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Email Author: by Kristin Marino
Story Posted: 8/29/2008 02:27 pm

The right makeup lets you shine on your day

Both makeup minimalists and makeup mavens want to look special on their wedding day. Whether you’re going all-out glam on the big day or going for a natural look, these tips will help you make the most of your bridal makeup.

Take care of your skin

Resolve any skin issues well in advance, and keep your regimen simple in the week leading up to the wedding. Don’t make drastic changes to your routine. For instance, don’t get a facial or eyebrow wax 48 hours or sooner before the wedding, and steer away from a self-tanner or a harsh exfoliation.

Hire a professional

Michelle Mauricci, makeup artist and owner of Cara Mia Makeup in Reno, said one of the benefits of having your makeup professionally done is that the artist should have an arsenal of makeup at her disposal.

“Going with a professional artist, you’ll have tons of options,” Mauricci said.

Ask to see a portfolio and what the artist would recommend for you. He or she should be able to show you several options and coordinate makeup with your dress, hair and jewelry.

Do a trial run

“If you’re having your makeup done professionally, your makeup artist should offer a consultation and trial run,” Mauricci said.

Even if you are doing your own makeup, you’ll want to refine your look before the big day. Mauricci suggested timing the process, so you’ll know how long the makeup application will take on the day of the wedding.

Go for the photo finish

Skin tends to look washed out in photographs, so you may want to go a bit more dramatic for your wedding photos.

“Makeup that looks great for photographs may be a bit strong for the reception. Whether you’re having photos before or after the ceremony, you can adjust coverage," Mauricci said.

Consider the season

Mauricci points out that your skin tone most likely will vary from season to season, up to several shades.

The foundation you would use for your summer wedding won’t be the same you wear in winter. An evening winter wedding may call for more dramatic makeup, but you may want a more natural look for a summer afternoon wedding.

Keep makeup fresh

While it’s not a good idea to stress over your makeup appearance all day long, you’ll want to have a small bag of essentials handy for touch-ups during the festivities. Include blotting tissue, pressed powder and lipstick in your bag.

“Wedding makeup should express your personality and enhance your natural beauty, not cover it up,” Mauricci said.

The right wedding day makeup will let your best “you” shine through.

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