The lovely Amanda McCarthy of Amanda McCarthy Beauty is sharing some wonderful tips to make your bridal makeup perfect for your special day. Enjoy!

“Three helpful bridal makeup tips for the blushing bride…

1. After you say “yes!” and pick your date and venue, I recommend booking a trial for makeup and hair; the earlier, the better. When you find a makeup artist that suits your needs and budget, book that trial. You do not want to be left one month before your wedding having to find a new makeup artist if you are not satisfied with the results.A candid photograph of a bride getting her bridal makeup done on the morning of her wedding

2. Once you’ve had your makeup trial and are thrilled with the look, be sure to take steps to take care of your skin. If you do not own a Clarisonic Skin Mia 2 cleansing system, I highly recommend getting one. The Clarisonic gently removes the impurities traditional cleansing methods leave behind. One of my favorite at home gentle exfoliators to use is the gentle Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel available at Sephora and Ulta. This gel sweeps away dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth for your bridal makeup application. Make sure your pout is picture perfect by wearing an excellent lip balm before bed leading up to the big day. Two of my favorite lip products to use are Fresh Sugar Lip Polish and Sugar Lip Treatment, available at Sephora.

3. Don’t forget your sunblock! Makeup does not lie well on skin exposed to too much sun. If you have a fair to medium complexion and want a little glow for your wedding, I recommend a natural looking spray tan. Do your research… I highly recommend doing a spray tan trial before the wedding. Remind your gorgeous bridal party, if they are out in the sun, to remember the style of their bridesmaid dress. If they have a strapless dress, make sure they are wearing a bandeau style bathing suit to avoid awkward tan lines.”