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The best way to find a makeup artist is through referrals, but if you don't have any recently married friends or family members, finding the right beauty pro can feel like throwing a dart in the dark.

If that's the case, allow us to recommend makeup artist Lauren Iavarone. Not only does she have a crazy impressive resume (including stints at MAC, Urban Decay, and Tony & Tina), she's been making the models at IMG's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week look runway–ready for the past five years. And now she's bringing her expertise to New Jersey brides—she just opened up her own studio, Make–up Artistry, in Cresskill. The studio will be open seven days a week, but you can also arrange to have Lauren come to your home or venue. We asked Lauren what she thinks the top three makeup trends for brides will be this year, and here's what she said:

-"Beachy": Coral lips and peachy lids with bronzed skin

-"Retro": Bold eyeliner and dramatic red lips

-"Enchanted Forest": Metallic green and gold eyeshadow and luminous, highlighted skin

For additional information and pictures of Lauren's work, head to

-Brianna Steinhillber, Editorial Intern, Brides New Jersey

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