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Bridal Makeup Tips and Makeup by Mariam Khawaja

Whether you decide to do your own makeup on your wedding day or utilize the services from a professional, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind prior to your big day.

Whether you decide to do your own makeup on your wedding day or utilize the services from a professional, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind prior to your big day.

1. Test your makeup products. Test all cosmetic products such as moisturizer, foundation, and everything that will be applied to your face. Skin can sometimes react unexpectedly to new products, and your wedding day is not the best day to have an allergic reaction or a breakout. Try on the products you plan to use one month before the big day. This will give your skin enough time to react to the products and heal if any unexpected outcomes arise.

2. Do a full dry run before your big day. When working with a professional, be sure to spend some time with that individual and see the final result. This will assure that both parties have a clear understanding of the expectations and that you are comfortable and satisfied with your look. Don’t be shy when talking to your makeup artist, and express your vision. He/she should be able to provide you with an assessment and a recommendation that meets your needs.

3. Skip the facials about five days before your wedding day. Many facial treatments used in salons can have a harsh reaction on the skin. Rest is the key for a radiant complexion.

4. To ensure that your makeup lasts all day, utilize a primer. A silicone-based primer will provide the best canvas to work with. Primer will hide any imperfections and seal any noticeable pores, it will ensure that your makeup stays put throughout your big event. Remember, you will be exposed to a full and active day, which may increase the chances of your makeup running.

5. For a natural makeup look, choose colors that compliment your complexion and show off your features. Many brides under-do their makeup when trying to achieve the natural look, but doing this may result in a washed-out effect, especially in photographs. Spend time at the makeup counter and look for pink and peach shades because they provide a natural-looking bridal flush for a barely-there look.

6. If you want a bold and glamorous look, focus on the eyes and lips. The key is to know which feature you want to bring focus to.

Practice your look beforehand, and be sure one of your bridesmaids has makeup products with them for easy touch-ups.

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