While weddings certainly looked different this year, one thing didn’t change: Couples getting married still want to look and feel their best. In 2020, beauty was more than skin deep—it became a form of self-care, a way to do more than dress up your outside and actually help soothe what was inside.
Whether masking at home, getting a restful night’s sleep after putting out yet another planning fire, or doing a virtual makeup trial for the worth-the-wait wedding next year, it was the little moments that made us feel not only beautiful but normal. And normal was a very coveted feeling this year.
Over the past nine months, our editors (like you!) were all just looking for those little things that, accumulated over time, made all the difference. Whether that was a skin serum that made our skin glow—who needs makeup on Zoom, anyway?— or a CBD gummy that made us simply chill.
Which is why, for our Brides Beauty Awards, we’re doing things a bit differently in 2020. Why not? It was a year like no other, and that rings just as true for beauty as it does for weddings.
This year, we tapped a few insider friends to help us narrow down the best in beauty. From GlamSquad’s Artistic Director, Giovanni Vaccaro, to bride-to-be and influencer Lauren Elyce, Blushington Director of Education Brittany Scott, and beauty expert Lindsey Metrus, Senior Editor at our sister site Byrdie (she even did her own wedding makeup!), our guest judges know a thing or two, and they are sharing their picks with you.
The Best Skin Care Products for Your Wedding
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
Why I Love It: “My skin is so sensitive that I try to stay away from anything too acidic in fear of major redness. This is literally the only radiance-boosting product that works with my skin. I usually use it once a week, and the immediate results are like a post-vacation glow! An added bonus is that it smells amazing, it’s like my end-of-week self-care treat.”—Roberta Correia, Editorial Director
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Why I Love It: “This antioxidant vitamin C serum is like sunshine in a bottle. It smooths and brightens the skin’s complexion while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And while it may have a hefty price tag, one bottle goes a long way.”—Samantha Netkin, Senior Editor
Dr. Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
Why I Love It: “As someone who has sensitive skin, it’s been challenging to find products that are both firming and non-irritating. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that after a few weeks of consistently using Dr. Barbara Sturm’s hyaluronic serum, there was a noticeable difference in the amount of fine lines I had and my skin felt more plump and hydrated than ever. If you’re looking for glowing skin before, during and after your wedding day—this serum is a no-brainer.”—Mariah Kulak, Senior Social Media Editor
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Why I Love It: “It’s called a “rescue cream” for a reason–this cream soothes my skin after long days in dry air, lots of makeup, too much alcohol, and acid treatments. With ceramides and a blend of six African oils, it’s the perfect night cream, especially when your skin is under wedding stress.”—Kathryn Vandervalk, Editorial and Strategy Director, Byrdie and Brides
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
Why I Love It: “Dry lips? No problem. Sleep with this mask on and you’ll wake up with hydrated, non-flaky lips—even in the dead of winter. I’m so addicted that I use it at all hours of the day as lip balm.”—Anna Price Olson, Senior Editor
Tan-Luxe Illuminating Drops: The Face
Why I Love It: “Consider these illuminating drops the secret to an easy, at-home glow-up. They are moisturizing on their own, so either apply them directly on your face or with your daily moisturizer for a v natural, far-from-orange tint. You’re in control of the dose: think two drops for light skin and as many as 12 for a true sun kissed look. Oh, and there’s no need to worry about staining your sheets!”—Anna Price Olson, Senior Editor
Augustinus Bader, The Cream
Why I Love It: “The hype is VERY real when it comes to cult-beloved Augustinus Bader. My theory is always: if it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, it’s good enough for me. After only one week of use I can honestly tell you my skin looked brighter and more even toned. Dark spots faded, fine lines are barely visible. And while the rich cream is a bit too much for my sensitive skin, The Cream hits just right. It’s worth every penny.”—Roberta Correia, Editorial Director
