Should I Get a Pre-Wedding Makeover?

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You'll look gorgeous on your wedding day—but will you look like yourself? Glamour contributing beauty editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of How to Look Expensive, shares why you should let your natural beauty shine on your big day.

BRIDES: When women get engaged, there's a tendency to want to do a major beauty overhaul from top to bottom. What's the best way for brides to arrive at a pretty middle ground—so they look like the very best version of themselves, but natural, too?

ANDREA POMERANTZ LUSTIG: The goal of good hair and makeup is to make you look like yourself, only better—which is actually the name of the makeup chapter in my book! Many women make the mistake of thinking they have to redo themselves before their wedding, when actually they need to stay true to themselves and strive for polished and put together, without veering into overdone.

I think the best way to achieve this middle ground is to keep the "you, only better" philosophy in mind with every beauty decision you make for your wedding. If it doesn't feel comfortable, don't buy it or do it. The goal is to achieve a look that gives you confidence and makes you feel like a million bucks—while staying true to the look your fiancé fell in love with. That way, you'll be noticed for your happiness and inner beauty at your wedding, not the new hair color or lipstick shade you're sporting.

How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

And I speak from experience! I let a colorist convince me to double-process my hair for my own wedding and make me blonder. Now I look at the pictures and my hair just looks brassy and unnatural and it doesn't match my skin tone. It wasn't me and now I have to live with the evidence.

—Dana Wood

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