue at hand and don’t rub your face and eyes.
Do not forget to send some pictures to your hair stylist and makeup artist.
This one is rather about thanking the people who helped you look gorgeous on the most important day of your life. Not only you will surprise them with such a nice gesture, but you will also help them build their portfolio.
That’s it for now.
If you have something to add, feel free to do so by leaving a comment below. I’m always happy to learn 😉