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Expert wedding day makeup tips

Andrea Kasprzak is a former magazine editor and full time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Men's Journal, Allure, and SELF among others.

Gina Bettelli shared bridal makeup tips

Kate Middleton is reported to be doing her own makeup for the Royal Wedding. As she gears up to face the very special occasion, we consulted Gina Bettelli, Senior Artist for MAC Cosmetics for some bridal makeup glow-how.

Kate Middleton's natural makeup style

Kate Middleton opts to do her own wedding day makeup

In a decidedly un-divalike move, Kate's reportedly taking a DIY approach to her wedding day look: she's doing her own make-up. Huh?

Yes, her signature combo of black eyeliner and nude lips always look amazing, but wedding day makeup is a big deal. It must be long wearing, photograph beautifully, and remain natural looking, but flawless.

To help out Kate (and other brides-to-be), we polled Gina Bertelli, a MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist, for her top tips for bridal day beauty.

Gina Bertell's bridal makeup tips

Bridal makeup tips

Be sure to include primers for face, eyes, lashes and lips. (Gina likes MAC's Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder to set foundation, blush, and eye shadows).

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Bridal makeup tips

Selecting the right undertones and textures makes all the difference with photo friendly make-up. She advises to go a bit warmer with blush and lip colors. Peachy tones look timeless and photograph well.

Bridal makeup tips

The best bridal makeup is a more polished version of you, says Gina. She suggests starting with MAC's Strobe Cream for luminosity and an all day glow.

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Bridal makeup tips

To transition your day look into the reception, bronze up the skin! Apply a bronzing product to temples, cheeks, and chin. The bronzy addition looks amazing in candle light and photographs like a dream.

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Beauty tips for brides

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