Dani Wagener, resident makeup guru at Boston’s Shu Uemura store, spends the majority of her time blending foundation and concealer on my skin, her long ponytail swinging as she works. The result is an impeccably even, velvety complexion. Wagener augments my lashes with vampy, feathery fakes, and adds dark, Hollywood-inspired definition at my lash line. Lips get a touch of liner and gloss. I feel glam yet not overdone—and look a little like her, which is a good thing. 781-389-6520, daniwagener.com.
An old-school pro, Katrina Hess arrives with a giant light and trunks full of bottles, palettes, and brushes. As she layers on products, we chat about her experience—she’s been doing this almost as long as I’ve been alive—and about the best mascaras. (She likes Advanced Volume by Shiseido.) Hess’s work is classically pretty, but heavier than what I’m used to wearing. In person, it looks best from a distance (good for the congregation, bad for the groom). The upside? It’s beautiful on film. 105 Newbury St., Boston, 781-710-6865, katrinahess.com.
Lauren Genatossio, petite blond owner of the makeup studio Sarra, has a knack for putting clients at ease. Before reaching for the makeup, she tackles my brows, explaining their face-framing relevance (between questions about my dating life and guilty TV pleasures). Next she creates dewy skin; for lids, she goes softly smoky, using mauve shadows instead of the usual grays. She deems fake lashes unnecessary on my “enormous” eyes. A peachy blend of lipstick and gloss finishes the look. When I glance in the mirror, I see myself—only enhanced. 840 Summer St., Boston, 617-269-8999, sarraboston.com.