Nine Beauty Tips for Bridesmaids

Brace yourselves; wedding season is back in full effect. As you know, bridesmaids play an integral role in the wedding process as it’s typically up to these select few to host a crazy bachelorette party, attend rehearsal dinners, be in the millions of professional pics and to stay calm, cool and collected in the face of the infamous bridezilla.

Whether it’s your first wedding or you’re a seasoned pro, Beauty Nine to Five has put together the top beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling fab throughout the entire bachelorette experience. Read on below!

1. Superstay Mani + Pedi

Of course you’ll want to treat yourself to a mani and pedi a few days before the big day. Remember, as a bridesmaid, you’ll undoubtedly be helping with all the lifting, assembling and packing that go into putting on a wedding. Ensure your nails stay chip free throughout the festivities by opting for shellac. Please don’t go crazy with the design or colour; every little thing stands out in photos!

2. Pump Up Your Skincare

Treat yourself to a heavy-duty face mask packed with active ingredients that are proven to perform. Our recommendation is a skin saviour from Paula’s Choice that plumps the surface while also minimizing any blemishes due to its retinol content. Use this at least two nights before the wedding to ensure skin has time to chill out.

3. Oh, and Absolutely Do Not…

Get a haircut or worse, colour change right before participating in a wedding! Imagine the potential disaster of going in for a fresh “trim” the day before the big event and having your hairstylist accidentally cut off a few extra inches of hair. Or trying a new haircolour that ends up not suiting you at all. Play it safe!

4. Light It Up

We know, we know — white strips aren’t the best long-term option for overall oral health. But this is a special occasion! Use white strips a few nights before the wedding to brighten up your smile for the endless photos. This tip is best for bridesmaids wearing bright lipstick colours as they naturally draw attention to your teeth.

5. Until The Sun Comes Up

You’ll want to smell amazing as receptions often go on until the wee hours of the night. A well-known trick is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over your pulse points. Then, spritz on your fave perfume. This combo allows the scent to sit on top of the skin for a long time since Vaseline acts as a barrier. Plus, it’s cost effective!

6. Element-Proof Your Makeup

Okay, so you’ll most likely get your makeup professionally done, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once your look is finalized, mist Skindinävia’s award-winning spray over everyone’s face in the room. The Makeup Finishing Spray in Bridal promises to be “kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof” for up to 16 hours. Think of the wedding photos!

7. Practice Makes Perfect

In case you have to do your own makeup (no biggie!), practice the look you want to go for a few weeks in advance, multiple times. Try to nail the application by watching tons of YouTube tutorials and mastering your technique. Pro tip: Snap pics of yourself in a variety of lighting condition to make sure your makeup looks good from all angles.

8. Please Don’t Flake

As a member of the bride’s brigade, you’re bound to be rubbing shoulders with guests all day long, so make sure your skin is soft and well taken care of. Get down in the shower with Soap and Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish. Its yummy fruity scent combines sea salt, shea butter and plant oils for an intense exfoliation that is equally moisturizing. Focus on elbows, knees, feet, and underarms.

9. Plan for the Worst

We’re not talking First Aid when we say have a travel size kit at the ready in case of any potential disasters. A few days before the big day, brainstorm every possible beauty mishap that may occur and plan for it! Pack bobby pins that perfectly match the colour of your hair, mini makeup remover wipes for when you cry through your waterproof mascara, blotting sheets in case of unwanted shine and anything else you can think of. Store them all in a cute monogrammed makeup bag like this one from Sephora!

If you take anything away from this article remember to be supportive, let loose and smile! Let us know of any bridesmaid beauty tips we missed in the comments below.

Inspiration Image Courtesy of All Womens Talk

Product Info:

 

1. Nail design image courtesy of Alicia Torello

2. Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol, $34

3. Bride Wars Movie image courtesy of Glamour Mag

4. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White, $46.83 for 12 treatments, available at Walmart

5. Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $3.67, available at Amazon

6. Skindinävia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal, $29

7. Bridesmaid Makeup Tutorials on YouTube

8. Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $21.21, available at ULTA

9. Sephora The Jetsetter: Personalized Pouch, $25

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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