Five Tips for Prepping your Skin for Your Wedding Day

engagement photos at OARDC in Wooster

I’m really excited today for this blog post!  I first learned of Makenzie in September when I photographed Tyler and Megan’s engagement photos at OARDC in Wooster. I then had the pleasure of meeting her in person at our Canton Tuesdays Together January meeting. 

In passing, Makenzie mentioned that she wanted to write something up that educated Brides and her best friends – aka – the bridesmaids, on how to prep their skin for makeup on a wedding day.  As you can imagine, my ears instantly perked.  


Blog post time!

So here we are.  Below you’re going to read Makenzie’s top five tips on prepping your skin for your wedding day.  (Bridesmaids, these tips apply to you, as well!!)

I sure hope you find these five tips helpful!!

Five Tips for Prepping your Skin for Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is one of the most special and monumental days in your life! It is something that you have planned or thought about for months and maybe even years prior to the big day. Choosing your date and booking your favorite vendors and venue are the first tasks that pop into mind when starting to plan your wedding.

However, is your skin health one of the first things you have on your wedding checklist? Let me tell you why it should be: a makeup artists application is only as good as your skin and your skin health. Yes, we can cover a blemish or redness, but in the end, the makeup day application is only half of the equation.

So I am about to spill some tips for you on how you can prepare your skin to be it’s absolute best on your wedding day ensuring that you have that true bridal glow!

Tip 1: Get in a Routine!

Everyone needs a good skincare routine! Period. Most ladies and gents think that as long as they don’t have acne or any major skin concerns that they are fine without having a skincare routine in place. Face wash and good to go right? This could not be further from the truth!

Healthy skin that is well moisturized and exfoliated allows for makeup to apply significantly better than dehydrated and rough skin. This is the key for your makeup to appear like it is “your skin, but better” and not just sitting on top. There is only so much skin preparation that a makeup artist can do on the day of. That is why it is extra important that you begin a skincare routine and stick to it!

If you are new to a skincare routine, start small! I am a huge fan of the IMAGE Skincare line. My esthetician put me onto the line and now I cannot put it down! With that said though, there are plenty of stellar options at the drugstore, Ulta, or Sephora.

Step 1:

If you are wearing any makeup, remove it with a makeup removing wipe or micellar water. The Neutrogena Makeup Wipes and Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water are two of my favorites.

Step 2:

Next, always follow up with a mild face wash like CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, for normal to oily skin, or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, for more sensitive or dry skin.

Step 3:

Last for a simple day and night routine, moisturize! Yes, even you too oily skin! IMAGE Skincare Vital C Hydrating Water Burst is my ride or die. I also enjoy First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

Step 4:

Now 2-3 times a week, you will want to exfoliate! Especially the morning of your wedding! Exfoliation gets rid of the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin revealing your healthier skin below and allows products to penetrate deeper into your skin. The IMAGE Skincare Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque is a great gentle exfoliator! It uses natural enzymes from fruit extract to help dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. I also love the Sonia Roselli sexApeel exfoliator. sexApeel physically removes the dead skin cells, which you will literally see with this product! 

Step 5:

If you are having a breakout, do not pick! Apply a spot treatment like Mario Badescu. Don’t shake the bottle though! Just take a q-tip, dip it into the pink sentiment on the bottom, and apply it to your spot. It’s a miracle worker in my eyes!

Tip 2: A Game-Changing Facial!

Not only is getting a facial a great form of self-care, but it is a total skin game changer! I would recommend finding yourself a great esthetician that you mesh well with ASAP and schedule regular monthly appointments. She or he will be able to address your skin concerns on a personal level and help you with any problems you may be having. Estheticians can also safely perform extractions cause we all know the number 1 rule when it comes to our skin: do not pick!

Tip 3: Drink Water! Drink Water! Drink Water!

This is something you have probably heard multiple times over and over and over again, but it is true. Drinking more water helps with all of your bodily systems including your skin! It will help dry, tight, and flaky skin and lips become more hydrated, skin blemishes clear faster, and give you that overall glow from within that every bride wants. I bought a 40-ounce Hydro Flask that I pretty much carry with me everywhere. It is perfect because since it is 40 ounces, it is easy to track how much water I have consumed that day. I aim to get 3 of these bad boys in a day.

Tip 4: Less Stress More Success

Planning a wedding isn’t stressful at all right? Laughs. Girl, I totally get it, but don’t let it stress you out! Stress raises your cortisol levels which in turn tells your skin’s sebaceous glands to make more oil which causes clogged pores and SURPRISE you have a little red friend appear. Then you get stressed out because you have a breakout and the vicious cycle continues. Trust me, I have been there.

Self-care is even more important in the months leading up to your wedding to ensure that you remain as least stressed as possible (if that is even a thing). So throw on some music and dance around the house, pick up some weights and get a good sweat in, eat a nutritious meal, diffuse essential oils, take a long hot bath in the dark with only a few candles lit, go on a run, write in your journal, pray, whatever you have to do to de-stress! Plus when you have amazing vendors like Loren, you know that you are in good hands and do not need the added stress!

Tip 5: Did I mention don’t pick?

It is so important that I have probably said this three times already, but do not pick at your face! A makeup artist can conceal the redness of a blemish, but it is very difficult to cover texture. If your blemish has been picked and turns into a scab, it will be a lot harder to conceal or cover. In addition, picking at your skin can spread bacteria and in turn cause more breakouts. Apply a spot treatment, ice it down if it is large or cystic, and let it be.

With all of this being said, I am not a Dermatologist or a licensed esthetician. If you are having serious skin concerns, go see a professional whether it be a naturopath, dermatologist, or esthetician. They will be able to help you address your skin concerns directly and devise a course of action specific for you because everyone is different! These are just my tips and tricks that I have found work for myself and most of my brides so that they can have glowing skin and the best makeup application on the day of their wedding.

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