Utter the word winter and thoughts of chapped lips and dry skin come to mind. Don’t let these easy fixes deter you from having that winter wedding you’ve always dreamed of. With a few skin and makeup tips from the pros, you’ll look just as radiant and illuminated as you should when you walk down the aisle. From daily skincare routines to wedding day makeup recommendations, here’s a few ways to look flawless in all of your photos when the big day rolls around.
1. Maintain a Good Skincare Routine
“To look picture-perfect, you always need to start with a good canvas,” explains French Riviera-based makeup artist Kelly McClain, who works on upscale destination weddings and events throughout Europe, including Paris Fashion Week and the Cannes Film Festival. Since winter weather can make your skin appear dull and dry, McClain recommends using face oils. “Most women are scared of oils especially if they have oily skin, but using the proper face oils can help with hydration and reduce the skin from producing excess oil,” she explains.
Nikki Robinson, founder and CEO of on-demand service NOMI Beauty, also recommends switching up your skincare regime as soon as it’s cold outside. “This preps the face for beautiful makeup on your wedding day,” she says.
2. Exfoliate Regularly
“When it comes to winter weddings, I highly suggest exfoliating regularly with a product such as ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville, because as we get older, our skin cells don't regenerate as quickly as they use to,” says L.A.- and NYC-based makeup artist Misha Shahzada, who has worked with celeb clients like Kelly Rutherford and Milla Jovovich.
3. Stay Hydrated
After exfoliating, Shahzada recommends using a moisture mask like Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask twice a week. “This ultra-hydrating mask is infused with coconut water so it instantly works and feels like a spa facial,” she says. Using an emollient moisturizer is the key to finishing off the process, and one of Shahzada’s faves is the new La Mer Moisturizing Soft Lotion, which helps achieve all-day hydration. “This simple three-step skincare process is especially helpful in the winter months,” she says. “Slapping on moisturizer alone because your skin is dry does not cut it.”
4. Plan Ahead
Treat your skin the same as you do your dress, planning and prepping months before the big day. “While I recommend following this type of regimen year round, beginning a month before the big day would be sufficient enough to start prepping the skin for a flawless makeup application,” Shahzada says.
Brides who have large amounts of sun damage, pigmentation or acne, however, may need more frequent treatments to get their skin looking as good as possible before the wedding. “The sooner you start planning your skin care regimen and have facials to correct more complex skin issues, the better. I usually start to see my brides as soon as the ring goes on the finger,” says Monaco-based skin care specialist and owner of The Advanced Skin Clinic Monaco, Stephanie Cubeddu. “A 12-month course of one treatment a month is a great way to get your skin perfect for the big day. For a bride who has a large amount of skin damage or harder-to-treat skin, a short burst of frequent treatments is usually necessary at the beginning of the program.”
5. Use the Right Products
If you have dry skin, shy away from matte finish foundation, which will make the dryness even more exposed. McClain recommends opting for a semi-luminous satin finish instead, such as Chanel’s moisturizing Vitalumière. And while powder is great for setting foundation, if you use too much, it will also make your skin look dry and cakey. Instead, use a finely milled translucent powder just on your T-Zone, or the area around your mouth, chin, nose and forehead.
As for color, don’t worry about going for something more vibrant. “A classic red lip can look gorgeous against a white dress and a snowy backdrop,” Robinson says.