Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips

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Getting married is like preparing for a marathon. You start off excited and pumped up, and then the sheer size of this undertaking starts to weigh on you. Not to worry, with our tips on sporting picture perfect eyes and lips, you’re sure to win the trophy for chicest bride… and his heart.

Pucker Pretty

Soft, full lips are the ideal beginning (and ending) to a picture perfect wedding look. Lips that are Jolie-esque can be yours in four simple steps: Plump lips if needed, exfoliate, soften with a rich moisturizer and finish with a hue that complements your skin tone and your gown.

If you’re considering plumping that pucker with dermal fillers, think Restylane, Juvederm and the like, we recommend doing so six weeks before the big day (find doctors we recommend here). Dermal fillers can also be used to fill vertical lip lines, meaning you won’t suffer from that dreaded lipstick bleed. Day of, opt for an over the counter line filler for less severe lip lines. One to try is TNS Line Refine from SkinMedica, to instantly fill and smooth the lines around eyes and lips ($69 here).

Exfoliate lips with a gentle chemical exfoliant such as Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant ($21 for 5 oz. to avoid “lip bits,” followed by a rich -- albeit non- greasy-- moisturizer. Finish by lining lips with a built to last liner of choice and then opt for a long-wear lip colour that is a bit brighter than your day to day shade as nude tunes appear washed out in photos.

Eye Do!

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, it’s no wonder that on the day you marry your soul mate, pretty peepers top your to do list. While a makeup artist is best prepared to create the dramatic look most brides craved, there are things you can do to prepare to bat your lashes at wedded bliss. 

In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding, get plenty of rest and drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of high quality water daily. Pick a good eye brightening treatment and use it religiously. If the product allows, store it in the fridge to turn your favorite eye product into both a daily dose of treatment and a cool, soothing eye mask.

Insist on doing your makeup yourself? Avoid using black or brown eyeliner; both can look too severe in photographs. Instead, opt for navy blue, dark grey or mahogany – all will set off the eyes without looking harsh. To open up eyes, use a sheer shimmer on the brow bone. Avoid white highlighter --  très tacky -- and instead select a soft gold or shimmering peach.

Beautiful brows are a must for every bride and perfectly shaped brows should be set off and defined with brow pencil or brow mascara. We swear by 24 HR Brow Lift & Shape Mascara ($24) at Birchbox here, largely because with a simple swipe of the product’s wand, my brows look groomed and well shaped, no skill needed.

Bridal beauty: The I Dos and Don’ts:

  • Don’t try any new beauty products or services in the last 4 weeks leading up to your wedding.
  • Do opt for injectables (think Botox and Restylane) a full 3 weeks before the big day as well as more aggressive skin care treatments such as Microdermabrasion and Photo Rejuvenation.
  • Do treat big day blemishes with a dab of Visine (to lessen redness) and a good cover-up; we love Alison Raffaele’s True Concealer ($25 at Birchbox here). Even better, turn to a trusted dermatologist for an emergency cortisone shot to eradicate a pesky pimple promptly.
  • Don’t sport raccoon eyes! Instead, choose waterproof mascara such as Tarte’s lights, camera, splashes! 4-in-1 natural waterproof mascara, $21 here.
  • Do carry a lipstick hue of choice with you for quick touch-ups.