1. Schedule Frequent Manicures
As soon as you get engaged, everyone is going to ask to see that rock “the RING”. You gonna want to keep those nails and hands together with regular manis. A great opportunity to experiment with colors and get to know your manicurist.
Pro tip: Let your nail beds dictate the shape of your nails. Matching the two will give your hands and nails a balanced, classy look.
Special splurge: Gel manicures use UV technology for a harder and smoother finished nail. They’re a bit pricier but can last up to twice as long as a traditional manicure.
2. Whiten Your Teeth
You’ll want pearly whites for all those pictures you’ll be posing for (but we also know how crucial coffee is during the planning process). Most toothpastes have whitening ingredients in them, but for faster results, choose a special whitening one. Whitening strips are also a great option.
3. Eat Healthier
A great tip is to try staying away from sugar, lots of sodium and processed foods. These all lead to belly fat and bloating. Instead, focus on green vegetables, fruit and lots of water—all great for fueling your body, boosting your energy and clearing up your skin. And while a glass of celebratory champagne is to be expected from time to time, keep in mind that too much alcohol makes your skin puffy and dry (not to mention, you crave more snacks and junk food when you’re buzzed).
4. Get Active
“Working out will help tighten and firm your body while also detoxing your whole body. A good workout also boosts energy and makes you feel happier (hello, endorphins and a tight bum!).
5. Lift Weights
A set of dumbbells will be your key to a more toned back, arms and shoulders.
6. Prep Your Face
Weekly exfoliation, either physical or chemical, can provide you with a smooth surface for makeup application. Adding a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid can also help to plump up fine lines around your face. Apply it daily before your makeup for softer and smoother skin.
7. Do a Makeup Test Run
Besides your hair trial, you should also schedule a makeup trial at least three months before the wedding. This is where you’ll fine-tune your look with your makeup artist so there are no questions day of.
8. Take Care of Your Brows
If you do your own tweezing, take this opportunity to splurge on brow shaping. The pros at salons will follow your advice, as well as offer suggestions for the best brow shape according to your face. Waxing is a popular option, but threading, which uses a cotton thread rolled along your skin to catch hairs, is quicker and more precise.