It's easy to look pretty at your wedding—as long as you follow a few golden rules.
Top Tip #1: Get Great Skin
Start a skin-care routine at least six months prior to your wedding to reduce breakouts, lighten dark spots and minimize fine lines. Ling Chan, a celeb skin-care guru, recommends applying a therapeutic moisturizing mask a week before your nuptials to help hydrate and prevent blemishes. We love Perricone MD Hydrating Nutrient Mask ($65; at sephora.com)—it hydrates your skin, increases its elasticity and imparts an overall radiance.
Top Tip #2: Brighten Your Smile
A pearly white grin is essential for your wedding pics, so get your teeth in top shape by visiting your dentist for a professional laser whitening treatment. Prefer to do it at home? Try Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit ($25; at drugstore.com) for similar (and less expensive!) results.
Top Tip #3: Fake a Flawless Face
Applying primer under foundation is a must for a perfect complexion. Kimara Ahnert Pore Perfecting Face Primer ($36; at kimara.com) evens skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, and prevents shine.
Top Tip #4: Sport Shiny Hair
Top celebrity stylist Paul Labrecque says, “Always use a leave-in hydrating treatment (we love Ready Set Blow Express Blow Dry Lotion, $21; at lockandmane.com) before styling with a curling or straightening iron to lock moisture into the hair’s cuticle. Make sure to spritz a finished ‘do with a high-gloss finishing spray, such as Keratin Complex Thermo Shine ($14; at folicia.com) to eliminate frizz.
Top Tip #5: Pump Up Your Pout
For a major mouth, “exfoliate and hydrate lips, then fill them in with a long-wear lipliner to lock in color. Apply two coats of lipstick (we love Clinique's Long Last Soft Shine Lipsticks, $14/each; at clinique.com) —blot with a tissue between applications—and finish up with a slick of gloss for extra shine,” suggests Rick DiCecca, Estee Lauder Global Makeup Stylist. Mark Lots of Lacuqer Super Color Lip Gloss ($6/each; at meetmark.com) leaves lips glossy without the sticky mess.
Top Tip #6: Define Your Brows
Creating the right brow shape can take years off your look and open up your eyes. Your best bet? Checking with a professional to shape ‘em before diligently maintaining the newly-created arch. On your wedding day, use a brow pencil—we love Trish McEvoy’s Precision Brow Shaper ($26; at neimanmarcus.com)—to fill in any sparse areas—or simply to add definition (bushy brows are a trend right now), then apply a brow gel or clear mascara to set in place.
Top Tip #7: Go For the Bronze
To sculpt, define and enhance your bone structure, bronzer is your best bet. Tony LoSavio, director of Makeup Artistry for Chanel, recommends a light dusting of matte bronzer on your forehead, cheeks and chin—spots where the sun hits you—for a natural-looking bridal glow.
Top Tip #8: Play Up Your Peepers
Make eyes pop by applying a waterproof pencil liner along upper and lower lashes. To create more natural definition, smudge the edges. Plus, celeb makeup guru Mally Roncal swears by false lashes to really play up your peepers. We love Shu Uemura's ($27; at shuemura-usa.com)—a perennial favorite.
Lipstick and lipgloss stills by Michael Essig.