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7 Bridal beauty tips & tricks

Your wedding day will likely be the most photographed day of your life, and those photos will live with you for years to come. If you’re ever going to compromise on your beauty routine, now is not the time. Use these seven bridal beauty tips and tricks to look your absolute best on your big day.

Bride applying mascara

1Plan for wedding dress disasters.

Of course, you don’t want to think that a wedding dress disaster could happen to you, but it’s better to be prepared than caught unaware. Talk to your seamstress about your gown’s fabric so that you know the best ways to treat common stains such as wine, coffee, salad dressing and grass stains. Print up a wedding-dress-treatment cheat sheet and pack it in your purse on your big day.

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2Pack an emergency beauty kit.

Heck, pack two emergency beauty kits. You don’t want to be without items that could save you in the event of a beauty emergency. At a minimum, stash the following supplies in a carrying case that a bridesmaid or trusted friend can keep track of:

  • Tissues and cotton balls
  • Bobby pins and safety pins
  • Breath spray or strips
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant wipes or spray
  • Lotion
  • Doubles of all your wedding-day makeup: lipstick, lip liner, mascara, blush, eyeshadow, etc.
  • Translucent powder
  • Band-Aids and blister pads
  • Clear nail polish to stop a run in your hose
  • Three pairs of spare hose
  • Blotting sheets for oily skin
  • Chalk or talcum powder to cover stains
  • Small bottle of club soda to treat stains
  • Double-sided fabric tape
  • Needles pre-threaded with clear fishing line for sewing emergencies

3Do a run-through.

At least two weeks prior to your wedding, perform a full beauty run-through to make sure you feel good about your hair, skin, makeup and jewelry. This is particularly important if you plan on having special facial treatments or waxing done before the ceremony. You need to know how your skin will react and whether you need to allow extra time between the treatment and your wedding day.

4Choose the right makeup.

Your wedding day will be full of activity, so choose makeup that will last with you through thick and thin. Waterproof mascara and long-lasting lipstick are two makeup items every bride should employ.

5Start & finish well.

Purchasing and applying the perfect makeup is only half the battle. You need it to go on smoothly and last all day. To improve foundation, eyeshadow and blush staying power, start your makeup application with a primer and finish the application with translucent powder to set your color in place.

6Employ a spot-checker.

Ask someone whose makeup advice you trust to keep an eye on you throughout the night. If your makeup starts to drip or fade, she can notify you in time for a quick pick-me-up.

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7Show some teeth.

Smile. This is the happiest day of your life, so relax, enjoy yourself and let your joy shine through. No matter what happens between sunrise and sunset, at the end of the day you’ll be married to the man of your dreams, and that’s something to smile about.

Wedding dress emergency kit

A bridal emergency kit filled with safety pins, a sewing needle and thread, buttons and stain remover could save a bride from disaster on the wedding day. Be prepared for stains, spots or wedding day mishaps with tips from a bridal shop consultant in this video.

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