Hey you! With wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would write down the routine I go through when I’m preparing for a special occasion. These are not all necessary steps, but they are the steps I take when I’m trying to look my best.
Take care of your skin. Flawless makeup starts with good skin.
If you are planning on getting a facial, I recommend going around two weeks before the big day, especially if you are getting extraction done. Clearing up your skin means bringing everything up to the surface, which also means possible breakouts. You want to give your skin time to heal. If you want to give yourself a facial in the comfort of your home (check out my Spa Evening…In the Comfort of Your Home post!), stick to products you know. Don’t try out new products in the weeks before the big day, you wouldn’t want to cause a flare up or breakouts.
Don’t forget your hair.
We think about cutting, dyeing, and curling our hair for the big day, but we sometimes forget to take care of it. Hair needs nourishment and hydration. Give your hair a good wash and follow immediately with a hair mask. Yes, for better results, apply your hair mask before your conditioner. Your conditioner’s job is to seal everything up, so you want to apply your mask before doing so to optimize its effect. Leave the mask on for the recommended time, and then rinse it out and follow with your conditioner as usual.
Also, taking extra steps when styling your hair will make a big difference in your hair’s health in the long term. If you’re applying heat to your hair (blow-drying, curling iron) don’t forget to use heat protection. Also, I highly recommend protecting your ends using a good hair oil. Healthy ends means stronger hair, and thus longer hair.
If you’re planning on trying on a special makeup look, be sure you give it a try before the big day.
This way you’ll know how much time you need and what steps you can take to perfect it. You’ll also know if it suits your features and if the colours are flattering to your skin tone. Nothing screams disaster like messing up your makeup halfway through and having to wash everything and start over again. And then having to rush through it because you’re running late. Preparation makes everything better and more enjoyable in the long run. Also, if you bought a new foundation for the event, be sure to give it a try a few days before to make sure you don’t break out, as well as to assess its wear throughout the day. You don’t want to be worrying about your makeup all day, so make sure it’s long-wearing and trustworthy.
The day of the event, boost your skin’s radiance.
I like giving my skin an extra glow by applying a hydrating mask in the morning. Again, I go for a mask that I know won’t cause me any irritation or breakouts. I’ve also been loving eye masks; they feel so refreshing and though they won’t make my dark circles magically disappear, my under-eye area feels softer and makeup applies much smoother. Follow with a moisturizer and if you’re having pictures taken, be sure to avoid any SPF so you don’t get a flashback in the pictures (meaning your face will appear white).
Drink a lot of water.
This is not an actual step (you should always drink a lot of water) but make even more of an effort to try and drink those (at least) two to three litres a day. It’ll do wonders for your skin, help with bloating (which often accompanies stress and lack of sleep) and just make you feel better in general. You need to take care of your body inside and out.
Yes, this step is obvious and sometimes feels out of your control, but you shouldn’t neglect it. Rest is the best way to keep everything under control, mentally and physically. The more you’re tired, the more you are prone to stress, which entails a whole roller coaster of emotions I’m sure you can relate to. On the physical side of things, your skin may seem dehydrated, fine lines and dark circles may be more obvious, and your complexion may seem pale and dull. Find ways to relax and manage your stress levels. If you can’t, well, at least you have 5 other steps to help to minimize the damages.
I hope this helps you establish your own routine, or share if you have one 😊
I hope that you enjoy your special day.
Thank you so much for reading, xo