Desiree Hartsock’s Tips for Wedding Month Beauty Appointments

During the month of my wedding, I scheduled a few different beauty treatments so I’d look and feel my best on my special day. These times became delightful timeouts from wedding planning for me and I enjoyed getting a little TLC amidst coordinating out-of-town-guests, making last-minute decisions about centerpieces, and having my final dress alterations.



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In order to feel pampered and not perturbed, I made sure to time them out so there wouldn’t be any beauty disasters like a rash from a waxing!  Here’s how to schedule out these appointments so your bridal glow is intact on your wedding day.

Facials

Put your best face forward and schedule a full facial one month before your wedding day so your face has plenty of time to absorb the treatments, especially if you are planning on getting extractions, exfoliation, and steaming. This is the time to address any clogged pores or trouble areas and you’ll want to make sure your skin calms down afterward.

For the week of the wedding, get a gentle, cleansing facial at a salon or do an at-home mask (one that you’ve used before to ensure you aren’t allergic to it!) and be sure to use moisturizer and cleanser every day during your wedding month. This way, your skin will be in tip-top shape for all those wedding photos!



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Eyebrow Waxing

If you’ve waxed before, get your bikini line, legs, and eyebrows done three days before your wedding (you’ll be good for both the bridal day and your honeymoon!). With this timing, there won’t be any time for ingrown hairs but any redness will fade away. If you are a waxing newbie, do a trial wax about two months prior to your wedding day so you can see how your skin reacts.



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Haircut

Get your hair glossy and glamorous by planning a visit to your hairstylist two to three weeks before your wedding day. This is not the time to try out that new pixie cut—simply stick with the look you feel good about and get your ends trimmed up so your hair looks strong and healthy. You might also want to indulge in a deep conditioning treatment so your locks are extra shiny. If you are getting highlights done (and, again, you shouldn’t be experimenting at this point, just maintaining so there isn’t a hair 911 situation), schedule that appointment for seven to ten days prior to the wedding day and wait two days before shampooing your hair so the color sets and stays vibrant.

f you are getting highlights done (and, again, you shouldn’t be experimenting at this point, just maintaining so there isn’t a hair 911 situation), schedule that appointment for seven to ten days prior to the wedding day and wait two days before shampooing your hair so the color sets and stays vibrant.

Manicure and Pedicure

Make sure your nails are ready for those #ringpics! Book appointments for you and your bridal party one to two days prior to the big event so there isn’t any time to chip your nails. It’s smart to bring in a nail polish shade you love, just in case the salon doesn’t have exactly what you want. Go ahead and pay a little extra for the foot and hand massage. Now is the time for relaxing, laughing, and having fun with your bridesmaids. Designate someone to get your credit card out of your wallet afterward so your nails stay in perfect condition. You might want to consider getting a gel manicure so you don’t have to worry about chipping during the honeymoon as well!      

Designate someone to get your credit card out of your wallet afterward so your nails stay in perfect condition. You might want to consider getting a gel manicure so you don’t have to worry about chipping during the honeymoon as well!      

Of course, the most important thing is good health. Make sure you get lots of beauty sleep, drink lots of water, and eat well. Take long walks to manage stress and don’t put pressure on yourself to look “perfect.” In my experience, the most beautiful brides aren’t the ones who’ve spent a small fortune on beauty products and treatments—they are the ones who focus on enjoying this special time and caring for themselves from the inside out!

xoxo, Desiree

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