You’re going to want to look your most beautiful on your wedding day and you’ll want your groom to gasp as he sees you arrive. To help you achieve this we’ve asked some top beauty experts and wedding make-up artists for their advice. Because you don’t want to be making any mistakes with your big day look.

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Natural beauty

Professional make-up artist Emine Sami has helped many brides to look wonderful on their big day. Here are her top tips for picking the right make up for your big day.

“Try all your make-up on before your wedding day and view it in natural daylight, make-up can look very different indoors and outdoors. Wear waterproof eye make-up where possible, especially mascara for the emotional I Dos!”

A good foundation

“Have your foundation colour matched to your skin tone and bear that in mind if you’re having a spray tan for the big day. Moisturise your face 30 minutes before applying your make-up, to allow time for your moisturiser to sink in and do its magic.”

“Always wear a primer before applying foundation to give a smoother appearance and keep your make-up on for longer. Also always wear an eye make-up primer to hold your eyeshadow in place and prevent creasing. Keep a small powder compact to hand to touch up any shiny areas towards the evening.”

Set in place

“Use a setting spray when your make-up is finished to give it lasting power. If applying your own make-up on the day, try to have a professional go through it with you before the big day, to show you how to do the best application.”

Look after your skin

Joyce Connor runs Brides and Beauty and she believes that good skin is a great starting point.

“Begin a good skincare routine. If you have any issues book a series of facials to get your skin in tip top condition. Get a skin consultation with a professional so they can advise you on which products will suit your skin type.”

“Use an SPF daily to protect your skin from the sun and keep shoulders covered if you’re wearing a strapless dress on your wedding day as strap marks are difficult to hide.”

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Get in shape

“Have your eyebrows shaped two days before the wedding as shaped eyebrows make all the difference to the make-up.”

Hands up!

“Do have manicures because everyone will want to see your ring. Soft silky hands and manicured nails will look amazing in your photos.”

Beauty don’ts for brides

Don’t risk a break out

“Don’t have a facial too close to your wedding day,” says Joyce Connor from Brides and Beauty. “You’re risking your skin breaking out just before the big day. Also don’t try new products on your skin in the month up to your wedding. It takes a good 30 days to see results on skin. Don’t over exfoliate your skin, some products can be too harsh and aren’t made for daily use. Don’t have a fake tan if you’ve never tried it before – it’s always best to have a trial run first so you can see how long it lasts and always ask if it will rub off on your dress.”

Bad hair day

Bridal make-up expert Ashni Shah reveals what not to do with your bridal hair.

“Colour treatments or cuts should be avoided in the week approaching the wedding. The last thing any woman wishes to worry about is unnecessary hair troubles on such a gorgeous, picturesque occasion.”

Make-up don’ts

Finally, Emine Sami has some very useful don’ts.

“Don’t wear foundation with SPF included as this can sometimes reflect light off your face in professional pictures.”

“Don’t over powder your make-up, or layer on too much as this can give a ‘cakey’ appearance and don’t try any new make-up looks on the day. Also avoid using heavy eye make-up with a strong lipstick, always choose to emphasise eyes or lips. And lastly, don’t forget to wash your hands before putting on your dress!”