12 Essential Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips


Planning every little detail of your wedding is stressful. Luckily, we're here to help! These tricks and truths will keep you looking great from ceremony to reception and beyond. Not the bride? We've got you covered too.

1. Banish Pre-Wedding Jitters

Take a moment before your nuptials to relax (you'll need it!). The ninety minutes of spa time will remedy any bridezilla-like tendencies.

2. So Long to Salt

Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of skin leaving it dry and dull. Until you walk down the aisle, cut back on salty treats and invest in a hydrating facial moisturizer.

3. Get Glowing

If you're going to get a spray tan, make sure to take it for a spin two days before the wedding. That way, it'll have time to settle into your skin and won't come off on your dress. Our favorite spot is Completely Bare.

4. Wear Sunscreen

If you're having an outdoor wedding, slather on the sunblock. The last thing you need is to look like a lobster by cake time.

5. Splurge on a Pro

Have a makeup artist and hair stylist take care of you for the big day. Even the most low maintenance bride deserves to look her best! Make sure to have a trial run in advance to avoid any mishaps.

6. Stay True to You

This is not the time to try out the electric blue eyeliner you've been googling online. You want to look like yourself, but better! Keep your makeup natural and classic.

7. Don't O.D. on Blush

Keep your blush light, all the celebratory hooplah will have you flushed all day anyway.

8. Use Waterproof Products

Just in case...

9. Make it Last

Since your photog and your friends will be snapping pics all night, you need products with staying power. The best way to make sure your lippie stays put is to exfoliate before applying.

10.Keep Your Lips Light

Keep your pucker pretty, but muted. Tints of soft rose, pink, and nude are your best friends.

11.Pack a Touch Up Kit

After the first few champagne toasts, you'll need to touch up. Make sure to pack the necessities so you can keep looking fab until the bouquet toss.

12. Shine Be Gone!

Stash oil blotting papers and baby wipes in your purse for when you hit the dance floor. Nix any sign of sweat on your face or bod with one quick swipe.

13. Avoid Flashy Polish

We love crazy colors and nail art as much as the next, but keep it classy for your special day. Essie has made the choice even easier by curating a collection of wedding-appropriate polishes!

14.Don't Wash Your Hair

The secret to a long-wearing updo? Dirty hair! Don't wash your hair the morning of and spray a little dry shampoo along the roots and you're good to go.

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