Wedding Bells: The Bridal Beauty Timeline

Hello LC readers! It’s Alex, Alex Taylor that is! I just I got married a few weeks ago and am excited to share this latest installment of the Wedding Bells series with you…

As the beauty-obsessed slash “Type A” gal that I am, plotting out my pre-wedding beauty bootcamp regimen was one of my first orders of business after getting engaged and setting the date for our wedding. After all, timing is everything: Get a spray tan before a wax and you might as well be living in zebra city. Have a major facial the day before your wedding and you’ll be phoning your dermo right before you say, “I do.” Plus, we all know that workouts and teeth whitening don’t result in miracles overnight. Need I say more? In light of this delicate planning process, I decided to put together a wedding beauty timeline for all of you brides (or bridesmaids) to follow as you prepare for the big day… Take a peek below!
Wedding Bells: The Bridal Beauty Timeline
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If you have less than 8 months until you head down the aisle, simply follow the general order and tailor it to your needs. Each item highlighted in this timeline isn’t absolutely necessary, so it’s up to you to decide what is important and what isn’t. As for me, I pretty much followed the above schedule to a T. In addition, I thought it would be fun to include a little recap of what I did for my day-of beauty look along with some personal tidbits of advice:

Makeup: Lashes and primer—don’t skimp on either!
My dear friend (and bridesmaid) Afton, who is a professional makeup artist, did my makeup for the wedding as well as my engagement photos. She did a fresh-faced look with subtle contouring and a simple smoky eye. To keep my face makeup in place she used Laura Mercier primer and a MAC Paint Pot called Painterly to prime my eyelids. My makeup didn’t smudge or run one bit. As for my lashes, she applied Noir Lash Lounge strip lashes and used the most amazing eyelash glue called Callas (the lashes didn’t lift a bit…even though I shed a few tears and danced all night long).

Want to know what mascara Lauren uses? Here’s a hint: It’s just $7!

Hair: Wear the hair that got you there.
Here’s a little saying I decided to follow for my wedding hair: Wear the hair that got you there. Yes it’s cute and it rhymes, but I believe it holds a lot of truth. On your wedding day you want to be the best version of yourself. You want to look like yourself, too. That’s why I think day-of wedding hair should be reminiscent of your favorite go-to hairstyle—the one your guy fell in love with you wearing… For your actual wedding, give that everyday ‘do a special update or unique spin.

For me, I always wear my hair in long, wild, beachy waves parted right smack down the center. I look and feel most like myself when I wear it this way. For my wedding I took my own advice and wore my hair in waves but refined it a bit—the waves were smoother with a bit more curl, and I did a deep side part that revealed a special pair of earrings, heirlooms from my grandmother. It was different enough from my basic waves and, most importantly, I felt like my most confident self. So if you’re a ponytail kind of girl, amp it up and opt for a sleek side pony with a delicate twist or braid. Or, love messy topknots? Try a ballerina bun with a few wispy pieces pulled out around your face. The bottom line: Be you and don’t feel compelled to default to a tight updo that should have been left in the 1990s anyway (unless, of course, that’s your thing!).

Want heavenly hair? Add these 10 foods to your plate.

Nails: Gel ‘em.
Most brides attend a rehearsal dinner the evening before their wedding, which means manicured hands are a must. I don’t know about you, but within hours of a standard manicure my nails inevitably chip. Always. That said, the last thing I wanted to worry about throughout the rehearsal and wedding was my mani so I decided to get pale pink—almost nude—gels. I wanted something classic and complimentary to the flowers in my bouquet…and a color that didn’t distract from my new ring! (Although I was incredibly tempted to give one of these bridal nail art manicures a try.) Fun fact: Just as flesh-colored heels elongate legs, nail paint of the same shade works similar wonders for those of us with stumpy digits.

Hate going back to the salon to remove your gels? Then read this now.

