When it comes to bridal beauty tips, the advice dished out often follows the same structure. Go for the glow and be extremely mindful about your routine. While unsolicited advice from your aunt’s neighbour’s sister’s best friend is always welcome, no one can truly know your plight than a bride who has ‘been there, done that’.
So, we caught up with two very recent brides, content creators Sonam Babani and Saanchi Gilani. Babani’s Switzerland celebration and Gilani’s Udaipur festivities were two of the most luxurious weddings of the year. The duo dish out all the things you actually need to keep in mind when it comes to your bridal beauty routine—it’s the bare minimum you should do to look your best on your wedding day.
Getting that ethereal, blushing bridal glow is no piece of cake. Just like the rest of your wedding, it takes advance planning and thoughtful implementation to get there—and yet, you can go from bride to bridezilla in a split second. Amidst finalising caterers, wedding cake tastings, seating charts, outfit fittings, and 500 other things on your check-list, it’s highly possible to move far away from that oh-so-cliched (but much-desired) glow.
Lesson #1: Hydra facials FTW
You’ve heard it time and again that skin prep is absolutely essential when it comes to retaining that bridal glow. It’s always about heavy-duty treatments such as peels. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be such a major and scary leap. Saanchi Gilani, who recently tied the knot in January started her bridal beauty preparations with a simple commitment—she says, “I stuck to my normal routine. The only difference is that in the run-up to my wedding, I made a conscious effort to stay really religious about the skincare I was doing. A month before, I would hydrate a lot—I would drink a lot of water. The day before, my makeup artist Namrata Soni used a hydrating mask which really helped, considering Udaipur was really cold at the time.”
While Gilani started a little in advance, Sonam Babani’s preparation was a little fast-tracked. She says, “My wedding was at the end of the pandemic, so I had only three months to prepare! My skincare routine included using a really good cleanser and moisturiser. One month prior to my wedding is when I started my hydra-facials. It exfoliates the skin and takes away redness—it worked very well for me, so I didn’t experiment with anything else.”