Makeup Artist Kimara Ahnert

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Makeup artist Kimara Ahnert is the go-to beauty guru for some of New York City's most gorgeous celebrities, models and socialites—her clients include everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Catherine Zeta-Jones. Here, she shares her best wedding makeup and skin care tips for brides. —Kathryn Papanek

What information should a bride take away from her trial makeup session before the wedding day?

The bride should have all the financial information or a contract with the potential makeup artist. The bride should know how much the initial wedding day application will cost. She should also know if the cost for the application includes her bridal party of if that is an additional cost. If the makeup artist is traveling to the wedding destination that can be an additional cost and should be considered into the budget. The bride should also..

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find out if the makeup artist charges extra to stay for touch-ups for the pictures and the reception.

What questions should brides ask potential makeup artists?

The bride should ask about the total cost and about any additional fees. She should ask about the makeup artist's experience and the number of weddings she has previously done.

How can a bride achieve a timeless look that won't appear dated in wedding photographs?

The bride should try to stay as natural looking as possible. Your wedding day is not the day to try the latest trends in makeup. If a bride normally doesn't wear a lot of makeup then she should not wear excessive amounts on her wedding day. Good bridal makeup makes the bride look like herself—just enhanced.

How can a bride make sure that her makeup lasts through the ceremony and reception? Are touch ups a good or bad idea?

Touch ups are a must, especially for lipstick and if there have been any tears shed. However, wearing face, lip and eye primer is always a good way to ensure that most of your makeup will last throughout the event.

What beauty treatments should a bride do to prepare for her wedding day?

A bride should have her facial and any waxing at least seven to ten days before her wedding day. The manicure and pedicure should be done the day before the wedding.

BONUS: What's the one beauty product every bride should use?

Water-proof mascara! Even if the bride thinks she isn't going to cry, it is better to be safe than sorry. Raccoon eyes do not make a pretty picture.

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