Whatever you do, don't wing it!
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Considering applying your own big-day makeup? It's not impossible, but do know that it can be an overwhelming experience. With nerves running high and professional photography to think about, there's a lot to consider when it comes to wedding makeup. Whether you've chosen this task due to your wedding location (it's not always easy to find a makeup artist for destination nuptials!), budget constraints, or because you'd prefer to be in control of your look, fear not. With these helpful tips, you'll be able to apply picture-perfect wedding makeup all on your own.

Prep your skin.

You don't need to go crazy, and there's no need to spend hundreds of dollars on facials and fancy creams, but you do need to take extra care of your skin as your wedding day approaches. Your makeup will look its best when applied on healthy skin, so your main focus should be hydration and exfoliation. About six months prior to the big day, start getting a little bit better at your nighttime routine, being extra diligent about cleansing your skin and by trying to exfoliate with a good scrub a couple of times a week. Use a day and night cream regularly and start getting your lips in perfect health with a scrub or overnight treatment.

Start with a perfect base.

Before you apply your makeup on the day of your wedding, be sure to apply primer. You have a long day ahead of you and primer will ensure that your makeup looks flawless throughout the event. A great choice is Laura Mercier's Radiance primer, which gives your skin a luminous look.

Invest in great tools.

Tools make all the difference. Don't worry about beauty blenders or anything fancy. All you really need to do is invest in a great foundation brush and two good shadow brushes to be ahead of the game. A good foundation brush will allow you to apply your foundation like a professional, giving your skin a flawless look. The Heavenly Luxe Perfection Brush #7 from IT Cosmetics is a great multitasking choice, with a foundation brush on one side and a concealer brush on the other. For eye makeup, use a fluffy brush to apply shadow and a good crease brush to create a clean, simple look.

Choose soft colors.

Unless you're a professional, skip anything with heavy pigments or shadows that are dark and prone to "fall-out." Cream shadow sticks are the easiest choice to create beautiful washes of shimmery color that are waterproof and crease-proof. Try Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks in shades Rosegold and Amethyst, which are beautiful alone but look bold and striking when paired with powder shadows.

Set your face.

Once your makeup application is complete, be sure to set the makeup. All of your hard work should last throughout the day, so a setting powder or spray will help you keep everything in place. Not sure which to chose? Setting powders work best for oilier skins or in humid climates, while setting sprays can work for all skin types.


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