HERE COMES THE BEAUTY

You’re engaged! Now’s the time to step up your beauty routine. Award-winning makeup artist Amanda McCarthy reveals her favorite “big day” beauty must-haves and how to get your skin wedding-perfect.

BOOK TRIALS EARLY

Finding just the right look for your wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. McCarthy’s recommendation: book early! Since hair and makeup artists tend to book months in advance, McCarthy suggests scheduling your trial as soon as you know the date of your wedding. By giving yourself plenty of time, you’ll have the option to shop around and try out different styles.

FIND A SKINCARE ROUTINE

Drinking plenty of water, exercising and the right skincare routine are key to looking beautiful on your big day. McCarthy’s recommendation: If you don’t already have one, start a skincare regimen at least six months prior to your wedding date and start having regular facials to get skin clean and prepped for wedding day makeup. “[Facials] are like tuning up a bicycle,” says McCarthy who also recommends loading up on sunscreen to prevent skin damage. “Makeup does not lie well on skin that’s been in the sun all summer,” she warns.

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Skip the damaging rays and opt for a sunless airbrush spray tan for a natural-looking glow. Make sure you go to an experienced pro and test out your tan before your big day appointment; that way you’ll know what you’ll look like in pictures. McCarthy suggests spray tanning two days before your wedding day and the night before the rehearsal dinner (tans take 8-10 hours to develop) so your bronze fades to the perfect color. Manicures should also be scheduled before tanning to prevent the tan from washing off and looking uneven. Where to go: Amanda McCarthy Beauty, studio in Norwell; available on location for parties of five or more, agwmakeup@yahoo.com

PERFECT YOUR BROWS

A great brow can do wonders for a face. If your brows aren’t in shape, consider going to a brow expert several months in advance to get them looking their best. Where To Go: Tryst, 29 Main St., Hingham; Sarra Studios, 840 Summer St., Boston & 104A North St., Hingham

MCCARTHY’S TOP BEAUTY PRODUCT PICKS

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CLARISONIC MIA 2 “These are a lifesaver!” says McCarthy. These cleansing wonders are reputed to clean six times better than hands and leave your skin feeling fresh and silky smooth. $129-$299. Sephora stores or sephora.com

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SEPHORA COLLECTION HERBAL ROSE BLOTTING PAPERS Keep your skin looking fresh throughout your big day with these mattifying papers, which remove shine, dirt, oil and perspiration. $8. Sephora stores or sephora.com

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FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR® CREAM INTENSE HYDRATION This whipped, ultra-hydrating cream can be used head to toe and, with its modest price-point, is perfect for brides on a budget! $30 for 2 ounces. Sephora stores or sephora.com

PETER THOMAS ROTH FIRMx™ PEELING GEL This skin-saver is formulated with powerful enzymes that slough away dead skin and unclog pores, revealing an even, glowing complexion. $48. Sephora stores or sephora.com

MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH WATERPROOF MASCARA IN “VERY BLACK” This oldie-but-goodie is a time-tested favorite of makeup pros, including McCarthy. “I’ve tried everything and I always go back to it!” $5.99. Ulta Beauty stores or ulta.com

MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH WATERPROOF MASCARA IN “VERY BLACK”
This oldie-but-goodie is a time-tested favorite of makeup pros, including McCarthy. “I’ve tried everything and I always go back to it!” $5.99. Ulta Beauty stores or ulta.com

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TARTE AMAZONIAN BUTTER LIPSTICK IN “TULIP” This hydrating lipstick provides “the perfect pop of color without looking overdone,” says McCarthy. $17. Ulta Beauty stores or ulta.com

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URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER LONG-LASTING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY Keep your makeup looking fresh all day, even when it’s hot and humid! $14-$30. Sephora stores or sephora.com

 

HOURGLASS AMBIENT® LIGHTING POWDER Whether you have oily or dry skin, this gentle, mineral-based powder photographs beautifully, giving the perfect highlighted look without looking overdone. $46. Sephora stores or sephora.com

HOURGLASS AMBIENT® LIGHTING POWDER
Whether you have oily or dry skin, this gentle, mineral-based powder photographs beautifully, giving the perfect highlighted look without looking overdone.
$46. Sephora stores or sephora.com

SARA HAPP® THE LIP SCRUB™ & THE LIP SLIP® ONE LUXE LIP GLOSS IN “THE PINK” Get the perfect, kissable pout with this dynamic duo (sold separately). $18-$24. Nordstrom stores or nordstrom.com

SARA HAPP® THE LIP SCRUB™ & THE LIP SLIP® ONE LUXE LIP GLOSS IN “THE PINK” Get the perfect, kissable pout with this dynamic duo (sold separately). $18-$24. Nordstrom stores or nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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