Star-Worthy Bridal Beauty Secrets


Once your skin is under control, it's time to think about your makeup.

Trae Bodge is a New York City-based makeup artist and founder of 3 Custom Color Specialists. One of the biggest mistakes brides make, according to Bodge, is trying to look like someone they're not by wearing too much makeup. Brides shouldn't go for the all out glamour look unless that's how they want to be presented.

On the contrary, many brides who don't wear a lot of makeup want to look makeup-free on their wedding day.

"It really is important to even out the skin tone, even if it's subtle, so you don't look washed out or blotchy in your photographs," stresses Bodge.

Airbrush foundation is a very popular trend for brides who don't like the feel of makeup.

Clarissa Cruz, style editor with People magazine, suggests going the airbrush route because it can leave a smooth finish and the makeup does not look overdone.

And if you're worried about crying leaving dark streak marks on your face, Cruz suggests ditching your regular mascara for semi-permanent lash extensions. Extensions are very natural-looking because they are applied individually and should be applied by a professional artist. These are different from fake lashes you buy in the store.

This season, many brides are opting for a fresh, simple look which is easy to achieve, according to Bodge. One quick tip for the eyes is to keep it neutral with soft smokiness at the outer corners and the lashes defined. Pinks and corals on the lips and cheeks are the chosen fresh colors for a clean look.

Similarly, the resurgence of the classic '40s glamour is a recent trend for evening weddings. Think Katherine Heigl at the Oscars with minimal shadow on the eyes, a precise black liner, tons of mascara, defined brows, red lips and soft red cheeks.

But if this is the look you're after, be forewarned — red lips are risky because red tends to bleed. And no one wants to look sloppy on their wedding day. To avoid makeup mishaps, beauty experts suggest scheduling a trial with a professional artist. Many brides hire professional makeup artists for their wedding, and a trial round is always a good idea.

Artists will work with you to get just the right look. They may try different types of foundation to figure out what works best with your skin tone and skin type. Find a local artist on or

Trials can be especially important for weddings taking place in harsh climates, like Texas or Florida. If you're having an outdoor wedding like Jenna Bush, it's a good idea to wear your hair up, according to Juan Carlos, a stylist with Rita Hazan, one of New York's top-rated salons.

"It's a great way of keeping hair off your face."

Soft, swept-up hair is a big trend for spring and fall weddings. You can always add to the look by slipping in a feminine barrette or flower to embellish the hair.

If your hair is short, Carlos suggests slicking it to one side. This works especially well if you have strong features, like actress Natalie Portman.

Now that you've mastered the makeup and hair, slip into your dress and have fun. It's your big day, so don't forget to take a moment or two to soak it all up instead of worrying about how you look.

And, remember to smile! There will be lots of pictures.

Wedding Day Beauty Survival Kit

Beaming brides should have a few of these products on-hand for their wedding.

* Sally Hansen Anti-Aging Airbrush Makeup SPF 8, $7.99 at any drugstore

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