5 Makeup Looks to Avoid on Your Wedding Day

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Your makeup should look special on your wedding day, but that doesn't mean anything goes. Whether you're hiring a makeup artist or DIY'ing it, makeup artist Lihja Stewart says these five looks are big-day no-nos.

The completely-bare face
The "no-makeup" look still requires some makeup to look good. If you go completely without anything on your face, you'll just look washed-out and tired in photos, says Stewart. Even if you don't wear foundation, concealer, or lip color in your normal, everyday life, consider wearing them for your wedding. And don't worry — a pro can help you choose soft, natural shades, and apply them with a light hand, so that you still look like you.

Sparkly smoky eyes
They may look glam on celebs on the red carpet, but the combo of dark shadow and glitter is a no-no if you plan to wear it all night. "It can fall down under your eyes and look like dark shadows," Stewart says.

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Too-dewy skin
A little glow? Gorgeous! Too much shine though and you'll run the risk of looking like an unintentional oil slick. Opt for a mostly matte look, then use highlighter to add a soft glow to cheekbones, temples, and the bridge of your nose.

The too-tanned look
Bronzer — in a shade slightly darker than your skin tone and brushed on with a big fluffy brush — will look pretty and believable; trying to completely alter your natural skin tone will not. Avoid using a darker foundation or piling on super dark bronzer. "Overdo it, and you'll get that dreaded bobble-head effect, where your head looks like a different color than your chest and neck," says Stewart.

Pink eye shadow
Keep the rosy tones on your lips and cheeks! Pink or reddish shadows can make your eyes look tired or like you've been crying, says Stewart who suggests sticking to neutrals only on your eyes.

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