The following are skin-care and make-up tips for brides-to-be:
--Start early. If you intend to hire a makeup artist, start doing research six months before the wedding. Makeup artists often book up early. Planning to do your own makeup? Experts advise hitting makeup counters at least two months ahead so you'll have time to practice before your days get hectic.
--Get to know your skin. Unless you're sure of your skin type, make an appointment with a dermatologist or aesthetician so you know how to properly prepare your skin for the big day.
--Bring a picture of your dress to the consultation. Don't forget, white comes in many shades. "The color of your dress will affect your skin tone and hair color," says Bride's magazine's Denise O'Donoghue. "If you're going to wear a creamy white, your lipstick might be a little deeper. If you're going to wear a real white, your lipstick should have more blue in the color."
--Avoid frosted makeup. Its reflectiveness can make you look shiny in pictures.
--Ask for samples. It will help you experiment with makeup and cleansing products without over-spending.
--Think long lasting. "The key to tear-proof makeup is waterproof and long-wearing formulas," Bobbi Brown says in her "Bridal Beauty" tip sheet. For the eyes, the makeup maven suggests her own Lash Lustre Waterproof Mascara and Long Wear Gel Eyeliner. As for lipstick, O'Donoghue favors Covergirl Outlast All-Day lip color or Max Factor Lipfinity.
--Take pictures of your makeover. Bring a camera so you'll get a sense of how you'll look in your wedding photos. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, remember to take some pictures outside. "It may look dramatic to you but you have to remember, the flash does wash out color," says Laura Mercier makeup consultant Maria Minge. "A lot of brides will feel the color is too much, but they'll take a picture and come back and say, 'OK, maybe we need to bump it up a little.' "
--Stay calm. Many brides get so caught up with planning that the stress takes an unfortunate toll. "One thing that many engaged women forget is that stress affects their skin more than they think," O'Donoghue says." A lot of brides don't sleep enough and they don't drink enough water. If there's a way to remove yourself mentally for a day or a week from the process and not be so overwhelmed, that can help your skin."
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