How to Plan and Start a Wedding Beauty Regimen
Health: Stick to healthy eating habits.
You might think you're "getting a jumpstart" on wedding weight loss if you drastically cut calories and follow every cleanse you see on Instagram.
In reality, you're setting yourself up for trouble, the extra-pounds kind of trouble. "I've seen these deprivation crash diets backfire time and time again," says registered dietician Brooke Alpert.
"Because you're basically starving yourself, you're going to breakdown and binge, regaining the weight you lost and feeling bad about yourself."
Not to mention how cranky and miserable you'll be in this highly social period of your life.
To stay sane — and svelte — Alpert recommends aiming to have a healthy (sugar-free!) meal or snack every three to four hours. When: 1 year out
Hair: Shampoo less often (yes, really).As great as H20 is for you internally (it hydrates and debloats, so drink up), when it comes to hair, water won't do those pricey highlights or rich faux brunette any favors. "Over-shampooing lifts, dulls, and fades hair color," says Dorram. "I always suggest shampooing no more than three to four times a week. The best is to rinse hair and use a mild detangler in between shampoos." When you do opt to suds up, do it with a gentle, color-loving shampoo like Leonor Greyl Bain Vitalisant-B Shampoo ($47). When: 6 months out
Teeth: Invest in tooth whitening.If you want to amp up your smile, consider splurging on professional grade tooth whitening. These days a whitening treatment can be done in-office in under 1 hour and comes with convenient take-home whitening trays, depending on the level of stains. You can easily whiten your 4 o 6 shades and results last for up to a year. If you go the at-home route, we recommend Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips ($35), which can whiten teeth up to 3 shades. When: 1 month out
Makeup: Try microblading if your brows are so sparse they need serious help or you've been dying to try microblading, consider doing it 2 months out. With microblading, you can achieve your dream natural brows without worrying about sweat or water getting in the way of beautiful brows. "They will need a week to heal initially and then you have to go in for a touch up 4 to 6 weeks after," says Eyebrow Doctor founder Piret Aava. So the whole process calls for (you guessed it) planning ahead. "Do your research before you get microblading," advises Aava. "You want to make sure you go to someone who has a good reputation and does work that looks natural."
When : 2 months out
Makeup: Balance is key. Super-smoky eyes, glossy, fire-engine red lips and bushy, Cara Delevingne-esque brows might be a slam-dunk for your Vegas bachelorette, but they have no business at your wedding. "My biggest piece of advice for brides is to stay away from extremes of any kind," Kashuk notes. "Nothing should jump, so that means no overly strong anything. It's about balance, and softness. You want to rock a red lip for your wedding? Okay. But keep the lip line soft and undefined."When: Day-of
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