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  • Writer's pictureBrett Jackson

Achieving the Perfect Bridal Glow: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

Many brides overdo their skincare routines in the hopes of achieving a radiant “day-of glow,” only to end up with breakouts and other skin issues. This can be stressful and affect their confidence on their big day. In this 3-part series, I’ll be sharing a 3-month plan to help brides achieve beautiful, healthy skin without overdoing it.

Wedding Makeup By Brett Jackson NYC

The Problem with Overdoing Skincare

Using excessive peels, scrubs, glycolic acid, and facials can stimulate the upper layers of your skin, leading to inflammation and skin distress. This often results in breakouts and an increased urge to pick at the skin. Therefore, it’s crucial to find a skincare regimen that works for your skin type and avoid overdoing it with aggressive treatments.


Start with Simple Skincare

To begin, you need to understand your actual skin type. If you tend to break out, it could be because you’re drying out your skin by over-cleansing or peeling it. Start with Step 1, which involves gently cleansing using a clean white terry washcloth or Wonder Cloth from Amazon. The grit from the washcloth is enough exfoliation, and afterward, you can press a hydrating essence onto the skin. I recommend the “SUKOYAKA Urea Moisturizing Toner,” which is available on Amazon.


The Importance of Finding a Skincare Routine that Works

After more than 25 years in the New York City makeup industry, I’ve seen models with beautiful skin who only use water on their skin, just like their grandmothers. On the other hand, I’ve seen models with so-so skin who spend thousands of dollars on the best facials in New York City and still don’t get the desired results because they’re overdoing it.


Other Factors that Affect Your Skin

Proper diet and exercise are also essential for healthy skin. Sweating during exercise is detoxifying, and a balanced diet can help improve your skin’s appearance. If you have a peach-fuzz face, consider using mini derma-planning razors to remove the excess hair. This will allow your skincare products to penetrate deeper and do their job.


Booking Your Makeup Trial

At the 3-month mark, it’s a good time to book your makeup trial. I encourage brides not to do their makeup and hair trials 9 to 12 months from the wedding, as skin and hair can change during that time. Over 6 months out is too far away, and it can become costly to make changes to your look closer to the wedding.


Next Steps

In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss what to do at the 2-month mark and how to get “good to glow” for your big day. It’s essential to have a game plan to ensure you’re relaxed and confident on your wedding day. I’ll also provide tips for dealing with eczema and rosacea, which can affect your skin but shouldn’t keep you from looking and feeling beautiful.


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