Q: What’s a good timeline for getting my pre-wedding beauty treatments done (waxing, facials, nails, etc.)?

Great question! Your wedding is coming up and you want to pamper yourself in every way you can, right?  You should!  You deserve it.  All those months of planning and all the hard work you’ve put in, I think you deserve to look and feel awesome on the big day.  I certainly did. After many months of planning, and then a long plane ride – I deserved that two-hour massage, most definitely.  But you’ll want to keep in mind that certain things should be done within the proper time frame. Especially if you have very sensitive skin, pay attention to the following guidelines:

Waxing or threading are obviously very popular ways to achieve shapely, pretty brows.  If you have someone that you know and trust and does a consistent job every time, then I say sure, feel free to go to them the day before.  But if there’s any chance of achieving anything less than perfect brows, I’d want to give it about four to five days of a time window.  If, god forbid, she accidentally rips out a patch of your eyebrow, you’ll want at least a little bit of regrowth.  I can always cover a mistake like that with makeup, of course, but it would be good to have at least some stubble there so it doesn’t look totally weird.  And if you have some stray hairs poking out, that’s no biggie; I’ll clean up any strays you have before getting started on makeup.

Facials are a lovely way to relax, de-stress, and get a wonderfully fresh and clean complexion.  No one wants blackheads (or pimples!) on their wedding day.  So yes, facials are great.  But again, if you’re sensitive at all, you need to do the facial about four to six days before the wedding.  In case the esthetician goes a little overboard with the extractions, you don’t want any residual redness going on.  I’ve seen people stay red from facials up to five days later.  It’s rare, but it’s something to consider.

Peels/Microdermabrasion/Photo facials/Other skin treatments
Same idea goes.  If you’re not sure how your skin will react to the treatment, don’t do it the day before the wedding.  Feel free to give it a test run maybe six months in advance.  If you have great results, go for it again sometime the week of the wedding.

There’s not too much that can horribly wrong with nails.  Day before is probably fine.  I’ve definitely had gouges of skin taken off my feet during pedicures though, so be wary of a nail tech yielding a callus-removing razor – especially if you’re wearing strappy shoes.

Massages are obviously a wonderful way to de-stress before the big day.  BUT – if you’re super sensitive, be wary of a strong, deep tissue massage.  I’ve had brides that needed me to cover bruises along their backs because the massage therapist got a little over-zealous.

Lash Extensions
If you’re having these done, I’d say about a week beforehand is a good timeframe.  A few will have fallen out at that point, but that makes them look more real anyway.  Don’t try to do it the day before – it’s too time-consuming.

Try to keep all these things in mind when scheduling your beauty treatments, and you’ll be relaxed, happy and beautiful.