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V
Why I Love It: “This is a product worthy of a group thread to all your friends. Mine are already in the BR cult—and according to their (many!) reviews, they’re all glad they joined. “The p50 lotion is a toner that has made my skin smooth, even, dewy, and clear and my pores are nonexistent,” says one friend. ” I’m almost to the point where I don’t need makeup—a couple more months of using and I’ll be there! Lives up to the hype! 10/10.””—Anna Price Olson, Senior Editor
Olive & June Poppy
Why I Love It: “A product that left me asking, ‘Where have you been all my life?’ The Poppy can turn any sloppy painter into a bonafide manicurist. The patented tool slips over the cap of nearly any nail polish bottle, making it easier to paint your nails with both your dominant and non-dominant hand. I promise it will make your at-home manicure look like you just stepped out of the nail salon.”—Maggie Kreienberg, Associate Editor
Adwera Turmeric Glow Bar
Why I Love It: “I’m so happy I discovered 54 Thrones because their products are truly unmatched. The founder, Christina Tegbe, set out to create a line of clean beauty products inspired by the rich African culture and it shows. The glow bar uses all natural ingredients like turmeric, rosemary oil, lavender oil and more to leave you with hydrated and glowy skin. Plus, the ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that help even out your skin tone, too!”—Mariah Kulak, Senior Social Media Editor
Maharindee The Change Maker Face Serum
Why I Love It: “My skin loves all-natural products, and with CBD, Squalane oil (my total secret weapon oil), Sweet Almond oil, Argan, and Grapeseed oil among the ingredients, this new gentle serum is life-changing. I plop on a few drops before jade rolling and it’s seriously a spa experience at home.”—Roberta Correia, Editorial Director
Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask
Why I Love It: “I not only use these for myself almost every morning, but I give them to every bride that sits in my chair. These cooling eye masks de-puff, hydrate, and remove dark circles making your eyes look like you’ve had 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I keep them on for 15-20 minutes and the results are instant!”—Giovanni Vaccaro, Artistic Director, GlamSquad
Shani Darden Texture Reform
Why I Love It: “Celeb-facialist Shani Darden’s texture reform is the perfect alternative to retinol for sensitive skin types like myself. As the name promises, the texture of my skin is certainly improved after regular use, and goodbye to fine lines!”—Roberta Correia, Editorial Director
Beautycounter Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
Why I Love It: “I never understood the power of a charcoal mask until now. The Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask from Beautycounter purifies and clarifies the complexion. Featuring salicylic acid and charcoal powder, it is the perfect product to add into your skincare regimen. I use this mask 1-2 times per week for a mini spa-night at home. Definitely a must-try.”—Lauren Elyce, blogger and bride-to-be
The BeautyRx Progressive Peel 2 Step
Why I Love It: “This is my favorite go-to skincare product. It keeps my skin smooth, bright, and even in tone and texture with its glycolic acid exfoliating my skin.”—Brittany Scott, Director of Education, Blushington
Jaxon Lane Bro Mask
Why I Love It: “For a man whose skincare routine consists solely of a quick cleanse in the shower, this sheet mask left my brother’s skin looking hydrated and bright after just 15 minutes of wear. It even lead to a smoother, cleaner shave, making this low maintenance mask the perfect product for a groom looking to freshen up in a flash before heading to the altar.”—Maggie Kreienberg, Associate Editor
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads
Why I Love It: “I count these peel pads as part of my “skin emergency” arsenal. Whenever I (accidentally) sleep in my makeup or notice a considerable amount of congestion, they act as an eraser for blackheads and whiteheads—they even dissolve milia. The secret is alpha and beta hydroxy acids, as well as retinol to exfoliate away dead skin and buildup as well as chamomile and green tea to help soothe the skin in the process. Since they’re a bit intense (I never use them daily—once a week at most), I would start trying these a few months before your wedding to see how your skin will react.”—Lindsey Metrus, Senior Editor, Byrdie.
Culled from brides.com by Brides Editor