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Happy June everyone! I can’t believe its Summer and we’re halfway through the year, can you?

This month at PLUS is all about Brides, and as a Freelance Makeup Artist, I know how stressful wedding planning can be.

Here are some of my best tips to avoid a makeup meltdown. 

While most Brides will hire a Makeup Artist to do their hair and makeup, you should always provide reference pictures for the Makeup Artist to work off of, so both of you stay on the same page.  I suggest saving pictures of what inspires you, both in hair and makeup, and sharing that color scheme and style with your Bridesmaids and Artist ahead of time.  

Choosing the right Artist can be difficult, so I highly suggest scheduling a “run through” with any MUA you are considering hiring. Since every artist has different skill sets, products and time management, you’ll want to make sure all details are ironed out long before the big day. You will want to look perfect, so make sure your artist listens and that the makeup lasts all day. 

Knowing it can be hard to narrow things down, I’ve come up with some great makeup that’s perfect for the Ultimate Summer Bride. These suggestions would also work great for Engagement Photos, Bachelorette Parties and Wedding Rehearsals if you’re feeling courageous enough to do your own makeup.   Have fun and feel beautiful! Xoxo Marianne 

Waterproof Necessities

Regardless of skin type, certain items should be tear proof and long-lasting. You will get emotional, that’s guaranteed, so make sure your mascara and eyeliner will not run down your face and make sure your lipstick is transfer-proof for your big kiss. 

Mascara

Col-Lab Makeup The Works Wow Effect All-In-One Mascara in Waterproof  $12.99

This mascara is great because its super black and blends your natural lashes well with false lashes because it’s so dark just like falsies.  

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Eyeliner

STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner  $22

Stila has a great color range of waterproof liquid eyeliner if you’re feeling creative and daring, but the black and brown are great, too, for a classic look. 

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Cargo Swimmables Eyeliner  $18

Not all waterproof pencils are created equal, but these swimmables are wonderful and won’t run down your cheeks and ruin your makeup or pictures.   

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Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21

The ultra-fine tip mimics hair like strokes in sparse areas of the eyebrow, while the spoolie end blends for a natural-looking finish.

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Thrive Causemetics Instant Brow Fix Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Gel  $24

Big brows are totally in season and the best way to achieve them is to use a colored gel that will tint, lift and set your natural hairs which this semi-permanent gel does well. 

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Lipsticks and Lipliner

Dose of Colors and Stila are still my favoriteliquid lipstick formulas on the market because they’re kiss proof and non-drying. It’s important that lips still look like lips and not chapped, dried out raisins.  Feel free to add a gloss after the ceremony if you want to add some shine for photos during the reception. 

Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick $18

It applies as a creamy liquid but after a few minutes it dries to an ultra-comfortable matte finish. Favorite bridal shades: A Mauve Story, Bare with Me,  and  Lets Cuddle. 

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Stila Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick $22

The texture is weightless on lips and  the color-rich formula will not bleed or transfer. Favorite bridal shades: Perla, Baci, Lido and Sienna.

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Dose of Colors Lip Pencils  $14

The most comfortable lip liners for the price.  Creamy, long wearing lip liners deliver transfer resistant high coverage color with a matte finish. 

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Romantic Bride Vs Modern Bride

“Romantic” makeup tends to learn towards soft or bronzed warm tones while “Modern” makeup leans more towards vivid colors and/or cool tones.  If both appeal to you, do not worry! Test out what looks the best with your eye color and complexion, as there are no rules in makeup. 

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Eyeshadow

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette  $65

The New Nude Palette is a gorgeous cool toned mauve palette that’s still so romantic due to the pops of ultra-metallics. The best of both worlds, this palette is perfect for all brides all year long. 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette $42

The Norvina Palette with 14 whimsical shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel metallics, is perfect for the more daring and modern Bride.

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Nomad Cosmetics Marrakesh Medina Palette $37

The Marrakesh Medina Eyeshadow Palette contains intensely vibrant blues and warm nudes and ambers that will create beautiful and romantic bronzed eye looks for every complexion.  

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Lashes

If you are an artificial lash novice, make sure to start wearing lashes before the wedding so you can get used to the added weight, which will eventually go away. I really encourage false lashes because even the most waterproof mascara can clump and flake off, and fake lashes still look good if you tear up. 

ARDELL  Lash Wispies Black  $4.99

Ardell’s Lash Wispies Black look so natural your friends will think you were born with them. These lashes were made of 100% sterilized human hair.

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Nanacoco 3D Volume Lashes in Paisley $6.99

These lashes are more dramatic than the wispies but still comfortable and affordable. The 3D Multi-layered lashes will lift and define your eyes like a Disnet princess.

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Fragrance

Make sure to spray perfume on your skin and not on your dress as perfume can stain fabrics. For a subtle touch, you can have your hair stylist spray a hair brush with your perfume and then run that through your hair before they start styling. Here are some great Summer perfumes to consider.

