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Two makeup artists spill their secrets

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Local makeup artists Liz LePoidevin and Andrea Martini have been in the beauty business for 12 years. They specialize in wedding makeup and hair, and have their own bridal team called “I Do Bridal Beauty.” They can create any kind of makeup look a bride desires, as well as hairstyles. Here they answer all the questions we had about makeup for weddings, and they share their tips and tricks to achieve the perfect look on your big day. To book their services, email ido.bridalbeauty16@gmail.com.

What trends in wedding makeup do you see?
Fresh-faced makeup and luminous, glowing skin

Is there anything you need to do to prep the skin?
We recommend getting a facial one week before the wedding and have your brows cleaned up as well. Exfoliation the night before and using a good moisturizer will help smooth the skin.

False eyelashes—do or don’t?
Lashes are a big YES! When properly applied, they accentuate the eyes. Choosing the right lashes will keep the look from being too over the top.

What about brows—bold or natural?
Natural brows always look best, but filled in and well groomed.

Is waterproof makeup essential?
Waterproof mascara is a must! When the makeup is applied properly it can last throughout the day and through almost anything.

How do you make the makeup last for a long time (foundation, lipstick, etc)?
Make sure the skin is moisturized and use a quality primer, (we love the Smashbox primer.) Technique to the application and setting is key.

Is there anything you do that you wouldn’t expect?
We urge our brides to avoid extremely dark eye makeup and do not go overboard on the tanning.If someone wanted a “natural” look, how would you create it?
Creating a natural look is done by making the foundation look like skin and not makeup. Play up features subtly, while using technique to enhance and shape the face. Shading and contouring softly can really lift the cheek bones, open the eyes and make the nose seem narrower.

Is bold lipstick a popular choice, especially red?
We love bold lips, especially red; it creates a classic look. A soft and natural lip color made a shade richer is also a sweet angelic look. They are different looks, but both timeless.

If someone wanted a “glam” look, how would you create it?
“Glam” means so many different things. Smoky eyes done correctly can look absolutely stunning on the wedding day. Highlight and contouring can create a more dramatic look as well. Balancing eye makeup with a softly played up lip and flushed cheeks ties this look together well.

Any secret tips or tricks?
Search images online for wedding day makeup. Have two makeup ideas you want to try, so you can pick what suits your look best. We also like to promote having a good skin care regimen as well. Using a good daily cleanser, exfoliating two to three times a week and using a face cream are the essentials. Taking care of your skin, maintaining its health and radiance means less product as well.
Check out I Do Bridal Beauty’s Facebook page for more tips and tricks: www.facebook.com/idobridalbeauty.

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