And there you have it! The whole kit and caboodle. I hope you find this wedding beauty planning timeline helpful. If you have any questions for me be sure to leave them in the comments below!

Next time I’ll be providing a few personal pointers on finding the perfect wedding dress. If you have any questions on that topic that you would like to see answered in my post, tweet me @alexTHEandre or post them below. (I’ll give you a shout out in the post!)

What aspect of your beauty regimen do you find most stressful?

Skincare? Tanning? Hair? Sound off below!

Xx Alex
Team LC

Categories: Alex Gariano, Wedding
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  • Katelin Absher

    This would of been awesome to read before I got married almost a year ago on the 29th! Great tips for brides!! :)

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  • Lilian santos

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  • Prey Pray

    Great tips, but all brides are beautiful. http://www.preypray.com

  • Deanne Castro

    Love these tips!

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  • simply sabrina

    I hate going to the salon to get gel removed so I always fall into this vicious cycle of gel to gel to gel! Thanks for the tips, i’ll have to jump on that timeline soon! :)

    Simply Sabrina

  • simply sabrina

    I hate going to the salon to get gel removed so I always fall into this vicious cycle of gel to gel to gel! Thanks for the tips, i’ll have to jump on that timeline soon! :)

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  • Leanne

    Such great advice. It’s so good to work to a timeline! Now all I need is a husband.

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Jessica K.

    Wow I saw this right on time! I’m getting married in 8 months so it looks like I’ll have to get started!

    Great advice.

    http://www.retailevolution.net

  • Christine Bishop

    skincare.. eating the right foods and using the right moisturizers leading up to a big day!

  • okskinny

    Love this timeline!

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  • Hailey G

    Love this so much! So helpful!
    Hailey from http://adayinthelife96.blogspot.com/

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    Loved loved this post, every girl should follow these steps!! :)

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • BEX

    This is fabulous! Every girl needs to follow this. Thanks Alex, keep em’ coming!

  • Ashley

    These tips are very helpful for any event!
    Ashley
    ps, I’m currently sporting nude colored nails; I have long natural nails and I’m not sure if it works for my warm-toned skin.

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Laurie Wilkinson

    I was curious what multi-vitamins you recommend taking 8 months out?

    Thanks!

  • Jacqueline Jax

    And don’t forget to protect your skin. Have you seen this post on Understanding Sunscreen Labels, have you looked into what your putting on your skin? http://blondibeach.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/understanding-sunscreen-labels-2/

  • TheEnchantingLife.com

    Hi Laurie!

    I’ve been told to take a Prenatal vitamin (and no I’m not pregnant) because it has a higher iron level (which most women are low in) plus it makes your hair grow faster and shinier and your nails grow faster and stronger. Obviously you’ll want to double check with your doctor but it’s worked well for me! If it freaks you out too much, try just a basic women’s multivitamin!

    Have an enchanting day!
    Natalie
    http://www.TheEnchantingLife.com

  • TheEnchantingLife.com

    I remember this list all too well! I agree that you’ll want a gel/shellac manicure for the wedding because the last thing you want is having to worry about a chipped nail before you go down the isle! For more DIY, affordable fashion, yummy recipes, and lots of pictures of my 2 bulldogs, come visit my blog :)

    Have an enchanting day!
    Natalie
    http://www.TheEnchantingLife.com

    P.S. Check out my 10 minute DIY Shellac Manicure: http://www.theenchantinglife.com/2013/01/10-minute-diy-shellac-manicure.html

  • Laurie Wilkinson

    I’m so glad you replied! I have heard that too and have been debating whether or not to take them – with your advice, I’m in! Thanks!

  • Alex taylor

    Great question! I actually take flaxseed oil pills (1-2) and a prenatal daily! Otherwise, a basic multi for women is good too. Hope that helps!

  • Alex taylor

    So happy to hear that! Xx

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    Oh good! Be sure to share photos with us by uploading them to your profile. Best wishes! Xx

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