Bridal Beauty: Skin Care Leading Up to the Big Day

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Bridal Beauty: Skin Care Leading Up to the Big Day
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Planning a wedding is serious business. You've got linens, dinner, musicians and cake to discuss -- among many other details -- and that's before you even begin thinking about how you'll look on the big day. "The six months leading up to your wedding are guaranteed to be busy and exciting," says celebrity makeup artist Carie Brescia. "It is important to plan ahead of time so that when your big day finally arrives, you will be ready for your 'Oscar moment.'"

Meet with a Skincare Specialist
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Meet with a Skincare Specialist

Brescia suggests making an appointment with an esthetician six months before your wedding to make a skincare plan, especially if you have problem skin or other issues you want to discuss. Having clear, bright and healthy skin will help you feel confident and beautiful as you walk down the aisle and pose for pictures.

Carie Brescia: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Plan Invasive Treatments Far Out
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Plan Invasive Treatments Far Out

It's certainly not a requirement or expectation, but if you're planning to have any invasive procedures done, do so no later than six months before the big day. That includes Botox, Restylane or collagen injections and laser treatments. You want plenty of recovery time, explains Brescia.

Carie Brescia: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Non-Invasive Facials
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Non-Invasive Facials

For the three to six months leading up to your wedding, consider investing in monthly, non-invasive facials. This will keep skin looking beautiful and healthy as your wedding day approaches. Your last facial should be no later than a week before your wedding. Skin is particularly sensitive and even agitated/red the days following a facial.

Shape Eyebrows Six Months Prior
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Shape Eyebrows Six Months Prior

"Brows are so important," notes Brescia. "They really help frame the face and a good brow takes a good six months to perfect." She advises making a monthly appointment with a brow expert and to never pluck in between visits. "Leave it to your pro," she says.

Carie Brescia: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Makeup Trial Run
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Makeup Trial Run

"Makeup is almost as important as your dress," explains Brescia. She advises at least one trial run with your makeup artist to ensure you're both on the same page. Match your shirt to the color of your wedding dress the day you go and take both a close-up and long-distance photo to get a preview of how your face reads on camera.

Carie Brescia: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Airbrush Tanning
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Airbrush Tanning

A subtle airbrush tan can even out your complexion and even make you look more toned. "This is something you will definitely want to try a few times in the months leading up to the wedding," says Brescia. If you like the look, she suggests doing your pre-wedding airbrush session two days before you exchange vows.

Carie Brescia: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Weekly Exfoliation
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Weekly Exfoliation

If you plan to forgo facials at the spa, make sure you use a gentle exfoliant on your skin once or twice weekly. This removes built-up oil and dirt, which clog pores, and dead skin cells, which can make skin look dull.

Don't Switch Up Products
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Don't Switch Up Products

It's particularly important to continue using the same skincare products as you get closer to your big day. A new product may react poorly with your skin, resulting in breakouts. Use what you know works best for your skin and wait to test new products after your nuptials.

Surprise Blemishes
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Surprise Blemishes

Surprise blemishes that make an appearance days before a wedding are enough to send a bride into hysteria. If this happens to you, stay calm and make an appointment with a dermatologist to get a cortisone shot at least 24 hours before the wedding. If you can't make it to the dermatologist, use a potent acne spot treatment. On the day of, cover up any residual redness with well-blended concealer.

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