It’s the stuff of legends. The hours, days, weeks, months (and years!) that lead up to and include THE BIG DAY is fodder for books, movies and stories that last a lifetime. Your wedding may only happen once (more or less) and so that day really is a biggie. We doubt there was ever a bride that said, “I’ll wear whatever.” Brides want to look their best. Whilst they can ensure that their dress will look beautiful, especially if they get it from somewhere similar to Winnie Couture (Www.winniecouture.com/stores/wedding-dresses-chicago-il/) for example, they’ll also want their hair, makeup and skin to look beautiful too on their big day.
So we decided to ask the pros for some insider tips — not celebrity wedding planners or famous gown designers — but the women on the frontlines: Rodan + Fields Consultants who not only know a ton about skincare, but are brides, too.
Meet the Experts
Amoi Black is engaged to be married on January 19, 2020 in South Florida overlooking the ocean at sunset. She met her husband-to-be Robert Pereira when she was in 7th grade and he was in 9th. They’ve been dating since Amoi was 16 years old. “He was my first love. He’s been my strength, my sanity, my constant,” she says. And she is deep into preparation for her wedding day. Twice weekly she exfoliates her face and body with Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. “Not only does it smell amazing but it provides my skin with a deep cleanse while also being gentle enough for all skin types as my skin tends to be sensitive,” she says. (Amoi is a devoted Consultant, we can tell!) She is adamant about using a good moisturizer in her daily routine and recommends boosting it with Active Hydration Serum. “It’s super lightweight, non-greasy, great for under makeup and keeping my skin incredibly hydrated!” She also uses Lash Boost, UNBLEMISH and REVERSE Lightening Regimens and the REDEFINE AMP MD Derma-Roller, and is very excited about adding the new “plus-ones” REVERSE Radiance Mask and SOOTHE Rescue Mask to her routine. “I love that they can be mixed and matched!” she says, and she’s packing her honeymoon suitcase with them in it.
Consistency is Key
When Kendra Dravecky married Vince Dravecky on August 26, 2018, in Telluride, Colorado atop the San Sophia Overlook, they had 60 guests and a reception at the Auberge Resort Madeline Hotel. The couple met as co-workers in the Emergency Department at the University of Colorado Hospital and started going to church together. “The rest is history!” she says. On the morning of her wedding she used Micro-Dermabrasion Paste to “exfoliate and prepare her skin for makeup to go on smoothly,” she says, and then continued with her REVERSE Brightening Regimen and Active Hydration Serum “for a dewy finish under my makeup.” She set it with Mineral Peptides “for that extra coverage and staying power.” Kendra began taking care of her skin long before her wedding and advises other brides to do the same. “Good results come from consistent use over time,” she says, adding “And don’t forget Lash Boost!”
Countdown to Your Wedding
“Start your skincare routine EARLY” is also the advice of Katie Pruitt, who was married to Kolt Pruitt on December 22, 2018. She says it’s important to give your skin a couple of months to adjust and make sure it’s cared for before the big day, as “all eyes will be on you.” Her faves? UNBLEMISH Regimen, Active Hydration Serum (“Keep that glow going!”), Lash Boost and ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan. She has known her husband all their lives and started dating four years ago when a mission trip brought them together.
Advice for Brides
Amoi Black has a lot of R+F favorites — plus some very sage advice. “Remember that the strongest glow comes from within,” she says. “If you feel beautiful and confident on the big day, people will notice and your skin will look radiant!”