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On your wedding day, you're already wearing the most gorgeous dress of your life, carrying the most beautiful flowers, and rocking the prettiest, glossiest hair your head's ever seen. The final step? Getting the perfect makeup to match. Even if you've had a routine down pat since 2001, it's time to up your game before get married. Chances are, you're making some major makeup faux pas without even realizing it. Before you walk down the aisle, take an extra minute in front of the bathroom mirror and see if you're guilty of any of these top five beauty blunders. Reversing them is the easiest way to a flawless wedding look!
You forget to prep your lips.
A great longwear lipstick can stay put for hours, but it's no match for champagne toast and wedding cake — unless you give it a little help. Before you swipe on lipcolor, create a smooth surface with lip primer (we love MAC's version); it makes for easier application and keeps lipstick on way longer.
You're using the wrong foundation shade.
If your base makeup makes you look chalky, it's time to switch out your shade for summer. Even if you're planning to go drugstore, head to a department store first to find your shade. Swipe three options on your jawline, then go to a mirror near a window to see how it looks in natural light. The shade that blends most closely to your skin tone is the winner.
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Your concealer's doing double duty.
Wondering why your concealer is settling into the creases under your eyes? It could be because you're using the same all-purpose pot you use to cover up breakouts. While blemishes usually call for thick, full-coverage concealers, undereyes benefit more from smoother formulas with light-catching pigments. Try a liquid formula, like Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer.
You're depriving your lashes of maximum lift potential.
Goopy, clumpy eyelashes aren't the best look on your wedding day. But chances are, you're weighing your lashes down with every swipe of a mascara wand. If you usually swipe from underneath your lashes upward, try reversing it: Apply mascara from the top of your lashes, sweeping down and out, which makes for the most separation.
You're not refreshing your makeup bag every few months.
Just uncovered your favorite lipstick from 2012 at the bottom of your makeup bag? Toss it before your wedding day. Left in a makeup bag at room temperature, makeup grows bacteria fast — most after six months to a year, but some after just a few months. Check the expiration date at the bottom of each tube (it looks like a jar of face cream with a number in it; that number shows how many months until it's donezo) and stick to it, and if your mascara or lipstick is drying out, switch them for newer tubes.