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The Bride-to-Be’s Beauty Secrets Guide

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Once the wedding is over, all that remains are the memories — and your photographs. Are you ready for your close-up?

A Valley bride asks: “Apparently I’m not particularly photogenic, so I’m sure you understand why I’m concerned about how I’ll look in our pictures and videos. What can I do to ‘accentuate the positive’ by using makeup in the best possible way?”

Dear Valley bride: Let me tell you something: I believe (and most professional photographers agree) that there is NO such thing as a subject that is not photogenic. It takes a good photographer to capture the best in his or her subject. That said, here are some “tricks of the trade” that I’ve picked up from makeup artists if you’re still concerned about your appearance.

Your wedding gown reflects a lot of overhead light onto your face — and bleach your makeup — especially if it has a full bodice (and you have a “bountiful” chest). The solution? Wear a little more makeup to offset the effect, especially blush. In addition, the foundation you use should match the natural shade of your skin, or your head will appear to be pasted on! Blend makeup well from your face into your neck so it’s one seamless color, especially near the jaw line where the makeup ends.

Another tip: Use gloss to highlight your lips. That little reflection sure makes you sparkle! (If your lips are cracked and dry, condition them for a month before the wedding.) Of course, your makeup should not be obvious (though sometimes it takes a lot to make it appear as if you’re not wearing any). Make sure your bridesmaids’ makeup matches, too. You don’t want a heavily made-up bridesmaid standing next to one who’s going “natural.”

Stay away from makeup fads! The look you’re trying to achieve should be a “timeless” one that won’t appear dated years later when you look through your photos or watch your video. (Remember the ’80s? Enough said.)

If you’re relatively comfortable applying your own makeup, kudos to you! However, since it’s your special day (and you most likely have a ton on your mind), why not treat yourself to having a professional beautician do it for you? Makeup artists and salons — like the ones listed here in our Weddings Guide — are always happy to set up a consultation and arrange to have a bridal party workshop, including the latest tips and techniques for your wedding. Check out their spa packages, too.

Last but not least, I’ve never seen a bride who’s not beautiful — I’m sure that you will be as well. Congratulations!

Readers, what kinds of makeup tricks and beauty secrets can you share with our beautiful bride? Let us know in the comments box below!

To submit your own question to the Wedding Guru, email Judy at judy@hvmag.com.

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