You want to shine like a star in your wedding photos, and the right makeup will play a big role in that. For most women, a professional makeup artist is not a necessity. These are the top DIY wedding makeup tips you need to know to get a perfect result.

Just because you do not hire a professional makeup artist does not mean that you cannot benefit from their expertise. You can schedule a free consultation with a makeup artist at a department store or your favorite makeup store, like MAC. They do not charge you for a free makeup application, based on the assumption that you will probably buy some of the products they use (which you likely will want to do anyway). It can be a great value, and you will learn tips that you will use not only on your wedding day, but for your everyday beauty routine as well. Bring a friend to help you remember all of the tips that you are given.

To get the most of of your free makeup lesson, it is important to come prepared. If at all possible, wear a shirt that is in a similar color to your wedding gown. What looks best with ivory may not be the same as what is most flattering against white. Many brides will also wear their bridal jewelry. This is an especially good idea if you have any color to your bridal jewelry, so the artist can select lipstick and eyeshadow shades that complement, rather than clash with, your accessories. You should also be prepared to tell your makeup artist about the style of your wedding, as well as what look appeals to you in general. For instance, if you are having an afternoon wedding on a beach, you would want a very natural and healthy look, whereas for an evening wedding, you might prefer a more sultry, sophisticated effect.

Leave the makeup from your trial run on all day to see how it feels and performs over the course of many hours. Does the mascara flake? Or perhaps the foundation feels cakey and heavy on your skin? Some makeup may even have a reaction with the natural oils in your skin and change color over time (foundation and pressed powder are the most prone to this). You might also be pleasantly surprised by a lipstick that really does not fade or eyeshadow that stays crease-free. The time to find all of this out is before your wedding so that you can choose alternate products if need be.

Practice makes perfect, so be sure to try your hand applying your new makeup a few times before your wedding day. If you are not usually one to wear makeup, you may wish to enlist a friend to help you. At one wedding I attended, a bevy of friends did the bride's makeup, with each doing the part at which she was most skilled. One woman did the foundation and concealer, another the eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner, a third applied a few false lashes (the tiny individual ones can look natural and glamorous at the same time), and a fourth friend handled the lipcolor. The results of the team effort was sheer perfection!

Doing your own wedding makeup is entirely possible with a little guidance and practice. The results can be just as beautiful as makeup applied by a professional, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your makeup is done exactly the way you like it.

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