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Wedding Countdown: One Bride's Beauty Tips

I was like most brides-to-be planning my wedding. I wanted everything to be picture perfect, me included. But a bride doesn’t just show up at her wedding looking flawless. It takes preparation and planning...which is exactly where my wedding-day beauty problems started. I’m no Kim Kardashian. My day-to-day beauty regime hardly includes such fancy things as eyebrow threading, upper lip waxing or teeth whitening. I hadn’t even heard of some of these beauty procedures...


“Retinoids?...Resurfacing?...Microdermabrasion? Were they necessary?” I thought.  “Worth the money? Was it even a good idea to try something for the first time right before my wedding?”

I imagined myself walking down the aisle with pencil-thin eyebrows and glow-in-the-dark teeth. I was stressed out by the prospect. And I didn’t need more wedding-planning stress-out. My mother-in-law provided enough of that. So I abandoned (most) of these ideas. Surely, I was safe trying a facial for the first time, though.

“How could I go wrong with that?” I thought. “After all, I hear it’s good for your skin and relaxing too. I need me some relaxing after reading about Microdermabrasion.”

I was kind of right about the relaxing bit. The facial itself was relaxing. I wasn’t so relaxed when I woke up with a big, honking zit on my chin a few days after the facial and several days before my wedding. It would be more accurate to say that I was sufficiently stressed out when I decided to google “zit after facial”. I clicked on the first beauty site that came up, only to read these words in horror...

“It’s common to break out within the week of a facial. We recommend that you have a facial two weeks prior to any major event.” (the words TWO reverberated in my stressed-out, pre-wedding brain.)

Luckily, I had a fantastic makeup artist, who did a great job hiding the offending bump before my walk down the aisle. And, since a wedding day is really about celebrating the love of your life, everything turned out fine. Five years later, I’m still happily married, so I guess you could say that the wedding-day kickoff to our marriage was a success.

But, damn, if I (still to this day) wish I’d had this important little beauty tidbit warning me about the trials and travails of facials ahead of time!

So, dear brides-to-be, hopefully, my story will serve as a cautionary tale to you and you will check out Vogue’s Ultimate Wedding Countdown.

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