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Guest Post: The Dos & Don’ts of Bridal Makeup

You’ve always dreamed of your wedding day. So when it comes to the biggest day of your life, your makeup better be perfect. Follow these simple rules straight from a bridal makeup artist and your wedding day makeup is sure to be stunning.

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DO have pictures to inspire your artist

Time and time again I get asked for a “smokey eye” or have people say “you’re the professional – you do what you think.” Everyone is so different, and rightly so (my job would be very boring if that weren’t so) but go Google “Smokey Eyes” and you will see my point – there are so many variations. So, get some inspiration pictures for your artist of looks you like. Even photos of something you don’t like can be helpful too.

DON’T use tons of under eye concealer

Some under eye concealer buffed out will be invisible and then a small amount of a slightly warmer than normal concealer applied to the very blue line under the eyes can help to hide those dark circles. You want it to be light though. Applying lots won’t hide dark circles, it will just make them more prominent.

DO use a mirror in good light

When checking your look do make sure you are in good light. Have a wander around your house and check your makeup in different rooms.

DON’T be afraid to say what you think

Your wedding artist will be used to tweaking looks and adapting them to suit each client. So speak up if you don’t like something . You are paying for her to be there and it’s better to do the fine tuning now than have you hate it later.

DO Be Yourself

If you are used to a strong makeup or a natural no makeup look on a day to day basis then be yourself and go with how you will feel comfortable. There are no rules to what you have to be. This is your day. So be yourself only better.

DON’T go all one color

A little color works in pictures and the last thing you want is your face to have disappeared when you get your photos back. Add in a hint of pink or peach lipstick or blush because once you are head to toe in a wedding gown the color can drain from you.

DO take your time

Once you’ve had your trial, be sure to take your makeup for a test drive before making the commitment for the wedding. Go out with your girlfriends or to dinner with your fiance (if you don’t mind him seeing it). Anything to get out and make sure you love it.

DON’T go crazy topping up

If you’ve picked a good artist, your makeup will last. Lipstick should be the only thing you really need to top up. Unnecessary touch ups will only ruin your look.

This guest post is by Clare Ardern of Harry Jon, a leading hair and makeup artist with over 10 years experience. As a specialist in wedding hair and makeup, Clare prides herself on her diverse skill and portfolio to suit every style.

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Big News: I’m a Bridesmaid!

I’m pleased to announce that I now have a legitimate reason to use Pinterest. One of my best friends and Pi Beta Phi little (it’s a sorority thing) Tracy has asked me to be her bridesmaid and I said “I Do”.

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Being the amazing bride-to-be that she is, Tracy popped the question with this beautiful bridesmaid gift that I’m absolutely obsessed with. Way to go Tracy! A bride with this much taste is sure to pick out gorgeous bridesmaids dresses. So I’m even more excited to be there for my friend on the big day.

In anticipation for the wedding, I’ve started shopping for my favorite bridal gifts and accessories. Naturally, they’re all kate spade.

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Saturday Socialite Link Up: Bridal Edition

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With love in the air and June weddings just around the corner, I wanted to feature some of my favorite bridal links. Enjoy!

Gain inspiration for these stunning real weddings (theknot.com)

Ask a wedding expert – who pays for what? (junebugweddings.com)

Best honeymoon destinations by month (brides.com)

19 flower crowns to top off your wedding style (marthastewartweddings.com)

Marchesa shares 6 tips every bride should know before getting married (townandcountrymag.com)

Deliciously gorgeous wedding cakes (weddingwire.com)

Wedding belles engagement ring coin purse (katespade.com)

Free People launches bohemian bridal line (huffingtonpost.com)

How to make a DIY wedding planning kit (stylemepretty.com)

Beautiful beach wedding dresses (destinationweddingmag.com)

20 makeup tips every bride should know (cosmopolitan.com)

Black and white wedding inspiration (100layercake.com)

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My Cousin’s Wedding

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After countless summers in Maine, day-long Law & Order SVU marathons, and a lifetime of holidays spent together, I watched my cousin Laura walk down the aisle last weekend in New Hampshire. She was such a beautiful bride. It was almost like she was born to wear the white dress because everything about being a bride came so naturally to her. So far, celebrating the newest Mrs. McGuinness among friends and family that I’ve known since birth has been the highlight of my 2014. Congratulations to Laura and Tim! I’m so looking forward to making new memories with you.

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The dress

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The bouquet

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The groom, the bride, and me

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The centerpieces

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The bride and her sisters

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Photo booth fun

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P.S. – If you’re wondering who caught the bouquet, it was ME! After the first bouquet she threw went into the chandelier, the bride grabbed a branch of flowers from a centerpiece and threw it over her shoulder to the single ladies. It fell right into my hands and I screamed like a schoolgirl as I danced with the bride to the rest of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).’

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Introducing Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Couture

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This weekend I attended the launch of Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Couture at Penthouse 45 as part of New York’s Bridal Fashion Week. It was a breathtaking collection perfect for the modern bride who still wants incorporate tradition. The collection ranged from flowing ball gowns to short cocktail style dresses all of which said, “I have a full time job, but my husband (to be) still pays for dinner.”

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