December 5, 2023  •  8min read

How to Prep Your Skin Before a Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

how to prep our skin before pre-wedding photoshoot

A pre-wedding photoshoot is an exciting opportunity to capture the love and anticipation you and your partner share before your big day. One of the key aspects of looking your best for this special occasion is having radiant and flawless skin. To ensure your skin is camera-ready, it’s important to prepare and pamper it in the weeks leading up to the photoshoot. In this guide, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step process for prepping your skin for that perfect pre-wedding photoshoot.

The Three Key Takeaways of Great Skincare

Before we get into the details, here are the key takeaways to build a great foundation for great skincare. 

Hydrate: Seriously, Drink Your Water! 

When your body is adequately hydrated, your skin is better equipped to maintain its natural moisture balance. This means fewer dry patches, less flakiness, and a smoother complexion overall. So, make it a habit to sip on that H2O throughout the day, and your skin will thank you with a natural, healthy glow.

Fragrance-Free: The Gentle Choice for Your Skin 

Always look for products that are either perfume-free or specifically labeled as “fragrance-free,” unless they are naturally fragranced with ingredients like essential oils. The reason for this is simple: fragrances in skincare products can be a potential source of irritation for your skin. They might smell delightful but can also contain synthetic chemicals that may lead to redness, breakouts, or other adverse reactions.

Test New Products: Prioritize Your Skin’s Sensitivity 

While recommendations can be incredibly helpful, it’s vital to remember that we all have different skin types and sensitivities. What works wonders for one person might not be fit for another. That’s why it’s crucial to heed this advice: always test new skincare products well before your pre-wedding photoshoot, if possible.

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Skincare Routine You Should Apply One Week Before Your Photoshoot 

In the crucial week leading up to your photoshoot, following a daily skincare routine is essential to ensure your skin is at its absolute best. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of what you should do each day: 

  • Begin by removing any makeup with a fragrance-free makeup wipe. This step ensures your skin is completely clean and ready for your skincare regimen.
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. This helps to remove any residual impurities, leaving your skin refreshed and ready to absorb the goodness of your skincare products. 
  • Incorporate a gentle toner into your routine to brighten your skin. A toner can help balance your skin’s pH levels and prepare it for the following skincare steps. 
  • Apply your favorite hydrating eye cream around your eyes. This specialized product will keep the delicate skin around your eyes moisturized and help reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines. 
  • Use your favorite face moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Moisturizing is crucial in maintaining a smooth and youthful complexion, especially in the days leading up to your photoshoot. 
  • By following this daily skincare routine in the week leading up to your photoshoot, you’ll ensure that your skin is well-prepared to radiate its natural beauty on your special day. Consistency is key, so stick to this regimen for the best results. 

Prep the Night Before Your Photoshoot 

The night before your eagerly anticipated photoshoot is critical to ensure that your skin is in optimal condition for the perfect pictures. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the skincare routine to follow on this crucial evening: 

Begin by gently taking off any makeup using a fragrance-free makeup wipe. This step ensures your skin is a clean canvas ready for your nighttime routine. Next, wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any residual makeup, dirt, or impurities that may still be lingering on your skin. 

Remember to treat your skin to a pampering massage with a gentle exfoliator. Gently massage the exfoliator onto your skin and rinse it off. This step helps remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. And remember to pamper your lips! Either work a lip scrub onto your lips or gently massage them with a soft toothbrush to exfoliate and soften them. 

Finally, indulge your skin with a gentle massage of your favorite face moisturizer, ensuring you don’t neglect your neck. This step locks in hydration and promotes a smooth, glowing complexion.

The Morning of the Pre-Wedding Photoshoot 

On the morning of your photoshoot, it’s essential to start your skincare routine with care to ensure your skin looks its absolute best. Here’s a step by step guide to help you prepare: 

Begin by washing your face with a gentle face cleanser. This step will remove any impurities and prepare your skin for the rest of your skincare routine. Take the two cold spoons chilling in the freezer and gently apply them to areas of your face where you may feel puffiness, especially around your eyes. Leave them in place for about 5 minutes. The cold spoons will help reduce puffiness and awaken your skin. 

After using the cold spoons, apply your favorite eye cream. The eye cream will hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes and reduce the appearance of any fine lines or puffiness. Following your eye cream, apply your favorite face moisturizer. This step ensures that your skin remains hydrated and radiant throughout the day. Remember to apply the moisturizer to your neck, as it’s an often-overlooked area that deserves attention. 


By following these steps and giving your skin the attention it deserves in the lead-up to your pre-wedding photoshoot, you’ll be well-prepared to shine and look your absolute best on this special occasion. Remember, confidence in your skin will radiate in your photographs, capturing the love and excitement you and your partner share as you embark on your journey together.

Guntur author at Bali Wedding
Guntur has been writing tips and tricks for weddings in Bali since 2020. He has written everything from preparing a pre-wedding in Bali to the best wedding dress and makeup you should choose for a wedding in paradise.

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