MY BRIDAL PREP
Online beauty gurus reveal how to look your best on the big day
No matter what your wedding style – traditional or modern, glamorous or simple – the one thing that all brides want on their big day is to look their best, and that means having gorgeous, crystal clear skin.
“Beautiful skin is the canvas for beautiful makeup, so I find that it’s the most important beauty priority,” says online beauty guru and makeup artist Rae of The Raeviewer, who has helped many brides achieve their most radiant look for their wedding day.
In addition to planning the guest list, the flowers, and the dress, you should also be planning your skin in advance. Rae’s recommended timeline? “Three months before the wedding, to combat and prevent any damage from occurring,” she says. “Those with more serious skin concerns like acne scarring can start anywhere from four months to one year before.”
With help from Rae and Hong Kong-based beauty vlogger Bren Lui, who recently got married and credits SK-II for giving her flawless skin on her wedding day, we put together the ultimate bridal skincare countdown to the big day.
3 MONTHS TO GO
Stick to your skincare: When the wedding is only a few months away, refine your skincare regimen to get your best skin on the big day. After cleansing, use a softening toner such as Cellumination Mask-In Lotion, followed by Facial Treatment Essence. Always remember to use SPF religiously every day, and eye cream at night.
Mask it: Begin using masks as frequently as possible – Rae suggests the Facial Treatment Mask three times a week – to strengthen your skin condition and keep it smooth and hydrated. “In my experience, masks make the most noticeable difference,” says Rae. Bren agrees: "I have seen impressive changes in my skin."
Eat clean: Be mindful of your diet so your body stays in peak condition, encourages Bren, who recommends “eating healthy as much as possible” a few months before the wedding. Rae agrees: “Avoid MSG and excess salt, which will cause bloating and water retention. Eat healthy, organic whole foods and plenty of greens whenever possible,” she suggests.
1 MONTH TO GO
Daily masks: Rae insists that brides use the Facial Treatment Mask every night for a month before the wedding. “It's an expensive commitment, but there's a reason why dedicated brides do it – because it works!” she says. “If you have acne scarring or discoloration, use the Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask once or twice a week.”
Workout regularly: Exercising will keep your energy up and also help you to look slim and toned on your wedding day. “Working out can also be beneficial to your overall skin health,” says Bren.
Try out your look: “Make sure you schedule a makeup and hair trial so you can decide exactly how you want to look on your wedding day,” suggests Rae.
Don't neglect the skin on your body: "Remember to take care of your neck and shoulders," reminds Bren. "All the visible parts of your body need to be perfect and smooth on your big day!"
5 DAYS TO GO
Fill up on water: Both Rae and Bren recommend brides drink more water in the week before the wedding – at least eight cups every day – to keep the skin hydrated and looking supple and smooth.
Get some rest: “Try to get eight hours of sleep during the week of the wedding to prevent dark circles,” suggests Rae. Stempower Eye Cream can also help keep eye issues at bay. "My makeup artist used eye cream before applying concealer," says Bren, "and I saw a huge difference! So I add this step in my skincare routine to avoid crow’s feet."
Stay disciplined: There may be last-minute emergencies for the wedding, but stick to your daily and nightly skincare routines no matter how tired you are. “Do not make excuses and stray from your skincare routine!” Rae insists. “There's a lot of time and work involved, but it will pay off.”