5 Beauty Tips to Prep for a Big Event
With my best friend’s wedding just one day away, the prep leading up to it has been quite the ordeal! I’ve been prepping for not one, but two weddings, and I'm in the wedding party tomorrow, meaning photos, photos, and more photos. From skin to hair, nails and everything in between, there's a lot to think about before a big event creeps up on you. So how have I been prepping myself for the big day? Keep reading to find out, and make sure to read to the very end for a giveaway!
1. Plan your appointments accordingly
As someone with a crazy schedule (a 9 to 5, design school Monday to Wednesday nights), planning out my “prep” services leading up the the big day was key. That meant I had to stagger my appointments accordingly before the chaos of school began. It’s also important to schedule workouts in whenever possible (6AM workouts are basically my only option) to sweat out as many toxins as you can.
2. Pamper your skin
I’m always pretty good with my skincare, but lately, even more so. I’ve been layering on my favourite serums and almost always sleeping with some sort of sleep mask on top (retinol’s been on high rotation too)! I love using Gua Sha tools to circulate the blood in my skin, and allow it to absorb more of the product. My favourite sleeping masks are the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, the Laneige Lavender Sleeping Mask and the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask.
For my body, I did a deep exfoliation followed by my favourite self tan. Self tanning has enabled me to maintain my colour without laying in the sun, and it’s God-sent! I’ve pretty much tried them all, but my favourite is Loving Tan 2 hour Express in Dark. Make sure to blend those hands and feet with a makeup brush!
3. Get your beauty sleep
Lately, I've been using my Slip silk pillowcase to avoid “crinkled sheet face” - yes, those lines can stay on your face! The pillowcase has been amazing on both my skin and my hair, so it’s double duty! Speaking of sleep, getting lots of it leading up to an event is in your best interest. You need to feel as well rested as you look, so deep sleeps are key.
4. Enhance your smile
It’s not something that’s always talked about, but attaining the perfect smile is always high on people’s lists. And to perfect that smile, the easiest thing to do is whiten your teeth! More often than not, people use whitening strips to get their desired result. But have you ever wondered why whitestrips tend to be a little painful? The reason is, whitestrips use a bleaching method that strips your enamel completely, making them even more sensitive than they were to begin with.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been whitening my teeth with an at-home whitening kit called Smile Brilliant. This method is different than whitening strips. You send in a mold of your teeth to receive flexible trays made to fit your smile perfectly, then use a whitening gel designed to remove the stains from the surface of your teeth - one that doesn’t remove your enamel.
Because the whitening gel isn’t painful or uncomfortable, I’ve been wearing my trays for 1-2 hours at a time while watching tv, cleaning or finishing chores around the house. And because I’ve been travelling so much, I’ve taken them on the road with me too! A+ for being able to multi-task, am I right?
Since Smile Brilliant is a safe method for whitening teeth without enamel removal, it’s a great option for anyone that wants stain-free teeth!
5. Invest in yourself
Last but not least, invest in yourself! You want to look and feel your best, so this is not the time to cheap out on yourself. Lash extensions are a great option for big events. Seeing as I’ll probably be bawling my eyes out tomorrow, fake lashes were definitely going to fall off my face (like they have at sooo many weddings I’ve been to). I like more of a natural-looking set, but they’re sure to stand out in the wedding photos at the same time. They dramatically change your face and you don’t need as much makeup once you’ve got them on. There’s just something about waking up feeling “pretty”, yenno?
To ensure my nails were fresh two weekends in a row, I decided to get gel extensions. The salon added an extra layer of Biogel on top of my gel polish, followed by a gel top coat, and they turned out perfect. Fingers crossed they still look as good tomorrow for the wedding!
And after practicing my speech... we’re officially all prepped! If you’d like to give at-home whitening a try, you're in luck! I’ve partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one of my readers a set of their own. Simply click this link to enter, and it could be yours! If you’d like to shop their site, use linneacarmen15 for 15% off your entire purchase. Keep smiling!