9 Tips for Picture Perfect Bridal Makeup

Make-up artist Sarah Najafi shares her favorite products

Whether you’re DIY-ing or using a glam team, get gorgeous and avoid wedding day disasters by using my must have beauty products on your wedding day. And remember, aim to look like yourself, just enhanced!

First things first...Prepping the skin is an absolute must to ensure that your makeup lasts all day. And don’t be scared to put on a bit more makeup than usual since the camera tends to wash you out. Most of all, make sure you have fun. Get together with your girlfriends and play. I’m sure they will appreciate the new tips and tricks as well!

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré: Using the right moisturizer and primer are crucial. Unbeatable formula! This velvety moisturizer gives skin the ultimate silky finish, and smooth canvas for makeup application.

Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer: Using a primer is very important and this one is great for all skin types. This lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector preps the skin for even, long lasting and seamless makeup application.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: Crease no more! This ultra-sheer, totally nude base glides onto the skin, disappears instantly and preps the eye for more vibrant shadow and creaseless, all-day wear.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Products: Frame that beautiful face! Finally eyebrows are just as important as other facial features. Using a pencil, shadow, or gel to fill in sparse areas or create a thicker appearance make a significant difference and finish the whole picture.

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Lashes, lashes, lashes! Open up the eyes and create instant glam.

Step 1: Start with an eyelash curler. My favorite is by Shu Uemura. The best way to curl your lashes is to curl at the root of the lash, at the middle, and at the tip. You don't need to clamp down with the curler, just squeeze lightly.

Step 2: Apply mascara. I’m sure if you looked in most makeup artists kits, you will find Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. If tears of joy are in the forecast, definitely use the waterproof version. Apply 1-2 coats and you’re good to go.

Step 3: Use Falsies! Whether you want a more subtle or glam look, false lashes are a must. They make the eyes appear bigger and more captivating. I suggest that you go with individual lashes for a softer look and full strips for an ultra glam look. And if you’re bold, stack them babies!

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NARS The Multiple: They don’t call it a blushing bride for nothing! This cream to powder blush is perfect for your wedding day. Many are hesitant to use cream blushes thinking they are difficult to apply, however, they couldn’t be easier to apply. Simply smile, dab on a little product to the apple of the cheeks, rub in a circular motion with your fingers - and voilà - you’ll achieve the perfect dewy finish. From sheer accents to mauve and bronze, you’re set to find the perfect hue. (For more intense color or to ensure staying power, you can always apply a powder blush on top.)

Ben NYE Banana Powder: Most women do not know the difference between setting powder and finishing powder. Anytime you use a liquid or cream, you must use a setting powder to set the liquid/cream, prevent creasing, and ensure long lasting application. A finishing powder, such as Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, is used after a setting powder to soften up any fine lines and wrinkles. Beware: use minimally!

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: This product will most certainly change your life. This lightweight setting spray actually makes makeup stay all day without the “makeup melt” we’re all too well acquainted with. Trust me, it’s worth the price!

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: This is an absolute must for oily and combination skin! You want to glow on your big day, but in the right way. Best part is you will instantly soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind powder.

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Model above styled by Sarah Najafi for California Wedding Day's Fall/Winter issue. Sarah Janks two-piece Bianca gown with Erica Koesler's lace-edged veil and a pearl-and-gold thread Lavish by Tricia Milaneze necklace.

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