Bridal beauty made easy
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Big-Day Beauty1 of 11
By Brienne Walsh
It's almost time to walk down the aisle, and with all of the frantic preparations you've let your beauty routine slip. To help, Glo has put together the ultimate bridal beauty guide that breaks down what to do in the weeks—and hours—before you say "I do."
Crowning Glory2 of 11
If you plan to color your hair, Meaghan Masterson, education expert for Sexy Hair, says to "do it two weeks before so it looks polished but not too bright." If you're up for DIY color, the new Revlon Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream formula is a great pick. It's made with moisturizers like coconut oil and shea butter. It's ammonia-free, too, so it smells great and isn't damaging to your locks.
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Prepare Your Hair3 of 11
For hair that's easy to style, Katrina Cahill, education expert for Sexy Hair, recommends not washing one or two days before the wedding. "Clean hair deflates far easier than dirty hair," she says. Two weeks before the ceremony, start to treat your hair to a nurturing regimen with a product like Kesari Oil Hair Serum, which you can apply before you go to sleep. It helps to lock in moisture, ensuring that your hair looks rich and full on your wedding day.
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Best Face Forward4 of 11
Traditional facials are not ideal in the weeks leading up to the big day, because your skin may react poorly. Jennifer Linder, a dermatologist, recommends getting an oxygen facial a week in advance. Then, the night before, use a moisturizing mask, but not a heavy one (to avoid clogged pores) or one that dries skin (also called a "clarifying" mask; watch out for things like kaolin clay). This choice is rich in emollient Hawaiian Kukui seed oil, and leaves skin glowing.
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Moisturize Madly5 of 11
If you were too busy celebrating at your rehearsal dinner the night before and didn't do a mask then, your wedding-day morning is the ideal time to apply a gentle, hydrating one. "As soon as you wake up, start moisturizing," says makeup artist Joanna Simkin. She recommends a mask like the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, which contains high quantities of Pitera—a strain of yeast that is fermented into an amino-acid-rich liquid that mimics the skin's natural hydration—that will insure that your skin is incredibly soft and clear.
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Solid Foundation6 of 11
On a normal day, you might not want a full-coverage foundation—but on your wedding day it's crucial, as you'll want your skin to look perfect for the hundreds of photos you'll appear in. "My favorite is Lancôme Teint Idole," says Simkin. "It's not too matte, not too dewy, and the coverage is flawless." She says that if you have oily skin, you should prep with a primer before, and powder your T-zone throughout the day to keep your face photo-ready.
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You May Kiss....7 of 11
One of the first things to fade after you get your makeup done is your lip color. To help your pucker stay put, Simkin recommends using a lip pencil close to your skin tone as a base. "It locks the color in, but doesn't look strange when it starts to rub off," she says. She also says to skip gloss gloss, which rubs off your lips easily. Smashbox makes a great prep pencil that comes in four colors—from fair to dark—so you're sure to find the right tone for your kisser.
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Eye Do!8 of 11
For your day in the spotlight, take the opportunity to transform your daytime look by bumping up the colors in your makeup palette. Use a tool like Laura Mercier's angled eyeliner brush to reach over your lashes and create a thicker line with a bold color like the Sephora + Pantone Universe Lid Liner Stain in this year's hottest color—emerald green.
Don't Touch9 of 11
In the seconds before you walk down the aisle, you'll probably be a bundle of excitement and nervous energy. Fidgeting a bit is fine, but avoid futzing with your hair—you could wreck your 'do and may make it look greasy. "If it's windy, or you're nervous about something coming loose, have a bridesmaid spritz it with a really lightweight spray," says Cahill. She recommends this one for a loose but steady hold.
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To the Matte10 of 11
If your skin tends to be oily, Simkin recommends dabbing it throughout the reception with blotting paper like the Shiseido "Pureness" Oil-Control Blotting Paper.
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Stay Put11 of 11
With all of the crying and kissing at the wedding, you'll need a little help to keep makeup in place. Shiri Sarfati, who is the executive vice president of Repêchage, recommends using a hydrating facial spritz like Repêchage Algo Mist to set makeup and to deliver a soft and glowing look.
SHOP NOW: Repêchage Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray, $15