In the Old Testament of the Bible, the book of Esther tells how its namesake underwent twelve months of preparation with oils, perfumes, and a rigorous beautification process in order to present herself to the king. I certainly doubt that you have the kind of time Esther did to devote yourself to such a regiment! Still, there are some simple and effective beauty steps you can take to ensure you will look and feel your best before, during, and after your wedding day.
Pretty Up Those Hands.
The minute you become engaged, the first thing you will be asked is to show off the ring. That will not stop any time soon even after the wedding, so be prepared by keeping those hands and nails in top-notch condition. If you can, splurge on weekly manicures and experiment with nail polish colors to find the perfect shade for the wedding. Consider getting a vitamin for hair, skin, and nails, and do not forget to lotion, lotion, lotion!
Get a Tan.
A tan bride will always look and feel better than a pasty bride, so go for the gold…or bronze rather. Experiment with self tanning lotions, creams, and sprays until you find your perfect shade. Spray tans are a luxurious splurge, so if you can, get one a few days before the wedding. This will leave enough time to fix any trouble spots also let the color tone down just a bit and turn into a beautiful glow.
Make Sure Your Teeth and Lips Are Smile-Worthy.
On your wedding day, your smile will be as bright as the sun, so make sure your mouth is up to the task. With the stress of wedding planning, foregoing the coffee and red wine may not be the best solution, so if you can, get your teeth whitened by a professional about six months before your wedding. If you can”t have them done professionally, teeth whitening strips are an effective alternative that get your pearly whites sparkly with little time or effort. Brush your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste, always apply lip balm before going to bed, and wear SPF 15 chap stick at all times when outdoors.
Eat Right and Exercise.
Looking and feeling your best on any given day is going to require eating healthfully and engaging in at least mild exercise several times a week. While this may not make you happy to read, it really isn”t all that difficult to accomplish. Simply watch your portion sizes, drink lots of water (mix it up with Crystal Light, lemon, or some other low calorie flavoring), and enjoy your share of the season”s best fruits and veggies. Take a long walk a few times a week, head out to a dog park with Fido, shoot some hoops, swing a tennis racket, or join a running club – just remember to wear sunscreen. You don”t want a sunburn for your wedding! If you can, join a gym and hire a personal trainer. A great workout gives you a boost of energy for those long wedding planning days, so get moving!
Test Run Your Makeup and Hair.
To ensure the best look for your wedding, always test your makeup before your big day. Take the time to experiment with foundations, blushes, liners, shadows, and lipstick. Write down your makeup selections and then perfect your application techniques. Do a trial run for your hair as well. If you color your hair, do it a week before the wedding so the color has time to settle down and you can see any missed areas.
Remove Unwanted Hair.
Hair removal will be of the utmost importance for your wedding day, but make sure that your method will not leave an unsightly rash under your arms or on your bikini area, chin, or upper lip. Try waxing, shaving, and hair removal lotions well before the wedding to determine which method works best for you.
The Most Important Thing.
And last but certainly not least, the best beauty tip by far is to relax and enjoy the ride. You are getting married!