The Ultimate Getting-Ready Guide for the Groom
When it comes to looking your best on your wedding day, people are quick to assume we're talking about the bride. While her getting-ready process is important, the groom's is, too! They don't call it grooming for nothing! We've compiled the must-do tips for getting primped out in time for his big day.
When: 6 Months Out
If you're not already cleansing and moisturizing your skin daily, then start now. For help reducing shine, redness, or acne, consult a dermatologist or facialist and get started on a targeted skincare regimen. And if undereye circles are a problem, do a practice run with some constructive camouflage, using Tom Ford for Men Concealer.
Hit the Right Notes
When: 3 Months Out
If you don't already have a signature cologne, take time to suss one out. It's a scent you'll always associate with your wedding, so make sure to choose well. We love a modern, masculine pick, like Dior Sauvage.
Be Facial-Hair Aware
When: 2 Months Out
Are you planning on growing a beard, or will you keep your complexion clean-shaven? Or do you look best three days post-shave? Take note of the ideal timing to achieve your desired facial hair look, then factor that into your grooming plan.
Flash Those Pearly Whites
When: 3 Weeks Out
You're going to be smiling a whole lot, so now's the time to take steps to ensure your teeth are looking their finest. Bleach away yellowing with Crest Whitestrips With Light. Then, a week before the wedding, make time to see your dentist for a cleaning.
Cut It Close
When: 2 Weeks Out
See your barber for a final trim, but remind him you don't want to take too much off two weeks before the wedding. While you're there, make sure to purchase your regular pomade, gel, or anti-frizz cream: You don't want to chance waking up to an empty tube on the big day.
When: 1 Week Out
A little pain, a little pleasure. Do you need to wax your back or shoulders (think honeymoon!)? Is your neckline tidy? Are your sideburns symmetrical? Take care of these details now, including a cleansing facial to extract remaining blackheads and ingrown hairs. Your reward: End the day with a knot-busting massage.
Groom for Improvement
When: 1 Week Out
You want to feel as good as you look, so if your arms and legs are dry or rough, give them some TLC. Suds up with Baxter of California's Exfoliating Body Bar.
When: 1 Week Out
Tend to your brows. Really! No need to shape them or go overboard—just tweeze away all evidence of a unibrow, either on your own or with the help of a pro. For rogue ear and nose hairs, purchase clippers, like the Panasonic Wet/Dry Ear & Nose Trimmer.
When: 3 Days Out
Tidy up those nails—both fingers and toes. Book manicure and pedicure services a few days before the wedding (you can skip the polish). Maintain the fresh look by using a superhydrating hand cream every day, such as Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer.
Pack It In
When: 1 Day Out
Be ready for lots of hand-shaking, hugs, and one special kiss. Assemble all your wedding-day necessities, including sunscreen, mouthwash, breath mints, hand cream, and, of course, lip balm, such as Nivea Moisture Essential Lip Care.
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