Wedding-Ready Skin: A Makeup Artist’s 2-Month Bridal Beauty Guide - Part 2 of a 3 Part Series
Updated: Mar 26
As a seasoned New York City makeup artist, I understand the pressure brides face in the months leading up to their wedding. With dress fittings, cake tastings, and hair and makeup trials on your to-do list, it’s no wonder you’re feeling the heat. With just two months left, let’s focus on our bridal beauty checklist to ensure you look and feel your best on your special day.
Skincare Routines and Exfoliation
By now, you should have established a daily and nightly skincare routine, and you should be familiar with any new products you’ve introduced. AHA’s or BHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid/beta hydroxy acid) can be incorporated a few times per week to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal that bridal glow. They are normally at a 5% strength, which is quite mild unless you have super sensitive skin - if that’s the case, do avoid these acids as they may irritate too much. If you can handle them, I highly recommend them as they gently remove the top layer of the skin, and this is the beginning of the “glow factor” we are (slowly!) trying to achieve. Remember, it’s not a race - it’s a marathon. Take it slow.
Now is the time to book your facial appointments. If you have a friend who loves her aesthetician, a personal recommendation is always the best way to go. Otherwise, you can rely on reviews or visit a reputable local dermatologist or skin spa in New York to find a skilled professional. Aim for a deep pore-cleaning facial two months before the wedding and another one a week before the big day.
Retinol for Acne-Prone Skin
If you have acne-prone skin and have been using prescription Retinol products for at least six months, you’re likely noticing a marked improvement in your skin’s texture and smoothness. Retinol is the gold standard for achieving glowing skin, promoting collagen production, and increasing skin cell turnover.
LED Red Light Therapy
As an add-on to your facial, consider trying LED red light therapy, which is excellent for reducing fine lines and tightening the skin. For the best results, you’ll need more than just one treatment. Omnilux’s LED mask is a fantastic option to explore.
Sunscreen: A Non-Negotiable
Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is a must, every single day, rain or shine. Protecting your skin from harmful UVA light emitted by fluorescent lights, cell phones, and screens is crucial to maintaining the results of your pre-wedding skincare efforts.
Hydration Boost with Rose Water
To boost hydration, use hydrating rose water facial mists before applying serums. These mists help lock in moisture and enhance your skin’s hydration levels.
Eyelash Extensions: Test Drive
Two months before your wedding is the perfect time to try out eyelash extensions. If you’re not thrilled with the results, you can always have your NYC makeup artist apply individual lashes or a subtle (or not-so-subtle) strip of eyelashes on the big day.
As your go-to makeup artist in New York City, I’m excited to be on this journey with you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about products or how to use them. While I don’t include product links on this blog, I’m happy to share my personal recommendations upon request. Stay tuned for the 1-month bridal beauty countdown!