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Not everyone has the guts to do her own makeup on her wedding day, so before anything else, kudos to you! Putting on your bridal face can be very daunting at first, but remember that no one else knows your skin and your face shape better than you. So take a deep breath and prepare to wow yourself with these simple tips that can help make the process easier:

1. Choose a look that isn’t far from what you usually wear.

The key to becoming a beautiful blushing bride is to enhance what you already have without going overboard. Instead of choosing a look that will drastically change your features, opt for something that will highlight your assets.

2. Practice before the big day.

You wouldn’t want to be fumbling around your face a few hours before your walk down the aisle, would you? To avoid mishaps, practice what you plan to do weeks before the event. Do it often, so that you can work on things that can still be improved without your coordinator breathing down your neck.

3. Remember to prep your skin.

You may be focusing too much on your makeup that you’re forgetting skincare. Have proper daytime and nighttime routines to keep yourself glowing.

4. Prepare your tools.

Make sure that all your brushes and sponges are in a neat toolkit, which you can easily pick up and bring anywhere. Don’t just throw your makeup into a bag after practicing. Everything should be properly kept so that your things will remain usable, and to ensure that your brushes stay clean. (Dirty ones might cause your skin to breakout.)

5. Add a pop of color.

Remember that your wedding is probably the time when you’ll be photographed the most, so put makeup that’s enough to register in your photographers’ lenses. Add a bit of glittery eyeshadow or a few more strokes of blush to avoid looking washed out in your stills.

6. Bring reinforcements.

And by reinforcements, we mean your retouching tools. Bring your powder, blush, and lipstick in a small bag with you during the reception, or ask your maid of honor to help you store it. Better safe than shiny!

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