If you’re like me and in your mid-20s, chances are a lot of your BFFs are starting to tie the knot. I’ve personally been to two weddings this year alone and have my good friend Katie’s bachelorette party coming up in less than a month in Charleston (so pumped, ladies!).
While you definitely don’t want to try and outshine the bride on her big day, you do want to look and feel your best for the occasion. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Follow these 6 wedding beauty dos and don’ts to ensure a night for the books.
1. DO treat yourself to an at-home pedi
Open toe shoes call for pretty feet! Treat yourself to an at-home pedi pre-wedding with this DIY, exfoliating fix courtesy of beauty expert Kim Wallace. “Blend two tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. For a little zest, add a few drops of peppermint, lavender or lemon oil,” she suggests. “After soaking and softening, make a scrub using three parts baking soda and one part water. If you need to calm a few more calluses, add one part brown sugar to the scrub. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.” Voila! Your feet will feel smooth, clean and ready to break it down on the dance floor.
2. DON’T overdo it
When it comes to your hair, less is def more. “A style that’s too done could end up looking harsh or severe on camera,” notes beauty industry veteran and former celebrity hair stylist, Peter Lamas. “Loosen a few strands of your updo, or give your locks a quick toss around to achieve a more natural look.” Trust me, your Instagram will thank you later!
3. DO forgo the falsies
Sure, you’re dying to make a lasting impression on your wedding date with some va-va-voom lashes, but turns out, glue-on falsies may not be the best idea for a wedding. Why? Well, because according to Jamie Kern, Founder of IT Cosmetics, breaking a sweat on the dance floor could cause the glue to seep into your eyes, which (as you can imagine) would be so irritating and messy. Instead, try a great volumizing and lengthening mascara to fake the look.
4. DON’T forget to exfoliate your lips
If you’re planning on puckering up at a wedding (all my single ladies!), exfoliating your pout is a must. To create your own lip scrub at home, Beverly Hills Aesthetician Gina Marí recommends this recipe. “Take vaseline, sugar, caramel and a drop of honey, and mix all the ingredients into a small bowl,” she says. “Gently apply with a toothbrush on your lips to slough away dead skin.” Rinse and put on your favorite lip balm or lipstick for a totally kissable mouth.
5. DO tilt your head in pics
Worried about looking hot in photos? “To avoid a double chin, arch your neck up and outward and tilt your head for a fun, approachable appearance,” advises e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Creative Director Achelle Dunaway. “Pushing your head forward just slightly will help tighten the neck. If your skin is looking oily right before you’re pulled into a pic, use the back of your hands to blot away oil. But remember: a little oil makes for a healthy glow in pictures!”
6. DON’T pop a pimple the day of
Seriously, it’ll just make it way worse! “If you have a full-on whitehead, pin a little pinprick right at the whitest part, and drain gently,” says esthetician and founder of BijaBody health+beauty, Melissa Picoli. “Then apply a layer of clay mask and let sit. Once you rinse, cover it up with some concealer and keep those hands off.” Otherwise, you’ll wind up looking like a hot mess!