- One Year
A clear, smooth, glowing complexion is every bride's dream and it is achievable if you start early enough. Skin renews itself once every 28 days, so that gives you 12 new skins to improve on!
Start by drinking more water - it's next to impossible to drink too much and it will help clear your complexion. Good basic skin care is also a must, so make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturize morning and night. Facial exfoliators will help to make skin more radiant so use one at least once a week.
- Six Months
Treat yourself to a monthly facial, especially if you've got lingering skin ailments that home treatment won't clear up. For serious skin complaints, ask your GP to refer you to a Dermatologist.
- Three Months
Now's the time to think about your make-up. If you are not entirely confident about applying it yourself, give yourself plenty of time to find a professional make-up artist in your area or have a make-up lesson. If you're planning to do your own make-up for the big day, its best to keep your colours fairly neutral. Its always nice to have new make-up to wear on the day, so treat yourself to new eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blusher and lipstick, choosing shades that have similar tones. Whenever you have time, practice applying one area of your make-up, such as your foundation, then another time work on your blusher or eyeshadow until you build up the full picture.
- One Month
Have a complete runthrough of your make-up from start to finish so that you can guage exactly how much time you will need to allow on the day. Its a good idea to do your hair at the same time, especially if you're going to need rollers as you're hair is completely off your face so its the perfect opportunity to do your make-up. If, at this stage you know its taking too long, you've got time to simplify the process.
- One Day
Tidy your eyebrows and make sure you've got everything you're going to need for the wedding day so there are no last minute panics.
- On The Day
Don't deviate from the make-up you have already chosen and rehearsed, as unplanned changes rarely work and you won't have time to rectify mistakes.
Ask your mother or chief bridesmaid to carry your powder compact and lipstick so you can touch-up during the day.