5 Tips for bridesmaids

Over the weekend, my sister-in-law got married. Congratulations to the happy couple, Vicky and Wasim 🙂 If you follow me on Instagram and saw my stories then you may have noticed that I was a bridesmaid. Since this wasn’t my first rodeo, I figured it might be helpful to put together all the information I’ve gathered from my extensive bridesmaid-ing experience and put it into a blog post.  This is everything I believe will make the wedding day go as seamlessly as possible. Of course, everything will depend on your own personal preferences but I figured this might be a good place to start. Hope this is helpful!

Topics covered in today’s post will include:

1) Prepping your skin
2) Makeup
3) Hair
4) Dress
5) Things to have on hand

1) Prepping your skin: The week before the big day, I cut out all dairy. Dairy makes me break out, so I made sure to cut that out for the week. Know yourself-if there is something you can do to use less concealer (especially on a hot summer day) then it might be worth it. Also, don’t get a facial or give your face any kind of special treatments you’ve never had before. Because you don’t know how your skin will react, it’s better to save the money and take care of your skin as usual.

2) Makeup: I did my usual routine. Trying something new can be a bit stressful. You want to be able to take your time and count on the end product looking the way you want it to. If there is a makeup professional that you trust to do your makeup, more power to you. I did my own makeup because that’s what I’m most comfortable with. Like I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts before, I like to look like myself with a few enhancements. I did apply a bit more blush than usual because I wanted the color to show up (as naturally as possible) in pictures. The only thing I actually used to retouch my makeup throughout the day was my lip color.

Makeup
Brows: Glossier Boy Brow in Black
Face coverage: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark
Face powder: Glossier Wowder (review here)
Undereye Concealer: Onomie in Montagu
Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam (review here)
Lashes: Jane Iredale Lash Extender primer + W3LL People Expressionist Mascara in Pro Black (review here). P.S. I ended up tearing up during the speeches and my mascara didn’t run on me at all.
Lips: Ilia Lip Tint in Kokomo (review here)

3) Hair: Know when your hair will look its best. For me, I prefer freshly washed hair because it gives me some much needed volume. I used the Ouai Hair Oil (review here) to smooth my hair out and finished the look with a gold headband (similar version here and here) to keep everything in place. Do what you know looks best on you and if you trust a professional, more power to you.

4) Dress: I was able to get my own dress for the wedding. I knew what color I needed and started looking months in advance. I had my eye on the one that I actually wore and ordered it months before. It was originally around $200. I decided to return it because it was over budget for a dress that I’m not sure I’d wear again. So I kept a mental bookmark and ordered a few more to try. About two weeks before the wedding, the dress went on sale, (it’s currently $99) so I took it as a sign and ordered it. No regrets. Tip: Keep an eye out for end of season sales and Revolve is a great site to stalk for dresses…they have free 2-day shipping and free returns.

5) Things to have on hand

A tote containing water, snacks, Benadryl for mosquito bites, bug spray, and a pad/tampon in case your period decides to show up. Mine did and I luckily had my Thinx underwear on (my review here). I didn’t have any of the other items with me though. All I had was breakfast and I didn’t eat again until cocktail hour…it was a long day. Water will save you and if you bring extra bottles to share, you’ll be everyone’s bff. And if you’re going to a wedding venue anywhere where there are flowers and/or vegetation, bring the Benadryl and bug spray…I got bit in a few spots and they remain very swollen.

This is everything I think will make the day go as seamlessly as possible. Hopefully this was helpful.

Do you have any tips for bridesmaids? I would love to know!

A few months ago, I wrote about my own wedding experience here-check it out if you’re interested 🙂

Outfit Details:

Dress: Privacy Please x REVOLVE Chloe Maxi ($99) P.S. The true color of the dress is shown in the makeup close up shot…I edited the other photos to give it a more romantic feel.
Shoes: M.Gemi ($278)


Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon in my next post.

Sophie 🙂


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  • Nina Thomas

    So stunning Sophie, as always. 🙂