Bridal Makeup and Hair – 1 Year Prep Plan

Hello, lovely brides-to-be! It’s Beatrice Grimoldi here, your go-to bridal hair and makeup artist in Vancouver. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a treasure trove of tips and tricks to ensure you are glowing, radiant, and absolutely breathtaking on your wedding day. As someone who has dedicated nearly three decades to the beauty industry, I’ve seen firsthand how the right bridal prep can transform stress into serenity. Let’s make your journey to the altar as smooth and stunning as possible!

The Year Before: The Foundation of Beauty

Believe it or not, your bridal beauty journey should begin a year before you say “I do.” This is the perfect time to book your bridal makeup and hair appointments, especially if you’re planning a wedding during peak season. Once you’ve found your dream bridal makeup artist, make sure you schedule your hair and makeup trials 4 to 6 weeks before the wedding. Along with ensuring your look is secured, start pampering your nails with regular manicures. Opt for gel options for a long-lasting, picture-perfect finish. Experiment with colours and find what makes you feel fabulous.

Six Months Out: Skin and Hair Begin to Shine

Half a year before your wedding is when the fun really starts. Now is the time to grow out your hair and consult with a skincare professional to refine your routine. Incorporating vitamins like biotin can also boost hair and nail strength. Embrace a healthier lifestyle with a balanced diet and ample water intake to enhance your natural glow from within. This is perhaps the most important wedding skin prep you can start doing! Also, begin exfoliating regularly to reveal smoother, more radiant skin. But remember, do not overload your skin with a bunch different products, especially if you’re dealing with active ingredients. When in doubt, research or consult a professional.

A couple of exfoliants I personally love to use:

The Ordinary – Glycolic Acid 7% Exfoliating Toner
CAD $15.20

The Ordinary – Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliating Acne Solution
CAD $8.70

And hands down a true winner of the active ingredients you must incorporate:

The Ordinary – Retinol 1% in Squalane, Signs of Aging Serum
CAD $12.10

IMPORTANT! Remember to protect your skin from the rays (even on rainy days) ESPECIALLY if you’re using these products.

CLINIQUE – Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
CAD $47.50

Three Months Prior: The Details Matter

With only a quarter of the year left, focus on the finer details of your bridal beauty prep. Start a gentle teeth whitening program and find the perfect brow shape to frame your face. Consider treatments like microblading for long-lasting, effortless, and sweat-proof beauty, ensuring you select a technician who understands your vision.

Two Months to Go: Extra Love All Around

Now, it’s all about giving extra love to your hair, skin, and lashes. Treat your hair with deep conditioning masks and consider professional facials to rejuvenate your skin. Lash serums can add that extra flutter to your eyes, and don’t forget you have your hair and makeup trial appointments.

One of my personal favourites:

Olaplex – No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
CAD $41.00

And for those fluttery eyelashes…

Olaplex – Lashbond Building Serum
CAD $92.00

The Final Weeks: Wedding Prep and Pamper

As the big day approaches, it’s crucial to prepare for your trial day. Ensure your hair is clean and makeup-free to get the most accurate representation of your wedding day look. Continue to exfoliate and moisturize your body, considering treatments like dermaplaining for a smooth, flawless base.

Days Before: The Finishing Touches

In the last few days, finalize your wedding beauty with a spray tan, lash fill, and any needed waxing. Pay special attention to your lips, using natural scrubs and hydrating treatments to ensure they’re soft and kissable.

The Big Day: Radiance and Calm

On the morning of your wedding, prioritize a nourishing breakfast and stay hydrated. Arrive for your bridal makeup and hair appointments with clean, moisturized skin and dry, day-old hair for the best styling results. Most importantly, take a moment to center yourself, embracing the beauty of the journey you’re on.

The AMORE Promise

At AMORE by Bea, we’re not just about making you look stunning on your wedding day (though that’s a big part of it!). We’re here to ensure the journey there is filled with joy, confidence, and a lot of pampering. Remember, beauty is not just about the products we use or the treatments we undergo; it’s about how we feel inside. Let’s make your bridal beauty journey one that you’ll look back on with a smile, knowing you were cared for, celebrated, and cherished every step of the way.

Until next time, keep glowing, keep dreaming, and remember, your beauty is unique, just like your love story. Let’s make it shine on your special day!

Yours Truly,
Beatrice Grimoldi

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