Kiss and Make-up

Whether you are doing your make-up for engagement photos, your bridal shower, or your wedding day, this make-up and skin care advice will help you achieve a long lasting, flawless look. 


  • Don’t try a new product less than a week before the big day to avoid any signs of a bad reaction. Stick to tried and true products that you know work for you. If you really want to incorporate a new product into your skincare regimen, start using it at least one month in advance. 
  • Exfoliate once a week to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a bright complexion. 
  • Dry skin? Start using a humidifier in your home a few months before the date, especially during dry winter months. 


  • Tackle your T-zone shininess following these steps: First, mist your entire face with a setting spray. Yes, do this FIRST! Once that dries, apply your foundation regularly (with a makeup sponge, brushes, or your fingers, whichever you prefer). Next, dust a setting powder over your foundation. After completing the rest of your makeup, finish your look with one final mist of the setting spray. Finally, keep a pack of blotting papers on hand to gently soak up any oil that breaks through the makeup barrier.  


  • Less is more when it comes to this step. You want to create soft shadows, not glaring lines and smudges. There are many tutorials online to walk you through the contouring process. Pick one that is tailored to your face shape and you’ll be good to go! 


  • Start the process of finding the perfect brow product about 6 months in advance. You want a product that won’t smudge or flake throughout the day so you’ll need time to try out all of the products and pick your favorite!  
  • Consider microblading. While pricey, this may be a good option if you want a look that you don’t need to worry about sweating or wiping off. Make sure you do plenty of research. Look at the technician’s pictures of previous clients and make sure you like their work.  


  • Going for a smoky eye? Make sure you don’t end up looking like a raccoon by placing tape under your eyes to catch any fall out. Better yet, you can use under-eye treatment patches to knock out dark patches, puffiness, and fine lines while creating your smoky eye. 


  • Water-proof mascara is the way to go! You can use mascara alone or add fake lashes for an extra pop.  
  • If you don’t want to worry about smudging your lashes, try extensions. Make sure you look at pictures of different technicians’ work to make sure you like the lashes they apply. 

Be sure to do a trial run well in advance to allow time to make any adjustments. Whether you are going for a natural or full-glam look, these tips and tricks will help make sure that your makeup looks picture perfect.