Remember when adults used to tell you that skin magically clears up and gets better with age? They totally lied! Or at least in my case they did! For years, I’ve chased after a perfect skin routine with everything from prescription products to Korean beauty items and even more holistic treatments. Below I’m sharing a few of the Holy Grail beauty products for flawless wedding skin that I’ve loved and also a few that professional makeup artists swear by.
So simple, right? While it’s technically not a “beauty product” that requires a purchase (forget bottled water and get a filter and a thermos!), water couldn’t be more essential to a great skincare. The more water you drink, the more hydrated your skin will be. Although it isn’t a cure-all, water can help improve your skin’s glow, blemishes, pore size, and elasticity. Especially right before the wedding, hydrate as much as you can!
2. NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask
Tanya of Page Beauty recommends that brides try out the NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask. She says, “This overnight mask drenches the skin with water, so you wake up looking like you consumed 10 bottles of water the day before. Not only will your skin naturally glow, but also you’ll have smoother texture that allows foundation to glide over the skin. I recommend using the mask once a week leading up to your big day, and definitely the night before.”
3. Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Page Beauty also provided one of their wedding day favorites, which is the Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer. When raving about its magic, Tanya mentioned, “Using this primer under concealer improves the skin texture immediately, and it grabs hold of the concealer so it won’t crease. In photos, the skin is visibly smoother and creates a filter-effect under the eyes.” Sounds great, don’t you think!?
4. Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
“I’m completely obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask. This quick and easy-to-apply facial sheet mask goes on dry and delivers ultimate hydration and vitamins directly into the skin that last for hours. It’s perfect for anyone wanting a more radiant and healthy complexion before a special event or occasion. It can also be used more than once since it’s not a wet mask. Revolutionary and a game changer in the skin care world so skip the spa and opt for this instead!” says Stacie of Stacie Ford Weddings.
5. Drunk Elephants “Protini” Polypeptide
Stacie also shares, “One of my favorite skin care products that I recommend is Drunk Elephants “Protini” Polypeptide moisturizer. It’s the perfect “facetini” moisturizer packed full of proteins that gets the skin in tiptop shape as it strengthens, tones and firms with nutrients instead of harsh chemicals. The outcome… flawless skin ready for the camera!”
6. Vaseline Lip Therapy
I bet you didn’t expect the classic Vaseline on this list! We often don’t think of the lips as part of our skin, but it totally is and it’s a huge factor in photos. As someone with constantly chapped lips, my go to is the Vaseline lip therapy. I keep a large container in my bathroom and a tiny travel size at my desk and in my car so I always have it when my lips feel dry. The week before my wedding, my lips stayed coated 24/7 to ensure that my smile was camera ready!
Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography.