The Modern Bride’s Get Beautiful Checklist

Your wedding is six months away (squeal!), which means it’s time to start beautifying every aspect of your appearance from your hair to your complexion to your nails. Any woman who has ever made a beauty transformation knows that these things take time (your hair, for example, only grows about a half-inch per month), so we’ve got your preparation checklist. We’re bringing you everything you need to be the perfect glowing bride on game day—we mean your wedding day.

One word: Sunscreen

If there is one beauty regimen you commit to in the six months before your wedding (and for the rest of your life), let it be this: wear sunscreen. A daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen underneath your makeup will help protect your face from damaging UVA and UVB sun rays that can lead to hyperpigmentation and other skin inconsistencies. And keep in mind your sunscreen application needs to continue during your tropical vacation, missy.

Manage Your Stress

We know that planning a wedding is stressful, but do what you can to mitigate feelings of stress during the wedding planning process. Stress can trigger a variety of inflammatory conditions that can produce physical symptoms, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris. Heightened levels of stress and anxiety can also disrupt your sleep, resulting in darkened circles or bags under your eyes, which are not ideal for your wedding photos. Sign up for a weekly meditative yoga class, keep your MOH on speed dial, start a running routine, create a budget for your wedding, and make sure you’re keeping your big day in perspective, and not losing sleep over the details.

Partner with a Pro

If you have any severe skin concerns, such as psoriasis, acne, or melasma, make an appointment with your dermatologist. He or she can help you put a plan in place to manage the causes of your skin concerns and lessen any side effects in the weeks and months before your wedding. Before your first visit, check your insurance benefit plan to see if visits to your derm will be covered or if you will be obligated to pay for all services in full out-of-pocket. Some health plans do not cover any non-medically necessary dermatological services, but if you have flexible spending account dollars set aside, you may be able to offset your costs.

Start Grooming Your Eyebrows

You should look like you on your wedding day; however, if you feel strongly that you want to reinvent your eyebrow shape or style before your wedding, start working with a professional groomer. Do not—repeat—do not begin hacking your eyebrows DIY style. A professional will help you find a balance between what you think you want and what will work with your face shape and hairstyle. Starting your reinvention a few months before your wedding will also give you time to change your mind and grow your brows back if you’re not satisfied with the results.

Find a Hair Stylist and Choose Your Do

Pinterest will be your friend with this one. Spend time deciding what you want to do with your hair on your wedding day. Elaborate up-do? Casual waves? Romantic braids? Then, find a stylist who can make your vision a reality. This may or may not be your regular stylist depending on their skill set and whether or not you’re planning a destination wedding. A reputable stylist will want to do a dry run of your style before your big day to make sure he/she can nail it. Pair this process with your wedding announcement photos to make it worth your time and money.

Use this time to achieve some personal goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Six months is not a long time to make monumental physical changes. Lucky for you, your partner loves you for who you are and would marry you today, just the way you are.

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