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There's enough beauty advice out there to get any bride through a hundred weddings. Between braid tutorials, updo ideas, and endless skincare regimens, it can seem impossible to zoom in on which tips actually work, and which you can leave on the cutting room floor. Here, we're breaking down the rules every bride needs to follow before her wedding day. Introducing, your new go-to bridal beauty bible:
Smooth Out Your Arches: Have your brows shaped well before your wedding, and on the day of, fill them in with a pencil a shade lighter than your hair color (or if you're blonde, a shade darker) to emphasize their shape. After all, they frame your entire face!
Get Photo-Ready: The key to gorgeous photos is a little extra prep. Start with a color-correcting primer to even your skin tone and reduce redness. After your makeup is done, dust your face with translucent powder to set it, then finish with a makeup setting spray to cut way down on touchups.
Go Faux: Don't be afraid of falsies! Individual lashes glued on the outer corners of your eyes, combined with plenty of coats of mascara, will transform your wedding-day look.
Start with Your Pout: Don't apply your blush until after you put on your lipcolor. You're more likely to overdo it when your lips are bare.
Peel Carefully: Thinking of getting a laser or peel to freshen up your skin before your wedding? Great idea — just don't do it right before you tie the knot. Most procedures require at least a few days of recovery time, and it can take up to a month to see full results. Plus lasers and peels can't hold up to sun exposure, so skip the dermatologist's office in July or August.
Bronze Like a Goddess: Nothing is worse on your wedding day than a too-orange spray tan or peeling sunburn. If you want a faux glow, practice for a few weeks ahead of time, and stop self-tanning three days before you walk down the aisle to avoid streaks.
Keep Your Skin Happy: Is your skin freaking out before your wedding? It might be because you tried to change up your skincare routine too fast. Give any new routine at least six weeks to work, and stick to the basics — cleanse twice a day, apply toner, exfoliate once a week, and moisturize well — to avoid breakouts or irritation.
Go Long the Right Way: Don't get extensions for your wedding if you've never tried them before. Instead, try clip-ons at your hair trial (you can take them out the same day), or, for bonded extensions, do a trial run six months before to see if they'll work for your wedding.
Hold the Scissors: Want to get a shorter 'do for your wedding? Be cautious. Don't make a huge change after your hair trial — your hairstyle might not work on your new hair! — and give your locks a few weeks to adjust to a trim before your wedding.