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The Ultimate Bride Beauty Timeline

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There may not be a more exciting time in a woman’s life than planning her wedding. Aside from booking a venue, creating a guest list, and hosting the wedding of your dreams, many brides plan out their wedding beauty routine down to the very last detail. If you’re a type-A girly-girl bride who wants everything to look just right, your wheels were probably turning before you got engaged! Our ultimate bridal beauty timeline will help you get organized and looking your absolute glowing best on your big day!

6 Months Before Your Wedding

Start working out and eating healthy.

Six months before your wedding is the best time to begin focusing on your health and fitness. You’ll still be able to enjoy celebrating your engagement without going on a crash diet. Sign up for some group fitness classes, take some afternoon walks, and swap out junk food for cleaner options.

Grow your eyebrows out.

If you’re a recovering over-plucker, now’s the time to think about letting your brows grow naturally for a few months. Once they’ve recovered, you can book an appointment with a professional to reshape your eyebrows.

5 Months Before Your Wedding

Schedule your hair and makeup practice runs.

If you’re getting your hair and makeup professionally done by a make-up artist for your wedding, you’ll want to get some practice runs on the calendar to make sure you like it. Show your glam team pictures of your dress, shoes, accessories, and decor theme and be very specific about the look you’re going for. Hair and make-up practice runs should be booked two to three months out from your big day.

Get a facial.

Skin care is important so start taking care of your skin several months before your wedding. Getting a professional facial will refresh your skin and get the ball rolling for your bridal glow.

Start a cleansing and moisturizing routine.

Stock up on a gentle face wash and moisturizer that compliments your skin type. Now’s the time to get serious about a daily and nightly cleansing and moisturizing routine.

4 Months Before Your Wedding

Get a trial spray tan.

If you’re thinking to get a spray or airbrush tan before your wedding day, try it out a few months prior. This will give you a good idea of how it will look on your skin tone as well as how long the color will last.

Keep up your fitness routine.

Whether you’re still going strong or have enjoyed champagne at one too many engagement celebrations, you still have plenty of time to reel in your bad habits and slim down before saying “I do.”

3 Months Before Your Wedding

Do your hair test run.

It’s a good idea to get your hair done in the morning so you can see how it holds up over a long day. Wedding hair should be able to last through the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and hours of dancing. Also, be sure to take plenty of pictures and try your dress on while it’s styled, if possible.

Get a manicure and pedicure.

Three months before your wedding is a great time to start taking care of your nails. Getting regular manicures and pedicures will keep your digits in good shape until your wedding day. If you’re on a tight budget, at-home manis and pedis are an easy option. For an added bonus, start applying cuticle oil at night.

2 Months Before Your Wedding

Do your makeup practice run.

Similar to your hair, it’s a good idea to have your makeup done in the morning to see how it holds up over a long day. Be sure to take photos and take note of the lipstick and concealer used so you can purchase them for touch-ups on your wedding day.

Use a hair mask.

A deep-conditioning hair treatment will smooth out frizz and make your hair more manageable. You may want to use a hair mask every week or two up until your wedding.

1 Month Before Your Wedding

Get your hair treated.

If you’ve decided on getting a Brazilian blowout or hair extensions for your wedding, now’s the time to do it. Brazilian blowouts last up to three months and extensions can last one to two months. Clip-in extensions can be applied to your hair the day of your wedding.

Get your brows professionally groomed.

Many brides opt for professional eyebrow threading or waxing after growing their brows out for a few months. After getting your brows shaped by a pro, they should only need minor upkeep leading up to your big day.

Whiten your teeth.

Teeth whitening can be done at home or by a professional. In-office teeth whitening will yield instant results, while at-home treatments will take about two weeks.

Get super serious about your fitness game.

A month before your nuptials is when you want to make sure you’re eating healthy, whole foods and not skipping workouts. Drink lots of water each day and add an additional 20 minutes of cardio to your routine a few days each week.

2 Weeks Before Your Wedding

Go to the hair salon.

Get a light trim to clean up any split ends. If you color your hair, get your roots touched up. Colored hair usually looks best once it’s settled in, about two weeks after treatment.

Fine-tune your diet.

If you haven’t already, you may want to cut out white carbs, sugar, salty foods, and dairy from your diet for the last week or two before you get married. This will help flatten your tummy and depuff your face.

Get another facial.

A couple of weeks before your wedding is the best time to get your final bridal facial. Just make sure the products used are designed for sensitive skin. You don’t want to have a reaction this close to your big day!

1 Week Before Your Wedding

Wax or laser your hair.

You may want to get the hair on your legs, bikini area, or underarms waxed or lasered off before getting married. A week will be enough time to let your skin settle from waxing or see results from a laser hair removal treatment.

Get your nails done.

During the week before your wedding, get your final manicure and pedicure. Be sure to pick a color that will compliment your dress and overall bridal look. Nudes are a classy choice that looks great on any bride. This could also be a good time to get your lash extensions done as well.

Pack an emergency beauty kit.

Beauty essentials you’ll want to have on-hand on your wedding day might include lipstick, concealer, a sheer powder, Q-tips, blotting papers, deodorant, dental floss, tissues, baby powder, fashion tape, hair spray, breath mints, aspirin, and Band-Aids.

1 Day Before Your Wedding

Get a spray tan.

If you’re set on getting a spray tan, go one or two days before your wedding. Avoid putting clothes on for as long as possible and rinse off the spray tan about eight hours after it’s applied.

Wash your hair.

Your wedding day hair stylist may request that your hair is not squeaky clean when it’s styled. Go light on conditioner.

Get a massage.

It’s not easy looking this glamorous. You’ve put in all this hard work fulfulling the things on your to-do list, and now it’s time to relax. Get a massage the day before your wedding to really wind down and feel rejuvenated before your big day.

While counting down to your wedding, try to stay calm and let everything fall into place. Stress can take a major toll on how we look and feel. This wedding beauty timeline is designed to help you feel organized and prepared. The more relaxed you are, the more you’ll glow! For more wedding planning ideas and inspiration, check out The Ring Boxes bridal subscription box.


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