The Beauty Countdown to Your Wedding


Hello! This article is brought to you by Tammy at Naked Beauty Blog, don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s guest post over there too.

I got married just over 7 months ago now and in the midst of planning our wedding my skin was showing the tell-tale signs of stress, of course then I felt worse so I took action. Here’s my plan to get your beauty regime in check in time to face the cameras feeling wonderful.

Right away

Don’t hold out any longer, get your skin care sorted now. If you leave it too late you could end up with breakout’s, dry patches or oily skin on your big day. Never start a new regime 2 weeks or less before an event, this is the adjustment period for your skin. It’ll even out after this time and start to glow. Go to your nearest Dermalogica specialist and have your skin mapped, this will help you to know what care your skin needs and you’ll receive the best results.

Start getting regular trims and lay off the hair dye for a while, maybe have it done less often for now. You’ll want your hair in top condition for that top knot style you have your eye on.

Make sure you are eating healthily and getting your five-a-day, not only is this good for your skin and hair, it’ll also fight colds and illness in the busy run-up to the biggest day of your life.

2 Months to go

It’s getting exciting now, the dress is on order, the cake is booked and now it’s time for hair and makeup trials. Do your research and book a good stylist and makeup artist, many do both. Don’t be led by price alone, ask for a portfolio of previous work and ask friends and family for suggestions.

Book your trial for around 2 months before the big day then you have time to find someone else if you really aren’t happy. Go in with ideas of what you’d like but if it doesn’t suit you don’t be afraid to ask to try something different. Ask questions and let them advise you on colours and styles for you.

3 weeks to go

Treat you and your bridesmaids to a spa day, get pampered, relax and unwind. It’ll do you good to chill in the whirlwind that is wedding planning and see loved ones you may have neglected recently, maybe join it up with your hen do!

The day before

Anything that isn’t done now isn’t going to be done and you probably won’t even notice on the day so make sure you’re organised, wash your hair and relax, you’re getting married in the morning!

Getting into routine


Make sure you Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise twice daily, this will leave your skin healthy and in turn your makeup on the day will look smoother and more polished and will last to the first dance and beyond.

Every other day

Use a facial scrub and a lip scrub to rid you of any dead skin. That pout is going to be getting a lot of love on your big day and the last thing you want is sore, cracked lips. Wash your hair every other day to avoid disarming it of all it’s nutrients and natural oils.


Each week give your skin and hair a treat with intensive conditioning masks. You’ll notice a huge difference to your skin and hair within a few weeks of regular pampering

A Summer Wedding

At the weekend I had the very great privilege to be a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding. It was truly magical and the bride looked so beautiful. I thought I’d share some of my day with you all.

I arrived at the bride’s parents’ house early in the morning to get ready. I wasn’t feeling the brightest but a cup of coffee soon sorted that out. We had our hair done first by a local hairdresser called Louise Schofield. For the bridesmaids she did these really beautiful plaited side buns which we finished off with some sparkly hair spirals.


Next we moved on to make up. We did our own make up so we were able to make ourselves look exactly how we wanted. I don’t often sit down and spend a good hour or so putting on make up so it was a real treat! I had a manicure the day before so my nails were painted with OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons on my nails. On my face I used:

  • No 7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation in Calico
  • Maybelline Coverstick Thick Concealer in Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder in Medium
  • Bourjois Blusher in Lilas D’Or
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
  • MUA Starry Night Eyeshadow Palette
  • Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Max Factor Clump Defy Waterproof Mascara in Black
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude




We then helped the bride get ready and put our dresses on. Even I had something borrowed – the earrings I am wearing belong to the bride’s mother!

The wedding itself was in a beautiful little country church and I am so pleased to say the weather was perfect all day! It stayed dry and was warm but not hot. I managed not to cry throughout the ceremony which I think was quite an achievement!