It's the day of a big event and you (and your skin) are freaking out — kind of like our girl Cher from Clueless getting perfect for her date with Christian. As if! This is your wedding day! There has to be a better way than powder and blotting; so we've asked beauty experts what the best day-before and day-of skin routines are for brides in all types of weddings and settings.
Photo: Courtesy of Into the Gloss
Beach Nuptial Bliss by Glossier's Emily Weiss
When the woman who created leading beauty website Into The Gloss and its skin care product off-shoot Glossier, gives advice, we listen.
The game plan for Glossier founder Emily Weiss' Bahama wedding was simple. First step? Prep. And every step thereafter for that matter. Months of prep to be precise. She removed dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, coffee, and well, seemingly everything you think you would want to keep around in plentiful supply to stay a happy bride. However, don't lose sight of the bigger (more radiant) picture, because if you're only sticking to healthy, wholesome food, your body is only retaining clean, pure nourishment. Feel a little better now?
Skincare + Treatments:
Roasting in the sun and heat can strip you of natural oils and nutrients, causing cracked dry skin and blotchiness, but if you're protected from the inside out, your routine will be less damage control and more glam control. Weiss also stresses the significance of getting skin treatments from a professional, hers was Isabelle Bellis, two weeks before the wedding. Saying of Bellis, "This is a must-try facial for brides/anyone who want a holistic total-package experience."
Before jetting off into island life, Emily made sure to schedule a lash and brow appointment. She went for simple subtle eyelash extensions to get her desired look of "anime almond" eyes. However, this doesn't replace the mascara step for her, so she chose to brush on a coat of Diorshow in black. And of course some of Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint to give her that born a beach babe, sheer glow appearance. ("Diorshow" mascara, $27.50, Dior; "Perfecting Skin Tint" $26, Glossier)
Photo: Getty Images
Winter Weddings Mastered with Eva Chen's Expertise
Beauty aficionado Eva Chen probably doesn't need an intro attesting to her tycoon status, but just in case... Eva earned her stripes as the Beauty and Heath Director of Teen Vogue (for almost eight years!) and Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine, before accepting her most fitting and exciting role yet, head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram. She regularly posts to her over half a million followers on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat detailing her ever changing skincare routine, and reviewing all the products along the way. Needless to say, for beauty, even beyond bridal, follow @evachen212.
Winter weather is no exception to the rule of staying hydrated, but to reiterate: replenish like its your part-time job, so that you'll glow like it's your full-time job. Eva's correlating line of defense against dry skin and spots, in order to restore moisture is flipping on the humidifier every night in the colder months.
Skincare + Treatments:
You should try to avoid too many changes in your routine in winter, because your skin will be vulnerable enough, but Eva suggests simply switching from a cleansing foam to a cleansing balm or oil can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your skin. Philosophy's When Hope is Not Enough cleansing balm is a favorite of hers. While oils and serums are a little pricier than what we're used to spending in warmer weather, they're going to be totally worth it here. Try Rodin Olio Lusso for a face oil that melts into your skin making it dewy, suppl,e and radiant without leaving an oil residue. ("When Hope is Not Enough" cleansing balm, $45, Philosophy available at Sephora; "Olio Lusso" face oil, $107, Rodin)
You will hardly ever — if ever — find Eva deep in makeup no matter the season, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have her go-to staples. She's more about the drugstore steals than designer digs (a girl after our own hearts). No matter the season she always reaches for her CoverGirl LashBlast Length mascara for super clean defined lashes. And since the sun won't be quite giving you that Vitamin D, don't be afraid to dust on light sweeps of bronzer; Bronze Expert by Terry is Eva's compact glow of choice. We agree! ("LashBlast Length" mascara, $7.99, CoverGirl available at Walmart; "Bronze Expert by Terry" powder bronzer $55, available at Four Seasons Products)
Photo: Courtesy of Cyndi Ramirez
Upstate Countryside Vows via DAILE DNA Serum Founder Cyndi Ramirez
Cyndi Ramirez is another one of those leading creative anomalies that not only founded and heads a top lifestyle, travel, beauty, and style website — Taste The Style — but also took her talents to the skin care industry and developed a face serum that turns anyone's skin into an evenly toned supple glow fest. Insert: DAILE DNA Lock Serum + Moisturizer. So we knew we had to pick her brain about bridal beauty secrets. She'll be following this advice for her own nuptials this summer, so you know this is expertise you can bookmark!
East coast spring/summer seasons usually go: mild temperate day; the sun's warm, the shade is an ideal crisp cool, never cold... Aaand then between the hours of noon and 4pm you could either be covered in constant goosebumps, or completely regretting even bringing a purse that has to be held or slung over your shoulder because you're so hot you can't even stand the touch of the straps. Cyndi's best advice for this, one: plan an evening ceremony (past 4pm) and you won't have to worry about much about any wavering weather; two: stay hydrated throughout the entire week leading up to your big day. Dry skin with poor elasticity can not be solved the day of, but will be noticeably different thanks to simple H2O.
See More: BRIDES Magazine 2016 Beauty Awards
Skincare + Treatments:
Cyndi recommends avoiding peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and harsh exfoliants for at least two to three weeks prior to the wedding. For treatments the day before and day-of, she suggests trying facial steamers for all their lovely soothing, non-invasive benefits. Besides of course swearing by DAILE DNA serum, she will also be dabbing on Tammy Fender Firming Eye Gel. "My guess it that the day of, I'll be exhausted because I'll be too excited to actually get my eight hours in. This guy will..come in handy the morning of." Her "secret sauce" though, will be the Photo Rejuvenation Treatment she'll be receiving from the MOB herself! If you are in the Queens, New York area (or not) she highly recommends finding your way to Mary's Cosmetology, where Cyndi's mother has been an esthetician, running her own clinic for 30 years. Great skin care is in her genes! ("DNA Lock Serum + Moisturizer" $48, DAILE; Firming eye gel, $84, Tammy Fender)
The key piece of advice for wedding day makeup, according to Cyndi, is to hire a makeup artist who specializes in skin care as well. This will help ensure they don't use anything on you that will cause your skin to have a bad reaction. To polish off her own makeup look, Cyndi always mists on her favorite Caudalie Beauty Elixir to set her makeup, giving her a "warm, baby-bearing glow." (Beauty elixir, $18, Caudalie available at Sephora)