Bridal Beauty Timeline: 12 Months to Gorgeous Skin

Wear Sunscreen

Many brides want their white dress to pop against bronze, sun-kissed skin, but exposing yourself to the sun's harmful rays without wearing sunscreen is dangerous to your health. To prevent skin from burning, choose cosmetics with built-in SPF. These makeup products should include a label with PA+, PA+ or PA+++ to indicate the level of UVA protection in the formula, but achieving full coverage doesn't stop there. Most women don't wear a makeup application heavy enough to protect them over the course of an entire day, so it's best to layer moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on skin before applying a base. When you're outdoors for a significant amount of time, always reapply sunscreen and makeup to ensure long-lasting coverage from morning to night. Finally, don't forget to wear lip balm that's SPF 30 or higher to maintain a perfect pout -- a very important accessory for a successful first kiss as husband and wife!

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Makeup Guide for the Mature Bride

Makeup Guide for the Mature Bride

Mature brides might want a classier palate for their wedding day. Check out this makeup guide for the mature bride.