Your wedding day will likely be one of the most significant days of your life. Whether you’re a limelight-stealing person by nature or not, this is one day that the spotlight will definitely be on you. Knowing your going to be the subject of hundreds of photos should be reason enough to get your grooming habits into tip top shape!
We’ve compiled a list of simple yet effective, easy-to-follow grooming tips for every groom-to-be:
1. Get Washed
The most basic grooming habit of them all! From the moment you set a wedding date, get your skincare routine in order. Out with the splash-of-soap-and-water once a day and in with the cleanser and exfoliator twice daily. We recommend Hunter Cleansing Facial Scrub as a good starting point, or the Hunter Daily Tool Kit for the full works.
2. Water, Water, Water
We can’t stress this one enough: two litres of water a day, starting right now! The mighty H2O not only flushes your insides of toxins and impurities, but clears up troublesome skin and blemishes too. This is a great habit to get into and you’ll reap many benefits just by increasing your water intake each day.
3. Know your Products
Make sure you’re using the right products for your skin! While dry skin needs one type of product, sensitive skin or skin prone to breakouts needs something completely different. Talk to an expert and try a bunch of testers to ensure your skincare products are suited to your skin type. Avoid trying new products, or chopping and changing between different types of skincare just before your wedding day - a breakout just before the big day is not something any groom wants! Check out the Hunter range of skincare for a product to suit your skin. On that note: if you’re having a summer wedding - don’t forget sunscreen! A nose like Rudolph in your wedding photos? Not a good look.
4. Manly Manicure
Getting a decent manicure and pedicure is not just something reserved for the bride and her bridesmaids. Sure, you might not opt for a full set of french polished gel nails, but get those fingernails in a sightly order at the very least, before the big day! There’s going to be a lot of focus on a certain ring finger on the day and the last thing anyone wants to see is ragged, chewed, or worse - dirty - fingernails. If you’re having a casual, beach wedding sans shoes then the same goes for your toenails.
5. Sort the Stubble
Every man likes his beard at a different stage of growth. Whether it’s the day after a fresh shave, or about four days down the track, figure out which stage of hair growth you like best and time your shave accordingly with your wedding day. Do a few trial runs in the lead up to the wedding to get your routine down pat for the big day. If you’re going to use a barber or get a hot towel shave pre-wedding (we’re big advocates for this!) take the time to find a barber you like and make a couple of visits to him/her before the wedding, to talk through what you want and ensure they’ve got your look locked down.
6. Know your Mo
If having a mo is your personal style trademark, then by all means don’t change just before the big day. Your wife-to-be either loves it, or has grown used it by now, so why rock the boat? Keep it neat, tidy and trimmed and we’re sure you’ll rock it - bonus points if your wedding is in November. If having a mo is not your regular look and you just “think” your bride might like your lip slug when she sees it for the first time as she approaches the altar - think again. The aisle is not a place for trying out new ‘dos - and that goes for haircuts, beards, piercings and outfits as well! Stick to your classic look and let your confidence shine through.
7. The Big Day Beard
Bearded grooms are among some of the most dapper on their big day. If you’re sporting a beard on your wedding day, keep it in trimmed into shape and invest in a beard oil or beard-specific conditioner that will keep it soft and shiny. Trim it on a weekly basis so that you have it the length you want on your wedding day without having to do any major trims the day before - or worse: the morning of.
8. Hair Care
We all know that it usually takes about a week for a new haircut to look ‘right’. For the first day or so it looks a bit too ‘done’ and can often look a lot shorter than what you thought you’d asked for! Give your style time to settle without compromising on neat-and-tidiness on the big day, by getting a haircut about a week beforehand. Suss your hair products out too. As with skincare - don’t deviate from your usual products and styling routine. Stick to what you know works for you. Check out the Clooney Club range of hair products and test a few out in advance of your big day.
9. Snip the Strays
Hey, we all get them. Those pesky stray hairs that seem to appear out of nowhere. Keep your eyebrows, nose and ear hairs trimmed and tidied with a trimmer, to avoid last minute surprises before you make your altar appearance. The Groom Mate Nose & Ear Trimmer is quite literally a Groom’s mate in the lead up to the big day.
10. Wax On, Wax Off
Say the word ‘waxing’ and most men’s eyes widen with fear. Thankfully these days it’s not the only option when it comes to ‘manscaping’. Laser hair removal, hair removal cream or a decent trimmer are relatively pain-free alternatives to the old hot bowl ‘o wax. Whether you take it all off or just do a little light tidying, a decent ‘scape all over will likely highly appreciated by your other half on your wedding night.
11. Keep a Smile on the Dial
Wedding days usually mean a lot of smiling and laughing - and photographs. There’s no better time to show off your pearly whites, so make sure they’re actually white! If you’re a smoker, coffee lover or self-proclaimed red wine connoisseur, your teeth may need a little boost of whitening before the big day – otherwise you may have to pay extra for in post editing. This can be easily achieved with a dentist-approved whitening toothpaste and professional cleaning in the months leading up to your wedding. If your discoloured teeth are causing you suffering, then a professional cleaning treatment may be the way to go. Investigate your options and again, do any treatments well in advance to avoid any sensitivity on the big day.
12. Breathe Easy
Wedding days also mean a lot of chatting to people and getting up close and personal. Fresh breath is an absolute necessity. Nerves can alter the way our breath smells, as can a variety of foods which may be served at a wedding - not to mention alcohol. Brush, floss and rinse on the morning of your big day, and again after eating. Keep mints handy, but remember to get rid of any chewing gum before your photos.
13. Hair of the Dog
Does it really work? Or is it just a myth? Whatever you believe, don’t leave it to chance on the morning of your big day. If you had one too many with the groomsmen the night before your wedding, bust that hangover as soon as you can. Cure under-eye bags with cold packs - cucumber works wonders, as do small packs of frozen peas. Wash your face in crisp, cold water and use a rich moisturiser to put some pep back into your skin. Drink as much water as possible - starting with a big mug of hot water and fresh lemon as soon as you wake up. This will detox your system and get rid of last night’s over indulgences before you make your big appearance as groom.
14. Scent of a Man
Your cologne choice is important. Still dousing yourself in a cloud of spray-on like you did when you were 15? Time to up the stakes. A chic cologne speaks volumes, whether you stick to your signature scent or buy something specially for the big day. With cologne, less is often more. Smelling manly and sophisticated is one thing, giving your bride a headache from your over-spritzing, is another.
15. Tool Time
Make sure all of your trimmers, shavers, tweezers and clippers are in top working order in the lead up to the big day. This is especially important if you’re having a destination wedding and won’t be close to home to pick up spare parts or battery packs should something stop working. Make sure electric razors, toothbrushes and trimmers are charged and ready to go, should they be needed. Keep spare blades handy and keep them sharp - no one wants a last minute shave with a blunt razor just before facing the crowds on the big day. Keep a spare toothbrush handy, as well as floss and toothpicks.
Looking your best on your wedding day is simple, if you are prepared and have the right products and tools for your skin and hair. Here at Clooney Club we believe in striving to look your best every day, and it’s easy with our range of hair and skin products.