How to Get Wedding-Ready Glowy Skin Fast, According to Beauty Experts

By June 1, 2018

Below you’ll find the best wedding skin care tips from skin care experts and makeup experts. And if you’re not getting married, you can still use this advice. Great skin care tips are for everyone!

The big trend in wedding makeup right now is glowing skin. Gone are the days of heavy foundation . Now it’s all about dewiness and barely-there face makeup that shows off beautiful skin. But in order to look like a dewy goddess, one must have a great skin care regimen. Here, we reached out to a bunch of experts in the field of looking good and asked them for their best advice for people who want to achieve super glowy skin before their big day.

Check out the best tips for glowy skin fast from the best facialists, derms, and makeup artists in the business:

Deep clean your pores a month before the wedding

“I would recommend a deep pore cleansing to really get the skin nice and smooth for the big day. Having one four weeks out will give the skin time to heal. I would follow with an Joanna Vargas LED Light Bed session so the pores start to shrink and you can get the skin even toned and perfect for the big day.”—Joanna Vargas, esthetician and owner of Joanna Vargas Skin Care who has worked with Emma Roberts and Mindy Kaling

Regularly exfoliate all the skin on your body 

Dull skin isn’t necessarily unhealthy, it just doesn’t look youthful.  When light can’t reflect off the skin, it can’t glow and look bright.  To gently slough away dead skin cells, I love First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads, which is a daily treatment pad with just the right amount of lactic acid and glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone and brighten all skin types, including sensitive skin. [Ed note: For your body, try the Skinfood Honey & Jelly Body Scrub.] In the cooler temperatures, when the skin gets especially dry, you may need a more heavy-duty exfoliant. Try Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial–an alpha and beta hydroxy acid facial that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone and a more youthful radiance.”—Karen Hammerman, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Garden City, NY

Three weeks before the wedding, start getting microcurrent facials

Three weeks out, the bride should have the first of three microcurrent facials. My Triple Crown Facial de-puffs you and takes the tired out of your eyes no matter how much rest you have gotten! I would also add on my Power Peel. It’s a double exfoliation with both a diamond peel and a fruit acid detox peel followed by LED light. It makes your skin completely resurfaced, clear, and glowing!’—Joanna Vargas

Invest in a chemical peel

“With continued use of gentle topical chemical peels (either at home or in your dermatologist’s office), brides can literally have skin that appears to be glowing. Chemical peels remove surface dead skin cells, decrease uneven brown spots, reduce dullness and improve texture, which allows light to reflect off your skin more evenly. I recommend at least three to four sessions one month apart before the big day… so plan early! Ideal peels include the VI Peel, Jessner’s, and TCA peels,”—Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City

Swap out your regular serum for a super-charged one

“Anyone who has melasma or even mild hyperpigmentation already knows that vitamin C is the gold standard for bright, even-toned skin. Try subbing in a highly concentrated serum [Ed note: Go for something like the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid] for your usual morning formula. Also, a topical retinol enhances cell turnover and helps maintain a strong skin foundation with healthy collagen. I recommend adding the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream or the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream to your nighttime routine.”—Karen Hammerman

Stay hydrated the night before and use the right moisturizer under your makeup

“Drink plenty of water throughout the night before and day of and, of course, try to get a full night’s sleep the night before! Also, use a long-acting face cream that works well under makeup to keep your skin glowing and hydrated throughout the day, like my Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream [Ed note: You can also try the COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream, which is infused with light exfoliating PHAs].”—Kat Burki, healthcare attorney and founder of namesake skin care brand

Use an exfoliating mask in the shower the morning of your big day

“On the morning of your wedding, I would use my Exfoliating Mask in the shower. It will brighten your skin before makeup.”—Joanna Vargas

Ask your makeup artist to use a color-correcting primer

When having your makeup applied, ask your makeup artist to use color correctors or primers that will help deliver a longer lasting glow. Then, layer on products that will help you glow but not shine. I like creams without shimmer, like our Pot Rouge from Stowaway (plus you can tuck it away in a tiny clutch). I also recommend having a setting or veil powder product on hand to make sure your look stays put and allows for a quick and easy touch up. Our Stowaway Translucent Powder is always with me at big events.”—Julie Fredrickson, makeup artist and founder of Stowaway Cosmetics

+ What are your best tips for wedding skin care? Share them below!

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