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“As a bride, the last thing you want to worry about is, ‘do I have enough color on my lips now?,’” points out celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose. “Lip stain lasts throughout the night – even after kissing or drinking.” Apply balm, blot and layer on a marker stain, like CoverGirl Outlast.
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STOP SKIN STRESS
“Do not exfoliate the morning of the wedding,” emphasizes Skyn Iceland founder Sarah Kugelman, who prefers sloughing off with a non-scrub like the brand’s Nordic Skin Peel a few days before the big day. “Since brides are super stressed that morning, their skin is prone to sensitivities and irritations that it wouldn t be under normal circumstances. So you don t want to subject it to anything that could worsen delicate skin.”
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BE A BLUSHING BRIDE
“Keep color on all night by layering mousse blush underneath powder blush,” suggests makeup artist Barose, who recommends steering clear of cream blushes, which can turn greasy.
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LITTLE CHANGES, BIG REWARDS
“Give your hair a break by mixing up your styling regimen” says Infusium 23 hair health expert Gavin Harwin of taking baby steps toward stronger hair worthy of your big event. “If you iron or blow dry your hair every day, give your hair a day off.” Add to that weekly deep conditioning treatments and regular use of leave-in conditioner and hair will be healthier in weeks.
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WORK YOUR WAVES
“If [your wedding] is outdoors and your hair is frizzy, consider a pulled back hairdo or a pretty chignon,” suggests hair-care guru Samy of his play-up-your-assets approach. For gorgeous texture like , try styling products specially made to enhance waves.
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AFTER THE VEIL FALLS
“It’s nice to have something in your hair once your veil comes off so you still look finished and you’re not missing something,” says designer Jennifer Behr, who created jeweled hair clip.
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INSTANT EYE OPENER
“It’s a mascara ad secret that curling lashes makes them automatically look two- to three-times longer,” reveals makeup artist Troy Surratt, who favors Shu Uemura tools. And by upturning lashes, “you allow more light onto the eye itself, so the eye looks larger and brighter.”
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COLOR TOUCH-UP TIMELINE
“I always tell clients to come a week before,” says Marie Robinson of the namesake salon, who recently colored pixie do. In addition to ensuring that you won’t be the victim of a last-minute cancellation, “people look good with a tiny bit of depth next to their skin, especially in photographs.”
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BE YOU – BUT BETTER
“You should still look like yourself – albeit an even more devastatingly beautiful version of yourself,” says Latrice Strader of Washington, D.C., salon Destiny De’ve. “If you always wear your hair down, try an updo [with] some face-framing locks.”
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Instead of black, “use brown liner and brown-black mascara,” says makeup artist Troy Surratt, who finds that anything darker contrasts too harshly with the overall lightness of the day.
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DETOX TO DEPUFF
is an outspoken fan of Clean detox program, which was developed by cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger. Not only does the fast-free cleanse allow you to eat healthily, many try it before weddings for its de-puffing effects, which can take years off one’s appearance.
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SAVE MONEY ON THE PROS
A complex updo like is best left to the pricy pros. But celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi says you can save hundreds by striking a deal with a salon’s top stylist to design your look, then allow his less expensive assistant to create it for the big event.
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LOSE THE SHAMPOO
“Don’t shampoo the day of,” insists celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson of the secret to making hair the perfect texture to style and maintain its shape during the festivities.
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TOAST TO RADIANCE
Drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day is a straight shot to luminous skin, says Skyn Iceland founder Sarah Kugelman, who explains that many women think dull skin is a sign of aging, but “in reality it’s just that their skin is severely dehydrated.”
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AVOID A DO DISASTER
“Wear a button-up shirt or a top with a loose-fitting neck when you go in for your [hair] appointment,” suggests Strader. “There’s nothing worse than trying to maneuver out of a small neck hole while keeping your tresses intact.”
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GET RID OF RED
Every bride wants rosy skin like Camilla Belle’s, but not the extreme redness of rosacea. Dr. Debra Jaliman recommends sufferers start using a pre-wedding product like PyratineXR, which “will actually show improved skin texture in two weeks and reduction of redness in three to four weeks,” she says.
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MAKE SHADOW LAST
“A dab of concealer on the eyelids makes a great primer or base for eye shadows,” says Surratt. “If you apply powder eye shadow on top, it gives it something to bond to – and it’ll really increase the longevity and the wear of your eye shadow.”