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Wedding Day Face Tips: The “I Do’s” and Don’ts

Planning and preparing for a wedding is already one of the most stressful undertakings in a person’s life. Between finding the perfect dress, ordering food, flowers, and a cake, booking venues and bands, and making sure that your grandma and your great-aunt Suzie are seated very far away from each other, things can get a little hectic.

Stress can take a huge toll on skin, especially on your face. Stress and anxiety often lead to acne and blemish breakouts, stress lines, wrinkles, and other unappealing issues. It’s crucial to take care of your face and prioritize skincare in the weeks leading up to the big day to ensure that you’re a blemish-free, blushing bride.

Pre-Wedding Day Preparation

While it may be easy to get caught up in the trials and tribulations of wedding planning, taking care of your face should be factored in as an essential part of the preparations. Do some personal research or consult a beauty expert to find the best morning and nighttime skincare routines for your skin type.

Now is the time to make an appointment for the botox, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion treatment you’ve been considering. These treatments will give you that glowing effect you desire but may require a few days of downtime afterward in case of an adverse reaction, so it’s best to avoid them in the week or two leading to the big wedding day.

Additionally, schedule an appointment for trial makeup a few weeks before the big day. Trial makeup allows you to tweak anything you may not like about the “look,” and gives your face time to see how it reacts to the products used. Don’t forget to bring references and colors for the makeup artist, too.

Finally, test out that self-tanner or spray tan with some time to spare in case of any mishaps. Fake tans can stick out like a sore thumb and ruin what would be beautiful wedding photos, so it’s best to give these products a trial run.

Taking care of your face in preparation for your wedding is crucial since stress can lead to breakouts, wrinkles, and other unwelcome wedding day skin issues.

Wedding Day Face Tips

Now, the big day is finally here. Just like Murphy’s Law states: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. To minimize the potential for any unnecessary last-minute mishaps, we’ve compiled a list of the essential face and skin Do’s and Don’ts for the day you say, “I do!”

The Do’s

  • Do: Wake up and complete your skincare routine as usual. Beyond that, start fresh.
  • Do: Use a primer to keep your makeup set throughout the long day.
  • Do: Keep it natural. It’s easy to over-do it, but you know your face and style the best.
  • Do: Emphasize the eyes. Add a light amount of concealer and pressed powder to cover up any dark circles.
  • Do: Keep oil blotting wipes on hand to use throughout the reception.
  • Do: Use a matte setting or finishing spray to prolong the longevity of your gorgeous look.
  • Do: Remove any makeup at the end of the night. After a night of dancing and entertaining guests, your face will surely be full of makeup, dirt, oils, and other nasty contaminants, and the last thing you want is a big, red blemish on your honeymoon getaway.

The Don’ts

  • Don’t: Stay up late partying or binge-watching your favorite TV series the night before the big day. That’s a recipe for unsightly dark under-eye circles.
  • Don’t: Let the makeup artist take over your wedding day look at the last minute. If you don’t usually wear a heavy amount of makeup, a smoldering smokey eye is probably not for you. Keep it simple, and it’ll surely be stunning.
  • Don’t: Choose a dramatic lip. Unless it’s a winter wedding, a bright red lip is going to take away from the beautiful bride’s face. Opt for a more natural tone to keep the emphasis on the eyes.
  • Don’t: Go overboard on the concealer. Weddings, especially ones held in the summer, can be a rather warm affair. Dancing and running around to catch up with family and friends is exhausting; avoid ugly orange make up droplets on your white dress by ditching heavy concealer.
  • Don’t: Forget the touch-ups. Okay, this one is on the Maid of Honor. Hopefully, she remembers to keep a small purse or makeup bag on hand with any wipes, lipsticks, extra concealer, and other “emergency bridal kit” basics for you to utilize for the wedding day.


Many little girls spend years of their lives imagining their dream wedding day. However, none of these dreams involve pesky big-day blemishes or unpleasant spray tanning experiences. Between all the stress and confusion of planning your wedding, remember the importance of face and skin maintenance. Leave the skincare preparation, and day-of make up to professionals so you can enjoy a day that is all about your love.

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