You want everything to be picture perfect for your wedding, including your smile. But like everything else about your big day, that perfect smile could require some work ahead of time. In fact, experts suggest starting your entire beauty regimen six months before the wedding.
Here's a complete pre-wedding beauty checklist.
* Lips: Get soft, kissable lips by brushing away flakes of dry skin
with an infant toothbrush soaked in baking soda and water. Apply healing
ointment, and in no time, your lips will be ready for that "kiss the
* Teeth: A cosmetic dentist can often correct an imperfect smile
with veneers. But if spending painful hours in the dentist's chair
getting your teeth ground down sounds like it would put a damper on all
the joyful planning, here's good news: Lumineers (www.lumineers.com) are now used by thousands of dentists nationwide and can be applied in two short, pain-free appointments.
Unlike other veneer procedures, Lumineers are so strong and thin
that they don't require removal of sensitive tooth structure. The
procedure is quick, painless and even reversible.
* Makeup: Women with warm skin tones look best in makeup with pink,
coral, peach, amber, brown and red with yellow undertones. If you have a
cool skin tone, choose pink, berry, lilac, mauve or red with blue
* Skin: Make your face glow with a good cleansing program. Use a
cleanser that's appropriate for your skin type in the morning, makeup
remover and cleanser at night and a daily moisturizer. Use a gentle
facial scrub once a week.
* Hair: If you're planning to change your hairstyle or color,
experiment several months before the wedding so you have time to correct
* Nails: If you're a nail-biter, get weekly manicures to keep your
nails healthy. Plan your last manicure a couple of days before the big
day. Choose a pretty pale pink or splurge on a French manicure, not just
because it looks great, but because the chips won't show as much and
are easy to fix. You'll have beautiful hands for the rehearsal dinner
and any other festivities.
Don't forget, practice makes perfect. Schedule a trial run with your
hair and makeup artists several days before your wedding, so there are
no surprises the day of the ceremony.