Bridal beauty tips from a pro makeup artist

Hair & Beauty

Courtesy of Michelle Lo Conte

Glowing skin, kissable lips, long romantic lashes—we're guessing that while you might have a pretty specific idea of the kind of impression you want to make on your wedding day, you're probably still not sure exactly how to achieve it. Here, we asked Michelle Lo Conte, noted makeup artist and owner of the New Jersey-based Pink Comb salon, for her best beauty tips for brides. —Kathryn Papanek

What can a bride do in the weeks before her wedding to prepare her face for the big day?

Start to moisturize every day and night and be sure you are wearing at least SPF 30 on a daily basis. Schedule a series of deep cleansing facials every 6-8 weeks to really be persistent with keeping your skin clear and radiant. If you suffer from acne, rosacea or scarring from old skin issues, schedule a few appointments with your dermatologist to start getting to the bottom of it.

Where do you recommend a bride look for inspiration for her wedding day makeup look/style?

The bride-to-be should

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look for photos either online or in magazines of women who have similar eye color, hair color and skin tone as she has so that she will bring a look that is totally feasible for her on the wedding day.

What ideas and materials should a bride bring to her make up trial session to help work with her make up artist to discuss a look for her wedding day?

She should bring her everyday necessities, so that it's clear what kind of make-up she is comfortable in, a photo of herself done up to her liking and photos of makeup styles she likes. This will give the artist a wide range of options to work with!

Oh no! You wake up on the morning of your wedding day with a pimple. What should you do?

If you wake up to a red spot on your face, back or neck, visine to the rescue! Put a few drops of visine in the affected area and watch the red fade right before your eyes!

What is the most common mistake you see brides make choosing their wedding day looks?

They try to look like someone they aren't. Remember on your wedding day you want to be the most beautiful version of yourself! Sometimes brides see super smoky eyes that look awesome in pictures but in reality it isn't suitable for your wedding day.

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