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Fall/Winter 2013 Bridal Makeup Tips: Pre-Makeup Primer

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In applying makeup to the skin, Lynn starts with moisturizer, followed by primer, an extra step that reduces shine and creates a smooth canvas for foundation. It also provides a surface for foundation to bind to, ensuring your makeup will stay put through a day of hugs and kisses.

There are a number of good primers on the market, including Murad, an oil-free formula available at Ulta, selected Sephora locations and other stores. 

“I love primer because it tightens the pores,” Lynn says. “It’s that extra layer that masks those little imperfections.”

There are lots of options for foundation. Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation offers natural-looking, long-lasting coverage. Michelle Elizabeth of Michelle Elizabeth Makeup Artistry in Dover often reaches for Revlon ColorStay—“a great product you can find at any drugstore”—which is formulated to last for up to 24 hours.

For the finishing touch, she brushes on peachy blush to contour the cheeks and add a hint of subtle color.

“It gives the bride the glow every girl wants,” she says.

Insider Beauty Tip: Your mom might have sworn by face powder but you should stick to brush-on mineral makeup and liquid or creme foundations. Traditional powders tend to exaggerate lines.

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