While booking salon time for a cut and color might seem obvious, there are other pre-wedding beauty appointments you might not have considered that you’ll want to add to your calendar. (Dentist, anyone?) Keep reading for a timeline of how to primp and prep for your wedding, so that you can put your best face forward on your big day.
6 MONTHS BEFORE
Set a skincare plan. Make an appointment with your dermatologist. Working with a derm a few months before your wedding can help you get your skincare routine on track, and give you a plan for keeping problem skin under control in the lead-up to your wedding day.
Check in with your dentist. You’ll want to get a professional cleaning about two weeks before your wedding day, but visit your dentist earlier if you think you’ll want to consider teeth-straightening or whitening procedures.
Put down the tweezers! Whether you want your brows to be thicker, thinner or just perfectly groomed, schedule face-time with a brow professional to get on a maintenance plan. They’ll help you create a perfect-for-you brow shape and give you tips on maintaining it. See them about once a month to see how your brows are shaping up, and then book a final grooming three to four days before your wedding.
Chat with your regular hair stylist. Discuss any color or length changes you’re considering, like growing out your bangs or lightening your hair. Decisions like these should be made well in advance. (Read: Do not decide to get bangs a month before your wedding.)
5 MONTHS BEFORE
Set up hair and makeup consultations. Come prepared: Bring inspiration photos (or a full Pinterest board!) of the look you want, along with pictures of your dress and accessories. Pro tip: Make these appointments on the same day so that you can see both looks together.
Schedule all future hair and makeup appointments. This means regular trims and color touch-ups (about every six to eight weeks), another makeup and hair trial (this can be done a month or so before the wedding), and day-of styling.
3 MONTHS BEFORE
Book a facial. This will help keep your skin in tip-top shape.
Have your hair trial. This is when you’ll see what you like, how it holds up, and what you’d like changed. Photograph it from all angles, and be sure to bring any hair accessories you plan on wearing, like a pin or comb. If you’re getting married outside, be sure your style can hold up to heat or rain.
2 MONTHS BEFORE
Try out a spray tan. Your best bet is a custom airbrush tan; work with your technician to choose a shade that’s best for you, and then see how it wears after a few days. If you like it, book a spray tan two days before your wedding.
1 MONTH BEFORE
Have your final makeup trial. Make sure you have the exact shades your artist uses so that you can touch-up throughout the day.
Get a final hair trim. This will clean up dead ends so your hair looks fresh and thick on your wedding day.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Get a final color touch-up. Remember: Do not do anything drastic. Keep with your regular color; just freshen it up a bit.
Get a final facial. You don’t want to get a facial much later than this, or your skin might not have enough time to calm down from extractions.
THE WEEK OF
Have your final brow appointment. Have you been able to stay away from the tweezers? Good for you!
Get a wax. Bikini, lip, legs … whatever you typically do. Go to your normal waxer, and leave at least a few days for post-wax bumps and redness to subside.
Get a spray tan. Do this after your wax, obviously, and hold off on showering for at least eight hours.
Get a manicure and pedicure. This is best done two days out.
Hair, makeup, dress, deep breath … smile.