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  • If you are not happy with the first attempt, you must speak up. It is normal practice to make adjustments in order to achieve the look required and an experienced artist will not be offended but will appreciate your input- the hardest part of their job is to find your limits and what makes you feel comfortable.

  • If there is still daylight available, take a mirror outside and ensure you like how you look in natural daylight.

  • Try to wear similar colour clothing to your wedding dress. Wearing strong colours can reflect on the face and slightly alter the way your make up appears.  On your wedding day, remember to wear a top that can easily be removed without damaging hair or make up.

  • Ensure hair and skin is cleansed and free from products. A good facial scrub or exfoliator the night before will remove dead skin cells and leave you with refreshed, soft skin.  A final rinse in cool water will help to add shine to hair.

9. Get to know them personally

Ultimately, you'd want a makeup artist who has a good attitude. Therefore, it's important to select someone you feel comfortable with and well taken care of by. It is one thing to have a creative flair that helps you look good on your big day and another when that streak runs its own course. Speak honestly with your makeup artist, and let them know if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the agreement. It is your big day, and apart from looking good, it is crucial that you feel positive and happy throughout the day.

10. Prepare your skin

No matter how professional or seasoned your makeup artist is, you have to do the necessary things to look the part. Prepare in advance for last-minute emergencies such as sudden and unwanted red eyes or swollen lips. Use only linen that your skin is used to in the days leading up to the wedding. Eat simple and cut salt from your diet to reduce the appearance of bloating. Avoid new food or drinks, and do not test out new facial or skincare products two weeks before the big day.

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