Lasting wedding makeup: The savvy bride's guide

This is your special day; naturally you want your makeup to look perfect until the end of...

This is your special day; naturally you want your makeup to look perfect until the end of your wedding. How can you guarantee that your wedding makeup will last? With a few simple tricks, you can set yourself up for all-day bridal makeup victory.

Pre-wedding strategy.The healthier your skin looks on your wedding day, the less makeup you will need. In the days leading up to your final vows, treat yourself to a brightening facial. Keep your skin hydrated and nourished by drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. And save the celebrating for after you walk down the aisle. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, drinking alcohol can lead to puffiness and sagging, especially if you drink before going to bed.

Create your canvas with subtle layers. The trick to making your makeup last is to prep your skin with light layers. On the one hand, you don't want to saturate your face with cosmetics and risk having a cakey, runny mess by the time you hit the dance floor. On the other hand, the dynamic blend of light creams and powders will help to keep your bridal makeup in place. After cleansing, start with a light facial moisturizer. Let it set for a couple of minutes before putting on any necessary concealer and a light primer. Use a brush to apply your foundation. To help hold everything in place, finish with a gentle dusting of invisible powder.

Adding lasting color. Layer your eye shadow and blush for fade-proof color. Layer a neutral eye shadow over the primer before brushing on your chosen shades. For perfect wedding day cheeks, start with a cream blush. Set with invisible powder and then finish with your powder blush.

Confident lashes. Don't let your mascara stop you from shedding a few tears of joy on your wedding day. Wear a waterproof mascara and save yourself the headache of worrying about it running. If you are prone to runny mascara, try a little translucent powder over your eyelids to reduce the amount of oil around the eye area. Faux lashes are another great wedding day makeup option. They are feathery, feminine and, best of all, they can't be smudged!

Mastering perfect lips. To ensure your lip color lasts, get your lips in shape before putting on your lipstick. First, moisturize with a lip balm and then gently scrub with a wet cloth or a lip polish to remove any dead skin. Follow with a lip primer to help your color stay in place. Choose a matte lipstick for long-lasting color.

Making sure your wedding makeup lasts is a matter of setting yourself up for success. Take good care of your skin, layer your makeup to hold it in place and, if you need help, contact one of Atlanta's beauty pros to make sure you look your best.

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