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4/15 Beauty Tips for Soon-to-Be Brides

Wedding season is upon us, ladies! And it’s time to talk bridal make-up.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the world of wedding beauty. I co-created bridal cosmetics collections with Aerin Lauder of Estee Lauder exclusively for Macy’s. I was a make-up artist for Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, and Amsale's bridal collections at Bridal Fashion Week. I did the make-up for bridal design star Monique Lhuillier herself the morning of her New York show. And I’ve done wedding day make-up for countless numbers of brides from Beverly Hills to 5th Avenue.

You could certainly say I’m well-versed in what makes a bride look and feel beautiful on her special day!

The truth is, so many brides feel like make-up is a bit of a mystery. Yet, it’s one of the essential building blocks of a wedding day wardrobe. Bridal makeup should enhance a woman’s beauty and should make her feel both gorgeous and comfortable, not like she sees fake version of herself in the mirror. That’s why using the right make-up for your wedding is an absolute must.

Because of my sophisticated style yet practical approach to beauty, the VINTAGE collection could not work more perfectly for wedding wear. Every product was created to be timeless, to enhance already-there beauty, and to seamlessly work with most every skin tone.

Here are the essentials for feeling like the most beautiful version of yourself on a day you’ll never forget:

  • The Brighten & Define Eyeshadow Palette is an excellent way to prime the eyes and make them pop.
  • The Illuminating Face Highlighter will give your skin a perfect candle-light glow.
  • And the Blush & Brighten Face Palette will add a gorgeous pop of color that gives your whole face a lift.

And lastly, here are a few pro-tips (AKA Jess’s DO’s and DON’Ts to keep in mind for your big day:


  • Find a make-up artist who’s style you admire and do a trial!
  • Stick with a more beautifully polished version of yourself; this is not a time to experiment
  • Use a foundation that matches your skin tone exactly
  • Look for a highlighter that brightens your complexion
  • Keep a small bag on hand for touch-ups throughout the night


  • Use an SPF on your wedding day; the flash photography will cast white on your forever photos
  • Expect make-up to last all night; this isn’t magic, it’s make-up (plus the kissing, dancing, body heat will start melting the make-up more quickly than usual)
  • Choose long-wear products, they have a tendency to be very dry and less “fresh-faced” the only exception is for Mascara or Eye Liner

For more on my bridal make-up must haves check out our ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Collection: Blush, Brighten & Glow here.

Xo Jess

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Maria velazquez

April 16, 2017


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