Bridal beauty by the numbers
200 tanning minutes: $92
6 half-hour facials: $240
6 hourlong massages: $300
One-year gym membership: $550
Makeup by Crist Ballas: $150-$400
50 units of Botox: $700
Lower-lid blepharoplasty: $3,500
Lumineers for 10 teeth: $9,000
The pressure of getting perfect wedding pictures can be intense. So intense, said Woodbury freelance makeup artist Stephanie Hart, that it can induce irrational behavior.
Hart once had a client who was dissatisfied with her wedding pictures—especially how her back appeared in her low-cut dress. "She was a fitness trainer, and she was very particular on her makeup and her looks," Hart recalled.
And so, the bride decided to re-create her wedding pictures, re-hiring her hair stylist, her pricey photographer and Hart. "She said, 'I'll pay you whatever you want.' It was pretty amazing to spend all that money to have everybody come back again."
Members of TheKnot.com discuss the ins and outs of bridal beauty in detail on the site's Wedding Day Beauty board. Questions cover the gamut, including: how to remove pimples quickly, when to get your final eyebrow wax, how to shrink pores, and whether to use Botox. One bride vented about teeth-whitening woes. "I'm kind of freaking out," she wrote. Another bride, who said she is fair-skinned, inquired about tanning: "I know, I know—I should not even consider using a tanning bed, but my facialist actually recommended it! I was shocked."