Tips to help you prep for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner.
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You're only an engaged woman for a relatively short period of time, but the months between "Yes!" and "I do!" are some of the most special of any woman's life. That's why it's so important to make the most of every photo-worthy occasion thrown in your honor. When it comes to your wedding-related events, like the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and even your post-wedding brunch, you'll want to choose a beauty look that feels fresh and bridal without being too overdone. Since so many brides hire a professional makeup artist for the big day but not the events leading up to it, we're offering five tips that will help you create a special makeup look that's perfect for your pre-nuptial parties.

Skip the contour.

For any pre-wedding party that's not your bachelorette bash, skip this trend. While contour is great for a night out, it's not the look you'll want for shower or rehearsal dinner. Hard contouring lines are often visible to the naked eye even when blended, making you seem overdone. Go for a softer appearance, and create definition with highlighter, bronzer, and blush.

Go for natural.

While you'll want to be a little more done up than you are in everyday life, you don't want to be so done up either. Aim for an in between look, erring on the side of natural. Think of what you would want your makeup to look like if you were going out on a special date night, minus anything too trendy or dramatic. These events are not the times to add glitter or fake lashes.

Don't forget the blush.

There is only a short period of time in your life that you will be referred to as the "blushing bride" so play it up. Aim to incorporate washes of dewy cheek color, like shimmery pinks and peaches, and use highlighter on the high points of the face for an all-over angelic soft look.

Play with color.

Classic, subtle hues like pink, gold, and brown are good color choices for your wedding day makeup since they'll never look dated or trendy. But it's okay to be more playful with the makeup colors you choose for your pre-wedding parties. These events are your time to shine, and fun, amped up make-up can be perfectly appropriate. Try a punchy eyeshadow or a fun lip color.

Be mindful of time and place.

Your locale and the time of your event should help dictate your makeup choices. If you bridal shower is in the sun on the patio of a yacht club, then choose your look accordingly. If your rehearsal dinner is in a dark, moody restaurant on a Friday night, then you have permission to wear a smoky eye or bold lipstick.


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