Bridal hair and makeup experts Teddi Cranford and Tiffany Patton advise on the do’s (and don’ts) for the 24 hours leading up to your vows.
Written By TARA LAMONT-DJITE
After fervently planning every detail of your wedding for the past 12 months, you’ve made it to the final 24 hours. Here, Teddi Cranford, founder of the NYC-based White Rose Collective—a bespoke hair and makeup service known for its editorial expertise and effortless style—and her makeup artist Tiffany Patton answer your questions about ensuring beauty success in the home stretch. Their number-one rule? “Keep it simple. Don’t do anything crazy like color your hair the day before or get a chemical peel. Clean, fresh, and natural is your mantra.” Read on for more of the pair’s wisdom on just-before-the-vows beauty.
HOW SHOULD I PREP MY SKIN BEFORE BED?
Tiffany: Drink lots of water and make sure to use a great moisturizer, especially if you were sipping too much Champagne at your rehearsal dinner. (Think: plumping effects and minimizing stress-induced crow’s feet and fine lines.) I’m a big fan of Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Cream, which works well with all skin types. Lilfox Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar is my recent obsession. Add this to your cream if your skin feels dehydrated.
TO EXFOLIATE OR NOT TO EXFOLIATE?
Tiffany: Don’t use any harsh scrubs or exfoliants the day before your wedding—they can be irritating. Also, avoid the temptation to take unnecessary chances with products you don’t know well. If you feel a pimple coming on, Mario Badescu drying lotion shrinks whiteheads and pimples but will not dehydrate your skin.
WHEN’S THE IDEAL TIME TO WASH MY HAIR?
Teddi: Ultimately, your hair texture and the style you’ve chosen dictate when it’s best to shampoo. If your hair doesn’t get too oily and you’re wearing it up, wash it two nights before. If you get really oily, wash it the night before. Coarser hair is best washed two days before, sometimes even three, depending on your texture and personal routine. I like Oribe’s thickening shampoo and conditioner for oily or fine to normal hair and Oribe’s gentle shampoo and conditioner for coarser hair. A good tip for women with curly or thicker tresses: wrap your hair in a T-shirt when it’s wet to help it dry softer.
SHOULD I USE A HAIR MASK?
Teddi: No matter what your hair type, you shouldn’t add any extra products that are going to weigh down your mane or make it oily, so no masking. If you always use a leave-in treatment or salt spray, speak with your hairstylist ahead of time about whether you should use it.
HOW SHOULD I PREP FOR MY MAKEUP APPOINTMENT?
Tiffany: Keep your routine basic—again, avoid urges to take chances with products you’ve never tried before. Stick to your favorite oils, moisturizers, and de-puffing eye balms and creams (I will forever love MAC Fast Response Eye Cream). If you want to add a little extra luxury to your wedding-day prep, do a brightening or energizing mask that you know your skin reacts well to. I love the SK-II Facial treatment masks because they have illuminating properties that are great for day-of freshness and won’t dehydrate your skin. Stay away from detoxifying or clarifying masks, which can be overdrying.
WHAT TO WEAR?
Teddi: Always show up in a robe or button-down shirt to prevent messing up your hair and makeup when you change (a beautiful robe also makes for great photo ops). Feel free to put your hair in a bun or a ponytail until your hairdresser arrives if you don’t usually wear it down.
Slip into something special before hitting the hair and makeup chair on your big day.
No wedding preparations are complete without re-watching the ’90s rendition of Father of the Bride.