Every bride wants to look her best on her big day from head to toe. Indulging in spa and beauty treatments is understandably tempting, as an overall feeling of pampering should give anyone a desirable glow. However, there are some bridal don’ts that should be heeded, especially right before the wedding day.
Here are five things to avoid so you will end up glowing and radiant when you walk down the aisle.
Don’t experiment with new makeup and grooming products.
Many cosmetic lines are geared towards the blushing bride, with palettes that are supposed to make your skin soft, supple, and camera-friendly. While it is tempting to splurge on these and believe in their miraculous makeover claims, it is much wiser to stick to your tried-and-tested grooming and makeup regimen so you won’t end up with a look that isn’t flattering…or worse, end up in hives due to an allergic reaction to certain product ingredients.
If you really want to try a new product, consult with a professional makeup artist at least a couple of weeks before your wedding day to decide on the bridal look you want, and stick with it. If ever new products will be introduced, you will have ample time to decide if it’s safe and working for you.
Don’t stay up late, drinking.
Staying up late can cause unflattering dark circles around your eyes. Drinking can cause your skin to look either dull or flushed…either way, not exactly the pretty blush you want to achieve on the big day. It’s okay to celebrate your last day as a single girl, but try not to get too soused or you might just end up with bad skin, blood-shot eyes, or a hangover that will get documented on the very day when you’re not supposed to have one.
Don’t get a facial, threading, or waxing job.
Facials and hair-removal methods rank high on a bride’s must-do list for a glowing, fuzz-free complexion. However, doing these a day before the wedding could cause unflattering red spots, swollen parts of the face, and too-sparse brows. Facial skin is extra-sensitive and can get easily irritated with treatments like these, which is why it’s advisable to get them at least three days in advance. In the case of over-threading of eyebrows, a week is enough time to allow the hair to grow back (otherwise, you can ask your makeup artist to professionally cover up the sparse areas with a pencil).
Don’t get your hair permed, straightened, or color-treated.
As with new makeup and new eyebrow shapes, having drastic changes to your hair like having it curled, straightened, or dyed in a color you don’t usually go for may just prove to be disastrous. Permed hair needs at least a month to “soften” and lose that lacquered look (and chemical scent). Newly-straightened hair tends to look limp. If you need your hair to be colored, touch ups and highlights are better than going for an entire head dye job.
Don’t go for any sort of cosmetic makeover.
Microdermabrasion, Botox, glycolic peels, acid-based pore refining treatments, collagen injections for the lips…these are not to be treated lightly, especially just a day before your wedding. Not all girls respond the same way to dermatological procedures. Some develop extreme sensitivity to them, while others end up glowing and looking like goddesses. To be on the safe side, book an appointment for them three weeks to a month in advance to be on the safe side.
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