Beauty Do's and Dont's

  • Your wedding day is not a day to experiment with hairstyles or drastic makeup changes. You should try out your techniques and/or have trials with your artists weeks in advance.  You do not want to look at your wedding pictures and think, Whoa, what was I thinking?


  • Your wedding day is not a day to be unrecognizable. Your fiancé is marrying you for YOU, don't change your make-up routine or hair too much that you hear, "Huh?" instead of "Aww" when walking down the aisle.


  • Don't drink wine or eat dark-colored foods like berries. Unless you want to capture a stained smile in your wedding photos, you should avoid foods that can tint your pearly whites.


  • Don't tan too much or experiment with self-tanners before the wedding! Not only are you putting yourself at risk of skin damage, but getting too dark of a tan can look unnatural in wedding photos. Especially if it's a spray tan gone wrong. "Nothing says Jersey Shore more than an orange bride in a white dress," says Hingham, Massachusetts, makeup artist Kelly O'Keefe of Blush. "This is one of the worst looks, and it's not fixable!"


  • Crest White Strips are AMAZING!


  • Do not start a drastic diet 2 weeks beforehand and lose so much weight your dress is hanging off. Start a diet or exercise plan with enough time that you are satisfied with your weight at your dress fitting.


  • Dress tight? Ask me for a few diet tips; I have tons tried and true in my back pocket {wink}


  • Don't get your first-ever wax just before your wedding. If you plan to wax your bikini line, legs, etc. begin the process at least three months beforehand -- or face the consequences. "Waxing that area becomes less painful each time, and you'll avoid major pain, swelling, and irritation on your wedding night," says Houston makeup artist Jen Marine.


  • Don't change your birth control pills, skin-care program, washing detergent, etc., less than six weeks before the wedding.  Changing the hormones in your body can cause break-outs and irritations! Changing a skin care program could cause your skin to freak out and rebel.  Change these months and months beforehand! Especially acne skin-care & birth control programs which makes your skin usually worse before better.


  • Don't get a facial, get your brows waxed, or cut/color your hair two days or less before your wedding. "Get these services done a week or so beforehand," says Atlanta-based makeup artist Raney O'Keefe. "Then you have plenty of time to remedy any oopsie-daisies' that may happen!"


  • Don't ingest excess sodium the week before the wedding. That means no salty foods, sauces, dressings, or salty snacks. Instead, choose low- or no-sodium everything starting at least seven days before the wedding. "Sodium holds 50 times its weight in water, so you can shed two to five pounds the week before the wedding just by doing this!" says Liz DiAlto of Fit, Healthy and Beautiful in New York City.


  • Don't flat-iron your hair before a trial or on your big day.  You need fresh hair! If you want soft flowy hair or curls, youll never get them on flat ironed hair. If you want body and full...again, no way.


  • Don't sit around in your bra the morning of your wedding.  Those unsightly pink dents and marks on your shoulders=not pretty.


  • Drink twice as much water at least 3 weeks before your wedding. Here is how it works: When your body doesnt get water it holds on to every sip it gets for dear life, aka water retention. If you are supplying water to your body in large amounts, it releases your water weight because it doesn't fear a drought! So drink TONS of water and LOSE the water weight!


  • Lots of water=glowing skin! Start 6 weeks prior AT LEAST. As much as you can drink a day without drowning. 


  • Don't forget to touch up at your shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding! You will be front and center in these pictures for many to see. It's okay to be a little high-maintenance -- bring a touch-up bag and use them. Especially (!!!) at the wedding!


  • Practice crying correctly!  Sound ODD? I know, but you don't want to cry off all your beautiful makeup! "Hold a tissue in each hand. Then press the tissues in the tear duct and let the tears run into the tissue -- and keep changing the tissue," says Catherine Sullivan of Fresh Face Chicago. "This keeps you from rubbing your face and eyes and ruining your beautiful face."


Nicole & Patrick - Love by Serena Photo