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DrawInspiration From Your Photos
"Rather than collecting tearsheets of airbrushed models, consult past snapshots of yourself to figure out how you want to look on your wedding day," says Reggie Wells, creative consultant for Hissyfit Cosmetics. "You'll be happiest with the results if you look like the best version of you," he says. Your own photos will give you a realistic idea of how you can be your most beautiful, says Wells.
Practice Makes Perfect
"If you're a real novice at makeup application, you can learn the basics by going to a department store beauty counter and having a complimentary application," says Wells. This will help you get an idea of placement and technique. Just make sure you go at least a few weeks before your wedding so you have time to practice!
Make sure your face is free of any residue from the night before, says New York City makeup artist Laura Geller. "Having to remove makeup can irritate skin, and any leftover product will cause a less-than-smooth application," she says. Remember to take care of beauty treatments, such as facials and waxing, at least two weeks before the wedding. Since they can temporarily irritate the skin, you'll need time to recover, says Geller.
Now's not the time to start experimenting with crazy colors. Keep your makeup simple with soft, classic shades that will play up your features, not detract from them. "You want your photos to seem timeless years from now," says Wells. "Steer clear of trends; your makeup should be pretty and natural, not overdone."
Expect to be dancing, greeting guests and basking in the glow of your wedding all night long -- this means you probably won't be thinking about reapplying your makeup. To ensure it lasts, opt for long-wear formulas that go the distance so you don't have to worry about fadeout in photos, says Geller.
The morning of your wedding, the last thing you need is to drop your eye shadow so it cracks into a million pieces, or dig for that coveted tube of lipstick from the bottom of your bag. You'll have a lot of other things on your mind, so be as organized as possible. An all-inclusive palette is the best way to streamline your essentials. Here, our five favorites.