When it comes to your wedding day, not only do you want everything to go as planned-from getting ready in the morning to the transition to walking down the aisle then dinner and dancing-but you want to feel good, from your head to your toes.

But lets focus on your face!

We all have in our minds exactly what we want to look like as we see our second half for the first name as newlyweds.

Whether it be big lashes and nude lips, or a smokey eye with a pop of colored gloss, it is definitely your own prerogative.

Regardless of the look you’re going for, there are a few things to keep in mind leading up to your big day.

I had the opportunity to speak with our beauty guru go to, Tayla LaMacchia, of Primed Artistry Group, for a little Q&A.

The beauty guru herself

The beauty guru herself

1. In your opinion, are there any specific Dos and Don’ts within your skin routine the week of the wedding?
The week before the wedding, don’t do anything you haven’t done before. Now is not the time for experimentation, reserve that to at least six weeks prior to the wedding. Do eat well, hydrate the body and skin and get as much rest as possible. Reduce Sugar and Alcohol consumption and keep in mind that hotels and travel can dehydrate skin, so make sure to have tried-and-true skincare options to respond to stressed skin available.

2. When within the planning process do you recommend a trial? Why do you recommend a trial?
Unless you are a totally carefree bride that prefers not to plan for things, a trial is a must! Many factors including venue lighting, photographers shoot style and overall aesthetic are considered at trial time.
I have two preferred trial times: 1. On the day of a dress fitting and hair trial. To brides that usually don’t wear makeup or keep in minimal, it is important to see how everything comes together. The second and riskier time I prefer is the week of the wedding. I like this time because I can see exactly how the skin is responding to stress and the environment, an added bonus is that sometimes it can be scheduled prior to rehearsal.

3. How much time should brides allot for wedding day makeup?
I like to plan for at least an hour and a half. Sometimes this is the time of the getting ready process when the photographer arrives and even if makeup doesn’t take all that time, sometimes photos of the makeup application can add time.

Timeless Beauty Bride Claire

Timeless Beauty Bride Claire

TIP: It is always a DO to build in extra time for getting ready; any last minute touch ups or changes may occur, especially with emotions running high, there may be a few more smudges to fix that during your trial.

4. Any Dos and Don’ts of wedding day makeup?
DO remember that you want to look like yourself, only the very best version. That can mean different things for different brides, just remember to be yourself!
DON’T feel awkward communicating with your makeup artist. Most makeup artists only want you to be happy and feel beautiful, and they want you to be honest.

Pop of Color and Clean Eye on Bride Blanca

Pop of Color and Clean Eye on Bride Blanca

5. What is your favorite wedding day makeup look?
This is a tough question! I love a classic bride that looks glowing and timeless, but I also love the bride who feels beautiful in a pop of color on the lip with a clean eye. Overall, I think the makeup should match the occasion but the bride should be the focus, not the dress or the makeup. Oh, and I adore lashes on ladies who feel good in them!

A Little Shimmer on Bride Laura

A Little Shimmer on Bride Laura

TIP: Up the ante and add a little drama in the form of lashes if you’re someone whose eyes aren’t sensitive; they translate well in photos and add the extra touch of glamour.

One of our Favorite Glamour Queens-Bride Briana

One of our Favorite Glamour Queens-Bride Briana

On your wedding day, we want you to put your best face forward, and these little tips should get you started off on the right foot.

Thank you so much Tayla for your time!

-JM

Photos courtesy of Heather Cook Elliott Photography (Blanca, Briana and Claire) and MThree Studio Photography (Tayla and Laura)