Looking like your best self at the wedding isn’t just reserved for the bride. Grooms want to look good, too! In fact, now more than ever men are putting extra effort into their appearance for the big day. If you’re self-conscious about your looks, there’s lots you can do before the wedding to see a significant change, whether it’s getting rid of acne or whitening your teeth. However, it’s always better to start earlier than later. Here’s a few tips and tricks that will help you stand out (almost) as much as the bride.
1. Establish a Skin Care Routine
Everything starts with preventative care, so it’s important to establish a skin care routine first. This means investing in a proper face wash and moisturizer and using them both in the morning and before bed. An eye creme can be beneficial too, and a weekly scrub can refresh you like nothing else. Such products don’t have to be expensive, but they should be made for the face. Body wash, shampoo, or bar soap are a no-go if you want great skin.
If you have a problem with acne (or if you want to avoid having a problem), consider a cleanser or treatment with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Make sure you wash your face after a heavy workout session, as sweat can clog your pores. And if you combine your skincare with a shower, always shampoo and condition first before washing your face with the proper products. Of course, if you have a serious problem with breakouts, a visit to a dermatologist can be useful.
A skin care routine goes beyond acne and wrinkles. Take note of what else you can do to clean up your looks a bit. For example, do you often have chapped lips? Then make a habit of using a lip balm daily. Blotchy or burnt skin? Stop skimping out on sunblock. Every little change makes a difference.
2. Beauty Comes from the Inside
One of the best things you can do to improve your looks is to drink lots of water and eat well. It sounds easy, but it takes more discipline than you think. Supplements, although never a substitute or shortcut, can also be beneficial. Just make sure to consult with a professional before popping random pills.
3. Polish Those Pearly Whites
You might not notice your yellow teeth, but others often do. And if you drink a lot of coffee, red wine, or even smoke, it might be a good idea to look in the mirror. Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments are pretty easy and inexpensive these days, and you can do them at home or at a dentist’s office. However, keep in mind that some treatments might make your teeth sensitive, so do it at least a week or two before your wedding day so you will still be able to enjoy the chilled champagne.
4. Look Razor Sharp
Anyone with a quick growing stubble or any facial hair should book a hot towel shave, either on the day of or the day before. There is no substitute for the smoothness a straight razor creates. If you’ve never done it before, book at least one session beforehand to make sure that you don’t get any post-shave irritation and don’t chicken out.
While you’re at the salon, you might want to tidy up your eyebrows as well. Plucking a few stray hairs can level up your looks almost instantly. And of course, don’t forget to trim your nose (and ear) hair as well.
5. Be Cool with Cover-Up
Makeup is no longer taboo for men—and is sometimes necessary for special occasions. We’re not talking about going full drag (unless that’s your style), but it’s cool to be open to a bit of concealer and powder so you can look your best at the altar. That is…if you even need it.
6. Get a “Man”i-Pedi
Don’t worry—no polish is necessary. Manicures for men are very popular and, most importantly, relaxing. You might think people don’t look at your hands much, but they do. And there will be extra attention to them on the wedding day. If nothing else, there’s surely going to be a closeup photo of you exchanging rings or holding hands. While you’re at the salon, why not book a pedicure to go along? (Your partner will be grateful for smooth feet on your honeymoon.)
7. Be Yourself
Most importantly, don’t try out anything crazy too close to your wedding day. Make an effort, but don’t go for a full-on makeover. You want to look and feel comfortable when you finally tie the knot with the love of your life. Not to mention, your partner wouldn’t be marrying you if they didn’t love you for who you are.