Beauty preparations begin long before the wedding date for the vast majority of brides. Some even begin their bridal beauty countdown 12 months before their big day, with the start of treatments often aligning with the posting of save-the-dates and other essential planning tasks. The month before you take that fateful walk down the aisle and say your “I dos” is crucial for brides with all tastes and budgets. These final weeks provide vital time to fit in those last minute beauty bits that will have you looking and feeling your very best on your big day.
Read on to discover the last minute beauty treatments that will leave you prepped and pampered just in time for your wedding day.
Refresh your hair cut and colour
Going for a drastic hair transformation isn’t recommended as a last minute beauty treatment. You should give yourself plenty of time if you plan to completely revise your hairstyle. You don’t want to look back at those wedding photos with any regrets! A refresh of your current hair colour and a trim is certainly something you should do as your wedding date draws nearer.
If you have a favourite stylist, book them well in advance to avoid any unnecessary stress. Most stylists recommend a colour and cut two to three weeks before a wedding day. A root touch up, trim, conditioning treatment and blow dry should then be undertaken a day or two before.
Open up those eyes with a lash treatment
Adding extensions to your eyelashes is a great way to look wide-eyed and alert, even when you’re flagging as your wedding day continues into the night. Lash extensions are generally applied up to a week before your wedding day to ensure the most natural, realistic and comfortable result. Most extensions last for between six to eight weeks, meaning you can feel and look fabulous on your honeymoon too.
If you don’t want to go the whole hog with extensions, a lash lift and tint can provide a natural but accentuated look. The “lift and tint” gives the appearance of curled eyelashes without having to use curlers, and looks even better when mascara is applied on your wedding day.
Book an eyebrow wax to accentuate further
Make sure those brows are trim for your wedding day by booking in an eyebrow treatment. The brow wax has long been the preferred option, but many brides are branching out to discover the benefits of threading. Threading unlocks several plus-points when compared to waxing, whether you prefer your brows arched, feathered or bold. Both techniques last the same amount of time and are unfortunately equally as painful. Threading is more suitable for people with sensitive skin as it doesn’t leave unsightly, hard to cover red patches.
Don’t forget to give the rest of your body hair a wax or trim before your wedding day. If you’ve waxed before, schedule in a leg or bikini wax two to three days before. If you’re a waxing virgin, book in for a trial wax one month before your big day. Alternatively, various waxing sessions started at least three months before your wedding will prepare the most sensitive areas making pain, irritation and discomfort less of an eventuality.
Guarantee pearly whites with teeth whitening
You’re certain to be doing a lot of smiling on your wedding day. Complement that glowing skin by sprucing up those pearly whites. Whether calling on a professional or using an at-home whitening kit, the best results take approximately two weeks to achieve. For brides with a little more time to play wit, laser teeth whitening offers fantastic results. As with facials, laser whitening should begin six to eight months before your wedding date, with regular monthly treatments required. Treatwell gives us an insight into what to expect from laser teeth whitening:
“Proven to have the most effective and long-lasting results, laser teeth whitening has the power to make your teeth over 4 shades whiter in just one session. Faster and safer than other techniques, blue laser whitening combined with non-peroxide whitening gel is relatively pain-free, designed to gently wash away stains with no negative side effects. Importantly, it won’t leave you with painful sensitivity on your wedding day.”