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Every bride wants to look amazing on her big day but health and beauty can be pushed to the back burner as other arrangements vie for your attention. a good plan and a daily routine however, will get you looking and feeling your best in no time. Written and compiled by Nikki Williamson.

Your health timeline

12 months out

  • If you have weight to lose, the longer you give yourself the better as this allows for slow healthy weight loss that will last.
  • Begin an exercise program. Even if it’s only 10 minutes a day to start you can build up slowly to 20 or 30 minutes as the habit begins to kick in.
  • If you know you’ll struggle enlist the help of professionals or friends and family.

6 months out

  • Monitor your progress and keep check to see if your meeting your goals. If not change something you are doing and check again in another few weeks.
  • You should have developed the exercise habit by now so it should be getting easier to get into it each day. If you’re getting bored mix up your activities and try something new.
  • Make sure you reward yourself for your efforts: it’s easier to be good when you know that every now and again you can be bad.

3 months out

  • Hopefully you’ve reached or nearly reached your goals and are now starting a maintenance plan. It’s important to make sure that you have time to have your dress fitted well before the wedding to avoid last minute alterations.
  • Keep the exercise up as a way to help beat the stress as the wedding day approaches.
  • Do be aware of the risk of injury so play it safe with your sporting activities to avoid any disasters in the lead up.

 

Your beauty timeline

 

12 months out:

  • If you have any skin issues that concern you such a rosacea, acne, pigmentation, broken capillaries or dermatitis it would be a good time to go and see a professional if you haven’t already done so. Understanding the condition and getting it under control now can help keep flare-ups at bay later on.
  • Similarly, if you have any problems with your hair such as brittleness, thinning, colour issues or your concerned about the length, the more time you have to work with a hairdresser you trust the happier you’ll be on the big day. It’s important to remember that your hair is an intrinsic part of your identity and when it isn’t working for you it can have a big impact on your confidence.
  • If you want to go down the track of treatments such as Botox or fillers, it’s best to try these now too. This is will allow them to wear off if they don’t work for you in the way you want.
  • Day to day you need to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, eating well and using a basic skin care regime of cleansing and moisturising. Also make sure you wear sunscreen and don’t forget to pamper your hands and feet.
  • It is also important not to forget your teeth. If you feel as though you need to have some cosmetic dental work or whitening done, now is the time to look into what you may need.
  • Finally, get as much sleep as you can.

6 months out:

  • If you haven’t seen a beauty therapist yet it might be a good idea to look into deeper cleansing or moisturising treatments to have on a monthly basis. While home kits may be cheaper, it is important to make sure you understand your skin type first.
  • If you’re thinking of getting a spray tan, try a few out first. Many disasters have come for brides and bridesmaids alike when a tan has turned out wrong. There a number of shades and types of tan you can try so it’s best to be sure which is going to suit your skin ahead of time.
  • Make sure you and you hairdresser are on the same page when it comes to the look you want for your big day. Keep up with your trims and hair care routine. Don’t experiment too much with colour unless what you have simply doesn’t suit you. Try subtle highlights first and build up.
  • Again, maintain your usual skincare regime and ensure you use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  • If you are feeling stressed about the wedding plans, try massage, yoga or acupuncture to try to keep yourself relaxed and calm.
  • Get as much sleep as you can.

3 months out

  • Now is the time to refine your skincare regime to get the best out of your skin for your wedding day. Check with a beauty therapist for ‘emergency’ treatments in case of a breakout or other skin issue.
  • Book in for your hair removal treatments and plan to have them done at least a few of days ahead. Remember that you need to do this before you have your tan applied.
  • Get your eyebrows professionally shaped so they can simply be maintained in the lead up.
  • Have a few practices for your hair styling to make sure that it’s going to suit your gown and hair accessories and make sure you have your makeup done at the same time. It is important that if it’s not exactly what you want you have time to try something different.
  • Get your nails done and then maintain them until the wedding day. Keep your hands moisturised and wear gloves to do any cleaning or gardening work. Try a pedicure as well and a foot massage to help you relax.
  • As before, drink plenty of water, sleep well and use relaxation techniques to help you to keep calm.

 

On the day

Your beauty regime doesn’t stop on the morning of your wedding, indeed preparing your skin for makeup, weather and happy tears will ensure you spend less time in the ladies room and more time with your new husband, friends and family. Getting your makeup done professionally or at least using professional products will ensure a longer lasting finish. Go for waterproof mascara and long lasting lipsticks or coloured glosses and light foundation or tinted moisturiser that can be easily touched up if required. Make sure you or your Matron of Honour has a small stash for touch-ups during the day but keep it simple.

 

Wedding Day Tool Kit

  • Basic makeup to touch up your foundation, lips and eyes.
  • Cotton tips for tidying up tear affected eye makeup.
  • Small hairspray for errant hair.
  • Fragrance/perfume.
  • Facial mist to refresh your skin.

 

 

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