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10 Bridal Beauty Sins

You don't want to feel like this on your big day!
You don't want to feel like this on your big day!
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Getting too little sleep, laying in the sun too long, falling asleep in your makeup -- these are just a few beauty sins punishable by regret. After all, no bride wants to have a wedding photo album that documents a lapse in judgment for the rest of her life. While your daily beauty regimen doesn't have to become your religion, taking good care of yourself will pay off later, and you're sure to feel even more radiant on your wedding day as a result.

Be honest. Are you guilty of committing any bridal beauty sins? If the answer is "yes," don't worry; while some bridezillas may beg to differ, no one is perfect. The good news is you have plenty of time to atone for your wrongdoings and make them right before your wedding day. Here are 10 bridal beauty sins that should never be committed, no matter what the circumstances may be.

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No bride's bikini lines should be revealed when she slips into her white dress! In the weeks leading up to the big day, be mindful and wear plenty of sunscreen when you're outside. Avoid the sun's harmful rays as much as possible, and if you want a sun-kissed glow, consider spray tanning. Schedule an appointment with a salon in advance of your wedding to find a shade that complements your skin tone; if you don't like it, you'll have time to return back to your natural color. Whatever you do, don't wait until the last minute to begin spray tanning. If the color is wrong, it'll be impossible to remove before you say "I do."

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Every bride needs her beauty rest. The body actually produces more proteins as we snooze -- giving tissues and cells time to rejuvenate -- so getting a good night's sleep is important. Not only can sleep deprivation cause bloodshot and puffy eyes, but it's linked to weight gain, too. The last thing you need to deal with on your wedding day is a dress that fits too tight, so be sure to get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to look and feel your personal best.

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No matter how tempting it may be to save a little money in your bridal beauty budget, don't try to dye your own hair. Box dye can wreak havoc on your tresses, and if it's applied incorrectly, it can stain your skin, too. Consult a hairstylist before getting a dye job. If you already have damaged hair, certain products or chemicals could worsen its condition. Leave color treatments to salon professionals. You're practically guaranteed to get the hair color you're looking for, and you'll have shiny and healthy tresses, too.

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Even if your daily beauty regimen consists of clear gloss and concealer for the occasional blemish, it isn't recommended that you go without makeup on your wedding day. Wearing lipstick, blush, mascara and eye shadow will enhance and define your features, while going without these cosmetics may wash you out in photos. Meet with a beauty consultant to choose a look that's right for you; there's makeup available that will suit every bride's individual sense of style, no matter how natural she may be.

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Your eyebrows frame your face and are important to your overall appearance, so be careful when you reach for the tweezers. Pencil-thin brows aren't in vogue, and plucking too many hairs can cause you to lose your original brow shape altogether. Use a magnified mirror and tweeze slowly for the best results, and glance occasionally into a regular mirror to make sure brows look even and full. Don't underestimate the advice of an aesthetician if you need help achieving neatly groomed brows. He or she will be able to show you how to achieve a look that'll complement your face shape. Brides with bushy eyebrows may need to wax before tweezing stray hairs; however, it's recommended that you seek a professional for the job -- once you wax hair off, it could take a long time for it to grow back!

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Even the toughest bride may shed a few happy tears on her wedding day, so come to the ceremony fully prepared wearing waterproof mascara! A few glistening tears aren't the only culprits of streaky makeup; oil and sweat can cause eye makeup to run, too. Wear waterproof eyeliner and two coats of waterproof mascara to ensure that your eye makeup stays fresh and streak-free until the end of the night.

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Before you turn out the lights, take a few minutes to wipe off the day's makeup and clean your face. Getting into the habit of removing your makeup before you go to sleep will improve your complexion and keep skin looking its best. When you fall asleep without cleaning your face, pores become clogged with makeup, dirt and sweat, leading to breakouts. Use facial cleanser, toner and moisturizer every night before bed, and be sure to remove eye makeup, too. Forgetting to take off eye shadow and mascara can irritate your eyes and skin and even cause eyelashes to weaken and break over time.

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It may be tough to stop drinking soda if you're accustomed to popping a can out of the fridge whenever you're thirsty, but the next time you're craving a carbonated beverage, do your body a favor and reach for a tall glass of water instead. Sodas contain high levels of sodium, causing you to retain water and feel bloated. Due to the fact that liquid calories won't satisfy hunger, you could find yourself consuming even more calories to feel full, which could result in an expanding waistline. While you don't have to say farewell to soda forever, you should nix carbonated beverages from your diet in the weeks before your wedding. Instead, drink plenty of water to flush toxins from your body, hydrate your skin and keep you healthy.

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Scheduling trials for hair and makeup is important, and practice makes perfect! Don't wing your beauty routine on the big day without a dress rehearsal. Schedule a hair appointment with your hairstylist six to nine months before the wedding, and discuss what length and condition you'd like your tresses to be in by the time you'll be married. Schedule any treatments that the stylist deems necessary to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful before you walk down the aisle. Similarly, meet with a beauty professional to choose a color palette that will complement your skin tone, and learn how to apply makeup so you can breeze through the process like an expert on the big day.

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When a large, red pimple rears its ugly head, resist the urge to pick at your face. This will likely only make the blemish more noticeable. Squeezing and scratching at breakouts often pushes bacteria further under the skin, causing irritation, redness and swelling -- not to mention permanent scarring. To zap zits fast, apply a small amount of benzoyl peroxide cream or gel to the problem area once or twice a day. When you must squash a pimple on your own, use caution. Take a warm shower to soften skin, and use rubbing alcohol to disinfect a sewing needle. Gently poke the skin with the needle, and then wrap your index fingers around two tissues and squeeze. Above all, don't be forceful! Usually, a blemish will disappear on its own if you leave it alone.

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