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Do's & Dont's before your Bridal Trial & Wedding Day!!

Ready for your makeup trial?

Hair and makeup may be one of the last things you think of when planning your wedding, but it can also be one of the most nerve wracking because you definitely want love your look!

Bring Your Makeup Bag

If there's a foundation that sits well on your skin or a certain product you wear every single day, show it to your MUA. The artist may do a beautiful job with their products, but if you don't feel like yourself, you won’t be 100 percent comfortable with your look!

Arrive With a Clean Face and Hair

This one’s simple—in order to find that perfect look, get to your appointment with clean DRY hair and no makeup so your pros can start with a blank canvas.

Avoid waxing. (Pleeeeaseee!)

Waxing causes skin to become super sensitive, and applying new makeup products to your skin when it's in a sensitive state can cause irritation. Avoid waxing for at least two days before your scheduled trial date.

Avoid spray tanning your face!!

Only get a spray tan before your trial if you plan on getting one for your wedding. If you choose to get a spray tan, I recommend you ask them to not spray your face. Your makeup artist can easily match your face to the color of your neck, but sometimes spray tans rub off and will make your face uneven.

Don't use retinol.

If you use any topical products containing retinol on your skin, discontinue use at least one month before your makeup trial.  Retinol makes your skin extremely sensitive, and using it before a makeup trial could lead to extreme redness and even skin burns.

Ultimately, you want to look and feel like the prettiest version of yourself on your wedding day, so definitely consult your makeup artist to see what he or she recommends for you!

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How to choose the best products for your skin?

We have to be honest. Technology is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, tech has made our lives so much easier and given us the most amazing beauty products that we couldn’t have even imagined a decade ago. But on the other hand, we almost have too many products. There are constantly new things to try and to keep up with. It’s exhausting. How are we supposed to know what’s really worth our time and money?

Whether you’re a cosmetics junkie always on top of the latest trends, or a minimalist who likes to stick with a few trusted basics, beauty products can be our best friends when it comes to keeping our skin healthy. They also help us look and feel our best and express our personal style.

Next time you’re shopping for new products, here’s my advice on choosing the right ones for your skin and daily regimen.

Sunscreen and moisturizer

No matter what your age, I always recommend sunscreen every day. It prevents sunspots, fine lines, and breakdown of the elastic tissue in the skin. Most importantly, it protects you from harmful ultraviolent rays that increase your risk of skin cancer. Choose an SPF of at least 30. Many daily moisturizers have built-in sunscreen, so it’s easy to put on and you’re ready to go.

Daily moisturizer is especially important in harsh climates. Your age can help you determine what to choose:

  • Older people with dryer skin should opt for a creamier moisturizer. An anti-aging product with Retinol, available over-the-counter and by prescription, will help increase collagen production and decrease pigmentation.

  • Younger people should also use a daily moisturizer, but look for a light, oil-free, non-comedogenic product.

  • Acne Prone skins also needs daily moisturizer, but find one that isn’t inflammatory or irritating to your skin. Avoid anything that seems “greasy.”

Finding a good foundation

Coverage needs vary, and there are so many different kinds of foundation that choosing the right one can be daunting. If you wear foundation, follow these general guidelines:

  • Avoid very thick foundation that clogs the pores.

  • Acne-prone skin will benefit from a breathable, mineral-based product that is oil free.

  • Because older skin is dryer, a mineral-based makeup may actually make fine lines look worse. Choose a product with a cream base for a smoother finish.

What’s the shelf life?

Should you throw away that old makeup or moisturizer?

  • If it looks or smells off, pitch it.

  • Don’t leave products in your car – hot and cold weather can cause them to “go bad” faster.

  • Clean your brushes and applicators regularly to extend the shelf life of your products.

  • Blushes and powders – especially when used with clean brushes and applicators – will last years.

  • Pay careful attention to anything you use around your eyes. If you have recurrent eye irritation, infections & bacteria in your eye makeup could be the cause. Replace mascara and liquid eyeliners if they are less than fresh.

  • Let me know what you think!!

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