The Bridal Beauty Countdown 

nails Want to grow out your nails? Book an appointment with a pro to discuss options and to begin treating specific problems (dry, brittle nails, for example).

3 Months Before

hair Make sure you've booked your stylist for the big day.

skin If you want to have your eyebrows shaped professionally—whether through waxing or tweezing—start now, then have them done on a regular basis once a month until a week before the wedding.

makeup Have a 90-minute full cosmetics run-through with your makeup artist.

Make sure you've booked your makeup artist for the big day.

2 Months Before

hair Have a tress rehearsal. Bring your headpiece to the hair salon to make sure it'll work with your hairstyle.

skin Dry or oily skin is a lot easier to handle as you get closer to the wedding day. There are effective moisturizers and other treatments—both over-the-counter and prescription—to try out. Talk to your dermatologist if necessary.

1 Month Before

skin Have your last professional prenuptial facial.

2 Weeks Before

hair Get your final trim or coloring. This not only gets hair out of the way before the last crazy days before your wedding, but gives it time to "settle" and take its natural fall and shape.

1 Week Before

skin Get eyebrows shaped for the last time, and any other waxing done.

Take extra care to shun the sun or apply sunblock. Tan lines or a red face can be tough to hide.


Confirm your makeup artist for the big day.

Do a complete run-through if you're applying your own wedding makeup.

hair Confirm your stylist for the big day.

Do a complete hairstyle tryout (headpiece and all) if you're doing your own wedding-day hair.

The Day Before

skin See your dermatologist if you get a last-minute breakout. She can help zap your zit with a cortisone injection.

nails Get a manicure and pedicure, either from a pro or by yourself (enlist a bridesmaid to help).

hair Have a stylist help with your rehearsal-dinner 'do (or do it yourself).

makeup Make sure your emergency beauty kit (stocked with essential cosmetics and other must-haves for the big day) is packed and ready to go.



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