Badgley Mischka Eau de Parfum  $115

Pear blossom, Pink Pepper emerges with a fresh aroma of Neroli and Iris. At the heart of the fragrance, are Magnolia, Jasmine Absolute, Tuberose, Peony, Jasmine Sambac and Osmanthus. 

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Elie Tahari Eau de Parfum $68

The fragrance opens with a vibrant bergamot, paired with dewy violet leaves and juicy pear. At the heart, green figs are entwined with the brightness of giant magnolia and the delicacy of tea blossom.

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Cream Vs Powder

Skin type and texture are so important when picking the right base products. I typically use cream products on my brides with dry skin as the cream base doesn’t dry out skin. I like powder products for oily skin as cream products could break down or lift foundations products on skin that’s already oily. If makeup tends to slip and slide off your face use a cream cheek color prior to setting the make-up; once make-up is set apply a powder cheek color, this also works for bronzer, contour and highlight. 

Primer

 Winky Lux Whipped Cream Face Primer  $20  

A hydrating primer that goes above and beyond, moisturizing your skin as it smooths the surface and reduces the appearance of pores.  

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Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer $52

Velvety priming balm of pressed silk smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. 

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  $54

With a texture unlike any other, this silky primer extends the wear of makeup while also concealing redness and minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for a perfect complexion that lasts.

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Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender $40

Keep shine under control and look naturally flawless in lightweight, silky-smooth, next-level radiance. Apply as primer or use as a touch up without adding color or cakeyness. 

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Concealer

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25  $70.00

This concealer leaves skin looking smooth and refined with a seamless finish while protecting against UV rays. No flashback and great for fine and deep set lines and wrinkles.

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer $7 

Lightweight yet full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, even skin tone and counteract dark circles, with a matte finish that won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores.

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Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation  $36

Lock-It Foundation gives you a gorgeous, supremely full-coverage, transfer-resistant, face that stays flawless all day without touching up. You can trust it to stay on your face and not end up on clothes when you hug everyone on your big day. Great for oily skin!

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Kevyn Aucoin Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation  $58

A unique blend of ingredients supports natural hydration and maintains skin’s moisture with a cushiony feel. It features light-diffusing particles and high-definition pigments that work together to perfect skin’s appearance. Great for mature and dry skin!

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Thrive Causemetics  Buildable Blur CC Cream™ Broad Spectrum SPF 35  $38

This multitasking color-correcting cream blurs and diffuses skin imperfections with buildable sheer to full coverage and Broad Spectrum SPF 35 protection. Perfect for outdoor events, it helps control oil to reduce shine.

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Blush

Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush $26

This cheek color is sweat-proof and weatherproof! Silky silicone-coated pigments provide better adhesion to the skin and help withstand water for extended wear. 

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lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek  $46

Long-wearing yet creamy and moisturizing, this innovative formulation provides blendable and buildable color which perfect for day and night. Small and compact, you can pop it in any pocket for easy touchups on the go. 

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Bronzer & Contour

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base  $50

The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look. Wear it on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite foundation.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer  $38

This finely-milled, light diffusing bronzer blends smoothly and seamlessly, maximizing skin’s radiance with pure warmth that flatters all complexions. 

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Kat Von D Kitten Mini Shade + Light Contour Duo  $23

The contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension, so you can effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features. 

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Highlight

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter  $44

The Hollywood Flawless Filter features fabulous ingredients, it soft-focuses, illuminates skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother. Layer it under or over your foundation.  

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Lorac Light Source Mega Beam Highlighter $24

This high-impact highlighter features micro-fine pearl pigments which boost radiance with targeted, light-diffusing luminosity. Its perfect for the face and body! 

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Set it & Forget it

Setting makeup with setting powder is key to longevity, but finishing the final makeup with finishing powder and setting spray will keep your skin looking like skin. Finishing power is buffed into the skin at the end, pre-setting spray, to buff everything together. Here are some great options for all skin types and textures.

Setting Powder

Laura Mercier  Translucent Loose Setting Powder $39

This lightweight, finely-milled powder doesn’t add weight or texture to skin and sets makeup for 12 hours. A cult favorite of makeup artists, the deeper shade is perfect of women of color. 

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Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Losse Setting Powder  $33

Universal peach-tinted powder works to brighten skin and create a silky smooth matte canvas for 14 hour wear that controls oils. 

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Finishing Powder

 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder  $48

A gorgeous finishing powder, in six universal shades, captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking Photoluminescent Technology. Can be used to set foundation and adds light, without glitter, to your skin. 

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M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural $35

A luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural finish. Can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day. 

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Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $33

All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray keeps makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours—without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Seriously, it won’t move and it helps control shine.

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Catrice  Prime And Fine Dewy Glow Finish Spray  $7.99

The Catrice Dewy Glow Spray is seriously lightweight and provides a fresh, dewy glow that melts makeup together (in a good way) and sets quickly. I prefer this dewy spray to others because it still sets your makeup so it doesn’t move. 

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