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On your big day, there will be videotaping, Instagramming, and Facebook updating galore—no pressure, right? Here, award-winning makeup artist Katrina Hess shares a few of the products she uses to keep brides looking polished for the ceremony, party, and beyond.

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Photographs by Scott M. Lacey, Styling by Rowena Day/Ennis

1. Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Fuller, defined lashes open up the eyes and awaken the face. Hess says this curler—which doesn’t pinch or lose its grip—is great for all eye shapes. $19, Sephora.

2. Bobbi Brown Blush

Rouge always ups the glam factor. Hess likes to dust a light shade like “Nude Pink” on paler skin tones, and a warm hue like “Tawny” on darker complexions. $25 each, Nordstrom.

3. Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow

Hess mixes this sheer illuminating cream with an oil-free foundation to give brides a radiant complexion. $36, Fresh.

4. Hourglass Lipsticks

“Wear a natural lip shade for the ceremony and pictures, and then beef it up after twilight to a deeper, glossier shade,” Hess says. Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in “Peace,” $30, and Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in “Edition,” $28, both Sephora.

5. Damone Roberts Tweezers

Hess recommends growing out brows for up to a year before the wedding, then using tweezers like these to achieve the perfect arch and thickness just before show time. $28, Katrina Hess.

6. Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara

Untwist a fresh tube of long-lasting mascara to avoid clumped, flaky fringe on your wedding day. Hess suggests this waterproof variety from Lancôme. $27, Bloomingdale’s.

7. Nars Eye Shadows 

Layer shadows from light to dark for romantic eyes. Hess applies Nars “D. Gorgeous” as a base, sweeps “Ashesto Ashes” across the crease, and then blends in “Bali” with a domed brush for contour. $24 each, Sephora.

8. Hourglass Double-Ended Brush

This soft applicator “effortlessly blends foundation, blush, or concealer,” Hess says. Prone to breakouts? Use a clean brush for each item you apply. $68, Sephora.



Follow these tips from local experts for flawless wedding-day skin.


Drink plenty of water.

Not only does it flush out toxins, but it also reduces stress-induced bloating. —Dani Wagener, makeup artist

Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist the week before your nuptials.

If a cyst or another major skin situation arises, she can take care of it with cortisone. —Maureen Feeley, aesthetician at Bliss Boston

Exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush the morning of your wedding.

It will ensure long-lasting, smooth lip color. —Maureen Feeley


Neglect your shoulders and décolletage.

Smooth facial cleansers and moisturizers on these areas, too. —Maureen Feeley

Try anything new the week before your wedding.

Test Botox, fillers, and any other unfamiliar products at least a month ahead of time to identify unwanted side effects. —Joseph Merola, dermatologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Consume excessive salt or alcohol in the days before you say “I do.”

They promote water retention and increase puffiness. —Jennifer Lin, dermatologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

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