The Royal Wedding is this weekend, and I’m over here freaking out a little bit. Because who doesn’t love a modern day fairytale? Kings, queens, princes and princesses— AH! Is it real life? Is it just a movie? Someone pinch me! It’s enough to make my American-born, non-royal heart pitter patter, in a huge way.
But do you want to know what makes this weekend’s royal nuptials even more spectacular? One of my own will be there, star of the show! (Heeeeey, Meghan!) With a regular LA-born gal, marrying into the British royal family, it somehow makes me feel even more fixated on this upcoming ceremony. I keep wondering how she’s feeling, I’m dying to know what she’ll be wearing, AND I just need to know how she’s prepped for this day. What was on her beauty checklist, leading up to her wedding?
When I got married, I had my own calendar of beauty to-dos. It involved the basic facial, mani, pedi, and wax appointments. But I started thinking, if I were in Miss Markle’s shoes (slippers actually, which are probably made of glass), what would my wedding beauty prep look like? Here’s what I would do, if I had a sizable royal budget and I knew the world’s eyes would be on my wedding.
Here’s what my fanciest beauty itinerary would be for my own royal wedding. Day dream with me for a minute.
Six Months Before the Wedding
1. Plan out and begin a workout regimen: I know that before my own wedding, I was unbelievably stressed out. As in, I’d go to bed with a worried stomachache and wake up in the morning with that same stomachache. The stress monster can be fierce during wedding planning! And working out helps to reduce that stress. All those endorphins, and other “happy chemicals” are released, which lowers tension, elevates mood, improves sleep, etcetera, etcetera. If I were picking my dream workouts, I’d alternate between Soulcycle classes, a high-intensity cardio and strength training class, and Pilates classes which are aimed to increase core strength and creates long, lean muscle.
2. Visit Aesthetician or Dermatologist: It’s good to develop an initial game plan for your skincare. Because some issues are tough to tackle. Especially acne or sun/age spotting. I’d visit whichever skincare professional I trusted, and start a regimen of chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and maybe some radio frequency skin tightening (if I’m being all royal and extra). My top choices for my dream skincare would be an appointment with Dr. Simon Ourian, cosmetic dermatologist to the stars— Kardashians, included. And I’d schedule an appointment with Shani Darden, celebrity-endorsed aesthetician. Goals, guys. Goals.
3. Hair Color Appointment: Hair, ah yes, hair! Our favorite thing at BFB! We know how important haircare is, so six months before the wedding, make sure you know where you want your hair to be. Let me explain… So three days before my wedding, I decided to get it colored. That seems like a poor choice in hindsight, but remember I told you how stressed and busy I was? I couldn’t schedule an appt before that day. So as most stories like this go, I was not happy with my hair after that appointment, I was actually in tears about it, but my time had run out. My hair was way too blonde, not near enough to my natural color. And now I have all these photographs eternally documenting that bad hair decision. So six months before the big day, decide where you want your hair to be. Figure out the perfect cut and color for you. Then maintain that. My dream stylist choice would be Riwana Capri, celebrity stylist at Nine Zero One salon.
Three Months Before the Wedding
1. Schedule an “Intense” Facial: What I mean by “intense” is that it won’t feel good. Facials that are more active, will contain chemicals. Or facials that are a little more invasive will usually involve deep exfoliation. These facials never feel amazing, but boy do they GET WORK DONE. If you’re working on hyper pigmentation, scarring, deep clogged pores, or acne— a serious facial will help. And three months before is the perfect insurance policy that your skin will have adequate time to heal. For me, I’d get the Triple Lift Facial at Ciel Spa.
2. Book a Brow Appointment: You want to get those face-framing eyebrows under control and in good shape. Your brow artist will best know how to achieve the best eyebrow look for your face shape, and will be able to tell you which parts to grow in, if you’ve been a hasty tweezer. I’d go to Kelly Baker for brows, if I had my royal way.
3. Root Touchup and Light Trim: If you’ve achieved your ideal wedding hair color and cut, a few months before the big day, get it retouched, so your stylist knows your exact color formulation and you guys are still on the same page. If you want a trim, do it now. Not right before your wedding.
4. Want or Need Keratin Smoothing or Straightening: Do it now. I’d maybe do a Brazilian Blowout.
5. Use Good At-Home Hair Product: Get on high quality haircare, like shampoos that won't strip or damage your color. And conditioners and masks that will help to keep hair soft, shiny and split end free. My royally endorsed hair products would include this restoring shampoo, this deep repairing conditioning mask, and either this or this to keep my scalp nice and healthy.
One Month Before the Wedding:
1. Schedule a Makeup Trial Run: I know everyone says to schedule this further out in advance, but here's the thing, I'm super noncommittal. So if I had to decide what my wedding makeup would be, three months in advance, I'd just end up changing my mind, with all that extra time on my hands. One month is a totally adequate timetable to work with. My dream artist would be Patrick Ta. Because DUH. My face would be the Sistine Chapel to his Michelangelo.
2. Freshen Up Your Smile: Bleach those chompers. Zoom Whitening is quick and effective
3. Schedule a Hairstyling Trial Run: As I just mentioned with the makeup trial, the same hold true for hair. I'd make sure I knew what I wanted, but one month prior is the perfect time for a fair trial run. My FANTASY royal wedding hairstylist would be Oaui's Jen Atkin.
Two Weeks Before the Wedding:
1. Freshen Up Hair: At this point, your stylist knows what you love and you've figured out the ideal color and cut. Freshen up any drab roots and take of any frayed ends by dusting. Remember this article? You can trim off the dead ends, without sacrificing length.
2. In-Salon Conditioning Treatment: A good strengthening and moisturizing hair treatment for this big day, will ensure shiny, sparkly, princess-worthy hair. My pick is Olaplex.
One Week Before the Wedding:
1. Schedule a Manicure: My favorite wedding color is one called "Show Me the Pink."
Phew. That was a lot! Gosh, it's tiring to be a princess.
But in all seriousness, we congratulate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their happy day! And because I believe in love, I'll be tuning in and watching this weekend. How about you?