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Don’t wait until the wedding day to begin your beauty prep. To achieve a flawless face, glowing skin and glossy locks, your bridal beauty regimen starts now.

CONGRATULATIONS—you just got engaged! Now the fun begins, but so does the work. In the time between selecting a dress and saying “I do,” you’ll delve into every detail of your wedding. However, the hustle and bustle of planning can leave many brides-to-be feeling more bushed than blushing. It’s hard to imagine glowing skin and glossy locks magically appearing just in time for your walk down the aisle, but don’t fret. We’ve got your pre-wedding beauty plan to help you beat the signs of stress and ensure you look bright-eyed and beautiful for your big-day photographs.

Makeup Every bride wants to put her best face forward on her big day. For many, hiring a professional makeup artist is a smart investment. “Not only will an artist create a look that fits the bride’s personal style, the bride can relax and feel pampered,” says Andrea Holton, a professional makeup artist based in the Twin Cities. Holton suggests scheduling a makeup trial two months in advance to perfect the bride’s look and ensure swift application on the wedding day.

To get a celebrity-worthy look that lasts all day, expert’s must-haves include a good face primer, the right foundation and faux lashes. Amy Kelly, eyelash extension guru and owner of Jett Makeup in Edina, likes airbrush foundation, which offers a lightweight, flawless look that lasts several hours, even in humidity and wind. Also key? Giving those lashes a boost with eyelash extensions or faux lashes.

“They define the eyes and offer an instant feel of glamour and beauty,” says Kelly.

But the real secret to a striking appearance? Wellgroomed eyebrows. “A defined brow frames your face and draws attention toward the eye area,” says Holton, who suggests seeing a professional brow shaper at least three months before the wedding. Keep the look classic and timeless. “You don’t want to look back at your wedding pictures and think your makeup looks dated,” says Kelly.

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