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How to Choose the Right Wedding Makeup Artist

Posted on July 19 by Susan Brierly Bush

Although you have a long list of things to accomplish before your wedding day, remember to take the time to choose the right makeup professional. “Each makeup artist has a distinct style, so work with someone who shares your vision,” says Maria Pecoraro of Makeup Naturally in Summit). “Your wedding-day look will depend on how your makeup is applied and what color palette you choose,” she says. “For spring brides, I always go with dewy, luminous skin in a natural palette, bronzy-gold to accent eyes and shades of pink for lips.” Pecoraro prefers to use a pink that’s very close to the bride’s natural lip. Here are a few of her tried-and-true tips:

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1. Carefully select a makeup professional based on references, testimonials and actual photographs.

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2. Resist the temptation to be trendy. Always choose a classic style.

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3. Be specific about what you like and don’t like. Pull images from magazines like New Jersey Bride.

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4. Be realistic. Light-skinned blondes can’t mirror Kim Kardashian’s look. And brunettes can’t pull off Cameron Diaz.

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5. Consult with your artist several weeks before your wedding so that, together, you can assess your skin and agree on a color palette. “Every bride has different taste, but each bride’s final objective is the same: to be fresh and flawless—to look like yourself, only better,” says Pecoraro.

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