So your big day is coming up - HOW on earth do you prepare not only mentally, but physically?!

The Wedding Channel created a bridal-beauty-breakdown (try saying that 10 times fast) that outlines the best way to have a bridal glow on your big day!

6 Months Before

Begin your search for a hairstylist and/or makeup artist you like and trust.
Have all your haircut and color experiments done now.
Begin weekly deep conditioning treatments.
Consult a dermatologist for skin problems.
Research and invest in a skin-care regimen.
Work out to improve overall energy level and confidence.
If possible, indulge in a monthly facial.
If you have light or bleached hair, limit or avoid contact with heavily chlorinated water.

5 Months Before

If your nails are short, begin growing them out or consider acrylic tips and silk wraps.
If possible, start monthly manicures and pedicures.

4 Months Before

With your wedding dress in mind, work out target areas: decolletage, arms, and waist.

3 Months Before

Have your hair trimmed every four to six weeks.
Make an appointment to preview your wedding hairdo.
Make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned the week before your wedding.

2 Months to 6 Weeks Before

If you are planning to wear acrylic nails, experiment with lengths now.
Research and schedule teeth bleaching.
Research and schedule trial makeup sessions with your makeup artist.
Research and schedule trial hair session, complete with veil and headpiece, with your hairstylist.

1 Month Before

Have a trial makeup session with your makeup artist.
Have a trial hair session, complete with veil and headpiece, with your hairstylist.
Start drinking plenty of water -- eight glasses a day, at least!
If you are coloring or perming your hair for the wedding, do so now.
Purchase and test your wedding day skin, hair, and makeup products.

2 Weeks Before

Have a facial (only if you've had them regularly).
Have your hair cut or trimmed.
Touch up your hair color or highlights.
Keep drinking plenty of water.
Go to bed an hour earlier than usual every night.

1 Week to 10 Days Before

Have your eyebrows shaped.
Have your upper lip waxed.
Have a bikini wax.
Call your hairstylist and find out when you should wash or deep condition your hair. If you do so just before your wedding, your hair may be "too clean" to style, particularly if you are wearing an updo.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist.

1 Day Before

Have a manicure and pedicure.
Have a massage.
Gently exfoliate or polish your skin, especially your decolletage and arms.
Apply extra moisturizer -- everywhere!
Take a nap.
Drink two extra glasses of water.
Prepare a beauty emergency kit containing:

-Lip gloss
-Cotton swabs
-Cotton balls
-Makeup remover
-Bobby pins
-Hair spray
-Translucent powder
-Brush and comb
-Eye drops
-Nail polish

Your Wedding Day

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
Eat nourishing, healthy meals. Have light, healthy, and nonstaining snacks on hand for you and your bridesmaids while you get ready.
Take plenty of deep breaths.
Smile -- you're getting married!

I hope this helps! Any other suggestions? Let me know!

xo Kat

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